Reviews and Interviews Index

Reviews and Interviews

Brazil: The Emergence Of A New Indie Film Scene

One of our fabulous interns returns --... read on

Big Dom In Little China

One of our fabulous interns returns --... read on

The 20 Most Frequently Asked Questions Of Elliot Grove During The 20 Years Of Raindance 2013

by Elliot Grove -- I taught myself how to read and analyse screenplays when I started out running this film festival. Between 1992 and 2003 I read and wrote critiques on over 2,500 screenplays including Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and 51st... read on

7 Ways To Make Your Film Career Stand Out

by Elliot Grove -- I got up this morning and as per usual had a sneaky look at my email while I was waiting for the coffee to brew. The subject line just jumped at me:"call for applications: collaborative program 2012" Looking at it now, it doesn't... read on

Emily Hagins: Teen Filmmaker

by Erik Waldman -- After viewing the documentary Zombie Girl: The Movie, I learned so much about the youngest filmmaker to receive a Texas Filmmakers Production Fund Grant.  Emily Hagins was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (my hometown) and moved... read on

Do You Hear The Film Stars Sing?

by Erik Waldman -- Two years ago, Kathryn Bigelow shocked the audience when she announced Tom Hooper as winner of the Best Director Oscar for The King’s Speech over David Fincher for the Social Network. Not long after, the world received another... read on

Make Our Story - Review

By Patrick Chamberlain -- Make Our Story is a documentary about the UK independent film industry. It gives a really good overview of the industry and how it works to help young or emerging talent. This film is very thorough and gets a great insight... read on

Where Is David Lynch?

by Erik Waldman -- Make Our Story is a documentary about the UK independent film industry. It gives a really good overview of the industry and how it works to help young or emerging talent. This film is very thorough and gets a great insight from UK... read on

Ghosted Review

by James Burbidge -- When the fresh inmate Paul catches the eye of the predatory Clay, Jack tries to take Paul under his wing and protect him from the darkest sides of prison life. The British prison drama is a staple of the industry, they are... read on

The Devil's Rock Interview

by James Burbidge -- An interview with Paul Campion... read on

The Beaver Review

by James Burbidge -- It’s a pity Mel Gibson is an effective actor when he wants to be – it would be much easier to write him off after his racist/misogynistic rants if he were awful. Now Hollywood is looking to The Beaver to see whether the... read on

Treme Review

by James Burbidge -- From the guys that brought you The Wire comes Treme - a handful of stories set in New Orleans, three months after Hurricane Katrina rolled through. We follow, variously: a Mardi Gras Indian Chief preparing for the first... read on

Rabbit Hole

by Raffaele Trapanese -- Rabbit hole is the story of married couple Howie (Aaron Eckhart) and Becca (Nicole Kidman) who get lost in the infinite hole of desperation after the death of their only son. This powerful film immerses you in the... read on

I Come With the Rain

by Frankie Nehra -- I Come With The Rain is a tense thriller, written and directed by French filmmaker Tran Anh Hung, whose previous films include Norwegian Wood and The Vertical Ray of Sun. I Come With the Rain is both beautiful and brutal in its... read on

Win Win

by James Burbidge -- Off the back of indie hits The Station Agent and The Visitor, Tom McCarthy has moved into slightly broader, more commercial territory with Win Win. In this film he finds a wonderful balance between an open and easy story, and... read on

A Screaming Man

by James Burbidge -- Winner of the Cannes Jury Prize in 2010, A Screaming Man is a subtle film: something of a character study against the backdrop of a civil war. Adam (Youssouf Djaoro) is a former African swimming champion who works as the pool... read on

Meek's Cutoff Review

by James Burbidge -- Meek’s cutoff is an odd but impressive piece of indie cinema. Effectively an ensemble film it follows a group of waggoners on their way out west in the early days of the American colonies. Employing the services of a grizzled... read on

Source Code Review

by James Burbidge -- Source Code is the second film from Duncan Jones, acclaimed director of the award-winning Moon. All those following his career with baited breath can unbait it and breathe a sigh of relief: Source Code is good. With a fresh... read on

Submarine Review

by James Burbidge -- Richard Ayoade’s Submarine has, as you are probably aware, garnered a lot of favourable reviews. This one will follow that basic template. For, based on a book by Joe Dunthorne, Ayoade has written and directed a... read on

Norwegian Wood Review

by James Burbidge -- Based on the bestselling book of the same title by Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood is a love story set in 60s Japan. Across the world, a whole generation is in revolt, but for young Watanabe (played by Kenichi Matsuyama) problems... read on

Howl Review

by James Burbidge -- Howl is not something you’re supposed to do. Well, actually howling is ok, but making a biographical film about a writer and a particular piece of writing is not. How do you dramatise the process of writing? How do you make... read on

Club Zeus Inteview

by Margherita Pellegrino -- When a great idea strikes a penniless filmmaker, it's time to liaise with “th' old wits.” Put together a fine screenplay, a fertile imagination and a positive and hardworking attitude, and you have the potential to... read on

Brighton Rock Review

by James Burbidge -- I’ll come clean straight away: I have neither read the book, nor seen the original Brighton Rock, starring Richard Attenborough. Nor have I seen the martial arts version, Brighton Wok. This, Rowan Joffe assures us, won’t be a... read on

Animal Kingdom Review

by James Burbidge -- What is it about criminal families that is so fascinating? From the Corleones to the DiMeo’s and the Rooneys to the Krays; that combination of blood, violence, trust and betrayal always makes for a riveting watch. Well, add the... read on

