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Michael Winterbottom

SXSW Film Festival 2017 Preview

The annual mid-March South by Southwest (better known as SXSW) shindig has just about everything going for it. Taking place in hip Austin, it’s perhaps best known as a musical festival, but the film portion has grown in importance as the…

The Face of an Angel (2014)

Meredith Kercher’s murder in Italy, and the subsequent arrest of her flatmate Amanda Knox, was like mana from heaven for a salacious media. Offering sex, drugs, beautiful young women, shady foreigners, a misfiring legal system and enough…

The Look of Love (2013)

There was a bizarre meta-moment during the screening of Michael Winterbottom’s biopic of Soho impresario Paul Raymond when the audience, at a little preview screening theatre in heart of Soho, realised we were sitting in the exact room that…

Everyday (2012)

Everyday should be a moving portrayal of a family separated by a convict father spending five years in jail. It should also be incredibly real as Michael Winterbottom shot it over five years, a few weeks at a time. However, the presence of…

LFF 2012 Day 8 vodcast

Day 8 of the 56th London Film Festival saw Ben Affleck's tense thriller Argo screen as the Accenture Gala while Michael Winterbottom's delicate study of the family unit, Everyday, played in Official Competition...

Trishna (2011)

Victorian India with a limp dishrag and a sex sadist Having done Thomas Hardy adaptations twice before, Michael Winterbottom had the idea of transferring Tess of the d'Urbervilles to modern India, where Victorian poverty indeed coexists…

Trishna (2011)

*** Warning 'ere be spoliers *** Michael Winterbottom chose to set his modern movie adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles in current-day India, because that is where the changes of a rapidly industrialising society…

Trishna (2011)

Very much like the works of Steven Soderbergh, acclaimed British director Michael Winterbottom could not have a more expansive CV, from collaborating with Steve Coogan on 24 Hour Party People and A Cock and Bull Story, to tackling…

A Mighty Heart (2007)

Since 2001 studios have overwhelmed audiences with movies about terrorism and the war on terror, set in locations like Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, that, once exotically vague, now vied for didactic realism as they had become too…

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

Michael Winterbottom is, for the most part, an interesting and talented director. 24 Hour Party People is one of my favourite movies, A Cock And Bull Story is almost as good and he seems to easily hop between genres and avoid…