Mary Harron: directing the undirectable

It’s hard not to feel depressingly boring when you interview Mary Harron. She’s incredibly rock’n’roll, wearing leather trousers at 50 which I can’t pull off at 20, and confidently moves from talking about her childhood spent on film sets (her first step-mother was scouted by Stanley Kubrick) to Christian Bale’s “bionic” ability to sweat on command. 

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Director Vicky Jewson: ‘How often do you see a real female action hero?’

Oxford is in Vicky Jewson’s blood. Born in the John Radcliffe Hospital, she has lived in or around the city for most of her life. For her first film, Lady Godiva, the streets of Oxford doubled for Coventry. Her second, Born of War, uses Oxford more explicitly. A local girl, who struggles to fit in […]

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Countdown: Three Bollywood Films Shot in Oxford

  3 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love A romantic drama film released in 2007, Salaam-e-Ishq is the unofficial remake of the British film, Love Actually. It is directed by Nikhil Advani, the same man who directed the critically acclaimed and financially successful, Kal Ho Naa Ho. However, unlike the aforementioned film, Salaam-e-Ishq was said by […]

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Why TV is where it’s at: talking to Greg Brenman

It is easy to see how Greg Brenman stays true to his maxim of being nice to everyone he meets. Warm, confident and possessing a dry sense of humour, he speaks easily and eloquently about his work as Producer on massive successes like Billy Elliot, Peaky Blinders and Ripper Street, to the audience at the […]

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