Interviews with Directors and Artists

FICUNAM 2015

I Remember You: A comment on the history of his film by director Ali Khamraev

28 March 2015

Filmmaker Ali Khamraev explains the difficulties surrounding the making of his remarkable film I Remember You in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

FICUNAM 2015

An interview with Alejo Moguillansky, co-director of The Gold Bug

By David Walsh, 20 March 2015

David Walsh spoke to Alejo Moguillansky, the co-director of The Gold Bug, in Mexico City during the FICUNAM film festival.

64th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 6

Art and commerce: Austrian documentary The Great Museum

By Bernd Reinhardt, 7 March 2014

Austrian director Johannes Holzhausen’s film is a fond, and at the same time scathing documentary about the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) in Vienna.

Juno and the Paycock at the Irish Repertory Theatre: An interview with J. Smith-Cameron and Ciarán O’Reilly

By David Walsh, 21 December 2013

The actors who play the title roles in the current production of Juno and the Paycock in New York, J. Smith-Cameron and Ciarán O’Reilly, spoke with David Walsh recently about the play and other issues.

“The struggle to tell the truth through stories”: An interview with British film and television producer Tony Garnett—Part 2

By our reporters, 24 October 2013

Reporters from the WSWS sat down with Tony Garnett and asked him a number of questions about his life and career, and in particular the political and artistic conceptions that have informed his work.

“The struggle to tell the truth through stories”: An interview with British film and television producer Tony Garnett—Part 1

By our reporters, 23 October 2013

Reporters from the WSWS sat down with Tony Garnett and asked him a number of questions about his life and career, and in particular the political and artistic conceptions that have informed his work.

2013 Toronto International Film Festival

Interview with Hany Abu-Assad, director of Omar

By David Walsh, 27 September 2013

David Walsh spoke to Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, director of Omar, at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.

San Francisco Film Festival 2013

An interview with Jem Cohen, director of Museum Hours: “Art is something people do like breathing.”

By David Walsh, 24 May 2013

David Walsh spoke to Jem Cohen, director of Museum Hours, during the recent San Francisco film festival.

A comment and an interview with filmmaker Minda Martin

Free Land: American dreams and realities

By Joanne Laurier, 15 November 2012

Minda Martin’s 2010 film Free Land, at the same time a documentary-essay and personal memoir, poetically and evocatively connects a variety of social and personal events.

Toronto International Film Festival 2012

A comment from Robert Connolly, director of Underground: The Julian Assange Story

By Joanne Laurier, 6 November 2012

Robert Connolly, director of Underground: The Julian Assange Story, responds to questions from Joanne Laurier of the WSWS.

Toronto International Film Festival 2012

Interview with Damien Ounouri, director of Fidaï, and Mohamed El Hadi Benadouda

By David Walsh, 18 October 2012

The WSWS spoke to Damien Ounouri, director of Fidaï, and Mohamed El Hadi Benadouda, a veteran of the Algerian revolution and subject of Ounouri’s film.

Toronto International Film Festival 2012—Part 6

Interviews with five filmmakers about life and art in India, Ivory Coast, Guatemala, Angola and Haiti

By David Walsh, 9 October 2012

A good many honest and intriguing films screened at the recent Toronto film festival. The WSWS interviewed a number of directors about their films and the conditions in their respective countries.

Toronto International Film Festival 2012—Part 5

Detroit’s belated “renaissance”—on film

By Joanne Laurier, 5 October 2012

A number of films about Detroit have suddenly emerged … including now a fiction work about the complicated interactions between the city’s Arab and African American populations.

Toronto International Film Festival 2012

Interviews with John Gianvito, Minda Martin and Travis Wilkerson—co-directors of Far From Afghanistan

By David Walsh, 2 October 2012

The WSWS spoke to three of the five directors of Far From Afghanistan.

Toronto International Film Festival 2012

An interview with Mahdi Fleifel and Patrick Campbell, director and co-producer of A World Not Ours

By David Walsh, 26 September 2012

The WSWS spoke to Mahdi Fleifel, writer and director of A World Not Ours and Patrick Campbell, co-producer (along with Fleifel) of the film, during the recent Toronto film festival.

