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16 August 2015 12:20 PM, PDT
In his play Educating Rita, Willy Russell famously articulates the difference between the tragedy and the merely tragic. Any event, such as a tree falling and killing a man, may be called tragic, but a real tragedy is one in which the hero is doomed by his fatal flaw. Character, not just circumstance, drives him inexorably to his doom.
I thought about this a lot when writing Captain Webb – the titular character was the first man to swim the English Channel in 1875. »
- Jemma Kennedy
Among Mountains, Moonlight, and Movies
16 August 2015 12:18 PM, PDT
"The scene felt like a cross between Cinema Paradiso and National Geographic. It was one of the most uniquely satisfying moments in my life."
Photo: Meri Hyoky
A waxing moon hung over the Maloti mountains of Lesotho. I walked through the village, passing clusters of thatched roof huts and at one point lifting my legs over a stone corral that kept an array of mismatched livestock. I climbed a short distance up the mountain, where I found a place to sit next to a pair of young herd boys wrapped in blankets and wearing wellington boots. »
- Andrew Mudge
14 August 2015 2:59 AM, PDT
What does it take to direct Precinct Seven Five? Most of all, it takes the willingness to be a co-conspirator.
Someone asked my wife once what I did for a living – she said I was a gangster whisperer. They both laughed. Though the truth lies not far south. My subjects sell drugs. Me, I traffic in story.
Documentaries aren’t often thought to be a director’s medium. Particularly when they’re interview-driven films. But when a criminal unspools the secrets he’s hoarded all his life, what has happened off-screen is as important as what goes on in front of the camera. »
- Tiller Russell