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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

'I think of her as a proto-punk': documentarist Svetlana Zill on Anita Pallenberg

Nick Hasted

Anita Pallenberg was a vital presence in the Stones’ most vital years. Her bright eyes and hungry mouth betrayed a ferocious appetite for pleasure and adventure, taking her from a nun-schooled Rome childhood to New York’s downtown art crowd, then modelling in Munich, where in 1965 she engineered an encounter with “shy” Keith Richards, a similarly callow Mick Jagger and her first, violent Stones lover Brian Jones.

theartsdesk Q&A: Eddie Marsan and the American Revolution, posh boys and East End gangsters

Adam Sweeting

He’s not the kind of actor who has paparazzi following him around Beverly Hills or staking out his yacht in St Barts, but Eddie Marsan, born into a working class family in Stepney in 1968, has amassed a list of acting credits that your average superstar will never be able to match.

theartsdesk Q&A: Marco Bellocchio - the last...

Nick Hasted

The last of the old maestros is standing tall. Marco Bellocchio was a Marxist firebrand when he made his iconoclastic debut with Fists in the Pocket...

10 Questions for folk singer-songwriter Olivia...

Tim Cumming

The British folk artist and singer songwriter Olivia Chaney released her third solo album this week, as we break out into springtime, and she’ll be...

theartsdesk Q&A: Singer Dee C Lee

Thomas H Green

Dee C Lee was born Diane Sealy in London in 1961. She is best known for her 1985 hit “See the Day”, later covered by Girls Aloud, and for being in...

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theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Karl Wallinger

Graeme Thomson

RIP Karl Wallinger: a 2012 interview with the World Party wizard on aneurysms, Robbie Williams, drugs and fame

theartsdesk Q&A: Wim Wenders on 'Perfect Days'

Graham Fuller

The German director explains why he made a drama about a Tokyo toilet cleaner

10 Questions for 'The Settlers' film director Felipe Gálvez Haberle

Graham Fuller

Why he made a Western to condemn the Chileans responsible for the Selk'nam genocide

Scala!!! interview with documentary co-directors Jane Giles and Ali Catterall

Saskia Baron

How the Scala became London's most infamous repertory cinema

theartsdesk Q&A: Steven Wilson on Porcupine Tree, 'The Harmony Codex' and electro-dominance

Graham Fuller

Travelling not arriving drives the reluctant prog star onto fresh musical terrains

32 Sounds: Interview with innovative documentarian Sam Green about his audio and visual feast

Saskia Baron

Rare chance to catch a unique documentary that explores the listening world

10 Questions for the avant-pop icons Stereolab

Cheri Amour

Laetitia and Tim on Nineties tribes, new-age technology and their lifelong affinity with music

'The people behind the postcards': an interview with Priya Hein, author of 'Riambel'

Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou

The writer discusses her prize-winning debut novel, the power of fragments, and the motivations that drive her work

Warhol, Velázquez, and leaving things out: an interview with Lynne Tillman

Alice Brewer

Allongside its British re-release, the author of Motion Sickness discusses the state of fiction and her ways of writing

'We wanted to make a record we really love': The Rolling Stones at Hackney Empire

Tim Cumming

Mick, Keith and Ronnie at their Hackney Diamonds press conference on Wednesday

Composer and conductor Carl Davis, 1936-2023

Graham Rickson

theartsdesk Q&A from 2021 with the silent film specialist on shot lists, bass drums and projection speeds

Isabelle Huppert and director Jean-Paul Salomé: 'Cinema is about a little trade, a little business'

Nick Hasted

La Syndicaliste's star and director discuss misogyny, ambiguity and the quest for perfection

theartsdesk Q&A: musician Susanne Sundfør - ‘Blómi is a message of hope for whoever might need it’

Kieron Tyler

Interviewed about her new album, the Norwegian singer-songwriter reveals its inspirations - family, flowers and much more

Filmmaker Tarik Saleh: ‘A director is at heart an immigrant’

Nick Hasted

Cairo Conspiracy's director talks power, Egypt, Islam and Le Carré

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

Jack Barron

The poet discusses her new book, mayflies, motherhood, and memory

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

Nick Hasted

The Austrian director on Vicky Krieps, a rotting empire's rebel royal and corsetry as control

theartsdesk Q&A: filmmaker Mike Hodges

David Thompson

The British writer-director reflects on the making and meaning of his thriller 'Black Rainbow'

10 Questions for writer and translator Saskia Vogel

Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou

Translation as inhabiting in a book with a witchy love of things

10 Questions for comedian Alex Edelman

Veronica Lee

US comic talks about bringing 'Just For Us' to the Menier Chocolate Factory

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

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