So Danny Boyle, who directed the Olympics Opening Ceremony with such wisdom, wit and ingenuity, has turned down a knighthood. And good for him. Not because a knighthood per se is a bad thing, though we have misgivings about the whole honours system, but because acceptance would have been a betrayal of everything he has said and done in his artistic career. Above all, it would have negated the spirit of cocking a snook at the Establishment, the ingredient that distinguished London's Olympics opening from so many others.
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Friday 04 March 2011
One of the strongest debuts of 2010, this bittersweet Mumbai tale of high minds and low plots never quite won the plaudits it deserves. Now – with a more populist, even Slumdog Millionaire-ish cover - it has a second chance.
Thursday 24 February 2011
For Phyllida Lloyd, the decision must have been straightforward. Not only has she worked with Meryl Streep before, but she knows that – in casting the Oscar-winner as Margaret Thatcher in the forthcoming biopic Iron Lady – she is almost guaranteed a hit. Streep, after all, is both extremely famous and extremely bankable. Last year Forbes named her the seventh best value-for-money star in Hollywood. The third woman on the list, she was trumped only by Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Aniston. She is, at least on the face of things, a pretty sound bit of casting.
Friday 19 November 2010
Tuesday 19 October 2010
The indian actress Freida Pinto and Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal attend the premiere of Miral at the 54th British Film Institute London Film Festival at the Vue West End cinema last night. Pinto, 26, who made her name in the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, plays the lead in Jebreal's autobiographical story of an orphaned Palestinian girl's experiences of the first Arab-Israeli war. Ian Gavan/Getty Images
Friday 03 September 2010
American artist-turned film-maker Julian Schnabel follows up on his intimate and claustrophobic The Diving Bell and the Butterly (about a stroke victim) with a full-blown epic looking at the Palestinian struggle from 1948 until the mid-1990s. Miral is plodding at times, choppily edited and unevenly performed. It has very little of the aesthetic polish of Schnabel's earlier work and the director is bound to be accused by his critics of political naivete. However, it's also a courageous and groundbreaking film. There aren't any other movies that spring to mind from Oscar-nominated directors that look at post-war Middle Eastern history from the point of view of Palestinian women.
Monday 17 May 2010
Thursday 15 April 2010
British director Mike Leigh's new film, Another Year, is in the running for the Cannes Film Festival's top prize the Palme d'Or, it was announced today.
Sunday 08 November 2009
Sunday 14 June 2009
Lovefilm, the online DVD rental company that is doing a roaring trade with titles such as Slumdog Millionaire, is mulling a stock exchange listing. its chief executive, Simon Calver, has hired an adviser, believed to be investment bank Jefferies, to assess strategic options.
Sunday 31 May 2009
An Oscar-winning smash with no stars and half its dialogue in a foreign language, Slumdog Millionaire is the fairy tale of an uneducated teenager (Dev Patel) from Mumbai's slums who knows the answers on an episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire because they all relate to incidents in his own tempestuous past. The one-question-one-flashback structure gets repetitive, but Danny Boyle's whirling direction keep you watching until the feel-good finale.
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