“I want to have people influenced by John Heartfield”: An interview with the German artist’s grandson

By Paul Bond, 11 September 2012

The WSWS recently interviewed John J. Heartfield, grandson of the left-wing German artist and master of the political photo montage, John Heartfield.

Filmmaker Oliver Hermanus discusses Beauty

By Richard Phillips, 4 August 2012

Beauty is about a married middle-aged Afrikaans businessman whose life has become a lie.

Interview with Jack Shepherd, British actor and playwright

By Vicky Short and Antoine Lerougetel, 11 July 2012

Award-winning actor and playwright Jack Shepherd was born in Yorkshire in October 1940. As well as acting, writing, producing and directing, he also plays the saxophone and jazz piano.

An interview with Helen Edmundson, author of Mary Shelley

By Barbara Slaughter, 13 June 2012

The WSWS recently spoke to playwright Helen Edmundson, whose play on the life of Mary Shelley is currently running in London.

Stormbelt exhibition in Toronto—a dark journey through America’s Sun Belt

An interview with photographer Robert Leslie

By Lee Parsons, 29 May 2012

Raised in Canada, now living and working in Europe, Robert Leslie is an artist of genuinely humane sensibilities, as his recent photographic work illustrates.

An interview with writer Nick Flynn: “The job of an artist is to look at the realities of existence”

Being Flynn with Robert De Niro based on Flynn's memoir

By Joanne Laurier, 2 April 2012

Joanne Laurier of the WSWS recently spoke to writer Nick Flynn, whose memoir formed the basis for the recent film, Being Flynn. The film was unusual in its sensitive treatment of both social and psychological issues.

62nd Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3

Interview with Rainer Rother, director of a Soviet-German film retrospective: “These films are a pledge that things can be different”

By Bernd Reinhardt and Stefan Steinberg, 6 March 2012

This year’s Berlin Film Festival featured a fascinating retrospective of films resulting from the collaboration between German and Soviet film producers and directors in the 1920s and 1930s. The WSWS spoke to its organiser.

An interview with Chad Freidrichs, director of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

By Fred Mazelis, 17 February 2012

The director of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, a documentary about public housing in the US, speaks to the WSWS.

In defense of Shakespeare—a conversation with veteran Australian actor and director John Bell

By David Walsh, 13 December 2011

A conversation with distinguished Australian actor and director John Bell, who founded the Bell Shakespeare theatre company in 1990.

“Emotional truth and social truth are what I’m interested in”

An interview with Bryan Wizemann, director of Think of Me

By David Walsh, 12 October 2011

David Walsh spoke to Bryan Wizemann, the director of Think of Me, during last month’s Toronto international film festival.

Interview with Detroit Symphony violinist: “We went on strike because we didn’t want the orchestra to be destroyed”

By Shannon Jones, 10 October 2011

On the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the strike by Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians, the WSWS interviewed DSO violinist Marian Tanau.

Sydney Film Festival: Filmmaker Ivan Sen speaks to WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 26 July 2011

Writer/director Ivan Sen spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about Toomelah, his latest feature, during the Sydney film festival.

An interview with Christopher Newton, director of the Shaw Festival’s Heartbreak House

By Joanne Laurier, 23 July 2011

The director of the current production of George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, speaks to Joanne Laurier of the WSWS.

“They look at the arts as a luxury item”

An interview with Greg Near, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra musician

By Shannon Jones, 10 May 2011

WSWS reporter Shannon Jones and arts editor David Walsh recently interviewed Michigan Opera Theatre musician Greg Near.

Musicians’ strike entering sixth month

A conversation with Detroit Symphony Orchestra violist Jim VanValkenburg

By Shannon Jones, 9 March 2011

Jim VanValkenburg, assistant principal violist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, recently invited WSWS reporters into his home to discuss the lengthy strike by DSO musicians.

The Guerilla Orchestra and the struggle to defend the arts from funding cuts

An interview with Heather Bird

By Jackie Warren, 25 January 2011

Heather Bird, a Manchester, England-based classical double bassist, created the “Guerilla Orchestra” in response to the savage cuts being made in music performance and education.

An interview with photographer Andrew Moore, author of Detroit Disassembled

By Tim Tower, 5 January 2011

Tim Tower of the WSWS recently spoke to photographer Andrew Moore, whose Detroit Disassembled link to review reveals the devastation of the city as “a multi-faceted metaphor of America.”

