40. Paul Thomas Anderson.The San Fernando Valley kid has just released his seventh feature – quite a feat for a film school dropout. The director’s unique vision and drive have made him a force to be reckoned with, and a contender for the title of Hollywood Great. But what makes the great mind tick? How did he get to where he is today, and what pushes him to keep creating? Sofilm investigates.
62. Pedro Almodóvar. The legendary Spaniard captured audiences with his bright colours and trashy, madcap aesthetic. He may be celebrated the world over, but the director has struggled to silence his critics back home. We look into the mad world of a genius.
70. The Smallest Stuntman. Paul Lowe, at only 4”8, is the world’s shortest stuntman. We catch up with the scouser whose limited height works to his advantage.
16. Carol Morley. Sofilm meet Britain’s bravest female filmmaker, and talk 25p gig tickets, Top of the Pops, the Hacienda and female repression.
18. Michael Winterbottom.The chameleon director has plenty to say about the War on Terror, taking down the bankers, and the media acting as a fear monger. With his latest film centring on the Amanda Knox case, the perversion of information is on his mind…
26. Gregg Araki. Araki, most famous for his ‘Teen Apocalype’ trilogy, talks the pre-internet past, living an analogue life, punk rock and outsiders.
88. Mike Tyson. Ever the showman, Tyson has recently turned his hand to acting. But he maintains that he’s motivated by the very same desire for perfection that lead him to be the youngest ever World Champion.
22. Caracas: Filming from the Ghetto.Grassroots cinema at it’s very best. The feared and ignored Caracas ghettos are having their voices heard on an international level, thanks to their native amateur auteur.
82. Eat Your Bones: Sofilm goes on set with travellers, guns and fist fights
64. Telenovela Mexico. High camp, high drama, and blazing passions. This photoset takes us on set of the notorious Mexican telenovellas, or soap operas to you and me. this is a bizarre world, where filming never stops, and apprenticeship mixes with trade.
53. Reflections on Casanova and Dracula by Albert Serra, BlackHat by Michael Mann, A pigeon sat on a branch, reflecting on existence by Roy Andersson, The Voices by Marjane Satrapi, Mommy by Xavier Dolan, Sequence Star: Michel Hazanavicius, Rising Up
6. Month in figures
8. Rewind: Your February film news debrief
14. High Fidelity: Yes We Can
15. Spoiler: A Second Chance
16. Timeline: A History of Sean Penn
18. Top Ten: Traders on Film 19. What If:Chappie
20. The Day When… Jayne Mansfield swore allegiance to the devil
22. Cine Life: Kabul Cinema
93. You Know You’re a Fan of Scarlett Johansson when…
94. Should you shoot with your ex? Anna Karina and Jean-Luc Godard
96. So if you could… make a biopic of Fela Kuti, by Keziah Jones