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Remembering Mike Nichols, 1931-2014

Incontrovertible directorial legend of film, television, and theatre, Mike Nichols, has died at the age of 83. This was a director who had to his name an Academy Award, four Emmy Awards, nine Tony Awards, a Golden Globe and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, among numerous others. (more…)

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Of filming and funding: meeting Alex Darby and Ksenia Harwood

Director and writer Alex Darby and producer Ksenia Harwood form the heart of the team behind Waterbird and Catkins, two short films about love, loss, guilt and seeking solace in nature. The Kickstarter for the distribution of their films went live today and was made a ‘Staff Pick’, a rare recognition for a student project. In light of this, I caught up with them to find out more about the project and what they hope to achieve through their Kickstarter campaign.

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Review: Nightcrawler

The glittering lights of night-time LA provide the backdrop to the opening credits of Nightcrawler; as dawn arrives, the city’s landscape is swamped in the suffocating noise of the mass-media, with radio and cable-TV stations unflinchingly reporting the sordid details of the night just passed. Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut hums with electric energy. (more…)

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Trying out Coronation Street

For all the trashy TV I have watched over the years, soaps have never drawn me in. There is something about joining a story midway through that is unappealing, and I never had much of an interest in the sort of stories they tell. That is not to say that I wasn’t aware of them (I often catch the end of EastEnders when I’m waiting for something more exciting to start), but I had never sat down and watched a whole episode. At least until Friday, when I gave Coronation Street a try. (more…)

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Review: Interstellar

Set in the near future, Interstellar predicts the effects of humankind’s rapacious materialism: raging dust storms tear through the land, crop yields are an annual disappointment, and the earth is no longer capable of sustaining its six billion inhabitants. Matthew McConaughey is Cooper, a former NASA astronaut turned corn farmer and inspirational father to Murph (Mackenzie Foy, later Jessica Chastain) and Tom (Timothée Chalamet, later Casey Affleck). Cooper wants his children to be inquisitive and ambitious, despite being part of a ‘caretaker generation’, burdened with the responsibility of finding a new home for mankind but destined never to reap a reward for their efforts. (more…)

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