Toronto International Film Festival 2010

A conversation with Ken Loach

By David Walsh, 21 October 2010

David Walsh and Joanne Laurier spoke to director Ken Loach—accompanied by screenwriter Paul Laverty—about his latest film, Route Irish, and his career as a whole at the recent Toronto film festival.

Toronto International Film Festival 2010—Part 5

What does it mean to take reality seriously?

By David Walsh, 14 October 2010

Films from Iran, China and Romania, including a conversation with Iranian filmmaker Rafi Pitts, director of The Hunter.

“I wonder about this inequality and how it’s impacting on my country”

Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik speaks to WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 5 October 2010

Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik spoke with the World Socialist Web Site following screenings of her feature at this year’s Melbourne Film Festival

Brillante Mendoza discusses Lola

By Richard Phillips, 10 July 2010

Philippines director talks about his latest film with the WSWS

An interview with Dawn Mikkelson, co-director of The Red Tail

6 July 2010

The WSWS recently spoke to Dawn Mikkelson, co-director of The Red Tail, who was in the Detroit area for a showing of the film.

An interview with Melissa Koch, co-director of The Red Tail

6 July 2010

Joanne Laurier recently spoke to Melissa Koch, co-director of The Red Tail, about the making of the documentary.

San Francisco International Film Festival 2010

An interview with Woo Ming-jin, director of Woman on Fire Looks for Water, and a comment

By David Walsh, 3 June 2010

An interview with the young Malaysian film director, Woo Ming-jin, and a comment on his new film, Woman on Fire Looks for Water.

Jan van der Marck, former chief curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, dies

Interviewed by WSWS on “Art, museums and society” in 2000

By David Walsh, 30 April 2010

Jan van der Marck, the former chief curator of the Detroit Institute of Arts and a remarkable figure in the world of art, died April 26 after a long battle with cancer.

An interview with Philippe Lioret, director of Welcome

By Richard Phillips, 17 April 2010

French filmmaker Philippe Lioret speaks about his latest movie, which explores the human impact of increasingly repressive French immigration laws on undocumented refugees and French citizens.

“What’s necessary is a vibrant film culture not just a formula”

Lucky Country scriptwriter Andy Cox speaks with the WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 10 March 2010

The WSWS recently spoke with Lucky Country scriptwriter Andy Cox, who explained some of the film’s themes, and commented on the increasing demands for Australian filmmakers to be animated by commercial considerations.

Film critic Robin Wood dies at 78

By David Walsh, 21 December 2009

British-born film critic Robin Wood died December 18 at the age of 78 in Toronto, where he had lived since the late 1970s. We repost the interview we did with him in 2000.

A conversation with Austin Chu, co-director of The Recess Ends

A film about the impact of the economic crisis in the US

By Marge Holland, 9 December 2009

Earlier this year Austin and Brian Chu traveled to every state in the US in an effort to capture the reality of the recession, which was being so under-reported by the American media. The WSWS spoke to Austin Chu recently in San Francisco.

Toronto International Film Festival 2009

An interview with Asli Özge, director of Men on the Bridge

By David Walsh, 10 October 2009

Asli Özge is the director of Men on the Bridge, a Turkish film screened at the recent Toronto film festival. We spoke during the festival.

“The Balibo deaths represented part of the broader tragedy that befell East Timor”

Director Robert Connolly speaks with WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 17 August 2009

Robert Connolly discusses Balibo, his latest feature about the military execution of five television reporters in East Timor in 1975.

San Francisco International Film Festival 2009

An interview with He Jianjun, director of River People

By David Walsh, 25 June 2009

He Jianjun’s River People from China is a serious and honest work about young fishermen on the Yellow River. The film depicts a harsh, almost entirely joyless existence. The WSWS conducted an e-mail interview with He.

An interview with Joseph McBride, author of What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?

Orson Welles, the blacklist and Hollywood filmmaking—Part 2

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 17 June 2009

This is the second part of an interview with Joseph McBride, author of What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Career (2006). The first part was posted June 16.

An interview with Joseph McBride, author of What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?

