british film directors


American Honey (2016)

Directed by Andrea Arnold

Cinematography by Robbie Ryan


one gifset per appearance → reception for the dramatic arts, buckingham palace (17/02/2014)

The Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen and Prince Michael of Kent for a reception in honour of  the Queen’s 60 years as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, held at Buckingham Palace. Among those on the guest list were international stars such as Uma Thurman, Joely Richardson, Joan Collins, Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Roger Moore, John Hurt, Ralph Fiennes, Timothy Spall, Alan Bennett, Edward Fox, and Michael Sheen. Amongst many others, the royals were treated to a performance by Dame Helen Mirren, who recited Prospero’s Our Revels Now Are Ended speech from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Later, Inside the White Drawing Room, the Queen greeted a line-up of stars, including Alan Rickman, Sir David Attenborough (representing his brother Richard who was too ill to attend), British film director Steve McQueen and comedian Lenny Henry, who made a joke about Helen Mirren’s film performance as the Queen. Pointing to the 87-year-old monarch and joking with McQueen, he said “This is Helen Mirren. She’s brilliant.” Later, Kate and Helen joked about an incident the previous night where William had jokingly called her “Granny.” Helen said of Catherine: “How delightful she was. Very sweet.” And about the Queen, she said: “I am genuinely always attracted by her aura, her twinkle.“ Actress Ms Horrocks asked the Queen about the honorary BAFTA she was given in April last year and the monarch replied that she saw it all the time. "I keep it on the TV,” she said.

Remembering the Master, Alfred Hitchcock, on his birthday  (13 August 1899 - 29 April 1980)

“I visualize a picture right down to the final cuts. I write all this out in the greatest detail in the script, and then I don’t look at the script while I’m shooting. I know it off by heart, just as an orchestra conductor needs not look at the score … When you finish the script, the film is perfect. But in shooting it you lose perhaps 40 percent of your original conception.”


Goodbye, Ken Russell.  You will be missed.

The Idol and the Eye

By Didier Peron

Claire Denis, the melancholic director of films d’auteur, teams up with teenage idol, Robert Pattinson, in one of the most exciting partnerships of the moment. Here, she talks about High Life, a meditative sci-fi film, before shooting begins in May.

Robert Pattinson had been cast to star in Oliver Assayas’s crime thriller Idol’s Eye, but the backers pulled out and the project was shelved. The young British star, who first came into the public eye as a vampire Edward Cullen in the gothic series, Twilight, is always on the lookout for adventurous projects, that are radically different from the films an actor who has achieved such success and fired such levels of fan hysteria is expected to make. He is now due to head the cast of French writer-director Claire Denis’s sci-fi feature, High Life, co-written by British film director and novelist Zadie Smith, Patricia Arquette and Mia Goth have already been announced as Pattinson’s co-stars. Completely taken up with preparations for the project, Claire Denis nonetheless took time out between appointments in Paris, London and Cologne, where the film studios are located, to tell us just how she came to meet Robert Pattinson- a long and winding road.

“I had a screenplay which was naturally In English, because the story takes place in space and, I didn’t know why, but for me, people speak English- or Russian or Chinese- but definitely not French in space. While I was writing the script, I had a face in mind: actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. No one has ever made me feel such a sense of humanity in them. It was something tangible. I felt I could almost touch it. And then he died, of a massive overdose of various drugs. He was found at home alone with a syringe in his arm. At the time I thought I’d never make this film…In my mind’s eye, I had seen his face, his body, his voice and his enigmatic being. Hoffman was a very broken person whose sudden, and untimely death was so terribly painful for me, as I thought that what I’d liked so much in him was an emotional, spiritual reality that verged on the unbearable. While I was feeling completely downcast, I learnt that Robert Pattinson had heard about the project and wanted to meet me. I was afraid he’d be disappointed…I thought that perhaps he wouldn’t be interested in working on the sort of films I make! He read the script and told me that he wanted to do it. Something else impressed itself on me, a sense of freedom, an element of surprise. His confidence in me renewed my confidence In the project.

“Robert has the main role: a man a long way from earth. One by one, his companions die, and he survives, perhaps because he has a taciturn, monastic side to him that protects him. He will have to make decisions that affect others, not just himself. He’s rather like a knight of the Round Table projects into a world of science fiction. I imagine him to be secretly hemmed in, so that even when he’s in a group, he appears to be alone, and this reserve or diffidence gives him an ability, which others don’t have, to withstand fear and pain. The first time I met Robert was in Los Angeles. He was on his own territory, and so at east with the project that I ended up forgetting that he was so famous. When I saw Twilight, I liked it immediately because he has heartrending charisma.

It’s strange, thought, because it would be difficult to imagine anyone more unlike Philip Seymour Hoffman physically, but Robert is very enigmatic, with a powerful presence. He gives off an aura that immediately makes you want to film him. I remember Beatrice Dalle ringing me when she found out that that the actress cast to do I Can’t Sleep had decided to quit, eight days before filming was due to start. Beatrice wasn’t the “If you want, I’ll come.” She instantly became the ideal person for the film and captured my imagination. It was so strong that on the first night of the shoot, I felt faint, like being in shock, because I was so moved at seeing her. I hope I can keep a cool head on the first day with Robert Pattinson.”

From scanned Vogue Hommes April 2016 issue p.142


The winners of BAFTAs Best Short Animation & Best Short Film were female producer-director teams

Above: Director Caroline Bartleet and producer Rebecca Morgan pose with their awards for a British short film for ‘Operator’ at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards

Below: Director Nina Gantz and producer Emilie Jouffroy pose with their awards for a British short animation for ‘Edmond’ at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards