Monthly Archives: July 2011

How did Without Men become a film without feminism?

Girl power is replaced by soft-lens lesbian sex scenes in this retrogressive adaptation of James Cañón’s acclaimed novel

As hard as atrocities such as Sex and the City 2 and Confessions of a Shopaholic have tried, there are still a handful of female roles out there that don’t reduce an entire gender to a shrieking vision of dildo-waving and consumerism. You just need to look at James Cañón’s book Tales From the Town of Widows for proof.

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The French Connection: shock of the old

William Friedkin’s 1971 thriller set in New York is nihilistic, unapologetic and even racist. But it still feels contemporary Continue reading… Continue reading

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Ten years of making Harry Potter films, by cast and crew

The actors, producers, directors and crew of the Harry Potter series tell Ryan Gilbey the inside story of the defining film franchise of the last decade

Tanya Seghatchian, co-producer/executive producer, Harry Potter 1-4: I started working with David Heyman at Heyday Films in 1997. We had a deal with Warner Bros to be the eyes and ears of the studio in the UK. I remember a friend of mine, Tony Garnett, who produced Kes, saying to me: “Listen, this deal will only last if you find Warners the equivalent of the Bond franchise.” I read an article on a book that was due to be published, about a boy who discovers he’s a wizard. It said it was going to be one in a series – so that’s a franchise. I rang Christopher Little, Jo Rowling’s agent, to introduce myself and win him over if I could.

David Heyman, producer, HP 1-8: When the proof copy of the first book came in, it sat for a few weeks on my bottom shelf – low priority.

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