London Film Cast Q&A

As 2001: A Space Odyssey warps back into cinemas, the Smoke Screen recalls speaking to the original Discovery astronauts

GARY LOCKWOOD AND KEIR DULLEA IN 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. With 2001: A Space Odyssey, director Stanley Kubrick redefined the science-fiction film genre,  the limits of filmmaking itself, and cemented his legacy as one of the most revolutionary and influential film directors of all time. Originally released in 70mm Cinerama roadshow format on April 3 1968, the […]

Ian McKellen on Richard III and Shakespeare on film: ‘You can have a wonderful “Shakespeare movie” with hardly any Shakespeare in it all…’

UK-USA 1995 Directed by Richard Loncraine 103 min Digital 15 Playing in the BFI’s Shakespeare on Film Season. RATING: ★★★★★ Back on the big screen in a new Park Circus digital restoration, and part of the BFI Shakespeare on Film Season, Richard III is looking mighty fine at age 21. A bombastic and zippily-paced adaption […]

BFI Highlights April 2016: Shakespeare on Screen, Alan Parker, Agnieszka Holland, Big Screen Classics…

See BFI Southbank website for full details. April 2016 Highlights: Big Screen Classics strand begins: Aprils sees the BFI launching a new regular strand in its programming. Big Screen Classics aims to keep landmark films screening on a regular basis alongside the themed seasons and special events. Among the offerings this month are Chinatown, The […]

Richard Gere Q&A + screening of TIME OUT OF MIND at Picturehouse Central (3 March)

Thu 3rd Mar 7.30pm. Picturehouse Central. The veteran American icon himself, Richard Gere, will be at Picturehouse Central on March 3 to discuss his latest role as a homeless man on the cold streets of New York, in Orin Moverman’s Time Out of Mind. Details: Time Out of Mind, from Academy Award nominated writer/director Oren […]


Acclaimed writer-director Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and co-director Duke Johnson will be presenting and discussing their new Kickstarter-backed puppet comedy Anomalisa at this very special preview at Curzon. The film arrives on UK shores on the back of a wave of acclaim after its festival and stateside […]

BFI Highlights for March 2016: Godard, Preston Sturges, Frank Cvitanovich and John Lasseter at Disney…

Hitchcock/Truffaut BFI March Highlights: International Women’s Day screening of Speed Sisters, a film about women, by women. A screening of Kent Jones’s acclaimed documentary about the meeting of two filmmaking legends: Hitchcock/Truffaut,  + Q&A. Hitchcock’s masterpieces Vertigo and Psycho also have extended runs at the BFI to accompany Jones’s documentary. A rare chance to see director […]

THE ROOM at the Prince Charles with Tommy Wiseau (Love is Blind 2016 tour) – Feb 2016

He’s back, this time as part of his ‘Love is Blind 2016’ tour (following from the ‘Love is Blind 2015’ tour, you get the picture, its a yearly thing). Tommy Wiseau, director, producer, star and general face of what is probably the most popular worst film ever made – The Room- is back to present […]

“What you don’t see is a dramatic recreation of his Wikipedia page”: Michael Fassbender and writer Aaron Sorkin on “Steve Jobs”.

Michael Fassbender as tech iconoclast Steve Jobs. Source : Universal We all carry Apple co-founder and tech design visionary Steve Job’s legacy around with us every day, in the form of the iMacs, iPhones and iPads that sit in our pockets and briefcases, and on top of our desktops. Apart from revolutionising the way we […]

Deeds not words! Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Sarah Gavron on Suffragette

It has been a while since this writer can remember attending a film press conference where all of the panel guests were women. But with women’s movement drama Suffragette, which opened this year’s London Film Festival, women were not just foregrounded in the casting, but were built into the DNA of the production from the […]

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