New interviews on the BBC

We're lucky to have some fantastic film festivals here in Scotland, meaning I can head along with my (well, the BBC's) trusty microphone and gather together various interviews for future broadcast on the Radio Scotland Culture Studio. In February I was at the Glasgow Film Festival, where I spoke to director Richard Ayoade about his... Continue Reading →

Discovering Wake in Fright

"Have a beer, mate?" It was in January that I first saw 1971's Wake in Fright at Edinburgh's Filmhouse cinema, a near-forgotten Australian drama that has now been rediscovered and rereleased. The film charts a weekend in the life of schoolteacher John Grant (Gary Bond), who visits the outback town of Bundanyabba and finds a... Continue Reading →

Local Hero comes home with Screen Machine

I was back with the Screen Machine at the start of November, celebrating two iconic Scottish productions as part of the cinema's 15th anniversary. Over the course of the previous few months I'd been planning (in association with Natural Scotland on Screen and BAFTA in Scotland) screenings of Bill Forsyth's Local Hero and the BBC... Continue Reading →

A busy fortnight for Scottish films

As the title says, it's been a busy fortnight for Scottish films, or rather the Scottish film industry. Of course, quite how much of an industry we have is worthy of debate, but for the purposes of this post I'm going to gloss over the intricacies. Last week saw the release in Scottish cinemas of... Continue Reading →

New iPad magazine in iTunes

It was just over a year ago that I wrote about a new iPad magazine I'd worked on for the Highlands of Scotland Film Commission. Earlier this year, I headed up to Skye to start work on issue two of the magazine, interviewing a number of local filmmakers and educators. I visited Sabhal Mòr Ostaig college... Continue Reading →

Noah Baumbach interview on Radio Scotland

Recorded back in June at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, my interview with US film director, Noah Baumbach, was broadcast on the BBC Radio Scotland Culture Studio last Thursday. Baumbach was in town for screenings of his latest low budget drama, Frances Ha, the story of a young New Yorker, Frances (Greta Gerwig), trying to... Continue Reading →

Revealing the secrets of Wikileaks

I've been quiet on this site for the last month or so, busy covering the Edinburgh International Film Festival for BBC Radio Scotland's Culture Studio and the Edinburgh Evening News. While my opening night EIFF review is online, my interview with its star Felicity Jones aired on the BBC a month or so ago, so... Continue Reading →

Much Ado about Joss Whedon

As a long time fan of Joss Whedon's work, be it Buffy, Angel, Firefly or any number of other projects, I was delighted to get the chance to interview him for this week's Culture Studio on BBC Radio Scotland. He was in Scotland to promote his latest film, Much Ado About Nothing, and he explained... Continue Reading →

Byzantium feature on BBC Culture Studio

Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan and Neil Jordan are three of the team behind new independent horror film, Byzantium, which opened in the UK last week. I interviewed the two actresses and director at the recent Glasgow Film Festival and the end result ended up on the BBC Culture Studio last Thursday. The episode is still... Continue Reading →

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