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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.

Tim Angel Angels Costumes

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.

European Film Awards EFAs Riga 2014

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.

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 

Tom Holkenborg Junkie XL

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.

Abi Morgan Sarah Gavron Faye Ward

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.

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