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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

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

Owen Richards

Watching Matthew Holness’ debut feature Possum, you’d be forgiven in thinking he was a tortured soul.

theartsdesk Q&A: guitarist Sean Shibe

David Nice

First it was the soft acoustic guitar playing, which on three occasions to three very different audiences won a silence so intense it was almost deafening.

theartsdesk Q&A: Soft Cell

Thomas H Green

This weekend sees Soft Cell play the O2, a one-off gig celebrating their era-defining music. It’s 16 years since they last worked together and 37...

theartsdesk Q&A: Chas and Dave

Jasper Rees

Chas Hodges has died at the age of 74, bringing to an end a career that reaches back to the very beginnings of British pop music. He was best known...

Agnès Varda: 'You think I'm finished...

Demetrios Matheou

At a time when the issue over the scarcity of opportunities for female filmmakers is finally winning traction, it’s important not to forget those...

'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

Juliette Binoche: ‘Repetition feels like near death’

Demetrios Matheou

The star of Let the Sunshine In talks about love, psychics, her first collaboration with Claire Denis and calling Depardieu on his bad manners

Milos Forman: 'The less you know about yourself, the happier you are'

Jasper Rees

An encounter with the Czech director who went into exile in 1968 but kept challenging authority

10 Questions for Musician Jeremy Cunningham of The Levellers

Thomas H Green

The dreadlocked Levellers bassist talks of film, books, fans, the new album and touring the US

Joan As Police Woman: 'I was going to die if I didn't have some way to express myself' - interview

Russ Coffey

The cult singer discusses loss, #MeToo, Trump and much more besides

Robin Ticciati on conducting Brahms: 'trying to understand the man through his music'

David Nice

A masterclass in the preparation and performance of a great symphony

10 Questions for Artist Brett Goodroad

Thomas H Green

The rising Califiornian painter discusses art, literature and truckin'

10 Questions for Performer Seth Kriebel

Thomas H Green

Rising star of the interactive theatrical experience explains where he's coming from and what he's up to

10 Questions for Musician Malcolm Middleton

Thomas H Green

The Scottish songwriter talks music, books, musicals, Brighton and much else

Anna von Hausswolff: 'Forget about space and time, it's eternal and mysterious' - interview

Kieron Tyler

The Swedish singer-songwriter on her new album 'Dead Magic'

Tony Banks: ‘You either do it by diplomacy or you do it by violence’ - interview

Adam Sweeting

From Genesis to regeneration, the keyboard player's tale

John Tusa: 'the arts must make a noise' - interview

Liz Thomson

He started Newsnight, ran the World Service and the Barbican, and his new memoir is called Making a Noise

Clio Barnard: 'We need to talk about sexual abuse' - interview

Owen Richards

The director of 'Dark River' discusses tackling sexual trauma and why she’s drawn to Yorkshire

'Why we understand each other': Peter Gill on The York Realist

David Benedict

The playwright-director reflects on his 2001 play, revived at the Donmar and Sheffield Crucible

John Mahoney: 'I wanted to be like everybody else'

Jasper Rees

How the Manchester-born star of 'Frasier' became a naturalised Midwesterner

Daniel Day-Lewis: 'I'm quite good at mending things'

Jasper Rees

The star of Phantom Thread on sewing up his career with Paul Thomas Anderson and Vicky Krieps

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