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Topsy-Turvy (1999)

Mike Leigh

Born in Salford, Manchester, in 1943, Mike Leigh has developed a unique method of creating films through controlled improvisations. After his debut Bleak Moments (1971) he made a succession of admired TV plays, including Abigail's Party and Nuts in May. He then returned to feature films: High Hopes (1988), Life is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993). Secrets and Lies won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1996. Topsy-Turvy (1999) won two Oscars. All or Nothing followed in 2002. Since then he has made the Oscar-nominated Vera Drake (2004), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). He also did Two Thousand Years for the National Theatre in 2005. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh

Faber and Faber, 2008

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...London, January 1884. Writer W. S. Gilbert ( Jim Broadbent) and composer Sir Arthur Sullivan ( Allan Corduner) have enjoyed ten hit operas in a row. Their comic operas, produced by impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte (Ron Cook),...

Embodiment (the actor’s work)

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Naked Cinema : Working with Actors

Faber & Faber, 2014

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...Actors are what most people ‘see’ in a film. Audiences don’t look at the camera-work, the sets, the lighting, the design, the structure of the story – any of the multiple cinematic choices that the writer, the director and his or her team...

Rehearsals (why, not how)

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Naked Cinema : Working with Actors

Faber & Faber, 2014

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...In film-making a formal rehearsal period is a luxury (unlike theatre, where it is thought of as an absolute necessity). In some cases the first time you work with an actor may be on the set. And some directors may favour this way...

Performing being a director (your work goes public)

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Naked Cinema : Working with Actors

Faber & Faber, 2014

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...A lot of directors – even quite experienced ones – are secretly afraid of how they will appear to the crew and to the actors. They walk onto the set anxious that their own performance – that of being a director – is not going to be up...

Afterword

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Naked Cinema : Working with Actors

Faber & Faber, 2014

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...Talking with the actors I have worked with on such different films felt like bringing them together into one space, a space flooded with the strong working memories that lead to a very particular form of mutual affection. I relished...

A Posthuman Future in the Age of the Algorithm

David Tomas

David Tomas is a Professor at the School of Visual Arts, University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Vertov, Snow, Farocki : Machine Vision and the Posthuman

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...In this final chapter I will focus on two other rite of passage structures, which are different from the ones I have previously discussed. These others are implicated in Farocki’s Eye/Machine trilogy (2001–3) and Counter-Music (2004). What...

La Région Centrale

David Tomas

David Tomas is a Professor at the School of Visual Arts, University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Vertov, Snow, Farocki : Machine Vision and the Posthuman

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Michael Snow terminated the final version of his 180-minute, 16mm color film La Région Centrale in May 1971.See Michael Snow Fonds 1933–96, gift of Michael Snow, E. P. Taylor Library and Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Box 47...

Introduction

David Tomas

David Tomas is a Professor at the School of Visual Arts, University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Vertov, Snow, Farocki : Machine Vision and the Posthuman

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Occasionally one encounters a metaphor that not only captures the essence of an individual practice but also summarizes in a provocative manner the functions and historical significance of a dedicated technology at a specific period in its...

What to do with a diva (what it means when an actor ‘acts out’)

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Naked Cinema : Working with Actors

Faber & Faber, 2014

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...I have learned over the years to recognise signs of apparent ‘breakdown’ in actors (i.e. tears, rage, etc.) as the necessary consequence of an attempt to move beyond personal limits. By shedding the defence mechanisms that contribute...

Finding the ‘look’ (hair, make-up and costume)

Sally Potter

Sally Potter is the award-winning writer/director of The Goldiggers, Orlando, The Tango Lesson, The Man Who Cried, Yes, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Naked Cinema : Working with Actors

Faber & Faber, 2014

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...Appearance is mysterious. In the surface of things we can find both truth and lies; appearance can reveal or it can camouflage. The way someone looks, including what they wear, contains a wealth of detailed information that cannot...