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Film-makers, musicians and more look back on their achievements and favourite works from the noughties
Kevin Macdonald, film director
Personally, it's been a fascinating decade. In the late 90s, I was struggling to make TV documentaries but work was drying up. I was a purist, with no interest in working with actors. I hated the idea of dramatic reconstructions because they look so cheesy. Then I worked with actors on Touching the Void and this led to dramatic features, though documentaries remain my first love.
The British film industry has always been about boom and bust. We start out with unrealistic optimism: "We're going to compete with Hollywood!" Then we have the collapse and the correction. We saw it with Alexander Korda in the 1930s, with Rank after the war, and with Gandhi in the 1980s. This decade it happened again.
The collapse of Film4 back in 2002 was part of this problem. »
A story of an abused inner-city teenager trying to set her life right moved audiences and the jury at the Sundance Film Festival, as "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire," won both the grand jury award and the audience award in the U.S. dramatic competition in Park City.
The wins marked only the second time this decade that one film has taken both prizes -- Mexican-American coming-of-age tale "Quinceanera" did it in 2006 -- and proved another feather in the cap of the word-of-mouth sensation and its star, Gabourey Sidibe.
The movie, which Lee Daniels directed from a script by Damien Paul, picked up a third prize when Mo'Nique received a special jury award for her performance as an abusive mother. Cinetic Media is repping rights to the picture.
There were a number of multiple-award winners named when Jane Lynch hosted the »
- By Steven Zeitchik
2 items from 2009
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