Peter Strickland: Director of Katalin Varga

By Henry Rowsell. Prior to the release of his debut feature length film, Peter Strickland was not a well known name in the British film industry, however Katalin Varga(2009), a harrowing vengeance noir cast against the dramatic and intermittently haunting landscape of Transylvania, has drawn the critical acclaim of judges […]

Larry Cohen: Film Crazy

By Patrick McGilligan. ‘Mr. Cohen has mined a career out of one simple question – what’s the worst that could happen? – which he answers with the stinging, compelling heat of the exploitation thriller.’ (Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times, April 27, 2003) There’s no mistaking a Larry Cohen film. […]

The Wicker Man (1973): Collector’s Edition

By Deirdre Devers. ‘You are despicable little liars’, spits Sgt. Howie (Edward Woodward) to a room full of schoolgirls during the first act of Robin Hardy’s cult classic, The Wicker Man. Sgt. Howie wields the full authority of his policeman’s uniform when he arrives on the idyllic and remote island […]

Freedom Deep and The Book of Eli: An interview with director Aaron Stevenson

By Amy R Handler. In the interview below, Australian filmmaker Aaron Stevenson suggests that screenwriter Gary Whitta may have plagiarized Stevenson’s film Freedom Deep (1998, complete ‘Final Director’s Cut’ in 2008) when penning the script for The Hughes Brothers’ recent film, The Book of Eli. When confronted with Stevenson’s statements, […]

Walter Hill: Last Man Standing

By Patrick McGilligan. Walter Hill’s first produced script was in 1972, but his films are a throwback to the Golden Age and to storytelling traditions that seem increasingly endangered in today’s Hollywood. He brings a modern swagger to old-fashioned genres. He relishes stories that center on male heroics, with cinematic […]

Babak Najafi: Learning to See Sweden – in Teheran

By Daniel Lindvall. Babak Najafi was born in Teheran in 1975 and came to Sweden as a boy in the mid-1980s. He went to film school (1998–2002), specializing in documentary film-making, and then made a series of well-received short films, mostly documentary, gaining him a ‘Bo Widerberg grant’ in 2004. […]

You Don’t Know What Love Is

By Daniel Garrett. The book Annie Proulx’s short story ‘Brokeback Mountain’ is amazing: detailed, observant, naturalistic and smart, it is a story about men and land and love and society – in Wyoming, a state of mountains and valleys, greenlands and deserts. Annie Proulx’s language is mostly spare, though a […]