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From North by Northwest to Lolita, James Mason is the brooding, dashing star of countless classic films, in Britain and Hollywood alike. Here, Sarah Thomas, the author of a new study, tells us why there’s more to Mason than his magnetic on-screen presence.
Friday 10 August 2018
The story of a twentysomething director and his controversial vision of an alternative history in which Hitler successfully invaded Britain.
Monday 30 July 2018
Paul Schrader’s new film is both fiercely current and a grand summation of the themes he’s tackled for decades. We spoke to the great director about how he pulled off First Reformed – and look back at his Harold Pinter collaboration The Comfort of Strangers.
Monday 9 July 2018
After making history with the first film by a female Saudi director, Haifaa al-Mansour returns with a period biopic of another trailblazing woman artist. What does she bring to the story of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley?
Tuesday 3 July 2018
A contemporary of Pasolini and Bertolucci, Marco Bellocchio’s career has spanned half a century of Italian cinema, tackling themes including Catholicism, politics and the family. With a season of his work screening at BFI Southbank, he spoke to us about the changes he’s seen in Italy.
Wednesday 27 June 2018
Folk horror and hidden histories are stirred up into a magnificent vision of Britain in Paul Wright’s Arcadia. He tells Adam Scovell about his process for sifting through forgotten archive footage to find the present inside the past.
Tuesday 19 June 2018
Premiering at this year’s London Indian Film Festival, Bird of Dusk celebrates the dazzling but tragically curtailed career of Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh. We spoke with filmmaker Sangeeta Datta about what makes Ghosh’s work so special.
Monday 18 June 2018
Producer Jan Chapman recalls the rocky road to Oscar and Palme d’Or glory for Jane Campion’s Brontë-esque erotic drama The Piano, set in 1850s New Zealand.
Thursday 14 June 2018
The BFI’s Head of Cinema and Events, Gaylene Gould, joins season programmers Anna Bogutskaya and Aga Baranowska to talk about the female-focused programming at BFI Southbank this month, planned to celebrate Vote 100.
Wednesday 13 June 2018
Andrew Kötting completes his ‘Earthworks’ triology with a story about a Russian boy raised by dogs. He tells Ben Nicholson about moving away from melodrama, collaborating with Iain Sinclair and making up a nonsense language for a film.
Tuesday 5 June 2018
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