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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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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Love & Desiree

Love & Desiree

By: Matthew Tilt

With her debut feature Appropriate Behaviour, writer-director-star Desiree Akhavan has made some serious waves. She talks sex, comedy and manic pixie girls with Matthew Tilt. There’s v...

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The dark side of Steve Carell

The dark side of Steve Carell

By: David Baldwin

Bennett Miller’s new film Foxcatcher features a startling turn from Steve Carell as millionaire John du Pont, arrested in 1996 for the murder of athlete Dave Schultz. David Baldwin talked to ...

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