Slog: Manjinder Virk on With Love From Calais

On February 14th 2016, I decided to go to Calais with a cinematographer friend of mine, Annemarie Lean-Vercoe. We were going to go the now infamous “Jungle” refugee camp. Partly to document what we saw, partly to give donations but also to see with our own eyes what was going on. The camp was continuously … Continue reading “Slog: Manjinder Virk on With Love From Calais”

Interview: Mania Akbari

Mania Akbari is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, artist, writer, and actress. Her provocative, revolutionary and radical films were recently the subject of retrospectives at the BFI, London (2013), the DFI, Denmark (2014), Oldenburg International Film Festival, Germany (2014) and Cyprus Film Festival (2014). Her films have screened at festivals around the world and have received numerous … Continue reading “Interview: Mania Akbari”

Prevenge: Alice Lowe on Pregnancy, Production & Panic Buckets

Here’s our second instalment of Alice Lowe’s case study of making her first feature film, Prevenge, whose world premiere will open Critics’ Week at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. Read the first instalment, about the shoot, here. * It’s upsetting and sad that people put off kids because we’re waiting for that big break. There’s so much about filmmaking … Continue reading “Prevenge: Alice Lowe on Pregnancy, Production & Panic Buckets”

Prevenge: Alice Lowe on Murder, Cardiff & Making a Human

It’s mid-December 2015 and I’ve got a month to work on the edit of Prevenge before I give birth. We shot a month ago, in Cardiff: I’ve spent Hallowe’en in Cardiff before, and I knew it would be interesting. Everyone was dressed as absolutely crazy things. We filmed on the streets for one particular sequence. … Continue reading “Prevenge: Alice Lowe on Murder, Cardiff & Making a Human”

Testimonial: Hattie Morahan

Hattie Morahan is a stage and screen star. She was was awarded the Best Actress prize at the Critics’ Circle Awards 2013 and won the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012 for her portrayal of Nora in Carrie Cracknell’s A DOLL’S HOUSE at The Young Vic, which transferred to the West End and New … Continue reading “Testimonial: Hattie Morahan”

Interview: Kris Swanberg

Kris Swanberg is the writer-director of the independent feature films It Was Great, But I Was Ready to Come Home, Marriage Material, Empire Builder and Unexpected, and director of the web series Young American Bodies. She has also appeared in films by her husband Joe Swanberg such as Kissing on the Mouth and Hannah Takes the Stairs. … Continue reading “Interview: Kris Swanberg”

Interview: Romola Garai

Romola Garai is an acclaimed actor, writer and director, twice nominated for Golden Globe awards and BIFA awards. ‘Scrubber’, which she wrote, directed and produced, was released as part of Soda Pictures’ New British Cinema Quarterly in 2012. Since her breakout film role in I Capture the Castle (2003), she has appeared in – among others – Vanity Fair (2005), Angel … Continue reading “Interview: Romola Garai”

The Slog: Save Childcare in Camden! – GUEST POST Alexis Zegerman

Alexis Zegerman is a screen and stage actor, best known for her role in Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh, 2008). She has also written screen, stage and radio. She was a finalist for the prestigious 2011-2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and won a British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.     * We have to make … Continue reading “The Slog: Save Childcare in Camden! – GUEST POST Alexis Zegerman”

Testimonial: Alexis Strum

Good example… It is 5am or thereabouts. I am typing this article one-handed, whilst feeding my 6 month old baby girl Melody some pureed parsnips that I cooked myself earlier this morning (not organic, but give me some credit, I did check them for mud). I am wearing sweatpants that I slept in and my … Continue reading “Testimonial: Alexis Strum”