After exploding onto the scene with super low-budget zombie movie Colin in 2008, talented British filmmaker Marc Price has been busy making movies, as well as mentoring a legion of young talent through his partnership with the BFI. As his stunning second feature Magpie – a moving drama about a grief-stricken young father who steals the coffin from his son’s funeral – makes its debut on Amazon Prime, I spoke to Marc about the challenges of making independent film.
Women in film was a hot topic in 2015, both behind and in front of the camera, and there’s no doubt that gender disparity remains a huge problem for the industry. This year has, however, seen a number of filmmakers create strong, memorable and diverse female characters, and I wrote the following piece in celebration of the best of them for the British Independent Film Awards ceremony brochure.
While its English language title may invite easy comparisons to Richard Linklater’s celebrated opus Boyhood, French filmmaker Celine Sciamma’s coming of age drama Girlhood is far more accurately represented by its native language moniker, Bande des Filles (‘Band of Girls’). Indeed, its depiction of teenage life in the depressed projects of suburban Paris has, tonally speaking, more in common with 2001 TV WWII epic Band of Brothers than Linklater’s sepia-toned account of growing up under the California sun.