Orson Welles, the blacklist and Hollywood filmmaking—Part 1

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 16 June 2009

While in the Bay Area for the recent San Francisco Film Festival, David Walsh and Joanne Laurier had a lengthy conversation with Joseph McBride, author of What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Career (2006), an unusual and valuable book.

Samson and Delilah: a searing portrait of life for Central Australian Aboriginal youth

By Richard Phillips, 14 May 2009

Samson and Delilah touches on many social issues—poverty, homelessness and substance abuse in Aboriginal communities—questions that Australian feature filmmakers have, up until now, largely chosen to ignore.

“Cinema is a lie that tells the truth about life”

Warwick Thornton discusses Samson and Delilah with the WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 14 May 2009

Samson and Delilah writer, director and cinematographer Warwick Thornton spoke with the World Socialist Web Site this month when his film screened at the Message Sticks film festival in Sydney.

“To show the beauty of this reality”

Film director Sergey Dvortsevoy speaks with WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 6 May 2009

Sergey Dvortsevoy, director and co-writer of Tulpan, spoke with the World Socialist Web Site during his recent visit to Australia.

An interview with former East German director Rainer Simon

“We wanted to make realistic films about the GDR”

By Bernd Reinhardt, 29 April 2009

At the Berlinale 2009 the WSWS had the opportunity to speak with Rainer Simon about his work as a film director in the GDR.

An interview with Jennifer Venditti, director of Billy the Kid

By Joanne Laurier, 31 March 2009

The WSWS spoke recently with Jennifer Venditti, director of Billy the Kid.

Australian writer protests new censorship measures

Frank Moorhouse speaks with WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 9 February 2009

“The Australia Council’s job is not to develop protocols but to argue for freedom of expression as a basic right and to raise concern about anything that impedes that right.”

“Filmmakers have real responsibilities to their audiences”

Bertrand Tavernier speaks with the WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 22 January 2009

Veteran filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier is one of a handful of humane and intelligent filmmakers of the post-WWII generation still working in contemporary cinema. He spoke with Richard Phillips during a visit to Australia late last year as part of the “On the Set with French Cinema” lecture program

Film director Matt Norman speaks with WSWS

By Ismet Redzovic, 20 January 2009

Filmmaker Matt Norman discusses Salute with Ismet Redzovic.

Video: “The Writer and Revolution” Part 2

12 December 2008

We are posting excerpts from the November 12 discussion on the subject of “The Writer and Revolution” in two parts. We posted the first clips yesterday.

The Writer and Revolution: WSWS arts editor David Walsh in conversation with Trevor Griffiths—Part 2

12 December 2008

On November 12 WSWS arts editor David Walsh and screenwriter-playwright Trevor Griffiths held a discussion on the subject of “The Writer and Revolution.” This is the second part of an edited version of the event; Part 1 was posted yesterday.

Video: “The Writer and Revolution” Part 1

11 December 2008

On November 12, at the University of Manchester, WSWS arts editor David Walsh and screenwriter-playwright Trevor Griffiths held a discussion on the subject of “The Writer and Revolution.” We are posting excerpts in two parts. Part one is comprised of 4 clips.

An interview with British filmmaker Mike Leigh

By David Walsh, 5 December 2008

Mike Leigh is perhaps the most interesting British filmmaker of the past two decades. WSWS arts editor David Walsh recently spoke to him at his office in London.

Uncovering the truth about Trotsky and the Russian Revolution “continues to run my life”

A conversation with the remarkable David King

By David Walsh, 4 December 2008

David King--artist, designer, editor, photohistorian and archivist--is about to publish a new book, Red Star Over Russia, a visual history of the Soviet Union. WSWS arts editor David Walsh recently spoke to King in London.

“Good theatre makes you ask questions”

An interview with Khalifa Natour and Ofira Henig

By Richard Phillips, 24 November 2008

In Spitting Distance, a one-man show performed by Khalifa Natour and directed by Ofira Henig, was recently staged at the Sydney Opera House. Henig and Natour discussed the production with Richard Phillips.

An interview with Ying Liang, director of Good Cats

By David Walsh, 15 November 2008

The WSWS reviewed Chinese director Ying Liang’s Good Cats in the first part of the series of articles on the recent Vancouver film festival. We recently conducted an interview with the filmmaker via email.