Somewhere: Know Less, See More

by James Mannarino -- ‘Years active’ is a figure that’s endemic to the Wikipedia pages of people in the entertainment industry – it isn’t included in the profiles of politicians, businessmen/women, painters, novelists or engineers – just... read on

Dog Pound Review

by laura Clark -- Dog Pound is loosely based upon Alan Clarke's notorious Scum (1979), which was withdrawn from the BBC but remade and consequentially became one of the most notorious films of the 1980s. So whilst Dog Pound isn't a wholly original... read on

Blue Valentine Review

by Christian Bell -- Blue Valentine tells the love story of Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) from its beginning to its end and features powerful performances from both leads.  The film intercuts two timelines and shows the contrasts... read on

The King's Speech Review

by James Burbidge -- The King’s Speech is clearing up at the awards ceremonies so far. Sweeping the board at the BIFAs (Best: Film, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, and Screenplay) and leading the nominations at the Golden Globes,... read on

True Grit: A Model for the Modern American Western

by James Mannarino -- The box office success and critical acclaim of True Grit are welcome indications that the Western genre is not dead. 1992’s Unforgiven is the latest instance of a Western that may be considered great, with the majority of... read on

Review of Producer to Producer

by Brenna Erickson -- Producer to Producer is a fantastic book for anyone interested in independent filmmaking.  It is an excellent tool for not only producers, but also directors, writers, actors, and yes, even lowly crew members.  The book... read on

Hammer and Tongs Collection Review

by Laura Clark -- If you're over the age of 16, chances are you will have invested many hours (or still do!) engrossed in MTV/VH1 and are already familiar with the cult videos of Hammer and Tongs (director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith... read on

The Thorn in the Heart Review

by James Burbidge -- Michel Gondry is the acclaimed director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, countless music videos and a large handful of shorts and other documentaries. In this, very personal, film, he turns the camera on... read on

Monsters Review

by James Burbidge -- Monsters is full of ambivalences: British, but set in America; low budget, but with high production values; visually ambitious, but with a wonderfully small story.... read on

Legend of the Fist Review

by James Burbidge -- Director Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs trilogy) and actor and action director Donnie Yen (Hero) should make for a potent combination, but unfortunately this take on the legendary character Chen Zhen falls flat.... read on

Chatroom Review

by James Burbidge -- Written by Enda Walsh, Chatroom is adapted from his own dark play about the relationships teenagers can form on the Internet. Directed by Ringu’s Hideo Nakata and with a main cast of just 5 characters, Chatroom studies the... read on

Adrift Review

by James Burbidge -- Set on the Brazilian coastline, Adrift takes place during a family’s long, lazy summer holidays. The father, Mathias, is played Vincent Cassel (Mesrine(s), Brotherhood of the Wolf) in his first Portuguese language film. He... read on

Review of Symbols, Images, Codes

by Brenna Erickson -- This is a great book to read for any indie filmmaker trying to make a film.  Actually it's better for any filmmaker trying to make a subtle film.  It covers the basics of symbolism and is full to the brim with both classic ... read on

Sean McConville Interview

by Sarah Yoo -- Sean McConville, like many aspiring film directors, hoped to make it big in Hollywood. His drive and passion set him apart from many who may want to but don’t do. Sean took action to pursue his dreams by selling his house, quitting... read on

Mega Piranha: The New Dawn of the C-Movie?

by Marek Steven -- I like to think I have a pretty broad taste in cinema. I probably favour intelligence over zap-bang thrills, but I like the better action movies and I have some guilty pleasures in most genres. Despite this I have only recently... read on

Navin Ramaswaran Interview

by Raindance -- Navin Ramaswaran is a Toronto based filmmaker who is promoting his first feature film, Nara, screening at the Toronto Underground Cinema on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 9:00pm. Originally from Windsor, Navin started Splice... read on

Interview With Christopher Vogler

by Christian Bell -- Christopher Vogler is a veteran story consultant for major Hollywood film companies and a respected teacher of filmmakers and writers around the globe.  His book “The Writer’s Journey”, applying the ancient patterns of... read on

The Onassis Women

by Raindance -- Love and passion, wealth and power.  A recipe for a modern Greek tragedy, the life of Ari Onassis has been a fascinating topic for many including Nick Manousakis.  This was a story Nick had wanted to retell as a writer & producer in... read on

Interview with Christopher Redmond

by Novelette Gordon -- Christopher Redmond is Co-founder/ Project Manager of the Burundi Film Center. His film, Nothing's The Same screened at Raindance in 2008. In 2006, while on an internship in Rwanda, Alberta native via Ottawa Ontario,... read on

The End of The World Awards

by Mike Ellis -- So bad news everyone.  By Early 2012 everyone on Earth will be dead.  Sorry.  Turns out the moon’s orbit went all cock-eyed and it’s heading straight for us.  Why, you ask?  Recent research shows that the American flag... read on

Is Michael Bay The New Hitchcock?

by Mike Ellis -- From time to time, Raindance pauses and comments on one of the many strange things this world offers. It could be political, cultural or religious. Just plain straight wrong.   Here is today’s "Renounced"... read on

Worlds Deadliest Fighting Secrets

by Floyd Webb -- What a timely article. Your 10 Ways Filmmakers Manage Their Online Reputation is right on point and good advice. I have been dealing with Trolls on the internet for 4 years now, since I started my search online for information... read on

Sons Of Cuba

by Raindance -- The roots of this film go back to 2005 when I attended the EICTV, a film school outside Havana set up by Fidel Castro, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Argentine documentary maker Fernando Birri. There I hoped to meet people who could... read on

Gingerbread Man

by Raindance -- This film was one of the most talked about films at Raindance when it screened at Raindance in 2003 where it deservedly won Best Film.... read on

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