Filmmakers in Wonderland by Daniel Fawcett

17.05.10
Alice, Jan Svankmajer “I think it worked quite well but not entirely as I expected, thought Alice to herself.” Jan Svankmajer (1988) Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010)  is the latest in a long line of film adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s books, the first being a splendid twelve-minute short made in 1903. Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player. var WT1_1 = { params : { wmode : "opaque", allowscriptaccess ...
Lessons from Lars von Trier by Daniel Fawcett

27.04.10
The Five Obstructions, Lars von Trier and Jorgen Leth “This is therapy, not a film competition with yourself. You’ve made the best film, I assume the best was the first. We are using it to go back in time, to see where we can go and examine it.” Lars von Trier, The Five Obstructions Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player. var WT3_3 = { params : ...
Clouzot’s L’Enfer and the importance of taking risks by Daniel Fawcett

09.03.10
L'Enfer - George Henri Clouzot In 1964, director Georges Henri Clouzot was given an unlimited budget and complete creative freedom to make L’Enfer. He was fifty-seven years old and had made many successful films. What does a director in such a privileged position do? A more commercially minded person, a more sensible person, would have played it safe and made something to mirror past successes. But Clouzout ...
Jeff Keen – Instant Cinema

18.12.09
Jeff Keen, Marvo Movie (1967). Image courtesy of the BFI Daniel Fawcett on the great artist filmmaker, Jeff Keen. I met experimental filmmaker Jeff Keen this week; he is now 86 and sadly ill with cancer. I went to his house and met him and his wife Jackie. We talked for several hours about art, Brighton, their life together and of course his films. They have found themselves ...
The Jarman Award: Derek Jarman: Recollections

22.09.09
Derek Jarman. Image courtesy of James Mackay The Jarman Award “gives recognition and support to artists working with the moving image, and whose work, like Jarman’s, resists conventional definition, encompassing innovation and excellence.” The shortlisted artists for 2009 are Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Simon Martin, Lindsay Seers and Stephen Sutcliffe. And the winner – who receives £10,000 and a Channel 4 Three Minute Wonders commission ...