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The Big Short

'The Big Short': prophets of loss

Producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and director Adam McKay of The Big Short tell Elbert Wyche how they made an entertaining, informative film about the build-up to the calamitous global banking meltdown.

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'Ex Machina': rise of the machine

As Alex Garland’s Ex Machina vies for five Baftas and two Oscars, the film-makers look back on its production and debate the pros and cons of an international release strategy that saw the sci-fi film become a sleeper hit in the US. Mark Salisbury reports.

Bryan Cranston

'Trumbo': from blacklist to shortlist

Bryan Cranston, the Oscar and Bafta-nominated star of Trumbo, talks to Jeremy Kay about digging deep to find the truth behind one of Hollywood’s screenwriting greats.

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Interview: 'The Revenant' composers, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto

Alternative music pioneer Ryuichi Sakamoto and his regular collaborator, the leading electronic musician known as Alva Noto, talk to Tiffany Pritchard about their Bafta-nominated work on The Revenant.

Sandy Powell

Sandy Powell: the dress maker

UK costume designer Sandy Powell has four Bafta and Oscar nominations this year for her work on Cinderella and Carol. She talks to Tiffany Pritchard.

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The angels and their outfits

London costume house Angels has made and supplied outfits to hundreds of films, from Lawrence Of Arabia to Maggie Smith’s muddy boots in The Lady In The Van. As Bafta is poised to honour the company, Sarah Cooper meets the family of Angels.

BAFTA Stephen Fry

Awards countdown: Bound for glory

With just two weeks to go until the Baftas on February 14, we are into the final stretch of awards season.

Spanish Affair

Spotlight: Getting into LaZona

Local hits Spanish Affair and Spanish Affair 2 have given LaZona Films the confidence to expand into television, producer Gonzalo Salazar-Simpson tells Elisabet Cabeza.

Ron Howard and Anthony Dod Mantle

Anthony Dod Mantle talks shooting 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

Inspired by Turner and Delacroix, cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle tells Mark Salisbury how intensity was key for In The Heart Of The Sea.

The VFX of 'Ex Machina'

In a year of stunning visual-effects work, Ex Machina’s bewitching robot stands out as a peerless use of VFX. Mark Salisbury speaks to the team that created her.

Documentaries

Awards Season: Documentary

Interviews with Michael Moore, Alex Gibney, Laurie Anderson and more…

Eddie Redmayne Baftas

Bafta takes a bow

With a change in eligibility rules, Bafta’s organisers are hoping that smaller films will benefit in certain key categories.

Amy

Documentary: US flourishing while Europe struggles

While Netflix and Amazon among others are revitalising the documentary sector in the US, it’s a different story in Europe, where factual film-makers are fighting for funds.

Best Picture

Awards Season: Best Picture

In-depth looks at Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room and Spotlight

The Hateful Eight

Best Picture race: bounty hunters

Will Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight be the film to shake up this year’s awards season? Jeremy Kay looks at which movies have achieved glory so far.

Cate Blanchett and Todd Haynes

'Carol': producer Elizabeth Karlsen on her 14-year passion project

In her own words, Carol producer Elizabeth Karlsen reveals the 14-year-long journey to bring the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel to the screen.

'Room': if these walls could talk

Bestseller or not, Room’s sensitive subject matter was always going to be a cinematic challenge. Jeremy Kay speaks to writer Emma Donoghue, director Lenny Abrahamson and producer Ed Guiney about translating its emotional and physical space to the screen

Tom McCarthy with Liev Schreiber

'Spotlight': drama in the newsroom

From avoiding lawsuits to casting a prestige acting ensemble, the team behind best picture hopeful Spotlight reveal how they pulled off the high-wire act.

Mad Max Fury Road behind the scenes

'Mad Max: Fury Road': driven to the edge

Mad Max: Fury Road has garnered critical acclaim and global box office of $375m and counting. But it was an arduous journey, as director George Miller, producer Doug Mitchell and production designer Colin Gibson tell Tom Grater.

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The changing face of the European Film Awards

The role of the EFAs is changing as they become more than just a chance to celebrate the best in European film-making. They now have a part to play in campaigning on important issues and bringing collaborators together.

Animation

Awards Season: Animation

Reports on the making of Inside Out, Shaun The Sheep Movie, The Good Dinosaur, Anomalisa, The Peanuts Movie and Minions

Minions

'Minions': the three stooges

Charlie Chaplin, Peter Sellers and Mr Bean were the inspirations behind animation success story Minions. John Hazelton explores the rise of the be-goggled ones.

The Peanuts Movie

'The Peanuts Movie': Snoopy's welcome return

When the Schulz family entrusted the Peanuts characters with director Steve Martino, they had two stipulations: no twerking and no iPhones.

Anomalisa

'Anomalisa': existential risk

Animator Duke Johnson had to convince writer-director Charlie Kaufman that his spoken-word play Anomalisa would work as a feature film.

