Features

We look at a number of film-related topics in greater detail, featuring interviews with directors and also articles that examine the world of film-making in the Midlands

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Blowing up the universe

Blowing up the universe

By: Thomas Sweet

Over the last ten years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown from a single post-credits scene after 2008’s Iron Man to a media juggernaut. And whenever there’s success, there are always p...

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This is The End

This is The End

By: David Baldwin

Director Dick Carruthers knows something about pressure. When you’ve spent your career making live concert films for the likes of Oasis, The White Stripes, The Killers and Aerosmith, the...

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More than words

More than words

By: Ed Jackson

Sitting across from Michaël Dudok de Wit is uncannily like the feeling you get when watching his films. Kind-eyed and generous, he has the same disarming ease of manner that makes his animati...

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Odds & mods

Odds & mods

By: David Baldwin

‘Who on earth would pose next to a clothes bank, looking like he just got dragged out of the house by his bandmate, halfway though cutting his fringe with his nailclipper?’ Jason William...

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Best served cold

Best served cold

By: David Baldwin

Things get off to a bumpy start in our interview with Alice Lowe - the West Midlands actor, writer and director, whose debut feature Prevenge has been garnering acclaim at various festivals t...

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Exploring surrealism

Exploring surrealism

By: Sabina Stent

I have a theory that those who align their work to Surrealism – whether artists, writers, filmmakers, poets, or academics - are born and not made. To give an example, if you look at David Lyn...

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Walking in Paradise

Walking in Paradise

By: David Baldwin

November 23rd 2009 is a day that will live in infamy for Birmingham historians. That was the day that then architecture minister Margaret Hodge rejected calls to list Birmingham Central Libra...

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Sight & sound

Sight & sound

By: David Baldwin

The notion of making a documentary about the loss of sight seems almost perverse. Film is a visual medium, one celebrated for stunning cinematography and striking composition. To then use tha...

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Birmingham marks the spot

Birmingham marks the spot

By: David Baldwin

Crime stories are always informed by where they’re set. Their often bleak surroundings feed into the drama, infecting everything from character to atmosphere. Think the derelict London Dockla...

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The great unsaid

The great unsaid

By: Phil Parrish

It’s called the tatami shot. The camera is fixed on a short tripod, the lens positioned at waist height and the actors sit on the floor, level with the viewer’s eye line, to give the impressi...

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City of lost souls

City of lost souls

By: Phil Parrish

How impeccably arranged and imprisoned those unhatched eggs seem. Incubated for show and posterity in a drawing room cabinet, these symbols of nascent growth are the first things we see in Fe...

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At the Centre of things

At the Centre of things

By: Luke Jerromes

Hyper local Midlands station Big Centre TV is trying to find its feet on Freeview. Luke Jerromes visited the station's HQ. ‘I bet this would make a brilliant start to your article,’ my...

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