Michael Winterbottom: Interviews

Michael Winterbottom: Interviews

by Damon Smith (Editor)

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Overview

Prolific British director Michael Winterbottom (b. 1961) might be hard to pin down and even harder to categorize. Over sixteen years, he has created feature films as disparate and stylistically diverse as Welcome to Sarajevo, 24 Hour Party People, In This World, Butterfly Kiss, and The Killer Inside Me. But in this collection, the first English-language volume to gather international profiles and substantive interviews with the Blackburn native, Winterbottom reveals how working with small crews, available light, handheld digital cameras, radio mics, and minuscule budgets allows him fewer constraints than most filmmakers, and the ability to capture the specificity of the locations where he shoots.

In this book Winterbottom emerges as an industrious filmmaker committed to a stripped-down approach whose concern with outsiders and docu-realist authenticity have remained constant throughout his career.

Collecting pieces from news periodicals as well as scholarly journals, including previously unpublished interviews and the first-ever translation of a lengthy, illuminating exchange with the French editors of Positif, this volume spans the full breadth of Winterbottom's notably eclectic feature-film career.

Damon Smith, Brooklyn, New York, is a film programmer and editor for Babelgum. His work has appeared in Reverse Shot, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, Cinema Scope, and several other publications.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604738407
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 09/30/2010
Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Damon Smith, Brooklyn, New York, is a film programmer and editor for Babelgum. His work has appeared in Reverse Shot, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, Cinema Scope, and several other publications.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chronology xxi

Filmography xxv

Wings of Desire Geoff Andrew 3

Winterbottom The (Increasingly Less) Obscure Jan Stuart 5

People Who Are Excluded from Society: Interview with Michael Winterbottom Michel Ciment Yann Tobin 9

FIR Chats with Director Michael Winterbottom Roy Frumkes 20

An Interview with Michael Winterbottom, Director of Welcome to Sarajevo Stephen Garrett 22

Michael Winterbottom: Welcome to Sarajevo Liza Béar 26

Winterbottom Walks through Wonderland Jasper Rees 34

Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland Anthony Kaufman 38

An Interview with Michael Winterbottom: The Claim Damon Smith 43

The Film Factory Simon Hattenstone 50

Anarchy in the U.K.: An Interview with 24 Hour Party People Director Michael Winterbottom Jeremiah Kipp 54

World in Motion Jessica Winter 60

Michael Winterbottom Sheri Linden 64

Michael Winterbottom on Code 46: Typical Love Story in an Atypical World Wendy Mitchell 67

Michael Winterbottom Gets Naked Stephen Rodrick 71

Chaos Theory: Michael Winterbottom on Tristram Shandy Adam Nayman 82

Michael Winterbottom: "That's How People Are" David D'Arcy 89

In Praise of Folly: An Interview with Michael Winterbottom Richard Porton 97

Michael Winterbottom's Road Movie David D'Arcy 106

Michael Winterbottom Opens His Heart Peter Sobczynski 117

Interview with Michael Winterbottom Alex Fitch 125

Michael Winterbottom's True Stories: The Shock Doctrine John O'Connell 131

Michael Winterbottom: Genova Colin Fraser 135

Michael Winterbottom: The Killer Inside Me Damon Smith 144

Index 153

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