Alan Menken - Secrets To Scoring

Submitted by John Millar on Fri, 11/26/2004 - 16:00

Composer Alan Menken has won more Oscars than Jack Nicholson and Tom Hanks combined: he won two for Best Score and Best Song in 1990 for The Little Mermaid, two more in 1992 for Beauty and The Beast, another couple in 1993 for Aladdin and topped up with two more in 1996 for Pocahontas. He has also been nominated for Oscars for Little Shop of Horrors, Hercules and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.

Here Menken talks about some of the creative decisions he and lyricist Glenn Slater made on the Western-themed, Disney animation Home On The Range, which is now out on DVD.

Jerry Bruckheimer At The Round Table

Submitted by A Gent on Thu, 11/25/2004 - 16:00

Q: The historians were pleasantly surprised that you really wanted King Arthur to be as accurate as possible?
Jerry Bruckheimer: It's always hard to balance history with good storytelling. We were able to weave our drama and our characterisations against the backdrop of what the historians believe to be the Arthurian legend.

Hitting Back at Domestic Abuse

Submitted by Matthew Arnoldi on Wed, 11/24/2004 - 16:00

Take My Eyes, Spanish actress/director Iciar Bollain's third film, is a sensitively handled love story with dark overtones that has won seven Goya awards (the equivalent of the UK Baftas). It was also garlanded with the Best Actor and Best Actress awards at the 2004 San Sebastian International Film Festival.

The end of the world as we know it?

Submitted by Matthew Arnoldi on Thu, 11/11/2004 - 16:00

The BFI's 48th London Film Festival drew to a finish last week, ending on a wildly eccentric note with David 'Flirting with disaster' O Russell's I Love huckabees. In a sense Russell was indeed flirting with disaster. If reports are anything to go by, the film is one you'll either love or hate. Given its an existentialist comedy, which for some will leave them none the wiser, clearly it's all in the interpretation!

The Corporation: a reformist plea for state regulation.

Submitted by Joanne Laurier… on Wed, 10/27/2004 - 16:00

From the World Socialist Web Site (

The Corporation, the two-and-a-half hour documentary by producer/director Mark Achbar, director/editor Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan, has attracted considerable attention. After screenings at various film festivals, including Toronto and Sundance, and an airing on Canadian television, the film opened in the US in June.

William Karel on The World According to Bush

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Wed, 10/06/2004 - 16:00

The director of the French documentary The World According to Bush (Le Monde Selon Bush), the film that got bumped at the Cannes film festival by Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, hopes that he will still find a way for Americans to see his film before the presidential election on 2nd November.

William Karel was speaking on Tuesday at the Vancouver International Film Festival where his film, made originally for French television, had its international premiere. Festival organisers have scheduled extra screenings of the film after it sold out to capacity audiences.

Vancouver International Film Festival trade forum

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 09/27/2004 - 16:00

The Vancouver International Film Festival Trade Forum (VIFFTF) finished on Saturday with a day of packed seminars and a party for new filmmakers. The four-day Forum was a rare opportunity to hear the likes of Nurse Betty writer John C. Richards, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind cinematographer Ellen Curas, and the writer-director of recent low-budget success Open Water, Chris Kentis.