Plenty of West In Vancouver Fest

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Wed, 09/07/2005 - 16:00

Local filmmaker Aubrey Nealon's debut feature A Simple Curve kicks off the Canadian Images section of the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2005. The film looks at how a young man living in the pictaresque Slocan Valley resolves to go his separate way from his hippie parents.

"In a year marked by an impressive range of strong Western Canadian features, Nealon's warm and witty debut stands out as a well-crafted and fully realized gem," says Diane Burgess, VIFF's Canadian Images programmer.

If Bill Nighy Designed Earth

Submitted by John Millar on Mon, 09/05/2005 - 16:00

John Miller: In the film your character says he'd rather be happy than right. Could that be an actor's philosophy?

Bill Nighy: I had, in fact, come to that conclusion before I did the movie. There are many times when I settled for happy - forget right, it's boring. And I'm so often wrong so it was never really a problem. It's hardly ever occurred to me. It was a groove.

Miller: You play a galactic architect, so which bits of the world would you like to have made?

Danny Dyer's Business<br />

Submitted by A Gent on Tue, 08/30/2005 - 16:00

In the last six years, 28 year old Danny Dyer has established himself as a rising star in English cinema. From the spaced out Moff in Human Traffic, to battle-hardened football hooligan Tommy Johnson in The Football Factory, he has made his mark on twentysomething audiences, portraying characters they can instantly recognise and perhaps identify with. Other films include Goodbye Charlie Bright, High Heels & Low Lifes and Mean Machine.

Book review: Get Your Documentary Funded and Distributed

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 07/24/2005 - 16:00

There's nothing like the fund-raising process to dampen a filmmaker's spirit. Yes, you could just grab a video camera and shoot that doc that's been percolating away all this time, but wouldn't it be nice to be paid to do what you love?

Get Your Documentary Funded and Distributed edited by Jess Search and Melissa McCarthy of the UK filmmaking network Shooting People, is designed to help newcomers navigate the labyrinth of documentary financing and distribution.

Rambette of the Caves

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Sun, 07/10/2005 - 16:00

Shauna Macdonald made a reluctant acting debut 20 years ago in a church hall in Portobello, Edinburgh. She was just four and her mum had to force her on stage. The fairy she played that day has little in common with her latest role as a sexy action woman, fighting for her life against vicious subterranean creatures in The Descent, the film that is being hailed as the best British horror movie in years.

Ondi Timoner on Dig!

Submitted by Tartan Films on Sat, 07/02/2005 - 16:00

DiG! director Ondi Timoner has made music videos and music documentaries for The Dandy Warhols, Dave Koz, Vanessa Carlton, The Vines, Paul Westerberg and Lucinda Williams. He graduated from Yale University and founded her company Interloper in 1994. She filmed the documentaries Voices From Inside Time about incarcerated women in Connecticut, and later, The Nature of the Beast, about one woman's heroic journey through the criminal justice system.

Q: How did you get to know The Dandy Warhols?

Life and Death in New Jersey: Todd Solondz on Palindromes

Submitted by Jeannette Catsoulis on Sat, 05/21/2005 - 16:00

A determined chronicler of hell in all its forms-whether teenage (Welcome to the Dollhouse), sexual (Happiness), or creative (Storytelling)-filmmaker Todd Solondz continues to unsettle with the abortion-themed drama, Palindromes. Here he discusses choice, change, and the illusion of free will.

Jeannette Catsoulis: What was your starting point for the film?