Interview: Jeremy Irons

  “Film acting is unreal – you’re very spoiled, you stay in lovely hotels, and there are lots of people to take care of your needs and wants. Having a family life is back to normality. There’s no rubbish involved in the house – I do the washing up! And also my friends keep me … Read more Interview: Jeremy Irons

Interview: Cate Blanchett

  There are few actresses for whom the word ‘luminous’ genuinely applies, but Australia’s Cate Blanchett is one of them – although by now she is probably weary of the description. And yet it’s true; there’s something about the way she looks up close and on the screen that makes you want to reach out … Read more Interview: Cate Blanchett

Interview: Domhnaill Gleeson

  The first thing you notice about 30-year-old, six-feet-plus Irish actor Domhnaill Gleeson is the shock of unruly red hair that announces itself without so much as a beg-your-pardon. The second thing you notice is a certain casualness of demeanour that comes with not really noticing that members of the public are looking at you; … Read more Interview: Domhnaill Gleeson

Interview: Ben Drew/Plan B

  Now there’s a question: what would 15-year-old drug dealer, face smasher, cheeky little council estate skanger Ben Drew think of 28-year-old singer, songwriter, screenwriter, actor, director Plan B? Tired eyes squint in my direction. There is little hesitation: “He’d think he was the bomb.”     Myself and Benjamin Paul Ballance-Drew are relaxing backstage. … Read more Interview: Ben Drew/Plan B

Interview: Cillian Murphy

“I’ve always thought of myself as an actor, whereas the term ‘movie star’ has changed over the course of the past few years. You see these movies opening in America with unknown actors and they make hundreds of millions of dollars, and then you see ginormous star vehicles crashing and burning. My ambition when I … Read more Interview: Cillian Murphy

Interview: Neil Jordan

If you were an unwise person, you might try to categorise or pigeonhole the work of Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan. That he’s a remarkable cinematic stylist isn’t in doubt. Call him an auteur (he’s undoubtedly a filmmaker whose body of work is underpinned by his creative influences) and he might deny it. Whatever he is, … Read more Interview: Neil Jordan