On-Stage Interviews

On stage with Robin Hardy and Gary Carpenter discussing The Wicker Man. (Image by Jim Moran)

On stage with Robin Hardy and Gary Carpenter discussing The Wicker Man. (Image by Jim Moran)

I have spent my working life talking to people about their lives. As a film specialist I naturally have had the opportunity to speak with many of those that make their living from the cinema. Beginning in the mid-1990s I found myself asked to host on-stage Q&A sessions at a variety of film festivals. In the 20-odd years since I have served as moderator and interlocutor at a wide range of events. And as artistic director of Bradford International Film Festival from 2000 to 2011 I got up close and personal with some truly impressive individuals including Lord Attenborough, Ray Harryhausen, Jean Simmons, John Hurt and Terry Gilliam.

Here are some of the people I’ve met and talked to, with details of where the interview took place.


Jenny AGUTTER – Bradford Film Festival

Jenny AGUTTER – Fantastic Films Weekend

Jenny AGUTTER – Derby Film Festival

Conrad ANKER – National Media Museum

Ken ANNAKIN – Bradford Film Festival

Paul ANNETT – Fantastiq

Michael APTED – Bradford Film Festival

Michael ARMSTRONG – Fantastic Films Weekend

Michael ARMSTRONG – Fantastiq

Kate ATKINSON – Harrogate Festival

Richard ATTENBOROUGH – Bradford Film Festival

Roy Ward BAKER – Bradford Film Festival

Clio BARNARD – National Media Museum

Alan J.W. BELL – Fantastiq

Brian BLESSED – Derby Film Festival

Claire BLOOM – Bradford International Film Festival

Frank Cottrell BOYCE – Bradford Film Festival

Dai BRADLEY – Bradford International Film Festival

Kenneth BRANAGH – Bradford International Film Festival

Simon CALLOW – Derby Film Festival

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Jack CARDIFF – Bradford Film Festival

David CARR – Cambridge Film Festival

Gurinder CHADHA – Bite the Mango Film Festival

Gaby CHIAPPE – Everyman Cinema, Leeds

Lawrence Gordon CLARK – Fantastic Films Weekend

Lawrence Gordon CLARK – Halifax Ghost Story Festival

Lawrence Gordon CLARK – Derby QUAD

Jeffrey COMBS & Barbara CRAMPTON – HorrorCon 2018

Tom COURTENAY – Bradford Film Festival

Alex COX – Bradford Film Festival

Benedict CUMBERBATCH – Bradford Film Festival

Phil DAVIS – Derby Film Festival

DAWN OF THE DEAD panel (Jeanie Brown Boshoven, Mike Christopher, Jim Krut, Lennie Lies, Marty Schiff) – Weekend of the Dead 2016

DAWN OF THE DEAD panel (John Amplas, Sharon Ceccati Hill, Gaylen Ross, Tom Savini, Taso Stavrakis) – Weekend of the Dead 2017


Image by Jim Moran

Michael DEELEY – Bradford Film Festival

Peter DUFFELL – Fantastic Films Weekend

Mike FIGGIS – Bradford Film Festival

Robert FUEST – Fantastic Films Weekend

Terry GILLIAM – Bradford International Film Festival

John GLEN – Bradford Film Festival

Matt GREENHALGH – Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Matt GREENHALGH – opening of Everyman Cinema, Leeds

Guy HAMILTON – Bradford Film Festival

Gunnar HANSEN – HorrorCon 2015

Robin HARDY – Leeds International Film Festival

Robin HARDY – Fantastic Films Weekend

Robin HARDY – Mayhem


Image by Jim Moran

Ray HARRYHAUSEN – National Museum of Photography, Film & Television

Ronald HARWOOD – National Media Museum

Brian HELGELAND – Cambridge Film Festival

Mark HERMAN – Bradford International Film Festival

Mark HERMAN – Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Mark HERMAN – Derby Film Festival

Mike HODGES – National Museum of Photography, Film & Television

Mike HODGES – Bradford Film Festival

Mike HODGES – Fantastic Films Weekend

Mike HODGES – Derby Film Festival

John HOUGH – Fantastic Films Weekend

John HOUGH – Fantastiq

John HURT – Bradford International Film Festival

John HURT – Derby Film Festival

Waris HUSSEIN – Bite the Mango Film Festival

Waris HUSSEIN – Fantastiq

Terry JONES – Bradford International Film Festival

Hardy KRUGER – Bradford Film Festival

Heather LANGENKAMP – HorrorCon 2017

Francis LEE – Leeds International Festival

Euan LLOYD – Bradford Film Festival

Ian McCULLOCH – HorrorCon 2016

Malcolm McDOWELL – Bradford Film Festival

Virginia McKENNA – Bradford International Film Festival

Kay MELLOR – Ilkley Film Festival

Jonathan MILLER – Halifax Ghost Story Festival486182_10151254798601220_66408944_n

Helen MIRREN – Calendar Girls

Chris MORRIS – Bradford International Film Festival

David NAUGHTON – HorrorCon 2016

Derren NESBITT – Bradford International Film Festival

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD panel (Judith O’Dea, Russell Streiner) – Weekend of the Dead 2017

Barry NORMAN – Bradford International Film Festival

Barry NORMAN – Holmfirth Film Festival

Michael PALIN – Bradford International Film Festival

Michael PARKINSON – Bradford International Film Festival

Ingrid PITT – Leeds International Film Festival

Pete POSTLETHWAITE – Leeds International Film Festival

Robert POWELL – Holmfirth Film Festival13226661_10154356927759750_9011426924415948545_n

Linnea QUIGLEY – HorrorCon 2016

Michael RADFORD – Bradford Film Festival

Julian RICHARDS – Fantastic Films Weekend

Gaylen ROSS – Bradford International Film Festival

Peter SASDY – Fantastic Films Weekend

Peter SASDY – Fantastiq

Tom SAVINI – HorrorCon 2015

Barbara SHELLEY – National Museum of Photography, Film & Television

Jean SIMMONS – Bradford Film Festival

Andrew SINCLAIR – Bradford Film Festival

Andrew SINCLAIR – Sheffield Showroom

Andrew SINCLAIR – Chapter, Cardiff

Andrew SINCLAIR – Cambridge Film Festival

Andrew SINCLAIR – Fishguard Festival

Janet SUZMAN – Derby Film Festival

Richard TODD – Bradford Film Festival

Rita TUSHINGHAM – Bradford International Film Festival

Rita TUSHINGHAM – Holmfirth Film Festival

Stephen VOLK – Fantastiq

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Image by Neil Pike

David WARNER – HorrorCon 2018

Norman J. WARREN & David McGILLIVRAY – Fantastiq

Michael G. WILSON – Bradford International Film Festival

Peter YATES – Bradford Film Festival

Robert YOUNG – Fantastiq


Reunion screening: Brassed Off – Ilkley Film Festival

Reunion screening: A Private Function – Bradford International Film Festival

Reunion screening: The Railway Children – Bradford International Film Festival

Reunion screening: Yanks – National Media Museum


Location report: ‘71

Location report: Among Giants

Location report: The Arbor

Location report: Brassed Off

Location report: Dark River

Location report: Devil’s Tower

Location report: Fairytale – A True Story

Location report: Funny Cow

Location report: Ghost Stories


My location report from the set of Ghost Stories in The i Paper


Location report: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Location report: I am Soldier

Location report: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Location report: LA Without a Map

Location report: Little Voice

Location report: A Robber’s Tale

Location report: The Secret Garden

Location report: Swallows and Amazons

Location report: Sweet Surrender

Location report: Wall of Tyranny

Location report: The Wicker Tree








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