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Interviews

Kirsten Dunst and Alex Garland on Civil War: “I don’t feel any need to add to the number of films that spell everything out”

American society has broken down into civil war in Alex Garland’s provocative new near-future thriller. People are going to read it in many different ways, he tells us, when we sit down with Garland and star Kirsten Dunst.

By Lou Thomas

Kirsten Dunst and Alex Garland on Civil War: “I don’t feel any need to add to the number of films that spell everything out”
Interviews

Girls State: what we learned when teenage girls were put in charge of everything

By Faye D. Effard

Girls State: what we learned when teenage girls were put in charge of everything
Interviews

Silver Haze: how we made our arson-attack survivor drama

By Leigh Singer

Silver Haze: how we made our arson-attack survivor drama
From the Sight and Sound archive

Naked miracles: Lars von Trier on Breaking the Waves

By Stig Björkman

Naked miracles: Lars von Trier on Breaking the Waves
Interviews

Alice Lowe on her time-skipping mortality comedy Timestalker: “Why don’t we make more fantastical things in the UK?”

By Lou Thomas

Alice Lowe on her time-skipping mortality comedy Timestalker: “Why don’t we make more fantastical things in the UK?”
Interviews

Robot Dreams: how we made our animated love letter to 1980s New York

By Lou Thomas

Robot Dreams: how we made our animated love letter to 1980s New York
Interviews

The Summer with Carmen: Zacharias Mavroeidis on his metafictional gay comedy

By Georgia Korossi

The Summer with Carmen: Zacharias Mavroeidis on his metafictional gay comedy
Interviews

“Everything was ass-backwards”: Griffin Dunne on shooting After Hours with Martin Scorsese

By Brogan Morris

“Everything was ass-backwards”: Griffin Dunne on shooting After Hours with Martin Scorsese
Interviews

Onir on landmark Indian gay film Pine Cone: “Despite being the world’s largest filmmaking country, not even 1% of our films tackle queer themes”

By Arun A.K.

Onir on landmark Indian gay film Pine Cone: “Despite being the world’s largest filmmaking country, not even 1% of our films tackle queer themes”
Interviews

Banel & Adama: Ramata-Toulaye Sy on her Senegalese love story turned cautionary tale

By Rachel Pronger

Banel & Adama: Ramata-Toulaye Sy on her Senegalese love story turned cautionary tale
Festivals

Layla: Amrou Al-Kadhi on their sparkling drag queen romance

By Lou Thomas

Layla: Amrou Al-Kadhi on their sparkling drag queen romance
Interviews

Chasing Amy and the LGBTQIA+ community: “There’s no consensus on this movie. It remains complicated to a lot of people”

By Josh Slater-Williams

Chasing Amy and the LGBTQIA+ community: “There’s no consensus on this movie. It remains complicated to a lot of people”
Interviews

Edge of Summer: Lucy Cohen on her dreamy Cornish holiday coming-of-age drama

By Jamie Dunn

Edge of Summer: Lucy Cohen on her dreamy Cornish holiday coming-of-age drama
Interviews

“Unsuitable for females”: Copa 71 and the story of the unofficial Women’s World Cup

By Faye D. Effard

“Unsuitable for females”: Copa 71 and the story of the unofficial Women’s World Cup
From the Sight and Sound archive

“You can’t let the audience get ahead of you”: Raoul Walsh interviewed in 1972

By James Childs

“You can’t let the audience get ahead of you”: Raoul Walsh interviewed in 1972
Interviews

“I love any animation style that’s got a tactile feel to it”: talking to Harry Plowden, a new voice in British animation

By Jez Stewart

“I love any animation style that’s got a tactile feel to it”: talking to Harry Plowden, a new voice in British animation
Interviews

The City of God phenomenon: a new interview with Fernando Meirelles

By Sam Wigley

The City of God phenomenon: a new interview with Fernando Meirelles
Interviews

Stephen Fry on his new Holocaust survivor drama Treasure: “A script can be idea-shaped or human-shaped. This was human-shaped”

By Lou Thomas

Stephen Fry on his new Holocaust survivor drama Treasure: “A script can be idea-shaped or human-shaped. This was human-shaped”
World of influence

From The Descent to Caspar David Friedrich: the influences on Stone Age horror Out of Darkness

By Sam Wigley

From The Descent to Caspar David Friedrich: the influences on Stone Age horror Out of Darkness
Interviews

“Why does a guy like me dream about making a western?”: Lisandro Alonso on Eureka

By Arjun Sajip

“Why does a guy like me dream about making a western?”: Lisandro Alonso on Eureka
Interviews

How Britain got its groove back: the return of Cymande

By Leigh Singer

How Britain got its groove back: the return of Cymande
Interviews

“The scale of any project is secondary – it’s always about the quality of the writing”: Cillian Murphy on Small Things like These

By Sinéad Gleeson

“The scale of any project is secondary – it’s always about the quality of the writing”: Cillian Murphy on Small Things like These
Interviews

Christopher Nolan: a showman’s odyssey

By James Bell

Christopher Nolan: a showman’s odyssey
Interviews

Felipe Gálvez on his Tierra del Fuego western The Settlers: “It’s like shooting in hell”

By Lou Thomas

Felipe Gálvez on his Tierra del Fuego western The Settlers: “It’s like shooting in hell”
Interviews

Shinya Tsukamoto on his new post-war film Shadow of Fire: “In order to portray the true horror of war, it was important to show the aftermath”

By Jasper Sharp

Shinya Tsukamoto on his new post-war film Shadow of Fire: “In order to portray the true horror of war, it was important to show the aftermath”
Interviews

“For this idea to feel radical, it could not be an experimental film”: Lois Patiño on Samsara

By Arjun Sajip

“For this idea to feel radical, it could not be an experimental film”: Lois Patiño on Samsara
Interviews

On Irish-language hip-hop drama Kneecap: “When people start having a pop at something they’ve not even seen, that’s just ignorance”

By Lou Thomas

On Irish-language hip-hop drama Kneecap: “When people start having a pop at something they’ve not even seen, that’s just ignorance”
Festivals

Sex work and the city: Mikko Mäkelä on his intimate meta-narrative Sebastian

By Sam Wigley

Sex work and the city: Mikko Mäkelä on his intimate meta-narrative Sebastian
Interviews

My film with Werner Herzog: “He’s a very nice guy who’s interested in soccer and barbecue”

By Brogan Morris

My film with Werner Herzog: “He’s a very nice guy who’s interested in soccer and barbecue”
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