Film Fact File – Who exactly is Martin McDonagh?


With Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri poised to sweep award season there might be a fair few of you asking just who is Martin McDonagh? And how did he create one of the most original scripts we’ve seen in years?

But writing has been a lifelong love affair for McDonagh and he’s perhaps better known amongst theatre crowds than cinema goers. Let’s have a snoop around in his back catalogue and see just exactly how he honed his distinct style.

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Read Woody Allen’s Interview with Paris Review entitled ‘The Art of Humour’

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In this interview the infamous New Yorker and director Woody Allen he discusses his hopes for the future legacy of his films, writing for different mediums, and why humour is the source of many of his great successes. Originally conducted in 1985 and then pieced together over several phone interviews at a later date, journalist Michiko Kakutani gets a great insight into the directors process for the Paris Review.

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Listen to Richard Linklater talk about what it’s like to be a self-taught filmmaker

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Richard Linklater talks about what it’s like to be a self-taught filmmaker and his long road to mainstream recognition. Linklater started out making 16mm films for over 9 years in Austin, Texas as largely experimental exercises. Listen to this great clip (via filmschoolcomments) and discover what inspired the ‘Boyhood’ director to keep plugging away at filmmaking.

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Spike Jonze’s Short Film ‘I’m Here’

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‘I’m Here – A Love story in an ablsolut world’

Check out this short scifi-romance film from director Spike Jonze where he explores similar themes to his 2013 feature film ‘Her’ which won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Starring Andrew Garfield and Sienna Guillroy.

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Film Masterclass: Paul Thomas Anderson


We can’t wait for the release of Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film Inherent Vice, where he’s teamed up with Joaquin Phoenix for an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. So we’ve collected some of the directors finest interviews from all over the web, to give you an insight into his filmmaking process.

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Lena Dunham: Interview


On Friday night the London Southbank Royal Festival Hall hosted Brooklyn’s own Lena Dunham, the writer, director and star of HBO’s Emmy award winning ‘Girls’ and the feature film ‘Tiny Furniture.’ The Festival Hall was packed to see her interviewed about her new book ‘Not that kind of Girl’ with the journalist Caitlin Moran. She filled the venue usually reserved for grand Orchestras with ease. The adoring crowd warmed to Dunham (the self confessed anglophile) as if she were one of their own, to the point where there were times that felt as if it was Dame Judi Dench sat on stage and not a young twenty eight year old woman.

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An Interview with director Bennett Miller at the BFI


Last night the BFI Southbank hosted Bennett Miller for a candid interview spanning his movie career as part of the London Film Festival 2014. Miller gave a thoughtful and reflective insight into how he approached each of his films from his early life and the making of his debut The Cruise (1998) right through to his latest Foxcatcher (2014.)

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