Writers on Film
Talking Cinema with the legendary Michel Ciment
Season 1, Ep. 54
Michel Ciment is the legendary editor of Positif and the author of numerous books on cinema, from Billy Wilder to Stanley Kubrick, Jane Campion to Fritz Lang.
Sean Hogan is Screaming
Season 1, Ep. 60
Sean Hogan is a critic, screenwriter and film director, but I'm talking to him mainly about his two books of metafictional nightmares: England's Screaming and Twilight's Last Screaming.
Dana Stevens on Buster Keaton
Season 1, Ep. 59
Buy the book here. In this genre-defying work of cultural history, the chief film critic ofSlateplaces comedy legend and acclaimed filmmaker Buster Keaton’s unique creative genius in the context of his time.Born the same year as the film industry in 1895, Buster Keaton began his career as the child star of a family slapstick act reputed to be the most violent in vaudeville. Beginning in his early twenties, he enjoyed a decade-long stretch as the director, star, stuntman, editor, and all-around mastermind of some of the greatest silent comedies ever made, includingSherlock Jr.,The General, andThe Cameraman.Even through his dark middle years as a severely depressed alcoholic finding work on the margins of show business, Keaton’s life had a way of reflecting the changes going on in the world around him. He found success in three different mediums at their creative peak: first vaudeville, then silent film, and finally the experimental early years of television. Over the course of his action-packed seventy years on earth, his life trajectory intersected with those of such influential figures as the escape artist Harry Houdini, the pioneering Black stage comedian Bert Williams, the television legend Lucille Ball, and literary innovators like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Samuel Beckett.InCamera Man, film critic Dana Stevens pulls the lens out from Keaton’s life and work to look at concurrent developments in entertainment, journalism, law, technology, the political and social status of women, and the popular understanding of addiction. With erudition and sparkling humor, Stevens hopscotches among disciplines to bring us up to the present day, when Keaton’s breathtaking (and sometimes life-threatening) stunts remain more popular than ever as they circulate on the internet in the form of viral gifs. Far more than a biography or a work of film history,Camera Manis a wide-ranging meditation on modernity that paints a complex portrait of a one-of-a-kind artist.
Neil Fox on Screenwriting and Screenwriters
Season 1, Ep. 58
I talk to writer, film producer and academic about screenwriters and screenwriting. Here's some information from Neil's own webpage:My award-winning film work includes the short film It’s Natural To Be Afraid (2011), viewable here, and the feature film ‘Wilderness’ (2017), currently out for sale following a successful festival run. You can find my filmmaking sitehere.I am the co-founder and co-host of the renowned film podcastThe Cinematologists.I write about music documentaries for The Quietus, and about film more broadly for Beneficial Shock, Directors Notes and others.I am a contributing editor to MAI: Journal of Feminism and Visual Culture, and have conducted long-form interviews with filmmakers Hope Dickson Leach and Lynn Shelton.On this site you will find details of current projects and articles alongside links to where you can find evidence of my bold claims.My research interests include Film Education,Music Documentaries and Concert Films, and Podcasting.By day I am a senior lecturer in Film at the School of Film & Television, Falmouth University, where I also lead a research and innovation programme on pedagogy. I teach screenwriting and filmmaking on the BA Film and MA Film & Television courses.I have a beautiful wife and a daughter, Beth and Tessa, a cheeky dog called Bailey (aka Chaos Dog) and we all live in Cornwall, UK.