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Cinema in lockdown

John Smith in the time of Covid: “I wanted to capture the melancholy of watching people through their windows”

With two new short film projects, Citadel and Covid Messages, the veteran British artist filmmaker has been busy during the pandemic – indeed, because of it.

By Ian Christie

John Smith in the time of Covid: “I wanted to capture the melancholy of watching people through their windows”
From the Sight and Sound archive

The man in the cryogenic freezer: an interview with John Carpenter

By Tom Milne and Richard Combs

The man in the cryogenic freezer: an interview with John Carpenter
My Dream Palace

“You’ve got to pick what you think is important in this world and make sure it survives”: Richard Linklater on sharing the gospel of cinema

“You’ve got to pick what you think is important in this world and make sure it survives”: Richard Linklater on sharing the gospel of cinema
My Dream Palace

“The theatre experience transcends all the lines that separate us”: Regina King on her dream palaces

By Regina King

“The theatre experience transcends all the lines that separate us”: Regina King on her dream palaces
Interviews

“I’ve tried to remember I need to be having fun”: Don Hertzfeldt on World of Tomorrow

By Nick Bradshaw

“I’ve tried to remember I need to be having fun”: Don Hertzfeldt on World of Tomorrow
Interviews

“If there was a song Spike Lee loved, we’d see him pop up in the aisle”: David Byrne on his concert doc American Utopia

By Leonie Cooper

“If there was a song Spike Lee loved, we’d see him pop up in the aisle”: David Byrne on his concert doc American Utopia
My Dream Palace

“Viva cinema!”: Luca Guadagnino immerses himself in electric shadows

By Luca Guadagnino

“Viva cinema!”: Luca Guadagnino immerses himself in electric shadows
From the Sight and Sound archive

Jean-Luc Godard in the USA

By Claire Clouzot

Jean-Luc Godard in the USA
My Dream Palace

“Cinema is an oneiric medium and the cinema hall transposes you there”: Chaitanya Tamhane on his dream palaces

“Cinema is an oneiric medium and the cinema hall transposes you there”: Chaitanya Tamhane on his dream palaces
Interviews

“People need to know this”: County Lines and the teenage trauma of drug running

By Isabel Stevens

“People need to know this”: County Lines and the teenage trauma of drug running
Interviews

“The manifesto was: let’s trust our heritage, our talent and each other”: Shabier Kirchner on shooting Small Axe

By Aaron E. Hunt

“The manifesto was: let’s trust our heritage, our talent and each other”: Shabier Kirchner on shooting Small Axe
My Dream Palace

Lynne Ramsay on the magic behind the velvet curtain

Lynne Ramsay on the magic behind the velvet curtain
Interviews

From Come and See to William Eggleston: 7 visual influences on County Lines

By Leigh Singer

From Come and See to William Eggleston: 7 visual influences on County Lines
My Dream Palace

Kleber Mendonça Filho on Recife’s Cinema São Luiz, his hometown picture palace

By Kleber Mendonça Filho

Kleber Mendonça Filho on Recife’s Cinema São Luiz, his hometown picture palace
Interviews

I can remember it for you wholesale: The making of Total Recall, 30 years on

By Josh Slater-Williams

I can remember it for you wholesale: The making of Total Recall, 30 years on
Interviews

“Incompetence was killing the victims”: Alexander Nanau on his health-service exposé Collective

By Nick Bradshaw

“Incompetence was killing the victims”: Alexander Nanau on his health-service exposé Collective
My Dream Palace

“Cinema is my happy place”: Francis Lee celebrates cinemas as community spaces

By Francis Lee

“Cinema is my happy place”: Francis Lee celebrates cinemas as community spaces
My Dream Palace

Christian Petzold on discovering The Deer Hunter one wintry night in Berlin

By Christian Petzold

Christian Petzold on discovering The Deer Hunter one wintry night in Berlin
My Dream Palace

Cate Shortland on escaping suburbia in Australia’s arthouse cinemas

By Cate Shortland

Cate Shortland on escaping suburbia in Australia’s arthouse cinemas
Interviews

“These are the untold stories that make up our nation”: Steve McQueen on Small Axe

By David Olusoga

“These are the untold stories that make up our nation”: Steve McQueen on Small Axe
Interviews

“In my pictures you can’t hide”: Roy Andersson on humour and truth

By James Mottram

“In my pictures you can’t hide”: Roy Andersson on humour and truth
Interviews

“Colonialism is the ultimate cancel culture” – Femi Nylander and Rob Lemkin on their Heart of Darkness riff African Apocalypse

By Kaleem Aftab

“Colonialism is the ultimate cancel culture” – Femi Nylander and Rob Lemkin on their Heart of Darkness riff African Apocalypse
Interviews

“There’s heartbreak in someone losing themselves”: Relic director Natalie Erika James on her love of gothic and Asian horror

By James Bell

“There’s heartbreak in someone losing themselves”: Relic director Natalie Erika James on her love of gothic and Asian horror
Interviews

Chicken director Alana Hicks: “The industry is shifting radically. People are being held accountable for their bias”

By Whelan Barzey

Chicken director Alana Hicks: “The industry is shifting radically. People are being held accountable for their bias”
Interviews

“It was like a fever dream”: Tamar-kali on writing the score for Shirley

By Frances Morgan

“It was like a fever dream”: Tamar-kali on writing the score for Shirley
Interviews

“I was made for horror”: Barbara Steele is an angel for Satan

By David Cairns and Daniel Riccuito

“I was made for horror”: Barbara Steele is an angel for Satan
Interviews

“The political will is still not there”: Ken Fero on his potent police brutality documentary Ultraviolence

By Flora Spencer Grant

“The political will is still not there”: Ken Fero on his potent police brutality documentary Ultraviolence
Interviews

“I like cinema that cracks open your sense of the world”: Remi Weekes on His House

By Leila Latif

“I like cinema that cracks open your sense of the world”: Remi Weekes on His House
Interviews

“In the end you can’t help but make stuff in a postmodern way”: Ben Wheatley on re-filming Rebecca

By Christina Newland

“In the end you can’t help but make stuff in a postmodern way”: Ben Wheatley on re-filming Rebecca
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