sun 17/02/2019

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

Q&A Special: Actor Bruno Ganz on playing Hitler

Jasper Rees

There is nothing quite like the Iffland-Ring in this country. The property of the Austrian state, for two centuries it has been awarded to the most important German-speaking actor of the age, who after a suitable period nominates his successor and hands the ring on. There were only four handovers in the entire 20th century.

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician, writer and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti

Guy Oddy

Cosey Fanni Tutti was born Christine Newby in Hull in 1951. She is a musician, performance artist and writer and is best known for her time with COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle and Chris and Cosey. Her memoir Art Sex Music came out in 2017 and her second solo album, Tutti is released on 8 February.

theartsdesk Q&A: Robert MacFarlane's...

Tim Cumming

With books including Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways and Landmarks, Robert MacFarlane has established himself as one of the...

theartsdesk Q&A: Matthew Heineman on...

Adam Sweeting

The release of Matthew Heineman’s film A Private War, about the tumultuous life and 2012 death of renowned Sunday Times war correspondent Marie...

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer Michel Legrand

Jasper Rees

“I want to be a man without any past,” said Michel Legrand, who has died at the age of 86. He had perhaps the longest past in showbiz. Orchestrator,...

Screenwriter Adam Price on 'Ride Upon the Storm' - 'If we discuss faith, we will possibly not kill each other'

Adam Sweeting

Lars Mikkelsen stars in new Channel 4 drama Ride Upon the Storm about a flawed priest battling his many demons

'I'll show the lot of you!' Richard E Grant's Oscar nomination

Jasper Rees

The Withnail star celebrates his Academy Award nod for 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

Director Alexandria Bombach: 'I feel like a completely different person'

Owen Richards

Director of On Her Shoulders on filming Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad

theartsdesk Q&A: Hedvig Mollestad, Norway's bridge between heavy metal and jazz

Kieron Tyler

The genre-busting guitarist talks about new album 'Smells Funny', a rotting eyeball and more

theartsdesk Q&A: concert pianist Lucy Parham

Sebastian Scotney

Sixth Composer Portrait marks the Clara Schumann bicentenary

Tim Wardle: 'A documentary director has huge power over the interview subject'

Owen Richards

Director of Three Identical Strangers on the most successful UK-made documentary in American box office history

Laurent Cantet: 'Young people have different preoccupations nowadays' – interview

Demetrios Matheou

The award-winning director discusses his new film, The Workshop, in which some newbie writers get in a tizz over the fine line between fact and fiction

Robert Hastie: 'a seam of love runs through the play' - interview

Heather Neill

The director talks about Macbeth in the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, cross-gender casting and the director's role

theartsdesk Q&A: Theatre Producer Elyse Dodgson

James Woodall

Remembering the unsung heroine of new theatre in translation, who has died aged 73

Erik Poppe and Andrea Berntzen: 'When white young men do stuff like this, we just shake our heads'

Owen Richards

Director and lead actor of Utoya: July 22 on working with survivors to recreate the Norwegian terror attack

Matthew Holness: 'I wanted to make a modern silent horror film'

Owen Richards

Footlights alumnus leaves comedy behind in disturbing debut feature Possum

theartsdesk Q&A: guitarist Sean Shibe

David Nice

A wise head on young shoulders questions the nature of expression and programming

theartsdesk Q&A: Soft Cell

Thomas H Green

Prior to their O2 show the Eighties synth-pop icons talk new music, old music, 'Top of the Pops', 'Sex Dwarf', drugs, and Dennis Waterman

theartsdesk Q&A: Chas and Dave

Jasper Rees

A memorial interview with the lovable rockney duo following the death of Chas Hodges

Agnès Varda: 'You think I'm finished?!' - interview

Demetrios Matheou

Oscar-nominated at 89, the French filmmaking legend talks about her new film

'It’s more fun to dance in a tutu': Tory Dobrin of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Jenny Gilbert

The artistic director of the Trocks explains how he keeps his ballet parodists on their toes

Ryuichi Sakamoto: 'Ideally I'm recording all the time, 24 hours a day' - interview

Joe Muggs

From Xenakis to Oneohtrix Point Never via Bowie and Bootsy, Sakamoto recalls an extraordinary life in music

Ian Rickson: 'I'm an introvert, I want to stop talking about myself' - interview

Jasper Rees

The director staging Brian Friel's Translations at the National talks about Ireland, England and the changing face of theatre

Michel Hazanavicius: 'Losing himself is how he found himself'

Demetrios Matheou

The Oscar-winning director's new film, 'Redoubtable', charts the turning point in the life and career of the legendary Jean-Luc Godard

10 Questions for Artist David Shrigley

Thomas H Green

The provocative artist talks festivals, moshpits, Google and much more

Andrew Haigh: 'In the end you have to be able to make the decisions' - interview

Adam Sweeting

The Yorkshire-born director on his new film 'Lean on Pete'

Violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing: 'in the moments when magic happens, you think, that's why we do this'

David Nice

On a Norwegian rediscovery, communication and twentysomething enterprise

10 Questions for Sharon Smith of Arts Collective Gob Squad

Thomas H Green

Sharon Smith of the Berlin-based Gob Squad talks age, Oscar Wilde and Nicki Minaj

10 Questions for Courtney Pine: 'How do you express rage?'

Matthew Wright

Pioneering solo jazz artist hails the community of jazz

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