'The Good Dinosaur': Jurassic bark

The Good Dinosaur director Peter Sohn talks to Elbert Wyche about bringing a friendly dinosaur and a dog-like boy to life and hatching the film’s environment from present-day reality

Shaun The Sheep Movie

'Shaun The Sheep Movie': silence of the lambs

For a film with no dialogue, Shaun The Sheep Movie still took two years to write. The runaway hit’s creative team at Aardman talk to Ian Sandwell about the rigours and rewards of remaining mute.

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'Inside Out': ode to joy

The team behind Pixar’s Inside Out found inspiration for their strikingly ambitious trip into the human mind in some unlikely places, as Pete Docter tells Jeremy Kay.

BIFA opens the doors

How do you turn a great evening ceremony into a meaningful year-round brand? That’s the challenge the new co-directors of the British Independent Film Awards have set for themselves.

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We need to talk about Kate: Kate Winslet on 'Steve Jobs'

In Steve Jobs, Kate Winslet plays the Apple genius’s closest confidante and moral conscience. She tells Matt Mueller about looking out for Michael Fassbender and finding good roles in the industry.

Alicia Vikander

The Swedish Girl: Alicia Vikander

How did the Swedish actress who made her name in a Danish film climb up the international A-list so quickly? Charles Gant charts the stellar career so far of The Danish Girl’s Alicia Vikander.

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Idris Elba: a commanding turn

Idris Elba’s mesmerising performance as the predatory soldier Commandant in Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation is based on the actor’s empathy with his character, as he tells Jeremy Kay.

The Assassin

Oscars 2016: inside the 81 Best Foreign-Language Film submissions

The 81 features submitted for foreign-language Oscar contention will be whittled down to a shortlist of nine in mid-December, before being narrowed further to the final five nominations. Screen delivers the lowdown on this year’s contenders.

Son Of Saul

Laszlo Nemes talks Hungary's Oscar submission 'Son Of Saul'

Since its debut at Cannes, Laszlo Nemes’ Son Of Saul has become one of the most admired films of recent years. So why did so few financiers want to back it?

Labyrinth Of Lies

Giulio Ricciarelli talks German Oscar submission 'Labyrinth Of Lies'

Making a film about how Germany dealt with the aftermath of the Holocaust was an educational journey for Labyrinth Of Lies director Giulio Ricciarelli, as he tells Jeremy Kay.

Theeb

Naji Abu Nowar talks Jordan's Oscar submission 'Theeb'

Director Naji Abu Nowar describes how the optimism and energy of the Arab Spring inspired him to make his debut feature, Theeb, Jordan’s entry to the best foreign-language film Oscar.

The Clan

Oscars 2016: Latin American contenders

The last time a Latin American film won the foreign-language Oscar was in 2009 with The Secret In Their Eyes, now remade with Nicole Kidman. Screen meets four of this year’s hot contenders.

The Danish Girl

Awards season preview: a shot at glory

As the autumn festival line-ups are revealed, Screen analyses the titles in pole position for a competitive awards season.

AWARDS COUNTDOWN: INTERVIEWS

How one US distributor scored 35 César nominations

Cohen Media Group talks acquiring European Oscar and César hopefuls and its expansion into exhibition.

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Wildgaze: building on 'Brooklyn'

Celebrating six BAFTA nominations and three Oscar nominations, Wildgaze Films duo Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey look back at Brooklyn’s journey and ahead to their future slate and ambitions

Andrew Haigh

Andrew Haigh: the time of his life

UK writer-director Andrew Haigh reflects on a whirlwind year for 45 Years, his disappointment Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay missed out on Bafta nominations, and upcoming projects Lean On Pete and an Alexander McQueen biopic. Michael Rosser reports.

Mads Matthiesen

Mads Matthiesen, Denmark's next top 'Model'

Mads Matthiesen made a splash with his 2012 debut Teddy Bear. The Danish director talks to Wendy Mitchell about his English-language follow-up, The Model, which screens at Goteborg and Rotterdam.

The Revenant producers Steve Golin and Mary Parent

'The Revenant' producer Mary Parent on the biggest challenge of her career

After the Golden Globes, Bafta and Oscar nominations, The Revenant has become this awards season’s front-runner. Jeremy Kay talks to producer Mary Parent about bringing the most challenging project of her career to fruition

Composers: Alexandre Desplat, 'The Danish Girl'

The politically engaged composer discusses why he was drawn to Suffragette and The Danish Girl 

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Composers: Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL), 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

More commonly known as Junkie XL, the Dutch composer turned to religious themes and heavy metal to score Mad Max: Fury Road

Johann Johannson

Composers: Johann Johannsson, 'Sicario'

Johann Johannsson’s score for Sicario rumbles and intimidates “like a beast lurching in slow motion”, he tells Tiffany Pritchard, who meets five of the composers in contention this awards season

Winter On Fire

Q&A: Evgeny Afineevsky talks 'Winter On Fire'

The director discuss his documentary about the recent Ukrainian Revolution.

What Happened Miss Simone

Q&A: Liz Garbus on 'What Happened, Miss Simone?'

The director discusses her Nina Simone documentary.

