Irene’s Ghost – interview with director

A moving film exploring loss and relationships, Irene’s Ghost is a standout documentary. We interviewed director Iain Cunningham at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield about this deeply personal story. See our full review of the film >here<.   Reel Steel: I read that this film was inspired by the birth of your daughter — what…

In Fabric

2019 Director: Peter Strickland Starring: Marianne Jean–Baptiste, Fatma Mohamed, Leo Bill, Hayley Squires, Gwendoline Christie, Julian Barratt, Steve Oram Words – Nathan Scatcherd The latest film from Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy), In Fabric is a wonderful oddity – bizarre, horny, blackly hilarious in tone and one of my favourite cinema…

Dark Suns – director interview

Dark Suns is an unrelenting investigation into mass disappearances across Mexico, urging you to pay attention. See our feature review of the film >here<. We interviewed director Julien Elie following the film’s UK Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019.   Reel Steel: My first question really is where the motivation to make this film came from…

Once Aurora – director interview

Once Aurora is a coming-of-age music documentary that’s as uplifting as it is potent. See our feature review of the film >here<. We interviewed director Benjamin Langeland and producer Thorvald Nilsen following the film’s UK Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019.   Reel Steel: What’s the reception been to the film so far? Thorvald Nilsen: It’s…

Rafiki – interview with director Wanuri Kahiu

A story of two young women forced to choose between happiness and safety, Rafiki is a vibrant and colourful film with stunning chemistry between its two leads. The film was originally banned in Kenya for its bold approach to LGBTQ+ representation. We interviewed director Wanuri Kahiu at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield. You can see…

Doel

2018 Director: Frederik Solberg Words – Christian Abbott What does it mean to call a place home and what would you do to protect it? This very question seems to be at the heart of Frederik Solberg’s film – Doel. Named after the Belgian town itself, it is surrounded by an immense industrial landscape –…

The Eyes of Orson Welles

2018 Director: Mark Cousins Words – Christian Abbott Orson Welles was and is one of the most beloved and well known of Hollywood’s pantheon. He was an actor, director, radio personality and as Mark Cousins explores here, a painter. Many would question what more could be said about Welles, there are countless books, films, television…

A Northern Soul – Director Q&A

2018 A Northern Soul Director: Sean McAllister Words – Christian Abbott Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 kicked off this year with the world premiere of A Northern Soul, the latest film from director/filmmaker Sean McAllister. It sees him return to his home town of Hull after a career of exploring the world through cinema. Hull recently became…

Boys Who Like Girls – Director Q&A

Boys Who Like Girls follows the work of Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), a group in India addressing gender issues, and the story of one boy, Ved, as he deals with family, school and the challenging culture of gender inequality. See our full review of the film >here<. We spoke to Inka Achte, director…

For The Birds – Director Q&A

Richard Miron, director of For the Birds, reflects on discovering protagonist Kathy Murphy’s surreal story while studying his undergraduate degree at Yale University and the profound impact of emotional connection when making a documentary. You can see our full review of the film >here<.   Reel Steel: I suppose the first question I really want…