Arts interviews

Lore: Inside the mind of a Nazi

By Stephen Applebaum, February 28, 2013

Cate Shortland is crying. The Australian Jewish convert has been discussing her use of images of Holocaust victims in her disturbing new film, Lore, when tears suddenly fill her eyes.

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Haim - the three sisters who are this year's pop sensation

By Paul Lester, February 14, 2013

Right now, Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, from Los Angeles, are three of the hottest names in pop, rock and r&b (and their sound is a blend of pop, rock and r&b — imagine Fleetwood Mac jamming with Destiny’s Child).

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A romcom from the man who brought you Borat

By Stephen Applebaum, February 7, 2013

Dan Mazer studied law at Cambridge, but from the moment that he discovered it was nothing like the American TV crime drama LA Law, he knew he had no future as a legal eagle.

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How David Cronenberg's son is joining the family business

By Stephen Applebaum, January 31, 2013

If Brandon Cronenberg looks a little shell-shocked when we convene for an interview at last May’s Cannes Film Festival, there is a good reason. It is not only his first feature, Antiviral, that has got the world’s media buzzing, but also his background.

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The Hollywood director who thinks Holocaust films don't tell the right story

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2013

Holocaust films? Pah!” says Jack Garfein, shaking his head. “They’re awful. They always show the horror, not the human element.”

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The young Saatchi who got Obama elected

By Gershon Portnoi, December 20, 2012

Edward Saatchi has a lot to say. He responds to questions with considered, passionate answers and a delivery as smooth, flawless and decisive as his hero Barack Obama, which is fitting as the two men owe each other a great deal.

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John Axelrod: The ex-rock talent scout who’s trying to save classical music

By Jessica Duchen, November 22, 2012

John Axelrod would be the first to admit that outspokeness and popularity do not often go together. But that is not going to stop the conductor in his determination to shake up the classical music status quo.

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Eytan Fox: on the return of Yossi and why he wants to make a musical

By Anne Joseph, November 1, 2012

Reprising a film role is never easy.

Israeli writer-director Eytan Fox discovered as much when he first approached actor Ohad Knoller about recreating his starring role in Fox’s influential work, Yossi & Jagger.

“Ohad, who’s a dear friend, was ambivalent about the whole idea,” recalls Fox.

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Hebburn: a British sitcom that avoids Jewish cliches

By Simon Round, October 19, 2012

Everyone has been attempting to get Jews into light entertainment and reality programmes recently, What with Grandma’s House, Strictly Kosher, Jewish Mum of the Year and Friday Night Dinner, the stereotypes have been flowing freely.

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Josh Radnor: Heart versus head - 'its a big theme of my life'

By Stephen Applebaum, October 4, 2012

Josh Radnor is talking about alcohol. The actor-director and sitcom star has given it up and is finding life as a former imbiber difficult. “There’s some grief that goes with that change, because alcohol feels so kind of youthful and sexy and romantic,” he sighs, before confessing to a recent lapse in Paris when he indulged in a few glasses of red wine.

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