An interview with Azharr Rudin, director of This Longing

By David Walsh, 27 October 2008

The WSWS commented on This Longing, directed by Malaysian filmmaker Azharr Rudin, in the first part of the series on the Vancouver film festival. The movie takes place in Johor Baharu, in southern Malaysia.

An interview with Li Yifan, director of The Longwang Chronicles

By David Walsh, 20 October 2008

We spoke to Chinese filmmaker Li Yifan, through a translator, in Vancouver on October 1.

Interview with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, directors of Lorna’s Silence

By David Walsh, 29 September 2008

The WSWS interviewed Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne at the recent Toronto film festival.

An interview with Chus Gutiérrez, director of Return to Hansala

By David Walsh, 24 September 2008

The WSWS interviewed Chus Gutiérrez at the recent Toronto film festival. (See “Toronto International Film Festival 2008--Part 3: Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky, Terence Davies’ Of Time and the City: What the filmmakers now see”)

55th Sydney Film Festival—Part 5

Yung Chang speaks with WSWS about Up the Yangtze

By Richard Phillips, 22 September 2008

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the 2008 Sydney Film Festival. Part 1, 2, 3 and 4 appeared on September 16, 17, 18 and 19 respectively.

“Something in the Commune has an impact on culture as a whole”

An interview with J. Michael Friedman, co-writer of Paris Commune

By Sandy English and Peter Daniels, 4 June 2008

World Socialist Web Site: Let’s start with your theater company, The Civilians.

An interview: Filmmaker Jules Dassin, witch-hunting and Hollywood’s blacklists

By David Walsh, 7 April 2008

American-born film director Jules Dassin, a target of the anti-communist frenzy of the late 1940s and early 1950s, died in Athens March 31 at the age of 96. (See: “Jules Dassin, victim of the anti-communist witch-hunt, dies at 96”)

An interview with Richard Pare, co-author and photographer of The Lost Vanguard: Russian Modernist Architecture, 1922-1932

By Tim Tower, 6 March 2008

Born in Portsmouth, England, in 1948, Richard Pare studied graphic design and photography at Winchester and Ravensbourne College of Art before going to the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received an MFA in 1973.

An interview with JoJo Henrickson, screenwriter of Ladrón que roba a ladrón

By Ramón Valle in Los Angeles, 18 October 2007

World Socialist Web Site: Ladrón que roba a ladrón is a heist movie and reminds us of previous ones. Ocean’s Eleven is one. Why did you decide to write it?

An interview with Philippe Faucon, director of Dans la vie

By David Walsh, 4 October 2007

David Walsh spoke to Philippe Faucon during the Toronto film festival.

An interview with Ramin Bahrani, director of Chop Shop

By David Walsh, 26 September 2007

David Walsh spoke to filmmaker Ramin Bahrani during the Toronto film festival

Dee McLachlan writer/director of The Jammed speaks with WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 21 September 2007

The Jammed, a low-budget feature written and directed by Dee McLachlan about sex trafficking in Australia, was ignored by this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. Eventually given a 10-day screening five weeks ago at a Melbourne cinema, support for the movie has forced local cinemas to screen it in Australian state capitals. McLachlan recently spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about her film.

“We need to create some artistic space”

Vimukthi Jayasundara, Sri Lankan filmmaker, speaks with WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 2 October 2006

Sri Lankan director Vimukthi Jayasundara recently visited Australia for screenings of his first feature The Forsaken Land (Sulanga Enu Pinisa) at the Brisbane International Film Festival. A visually striking and poetic work, the film is set in rural Sri Lanka following the 2002 ceasefire of the 20-year ethnic war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). It won a Certain Regard prize at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival, the first time a Sri Lankan director has ever won this award.

Iranian director Tahmineh Milani speaks with WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 29 September 2006

Director Tahmineh Milani recently visited Australia to introduce her feature The Hidden Half (2001) at the 15th Brisbane International Film Festival. One of Iran’s best-known female filmmakers, Milani has made nine features, including Children of Divorce [1989], The Legend of a Sigh [1991], What Else Is New? [1992], Kakadu [1996], Two Women [1999], The Fifth Reaction [2003], The Unwanted Woman [2005] and Ceasefire [2006].

