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Screenwords Meets The Makers Of Mansfield 66/67

Interviewed by Linda Marric

We speak to P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes, the married couple behind the intriguing new documentary about Hollywood camp legend Jayne Mansfield.

One of the most talked about stars of the classical Hollywood era, Mansfield was at one time as famous and as sought after as Marilyn Monroe. Regarded by many as one of the most recognisable sex symbols of the studio era, Mansfield had it all, fame, money and a solid Twentieth Century Fox contract, but it was her dealings with infamous Church Of Satan leader Anton LaVey and her consequent violent death in a car accident which has turned the former starlet into the stuff of legend. In their film Mansfield 66/67, directors  P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes attempt to get behind the legend  and the legacy she left behind.

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Redoubtable: Screenwords Meets Director Michel Hazanavicius

Nadia Bee talks to director Michel Hazanavicius about his latest film Redoubtable. 

A cheerfully iconoclastic film, Michel Hazanavicius’s Redoubtable has provoked both ire and delight. Jean-Luc Godard is considered such a key figure in both European culture and political history that to treat him with levity is outrageous to some, and just deserts to others. Hazanavicius has said that critical responses have, at times, been as if he’d peed on the Sistine Chapel.

The late 1960s marked a turning point in Godard’s career as a filmmaker. He was already well-known for his brilliantly innovative approach to film form, and for his political engagement. He then took film form much further, with his 1967 film La Chinoise – an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s novel The Possessed. It starred his then wife, Anne Wiazemsky. Wiazemsky had been Robert Bresson’s muse, and acted in his film – held by some to be the greatest film of all time – Au Hasard Balthazar (1966). While still very young, she was already a person of note in France, in her own right.

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Ghost Stories: Interview with Andy Nyman & Jeremy Dyson

Ahead of the special screening of Ghost Stories at the Horror Channel Frightfest Glasgow 2018 event, writer / director team Andy Nyman & Jeremy Dyson discuss their special relationship, the film’s journey from stage to screen and no, they don’t believe in ghosts…

Ghost Stories receives it’s Scottish Premiere at FrightFest Glasgow 2018. Excited?

We are beyond excited! It is honestly a dream come true.

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Interview with Gholam Director Mitra Tabrizian

Interview with Mitra Tabrizian, co-writer and director of Gholam by author and Screenwords critic Lee Hill

Gholam is the haunting feature film debut of Mitra Tabrizian. In collaboration with her co-writer, Cyrus Massoudi, Tabrizian has created a subtle character study of an Iranian exile in London trying to make a living as a mini-cab driver and in his free time, struggling to move on from a dark and complicated past as a soldier. While Tabrizian’s film is, in many ways, a examination of loneliness, Gholam is not an embittered character and the film depicts his many acts of kindness and efforts to connect with his more established Iranian counterparts in London.

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Interview: Megan Maczko On Her Role In Ninth Cloud

As The Ninth Cloud is released in the UK, lead actress Megan Maczko discusses her passion for voicing video games, working with Tom Hanks, the hazards of auditioning and the challenges of being an American living in England.

Megan, you play Zena, the protagonist, In THE NINTH CLOUD. How would you describe her?

Zena is a young woman living with an incredible amount of chaos in her heart, desperately seeking the answers to life’s great questions in order to circumvent the pain that she feels from the loss of her parents, from being all alone in the world. She’s delicate but tries desperately to keep that hidden from the world and the people she’s chosen to let in her to life. She’s eccentric, vulnerable, bold, compassionate, guarded and naive.

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Interview: Screenwords meets Daniel Rezende

Interview by Rachael Kaines

You may not have heard of Daniel Rezende, but there’s a good chance that you’ve seen his work. He was nominated for an Oscar, and won a BAFTA for editing 2002’s City of God, he edited other Brazilian gems such as The Motorcycle Diaries, Elite Squad and it’s sequel, City of Men (City of God’s sequel), and Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life.

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Interview: Screenwords Meets John Panton (AKA Meat Bingo)

Words By Linda Marric

From getting comedy writer and ex NME journalist David Quantick to voice-over his first project, to enlisting a whole host of household names such as Rebecca Front and Nigel Planer to star in his short films, director John Panton is by his own admission someone who has never shied away from asking for help. With an already impressive back catalogue under his belt, including a music video he made for the band Elbow, the director known to most as the man behind production company “Meat Bingo”, is more than ready to take the next step into the world of the feature film, and judging by what we’ve seen from him up until now, is likely to be as successful as he has already been so far.  

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The Unseen: Screenwords Meets Jasmine Hyde

Jasmine Hyde talks to Screenwords about her experience of working on the small intimate production of psychological thriller The Unseen, what it was like to come across a script with a strong female lead, and about her time as a satanic nun filming Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens.

What initially drew you to the role?

JH: I read the script about 18 months ago when the director, Gary, who I’d previously worked with in theatre gave me a couple of scripts. I read it and thought that’s a very dark, intriguing story and that Gemma’s a cracking part. A few months later Gary said he was going to do a little pilot. It was only a couple of day’s commitment so I thought, why not. Then when he said he was going to make the film, I said yes, because parts like this don’t really come along that often. So many leads are men, so it’s a bit of a refreshing change. I also thought, my God, she has to go through some stuff and that will be quite interesting, and fun. I use the term fun quite loosely, but you know what I mean.

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