wed 01/02/2023

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

'I let it emerge': an interview with Fiona Benson on the cusp of the TS Eliot Prize announcement

Jack Barron

Fiona Benson’s new collection of poems, Ephemeron (Jonathan Cape, 2022), tries to capture those things that are always moving out of grasp.

'Corsage' director Marie Kreutzer: 'Being beautiful is her only currency'

Nick Hasted

It’s 1877, and Austria’s Empress Elisabeth (Vicky Krieps) is first seen gasping under freezing water, skin blotchy with another extreme treatment to maintain her legendary beauty. Every day she constricts herself in her corset, as she’s constrained as Emperor Franz Joseph’s trophy wife. Nearing the dangerous female age of 40, the corset tightens notch by notch.

theartsdesk Q&A: filmmaker Mike Hodges

David Thompson

It can be reasonably argued that Mike Hodges, who died on 17 December, was the finest director of British crime films since Alfred Hitchcock. Though...

10 Questions for writer and translator Saskia...

Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou

Johanne Lykke Holm’s spellbinding novel Strega recounts one teen’s journey into womanhood. Leaving her parental home to work with eight...

10 Questions for comedian Alex Edelman

Veronica Lee

US comic Alex Edelman first came to the attention of British audiences in 2014, when he was named best newcomer in the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for...

10 Questions for Bruce Lindsay, biographer of Ivor Cutler

Sebastian Scotney

How the teacher-poet became like a Zelig figure across so many swathes of UK culture

Directors the Dardenne brothers: 'To be living means to be fragile'

Nick Hasted

The Belgian masters discuss 'Tori and Lokita', and finding humanity on film

Wilko Johnson (1947-2022): The Bard of Canvey Island

Nick Hasted

Snug-bar confessions in an epic Canvey Island encounter with the late Essex great

Q&A: Bianca Stigter, director of 'Three Minutes: A Lengthening'

Graham Fuller

The historian and filmmaker discusses her haunting documentary about a Polish shtetl filmed on the brink of the abyss in 1938

Leslie Phillips: 'I can be recognised by my voice alone'

Jasper Rees

Saying goodbye to the actor famous for saying hello

‘Stripping naked the process of making theatre’: Martin Crimp talks about his latest play

Aleks Sierz

The playwright talks about 'Not One of These People', which he is performing himself, digital creativity and constraints on authorship

'The first thing I do when I wake up is write.' Hilary Mantel, 1952-2022

Jasper Rees

An interview with the novelist the morning after she won the Man Booker Prize for the first time

theartsdesk Q&A: Abel Selaocoe

Tim Cumming

The South African cellist and rising star of World and Classical on the music, life and history embedded in his debut album 'Where Is Home'

theartsdesk Q&A: Horn player Sarah Willis on returning to Cuba

Graham Rickson

Guaguancós, cha-cha-chas and crickets as the horn player commissions a new work in Havana

theartsdesk Q&A: bass-baritone Christopher Purves on communicating everything from Handel to George Benjamin

David Nice

The great singing actor on his best experiences - including Zurich Opera's new Ring

10 Questions for art historian and fiction writer Chloë Ashby

Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou

On sights, acts of seeing and book 'Wet paint', inspired by Manet’s 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergère'

theartsdesk Q&A: Marc Almond of Soft Cell

Harry Thorfinn-George

The Eighties icon tells how Andy Warhol, Chernobyl, nostalgia and the colour purple inspired the first Soft Cell album in 20 years

10 Questions for Musician Jarboe

Guy Oddy

'skin blood women roses', collaboration and the secret to excellent hearing

William Hurt, great Hollywood contrarian, has died at 71

Jasper Rees

A string of brilliant performances cemented his place as a great face of 1980s cinema

The unexpurgated Clement Crisp - in memoriam

Ismene Brown

The titan of ballet critics, who has died at 95, once agreed to be grilled - with scorching results

10 Questions for filmmaker Romola Garai

Graham Fuller

The star’s macabre directorial debut 'Amulet' is fuelled by anger

10 Questions for musician and DJ Pete Tong

India Lewis

On his latest EP and his musical life thus far

theartsdesk Q&A: jazz musician Charles Lloyd

Nick Hasted

Jazz Zelig’s long, strange trip from Howlin’ Wolf to Norah Jones

theartsdesk Q&A: Low, the band - 'Structure is key in minimalism. Especially in pop minimalism'

Kieron Tyler

Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk reveal their thoughts about recent album ‘Hey What’ and offer a gardening tip

'A nun destroyed my tent': artist Kate Daudy talks about NFTs, refugees, and having her work thrown out with the trash

Jessica Baldwin

The artist's first 'Non-Fungible Token' goes live as part of a new online exhibition

Documenting the unimaginable: photographer Sebastião Salgado talks about climate change, dodging caimans and changing perspectives

Rachel Halliburton

How does Western behaviour risk turning the Amazonian paradise into a hell?

RIP dancer and photographer Colin Jones - obituary

Ismene Brown

Dubbed the George Orwell of photojournalism, Jones married Lynn Seymour

10 Questions for writer Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Jessica Payn

The author of 'My Body Keeps Your Secrets' on trauma, shame and community

theartsdesk Q&A: filmmaker Marco Kreuzpaintner

Adam Sweeting

What his new film 'The Collini Case' says about Germany, the Nazis, justice and the law

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