An interview with Bahman Ghobadi, director of Half Moon

“If I only want to say what the government wants me to, then I have to be a government employee, not a filmmaker”

By David Walsh, 26 September 2006

David Walsh and Joanne Laurier spoke to Iranian-Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi at the Toronto film festival

Honour Bound director Nigel Jamieson speaks with WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 23 August 2006

Honour Bound director Nigel Jamieson is best-known for his large-event productions—Tin Symphony at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the closing ceremony of the Manchester Commonwealth Games. But before migrating to Australia from Britain in 1992 he worked with the Royal National Theatre and founded and directed the acclaimed Trickster Theatre Company and several other theatre groups. In 1985, he was awarded the Greater London Arts Award for outstanding contribution to the fields of Dance and Physical Theatre.

Fred Breinersdorfer, writer of Sophie Scholl-The Final Days, speaks with the WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 17 August 2006

Sophie Scholl—The Final Days is currently screening at Australian cinemas. Directed by Marc Rothemund and written by Fred Breinersdorfer, the film powerfully dramatises the activities of the White Rose student group in Germany, an anti-Nazi organisation formed in 1942. Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans and another member of the group were arrested in early 1943, after distributing leaflets at the University of Munich.

An interview with James Longley, the director of Iraq in Fragments

By Joanne Laurier, 29 June 2006

American filmmaker James Longley’s remarkable documentary, Iraq in Fragments, screened recently at the San Francisco Film Festival (see WSWS review).

The conflict between the desire for freedom and backward religious traditions

Deepa Mehta speaks with WSWS

By Richard Phillips, 15 May 2006

India-born director Deepa Mehta spoke with World Socialist Web Site journalist Richard Phillips during a recent visit to Australia to promote Water, her latest film. As the accompanying links explain, production of the movie began in India six years ago but was shelved following a vicious political campaign by right-wing Hindu extremists. The film was completed last year and premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. It is currently screening in several countries, including the US, Canada and Australia, with others to follow.

“My film is not a national propaganda tool”

An interview with Tolga Ornëk, director of Gallipoli: The Front Line Experience

By Richard Phillips, 20 December 2005

Turkish director Tolga Ornëk has made six major documentaries since he began filmmaking in 1998. These include, Atatürk (1998), Mount Nemrud: The Throne of the Gods (1999), Eregli: The Heart of Steel (2002) and The Hittites (2003).

An interview with Sigfrido Ranucci, director of The Hidden Massacre

By Marc Wells, 14 December 2005

On November 8, the Italian public television network RAI aired the documentary film The Hidden Massacre, which exposes the use by US forces of white phosphorous bombs on the civilian population of Fallujah in the November 2004 assault on the Iraqi city. This chemical weapon is prohibited by international law, except when used for illumination purposes.

An interview with Marcellino de Baggis, writer and director of Quintosole

By Marc Wells, 11 November 2005

In September the WSWS posted a review of Quintosole (“An honest look at the lives of Italian inmates”), a documentary by Italian filmmaker Marcellino de Baggis, on the social and psychological implications of the founding of a soccer team established behind bars at the Milano-Opera maximum security prison.

An interview with Alain Tasma, director of October 17, 1961

By David Walsh, 28 September 2005

David Walsh and Joanne Laurier spoke with French director Alain Tasma in Toronto.

“You can speak your truth more easily in the theatre”

An interview with Australian playwright Hannie Rayson

By Richard Phillips, 23 June 2005

Australian playwright Hannie Rayson recently spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about Two Brothers, her latest play, which premiered in Melbourne last May and is currently playing at the Sydney Opera House until July 2.

“To show the courage of those who resisted the Nazis”

An interview with Margarethe von Trotta, director of Rosenstrasse

By Richard Phillips, 31 May 2005

More than two years after its European premiere, Margarethe von Trotta’s Rosenstrasse is finally being shown in Australian cinemas. The movie is about the courageous action of German women who protested against the arrest and impending deportation of their Jewish husbands by the Nazis in 1943. It will screen at Palace cinemas in Sydney and Melbourne in early June, with other cities to follow.