Emmanuel Lubezki on the set of The Revenant

Emmanuel Lubezki on the gruelling shoot of 'The Revenant'

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki talks to Mark Salisbury about the gruelling shoot in ice and snow that ensured The Revenant became a wholly immersive viewing experience

Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay talk '45 Years'

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay speak to Elbert Wyche about portraying a married couple shocked from their quietude by a ghost from the past, in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years 

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Paddy Breathnach and Robert Walpole on Irish Oscar entry ‘Viva’

Director Paddy Breathnach and producer Robert Walpole recall the 17-year process behind their Oscar foreign-language contender Viva.

Where To Invade Next

Michael Moore talks 'Where To Invade Next'

Michael Moore reveals how his electrifying Where To Invade Next was made under the radar.

Heart Of A Dog

Laurie Anderson reveals the inspirations for 'Heart Of A Dog'

Laurie Anderson talks the inspirations for her intimate documentary Heart Of A Dog.

Palio

Cosima Spender on making 'Palio'

Cosima Spender talks about making Palio under the watchful eye of Siena’s authorities.

Cartel Land

Matthew Heineman on entering the dangerous world of 'Cartel Land'

Matthew Heineman reveals why he simply picked up a camera and headed into the dangerous world of Mexico’s drug wars.

He Named Me Malala

'He Named Me Malala' producers talk switching from narrative to documentary

Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie Macdonald reveal why they changed tack to make Davis Guggenheim’s He Named Me Malala as a documentary rather than narrative feature.

Going Clear

Alex Gibney reveals Scientology intimidation

Alex Gibney describes the intimidation tactics deployed against his Scientology exposé.

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Strength in numbers: the making of 'Suffragette'

The team behind timely historical drama Suffragette speak about bringing the story to the screen and playing a part in global cultural change.

Directors and Writers

Awards Season: Directors, Writers

Interviews with Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Danny Boyle, Aaron Sorkin, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Phyllis Nagy.

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Steven Spielberg talks 'Bridge Of Spies' and future projects

Steven Spielberg reveals how his latest feature, Bridge Of Spies, has been more than 50 years in the making, why he continues to shoot on film and whether he would ever re-cast Indiana Jones. Michael Rosser reports

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Ridley Scott on why he landed on 'The Martian'

With The Martian, Ridley Scott has landed the biggest global hit of his career. The director tells Jeremy Kay about his initial reservations, working with Matt Damon and why he keeps so busy

Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin

Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin talk 'Steve Jobs'

Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin, the director and writer of Steve Jobs, tell Mark Salisbury why it is crucial for film-makers to tell the stories of the tech titans shaping our world

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on the challenges of 'The Revenant'

For Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, making The Revenant was comparable to Ernest Shackleton’s heroic exploration of the Antarctic. He tells Jeremy Kay about the challenges and rewards of endurance film-making

Carol

Writer Phyllis Nagy talks adapting 'Carol'

Directors, producers and actors came and went but Phyllis Nagy remained the one constant. The writer of Patricia Highsmith adaptation Carol talks to Nikki Baughan

Cary Fukunaga on the set of Beasts of no Nation

Cary Joji Fukunaga on the perilous 'Beasts Of No Nation' shoot

Making Beasts Of No Nation was a long-held ambition for True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga. He talks to Jeremy Kay about overcoming the perilous shoot and the Netflix pay-off

'Goodnight Mommy': the directors of Austria's Oscar submission on their creepy debut

Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala discuss the challenges of casting twins and fighting in the editing suite

The End of the Tour

Jason Segel: a spirited turn in 'The End Of The Tour'

Portraying Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace in the indie drama, Jason Segel explains how he tuned into the late writer 

Awards season actors

Awards Season: The Actors

Interviews with Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Idris Elba, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet and Benicio del Toro.

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Target acquired: Benicio del Toro on 'Sicario'

Benicio del Toro talks to Jeremy Kay about his role as a ruthless killer in Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario and the disheartening lack of progress in the war on drugs since his work on Traffic in 2000.

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Saoirse Ronan and John Crowley discuss 'Brooklyn'

John Crowley, the director of Brooklyn, talks to his leading lady Saoirse Ronan about dancing with the camera, connecting to the role and a fortuitous meeting with Patti Smith. Wendy Mitchell reports.

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Brie Larson: up close and personal

Brie Larson went to startling lengths to prepare for the role of a lifetime in Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, as she reveals to Jeremy Kay.

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Michael Fassbender: the master and the mastermind

Following a series of charismatic turns, Michael Fassbender finishes 2015 on a high with a suitably meticulous portrayal of Apple saviour Steve Jobs. Tom Grater chats to the actor about method and motivation

Mark Johnson

Oscars 2016: Mark Johnson talks chairing foreign-language category

Mark Johnson, chairman of AMPAS’s foreign-language film award committee, tells Matt Mueller about the quiet revolution that has led to films such as Amour and Ida winning the coveted Oscar

Mustang

Deniz Gamze Ergüven talks French Oscar submission 'Mustang'

Deniz Gamze Ergüven reveals how the production of her debut feature Mustang is itself a tale of female emancipation.

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