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  • What makes a good casting director? Laura Rosenthal and the indefinable art

    After a London Film Festival audience with the woman who helps Todd Haynes, Kelly Reichardt and Paolo Sorrentino pick their actors, Thirza Wakefield reflects on the lack of critical discourse around this elusive profession.

    Thirza Wakefield
    Wednesday 14 October 2015

    Festivals

  • The big-top blowout – Guy Maddin at the IMAX, London 2015

    The mad magpie of Canadian cinema went down the rabbit hole at London’s biggest screen with The Forbidden Room, a pulsating extravaganza of mock movie reclamation. Virginie Selavy reports on our LFF Experimenta gala, and his ensuing LFF Connects talk.

    Virginie Sélavy
    Tuesday 13 October 2015

    Festivals

  • Three of the best at Camden 2015

    Nick Pinkerton on three motley ethnographic missives – featuring rugby-playing Kiwi cowhands, roisterous Innuit YouTubers and public servants gone to seed in the Democratic Republic of Congo – at Maine’s festival safe harbour for cinematic documentaries.

    Nick Pinkerton
    Monday 12 October 2015

    Festivals

  • Chantal Akerman, guiding light

    Robert Greene reflects on the formative influence of the late, fearless visionary and perennial hero.

    Robert Greene
    Wednesday 7 October 2015

    Obituaries

  • Radical Bristol 2015: back to the cinema of the future?

    Four decades after Bristol hosted its inaugural festival of radical independent cinema – is it time for a second try, asks Tim Hayes?

    Tim Hayes
    Wednesday 7 October 2015

    Festivals

  • Rendezvous with Chantal Akerman

    Nick James pays tribute to the slow-awing minimalist sights and resonant sounds of the late Chantal Akerman’s cinema.

    Nick James
    Wednesday 7 October 2015

    Obituaries

  • FrightFest 2015: Critics’ roundtable post-mortem

    From crazy ladies and final girls to fables of confinement and madness and a resurgence of British grand guignol, this year’s London horror-film showcase had plenty to chew over – as Anton Bitel, Kim Newman and Virginie Selavy demonstrate.

    Anton Bitel, Kim Newman, Virginie Sélavy
    Wednesday 30 September 2015

    Festivals

  • Missing believed garbled: Hitchcock’s first steps in film

    Hitchcock scholars’ hopes were dashed at 2015’s British Silent Film Festival by the hand of historico-cinematic sabotage, reports Henry K. Miller.

    Henry K Miller
    Thursday 24 September 2015

    Festivals

  • The comfort of disaster (movies)

    The 1970s were a chaotic time, Hollywood overrun by deranged auteurs. Luckily there were still a column of white-bread movie stars on hand to save the day, says Brad Stevens.

    Brad Stevens
    Wednesday 23 September 2015

    Bradlands

  • Target: equality

    Holly Aylett on calls from European leaders for action to foster change in the film industry.

    Holly Aylett
    Friday 11 September 2015

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