wed 28/10/2020

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

Filmmaker Bassam Tariq: 'Great cinema doesn't need to be perfect - embrace the imperfections'

Owen Richards

After Bassam Tariq's feature debut These Birds Walk was released at SXSW 2013, things seemed to slow down. The documentary about a runaway boy in Pakistan garnered strong reviews, but soon Tariq was working in a New York butchers pondering his career.

10 Questions for Poet and Critic Rebecca Tamás

Jessica Payn

Strangers: Essays on the Human and Nonhuman is a powerful invitation to rethink, to doubt and to engage. Beginning among the Diggers’ tilled earth in 1649 and the eco-socialist "watermelon" juices that soil still stirs, the book makes an urgent argument for recognising our uneasy intimacy with the nonhuman.

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Joe Muggs

Today is World Mental Health Day and of course that means an awful lot of hugs and homilies, thoughts and prayers, deep-breathing exercises and it’s-...

theartsdesk Q&A: musician Kevin Rowland -...

Kieron Tyler

“Whoargh! Steady lads!” Under that headline, NME reported that Kevin Rowland had “announced his return to the music scene with a bizarre national...

'I loved being a dresser': Sir Ronald...

Jasper Rees

Ronald Harwood, who has died at the age of 85, was best known for his play about tending to the needs of the larger-than-life actor-manager Donald...

theartsdesk Q&A: author Katharina Volckmer

Charlie Stone

Interview with the first-time novelist on her deeply funny, subversive new novel

Directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui: 'The disability community is the world community'

Owen Richards

Interview with the men behind Netflix's new Paralympic documentary 'Rising Phoenix'

theartsdesk Q&A: Record label New Heavy Sounds

Thomas H Green

Co-founder Ged Murphy sheds light on the world of Britain's most original heavy rock independent

theartsdesk Q&A: author Jorge Consiglio

Olivia Fletcher

On brutality, estrangement and what solitude can bring to a work of fiction

theartsdesk Q&A: horn player Sarah Willis

Graham Rickson

Midnight recording sessions and late-running buses; playing Mozart in Havana

theartsdesk Q&A: filmmaker Mike Hodges

David Thompson

The British writer-director reflects on the making and meaning of his thriller 'Black Rainbow' as it bows on Blu-ray

theartsdesk Q&A: actor Gemma Whelan

Adam Sweeting

From 'Game of Thrones' to 'Emma' and the new series of 'Killing Eve', upward mobility is the name of her game

Remembering John Prine, one of the great American singer-songwriters

Jasper Rees

A tribute to the blue-collar folk poet, who has died at the age of 73

Director Marjane Satrapi: ‘The real question is do you like everyone? No? So, why should everyone like you?’

Jill Chuah Masters

The forthright 'Radioactive' filmmaker on intelligence, ignorance and Marie Curie

10 Questions for Irina Nalis

Joe Muggs

Multidisciplinary thinking at a multidisciplinary festival in a time of crisis

Roy Hudd: 'I was just trying to make 'em laugh'

Jasper Rees

The most traditional of entertainers, who has died at 83, harked back to a vanished age

theartsdesk Q&A: musician Rick McMurray

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Ash drummer on 25 years as an indie rock teen titan

Actress Noémie Merlant: 'This is something that hasn't been told yet'

Demetrios Matheou

The star of 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' talks about a film that asserts the female gaze, behind and in front of the camera

theartsdesk Q&A: soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn

David Nice

Returning to ENO to sing Verdi's Luisa Miller, a great singer-actor reflects

'She was revolutionary': Tanztheater Wuppertal's new director on the legacy of Pina Bausch

Jenny Gilbert

Bettina Wagner-Bergelt talks violence and taped music in a monumental early masterpiece

Filmmaker Agnieszka Holland: 'Without journalism, democracy will not survive'

Owen Richards

'Mr Jones' director discusses why she's fascinated by Europe's darkest hours

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Olari Elts in Tallinn

David Nice

From contemporary ensemble to top orchestra, the latest major Estonian has arrived

'In every concert, I want to try to tell a story': Conductor Omer Meir Wellber at the BBC Philharmonic

Robert Beale

The new man in Manchester discusses past, present and future

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Sir Jonathan Miller

Igor Toronyi-Lalic

The legendary director lets rip

10 Questions for Techno Musician Carl Craig

Joe Muggs

Catching up with the prince of Detroit techno as he revives an old alter ego

'Shakespeare is mistakenly considered something for the elite': director Claire McCarthy on 'Ophelia'

Owen Richards

Upcoming adaptation shines a new light on Shakespeare's famous tragic maiden

'By the end I’d lost me': Joe Simpson, mountaineer and writer - interview

Jasper Rees

The story of Touching the Void has been told and retold. Its author explores its appeal

'I’m having too much fun writing novels': author Nicolas Searle on The Good Liar

Joseph Walsh

Writer explains the journey from debut novel to prestige film

theartsdesk Q&A: Shakespears Sister

Russ Coffey

After 27 years they're back and chatting about reconciliation, yoga, the desert, Bananarama, and much more

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