Facing up to the need for diversity in the film industry: an interview with Stephen Frost

Stephen Frost is the founder of Frost Included, a company that has encouraged inclusion and diversity in the corporate world for companies including BP, McDonald’s and Microsoft. He’s now turning his decades of experience to addressing gender, race and sexuality disparities in the entertainment industry, working with production companies such as Kudos, known for Eastern Promises, Spooks and currently the Netflix show Troy: Fall of a City. Frost talks to Christopher Marchant about how the ‘whitewashing’ of history may be doing people of colour...

Interview with UK author Nicholas Leigh

Whether you’re planning an exotic break or a UK staycation, no holiday would be complete without a great book to escape with. We caught up with the British novelist Nicholas Leigh whose fast-paced books will carry you through the summer and beyond.

The Breadwinner: An interview with Nora Twomey and Saara Chaudry

I met Director Nora Twomey and lead actress Saara Chaudry to discuss The Breadwinner, an animation film set in Afghanistan under the Taliban, where 11 year old Parvana is forced to dress like a boy in order to work to support her family after her father is arrested. When did you first come across the story and what attracted you to the idea of making it into an animation film? NT: in 2013 my partners brought home the book from...

Lost In Translation? An Interview With Author Giuseppe Cafiero

In 2011, the Nobel prize-winning Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk spoke out about the “marginalisation” of non-English writers, about the ‘near-invisibility’ of writers in languages other than English, and about the persistent shortage of translations. He also criticised the response of British and American literary critics, who he said perceived him in narrow terms defined by his nationality. In short, he complained about the western world’s dominance over literary culture. But has anything changed since then? In an exclusive Q&A, The...

Satire, Sundance and Stalin: An Interview With Composer Christopher Willis

Christopher Willis is a film composer known for his work on children’s animation such as Mickey Mouse short films, and his collaborations with British satirist Armando Iannucci on Veep and most recently The Death of Stalin. This film has been described as a ‘comedy of terrors’ for its farcical depiction of a scheming Russian politburo desperate to seize total power after the dictator’s demise. The Death of Stalin had its UK release in October 2017, and recently had its American...

Songs of the Sea: Exploring the Soundscape of The Red Turtle

“I thought that it would be a challenge, but a very exciting challenge.” The first draft of celebrated animator Michaël Dudok de Wit’s script for his debut feature, The Red Turtle, did contain some dialogue; “between 15 and 20 lines, which I had written totally believing they were necessary at key moments to explain the motivations of the protagonists, and also to create more empathy with the characters,” he tells me over the phone. Indeed, it was the Japanese producers...

Interview with dating expert and author Rex Wood

Author Rex Wood has been a regular on the dating scene for over a decade. In that time, the 30-year-old banker, based in London, has been on more than 500 dates, and has slept with over 100 women. To polish his playboy performance, Wood has assiduously kept a ‘sex spreadsheet’ that records the first names, dates and location of every erotic encounter he’s had — as well as details about what was going through his mind from the point of...

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