Jenny Agutter: A Charmed Career was the fourth of the NMPFT’s Screentalk films and is an edited version of her interview at the 2005 Bradford Film Festival. It features Agutter talking candidly about an acting life that has spanned five decades and a clutch of movies that include sci-fi blockbusters, cult classics and intimate indie dramas. The interview features clips from several Agutter pictures including Walkabout, The Eagle Has Landed, An American Werewolf in London, China 9, Liberty 37 and Sweet Surrender, an uncompleted romantic comedy that eventually metamorphosed into Fanny and Elvis with an entirely new cast.
A unique talent in the annals of contemporary British cinema, Mike Hodges has enjoyed an eclectic career that has encompassed everything from feature films to rock videos. In 2004 he received a complete retrospective of his film work at the 10th Bradford Film Festival and discussed his 40-year career in film and television. His interview, which covers the making of Get Carter, Flash Gordon, Damien: Omen II (from which he was fired) and his ‘re-discovery’ following the American release of Croupier, is a witty and revealing insight into the day-to-day travails of modern filmmaking. Mike Hodges: Uncompromising Poet of the Prescient was the third of the NMPFT’s Screentalk films.
During a two-hour interview at the 9th Bradford Film Festival in 2003, British film legend Jean Simmons talked through a career in movies spanning seven decades, from the 1940s to the start of the 21st century. Simmons, still beautiful at 74, discussed her films, her co-stars and her marriages to Stewart Granger and Richard Brooks and regaled a capacity audience with stories of Vivien Leigh, Otto Preminger, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, Gregory Peck and Deborah Kerr at the height of their Hollywood fame. Jean Simmons: Rose of England was the second in the NMPFT’s series of Screentalk films.
During a two-hour interview at Bradford Film Festival 2001, actor, producer and director Richard Attenborough talked through a career in film spanning almost 60 years. Attenborough talks of his collaborations with the likes of Noel Coward, his friendships with theatre legend Laurence Olivier and Hollywood star Steve McQueen, and lifts the lid on a host of epic films including Oh! What a Lovely War, A Bridge Too Far and Gandhi.
The Actors’ Director received its World Premiere during the 10th Bradford Film Festival in 2003. It launched the NMPFT’s series of Screentalk films.
This fascinating documentary, hosted by German star Hardy Kruger, reveals the truth behind the legend of WWII Luftwaffe pilot Franz Von Werra – the only prisoner of war to escape from England whose exploits were recreated in the classic film The One That Got Away. Tony appears fleetingly as a contributor.
Tony Earnshaw conducts a revealing Q&A with erudite Gunnar Hansen, the cult actor behind the mask of Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s seminal shocker The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Conducted at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television during the popular American Nightmares event in June 2000 the interview takes place against an atmospheric backdrop as Hansen talks candidly about the role that made him an icon of modern horror.
Leatherface Speaks received its World Premiere at the 12th Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester in August 2001, where it was screened in competition. It played at the NMPFT in November 2001, was screened during Bradford Film Festival 2002 and was selected for the 2002 Dead by Dawn Horror Film Festival in Edinburgh.
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