Deborah Davis talks THE FAVOURITE, Rivalries and the Future – Gill Pringle interviews (Exclusive)

If J K Rowling is frequently held up as a model of persistence – her original Harry Potter manuscript initially rejected by 12 publishers – then The Favourite screenwriter Deborah Davis surely holds a place up there, her own screenplay taking a staggering 20 years before becoming a fully-realized movie. That delayed gratification has made her accomplishment all the more sweet, today nominated for best original screenplay Oscar and BAFTAs.

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Alfonso Cuaron on Mother Figures in Life and in ROMA – Sarah Knight Adamson Interviews

In capturing the monotonous tasks carried out daily by his beloved housekeeper/caregiver, Alfonso Cuaron invites us to witness quiet colorless moments that seen in Roma to shine as brightly as a rainbow. Roma, is nothing short of an artful masterpiece.

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Jen McGowan talks RUST CREEK and FilmPowered Women – Leslie Combemale interviews

In the world of cinema, sometimes filmgoers don’t know what they are missing until they see it. Director Jen McGowan’s Rust Creek is an escape thriller that centers on college student Sawyer Scott (Hermione Corfield) who gets lost in the back roads of Kentucky only to be attacked and hunted deep into the forest by two local men. Rust Creek reframes the genre.

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KiKi Layne Talks BEALE STREET, Tish and Barry Jenkins – Nell Minow interviews

Kiki Layne has an extraordinary breakthrough performance in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, based on the 1974 novel by James Baldwin. She plays Tish, deeply in love with the unjustly accused Fonny (Stephan James) and pregnant with his child. In an interview, she discussed her early love of acting, creating the look of her character, and the challenge of doing justice to the voiceover narration, her character’s thoughts and Baldwin’s language.

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Barry Jenkins on Love, Social Commentary and BEALE STREET – Mae Abdulbaki interviews

Barry Jenkins has another fantastic film on his hands with his latest, If Beale Street Could Talk. This follow-up to the Oscar-winning Moonlight is moving, the cinematography is vivid and draws you in, while the characters invite you into their world and linger in your thoughts long after the screen goes dark.

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Aislinn Clarke on Found Footage, Belfast and THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas interviews (Exclusive)

Released in the United States through IFC Films in mid-2018, Aislinn Clarke’s feature film debut The Devil’s Doorway is an extraordinary accomplishment for a number of reasons. The first feature-length horror movie directed by a woman in Northern Ireland, it is also one of the very rare feature-length found footage horror films directed by a woman.

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Filmmaker Anu Aun on EIA’S CHRISTMAS AT PHANTOM OWL FARM – Tara Karajica interviews

Estonian writer-director and producer Anu Aun’s Eia’s Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm screened at Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival. Her short film Shift has screened at 70 seventy festivals including Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere, Grimstad, Montreal, Shanghai, Uppsala and Rome and won 17 prizes from all over the world. The Estonian Filmmaker’s Union gave this film the XIII Estonian Film Days Annual Film Award while the Estonian National Culture Foundation awarded “Shift” as The Best Debut of the Cultural Year.

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Zoe Kazan talks Writing WILDLIFE and Real Women – Brandy McDonnell interviews

Zoe Kazan isn’t particularly surprised by some of the criticism that some have leveled at the main female character in Wildlife, the acclaimed period drama she penned with her partner, Paul Dano. “I think some of the criticism about ‘Oh, is she unlikable? Is she unsympathetic?’ feels really misplaced to me. It feels like it has more to do with the way we as a society think about who and what a mother should be and what a wife should be than it is really about this character,” Kazan comments.

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Joel Edgerton and Garrard Conley talk BOY ERASED – Nell Minow interviews

Joel Edgerton wrote, directed, and stars in Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley’s memoir/expose about his time in a brutally abusive Christian “gay conversion” program. When the film was screened at the Middleburg Film Festival, Edgerton and Conley spoke about what the theme and story mean to them.

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Peter Hedges Talks Julia Roberts, Drug Use and BEN IS BACK – Nell Minow interviews

Peter Hedges wrote and directed Ben is Back,”with his son Lucas Hedges in the title role of a recovering addict who unexpectedly comes home for Christmas. His mother, played by Julia Roberts, welcomes him with joy but immediately hides all of the medicine and jewelry in the house. The mingled emotions of love, apprehension, panic, and anger play out as Ben’s past comes back to haunt him and the whole family.

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