“There’s something magical about music”

Singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw speaks with the World Socialist Web Site

By Richard Phillips, 6 August 2004

Marshall Crenshaw is one of the few singer-songwriters to have maintained his artistic integrity and sanity after more than two and a half decades in the fickle world of the American rock recording industry. Crenshaw’s music is characterised by beguiling tunes and simple but evocative lyrics. Whether love songs or poignant homages to an innocent past, Crenshaw’s work is drawn from the classics of American popular music—rockabilly, rock and roll, country, gospel and rhythm and blues.

Gillo Pontecorvo, director of The Battle of Algiers, speaks to WSWS

“Stay close to reality”

By Maria Esposito, 9 June 2004

Gillo Pontecorvo, director of the 1965 film The Battle of Algiers (see: “A timeless portrait of the anti-colonial struggle in Algeria”) spoke recently by phone to Maria Esposito from the World Socialist Web Site. They discussed the production of Pontecorvo’s ground-breaking and powerful film, his cinematic influences, the US-led occupation of Iraq and other issues.

To explore one of the dark episodes in Indonesian history

Interview with Garin Nugroho, director of The Poet

By Richard Phillips, 19 September 2001

Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho spoke with the World Socialist Web Site last month when his latest film, The Poet (Unconcealed Poetry), was screened at the Asian-Pacific Film Festival in Sydney. Nugroho, who was born in Yogjakarta in 1961, studied filmmaking at the Jakarta University of the Arts and later law at Indonesia University.

An interview with Ana Poliak, director of La fe del volcán (The Faith of the Volcano)

By David Walsh, 5 June 2001

I spoke to Ana Poliak, director of The Faith of the Volcano , in Buenos Aires.

An interview with Mojgan Khadem

"Not just to entertain but to take the audience's breath away intellectually"

By Richard Phillips, 4 June 2001

Mojgan Khadem, the 31-year-old director of Serenades was born in Iran and lived there until she was 10 when her family was forced to leave the country to escape religious persecution by the Islamic fundamentalist regime. Khadem spent three years in Spain before moving to Australia in 1981. She studied filmmaking at the Australian Film Television and Radio school in Sydney, majoring in directing. After her graduate film Requiem , which won the Certificate of Merit at the Chicago International Film Festival, she made several documentaries. Serenades is her first feature film. She spoke to the World Socialist Web Site during a recent visit to Sydney.

A response to the interview with filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff

A clarification of essential historical issues

By David Walsh, 6 February 2001

On February 3 the World Socialist Web Site posted an interview with veteran German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff, conducted by Prairie Miller. [http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/feb2001/schl-f03.shtml] Certain issues raised in that conversation need to be clarified.

An interview with German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff

By Prairie Miller, 3 February 2001

The following is an interview with well-known German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff, director of The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum , The Tin Drum , Swann in Love and numerous other works. His 1999 film, The Legends of Rita (Die Stille nach dem Schuß ), chronicled in fictional form the fate of certain members of the Red Army Faction (the Baader-Meinhof group)—radicals responsible for terrorist attacks in West Germany—who sought refuge in the Stalinist GDR (East Germany).

An interview with Paul Cox, director of Innocence: "Filmmakers have a duty to speak out against the injustices in the world"

By Richard Phillips, 6 January 2001

Filmmaker Paul Cox spoke with the World Socialist Web Site during a recent visit to Sydney for the Australian release of Innocence, his latest film. Born in Holland in 1940, Cox immigrated to Australia where he became a photographer and then, in the early 1970s, a filmmaker. Since then he has produced 18 features and several documentaries, including Man of Flowers (1983), My First Wife (1984), Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (1987), Island (1989), A Woman's Tale (1991), Exile (1994) and Lust and Revenge (1996).

"It is a lot easier to stay with the establishment, but this is not my way of life"

Japanese film director Shohei Imamura speaks to the World Socialist Web Site

By Richard Phillips, 19 September 2000

Veteran film director, Shohei Imamura, recently visited Australia for “Under the Southern Cross”, a two-day season of Japanese films screened in Canberra and Sydney as part of the Olympic Arts Festival.

Interview with David King at the opening of his exhibition The Commissar Vanishes

"Stalin and his regime destroyed the revolution."

By Stefan Steinberg, 29 December 1998

An interview with photographer David King

Pennebaker and Hegedus: seminal figures in American documentary film

By Richard Phillips, 12 August 1998

This is the last in the series of articles on the 45th Sydney Film Festival.