thu 16/09/2021

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

theartsdesk Q&A: filmmaker Marco Kreuzpaintner

Adam Sweeting

In 2011, Ferdinand von Schirach’s novel Der Fall Collini (The Collini Case) was published, its narrative of crime and punishment inspired by a law passed in Germany in 1968.

theartsdesk Q&A: writer and comedian Tom Davis

Adam Sweeting

After leaving school at 14, Tom Davis spent 10 years working as a scaffolder on building sites, while always harbouring what he thought was the impossible dream of getting into comedy. Hailing from Sutton in south London, he had a go at standup and for a time found himself in drag, singing Disney songs.

10 Questions for novelist Mieko Kawakami

Izzy Smith

Mieko Kawakami sits firmly amongst the Japanese literati for her sharp and pensive depictions of life in contemporary Japan. Since the translation of...

10 Questions for Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream

Thomas H Green

Bobby Gillespie (b 1962) is best known as the lead singer and driving force of rock band Primal Scream. He was born and raised in Glasgow and met...

theartsdesk Q&A: choreographer Christopher...

Jenny Gilbert

Having won recognition for his streetdance routines on American TV’s So You Think You Can Dance, choreographer Christopher Scott was asked to...

theartsdesk Q&A: composer and conductor Carl Davis

Graham Rickson

The silent film specialist on shot lists, bass drums and the perils of projection speeds

Singer-songwriter Peggy Seeger: still in the vanguard of her musical dynasty

Liz Thomson

A member of America's great musical clan, Peggy Seeger has been a fixture on the British folk scene for more than 60 years

Filmmaker Darius Marder: 'Deafness is a culture. That's not being PC'

Owen Richards

Writer and director on Sound of Metal's long journey from concept to award nominations

theartsdesk Q&A: Author Sam Mills on the phenomenon of the 'chauvo-feminist'

CP Hunter

The novelist and non-fiction writer discusses #MeToo and her latest long-form essay

theartsdesk Q&A: conductor Klaus Mäkelä

David Nice

Balancing freedom and control in Oslo and Paris

10 Questions for Vocalist-Lyricist Georgia Mancio

Sebastian Scotney

Portraying beauty, dignity and hope - and love, joy and sadness - in song

theartsdesk Q&A: Daryl Hall

Owen Richards

Legendary singer-songwriter talks recording, vaccines and reaching a billion streams

theartsdesk Q&A: actor and comedian Andi Osho on her debut novel 'Asking For A Friend'

Laura De Lisle

The multi-tasking artist talks social media, 'Line of Duty', and learning how to not act

theartsdesk Q&A: Amina Cain on her first novel and her eternal fascination with suggestion

Jessica Payn

The American writer discusses 'Indelicacy' and characters who are flawed and unfixed

theartsdesk Q&A: Isabella Pappas on how 'Finding Alice' is a blueprint for bereavement

Laura De Lisle

Youngest star of the ITV drama discusses grief, teenage girls, and getting into character

theartsdesk Q&A: actor Polly Walker on 'Bridgerton' and the new breed of period drama

Laura De Lisle

Talking wigs, women, and her (brief) experience of coronavirus

10 Questions for Musician and Broadcaster Cerys Matthews

Sebastian Scotney

Thoughts on an album which places poets centre-stage

theartsdesk Q&A: poet laureate Simon Armitage on landscapes, libraries, home and edgelands

India Lewis

Interview with the Yorkshire-born poet ahead of his appearance on The South Bank Show

Filmmaker Frank Marshall: 'People don’t understand what geniuses The Bee Gees were'

Owen Richards

Director of the new Bee Gees documentary discusses the brothers' legacy in music

10 Questions for Singer/Pianist Joe Stilgoe

Sebastian Scotney

Joe Stilgoe learned 250 new songs for the 67 episodes of "Stilgoe in the Shed"

theartsdesk Q&A: Mick Talbot of The Style Council

Thomas H Green

The keyboard don discusses the very Eighties ups and downs of life in The Style Council

Filmmaker Bassam Tariq: 'Great cinema doesn't need to be perfect - embrace the imperfections'

Owen Richards

Director of 'Mogul Mowgli' discusses taking risks, and the differences between the British- and American-Asian experience

10 Questions for Poet and Critic Rebecca Tamás

Jessica Payn

On 'Strangers' and the urgent interconnectedness of the human and non-human

theartsdesk Q&A: Sally Anne Gross and Dr George Musgrave, authors of 'Can Music Make You Sick?'

Joe Muggs

On World Mental Health Day we meet the authors of an incisive new study of music and musicians

theartsdesk Q&A: musician Kevin Rowland - 'it was painful to be misunderstood and misinterpreted'

Kieron Tyler

To coincide with its reissue, the Dexys Midnight Runners lynchpin considers his solo album ‘My Beauty’

'I loved being a dresser': Sir Ronald Harwood, Oscar-winning writer, dies at 85

Jasper Rees

A memorial interview with the playwright and scriptwriter who enjoyed a remarkable Indian summer

theartsdesk Q&A: author Katharina Volckmer

Charlie Stone

Interview with the first-time novelist on her deeply funny, subversive new novel

Directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui: 'The disability community is the world community'

Owen Richards

Interview with the men behind Netflix's new Paralympic documentary 'Rising Phoenix'

theartsdesk Q&A: Record label New Heavy Sounds

Thomas H Green

Co-founder Ged Murphy sheds light on the world of Britain's most original heavy rock independent

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