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How to make a film out of personal experience

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

An aspiring filmmaker reveals how she set about channelling real-life struggles into her first script.

The story of British cinema’s forgotten revolutionary

By Sam Thompson

Radical socialist filmmaker Marc Karlin emerged as a key counterculture figure in the 1970s and ’80s.

God’s country? How The Witch recalls America’s Puritanical past

By Mark Asch

Robert Eggers’ film provides an evocative reminder of the anxieties, fears and early religious beliefs that shaped the New World.

How London became Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest character

By Ivan Radford

The director’s deep affection for his home city can be felt throughout his revered body of work.

A brief guide to the best and worst movie cameos

By Jonathan Bacon

Zoolander 2 uses them terribly, but history tells us that the art of the bit part is anything but simple.

In defence of Robert De Niro

By Matt Thrift

Dirty Grandpa may be an indefensible dud, but the actor’s recent output is nowhere near as bad as everyone seems to think.

A Fiennes Mess – Why the casting of a new Michael Jackson TV show has ruffled feathers

By Ashley Clark

The news that Joseph Fiennes, a white British actor, will play the King of Pop is as perplexing as it is insulting.

The art of truthful storytelling

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Boston Globe journalist Mike Rezendes, played by Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight, reveals how to speak the truth.

How boxing movies put black heroes in the frame

By Christina Newland

From Body and Soul to Creed, the sports movie has a rich tradition of raising awareness around issues of class and race.

What’s so great about Harmony Korine’s Gummo?

By David Jenkins

How has this grisly and graphic scrap book of middle American misery endured for nearly 20 years?

Peanuts and the cult of newspaper comic strips

By Nick Pinkerton

With Snoopy and Charlie Brown back in cinemas, Nick Pinkerton explores the legacy of Charles M Schultz and other innovative cartoonists.

What makes a feminist porn film?

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Erika Lust is a Swedish porn director informed by sex-positive, feminist, art-film values.

Is it possible to make a movie while suffering from depression?

By Little White Lies

Signe Baumane describes her journey from a Soviet mental hospital to director of animated feature, Rocks in my Pockets.

A 10 point guide to saving 35mm

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Director of the Close-Up Film Centre Damien Sanville offers a possible route to a 35mm revival.

Can films change the world?

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

It’s possible for a movie to have a positive impact on society and the individual.

Jurassic Park and the story of the modern blockbuster

By David Jenkins

Steven Spielberg’s beloved 1993 movie is about so much more than dinosaurs.

How Mean Streets changed the face of American cinema

By Paul Risker

With Martin Scorsese’s seminal crime drama finally out on Blu-ray, we gauge the film’s enduring influence.

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