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10 Notable Filmmakers Who Work In Both Documentary & Fiction

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 7, 2013 1:31 PM
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10 Filmmakers Who Work In Documentary And Fiction
Truth may or may not be stranger than fiction, but both impulses certainly exert a powerful pull on the filmmaking instinct. With so many established narrative directors over the years turning their hand to documentaries, whether it’s “making of,” band documentaries, or passion projects that they use to create greater awareness of the issues that are closest to their hearts, it’s a well-trodden path. And while they’re treading that path, they get to wave at the men and women coming in the opposite direction: documentarians make the crossover into narrative just as frequently. This week’s release of “How I Live Now” (our review is here) from Kevin Macdonald is another example of how, for some directors, the dividing line between fiction and non-fiction is one they can criss-cross time and again throughout their careers—it’s a fiction film, but Macdonald’s been alternating between the formats evenly for the last decade or so.

Saoirse Ronan Says She Didn't Get The 'Star Wars' Role She Auditioned For, Calls 'Fantastic Four' Rumors Just That

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 6, 2013 1:43 PM
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How I Live Now, Saoirse Ronan,
We recently got to chat with the lovely and talented Saoirse Ronan about her upcoming young adult adaptation "How I Live Now" (review here), which is kind of like what would have happened if Terrence Malick had directed "Red Dawn" (more from that interview soon). And while we had the young actress on the line, we had to quiz her about a myriad of upcoming projects she has in the works, everything from the upcoming Wes Anderson joint "The Grand Budapest Hotel," to Ryan Gosling's directorial debut "How to Catch A Monster," to things that are in a more nebulous state of flux, like Joe Wright's "Little Mermaid" and the hotly rumored "Fantastic Four" and "Star Wars: Episode VII."

TIFF Review: Kevin Macdonald’s ‘How I Live Now’ Starring Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, & George MacKay

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 10, 2013 4:05 PM
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Note the title, “How I Live Now,” and its absence of colons, commas, or other punctuation implying further installments—it’s the first sign of the crucial immediacy to Meg Rosoff’s 2004 YA novel, now brought to the screen by “Last King of Scotland” director Kevin Macdonald. The second is impossible to miss—a nuclear bomb detonation in near-future London—and while the film delivers a dystopian teen romance in the center of its aftermath, an unnerving atmosphere and surprising brutality actually creates tangible jeopardy and tension throughout.

Watch: Bat For Lashes Natasha Khan Directs Saoirse Ronan For 'How I Live Now" Soundtrack Song

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 5, 2013 10:55 AM
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Though the rest of us will see the film next month, audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival will get to see the Kevin MacDonald-helmed “How I Live Now” next week. The sci-fi film will boast an impressive soundtrack that includes a collaboration between Natasha Khan (of Bat For Lashes fame) and famed producer Jon Hopkins. Ahead of its TIFF premiere, a music video for the collaboration has arrived online (via Digital Spy).

The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 3, 2013 1:03 PM
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2013 Toronto International Film Festival preview
While there might be some overlap with Venice and a little stolen thunder (at least for hardcore cinephiles) thanks to Telluride, that doesn’t make the TIFF lineup this year any less spectacular. In fact this year's slate — that runs as deep as it does long — works more than ever to make those other festivals, impressive though they may individually be, feel a little like the throat-clearings before the main event. Boasting a staggering array of splashy premieres, the latest from a barrage of auteurs and a host of indie efforts that have hitherto flown below the radar but that could surprise in a big way, it feels like the TIFF 2013 program may be their most packed ever (though we seem to say that every year). So whilst our attendees face the unenviable (but actually extremely enviable) task of working out their schedules, we've dug through the near and far corners of this embarrassment of riches to highlight the 15 films we're most anticipating from this year's Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't an easy choice.

TIFF 2013: 'How I Live Now,' 'Southcliffe,' 'A Field In England,' 'Therese,' 'Blood Ties,' 'Child Of God' & More Added

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2013 10:11 AM
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Saoirse Ronan, How I Live Now
As if the 2013 lineup for the Toronto International Film Festival could not get any more stacked and outstanding, here comes another batch of titles that are sure to send the schedules of those attending into what will likely be a ridiculous slate of back-to-back-to-back-to-back movie days. But who's complaining?

Watch: Trailer For Kevin Macdonald's Apocalyptic 'How I Live Now' Starring Saoirse Ronan & Tom Holland

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2013 7:07 PM
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In an end-of-the-world-heavy summer, we've seen blockbusters in which the world was saved ("Man Of Steel," "World War Z"), cancelled ("Pacific Rim"), ended ("This Is The End"), and whatever happens in Edgar Wright's imminent "The World's End." So far, it's been a fairly light-hearted take on the apocalypse But as the days get shorter, the films look to get bleaker, as a trailer for a new young-skewing end-times picture demonstrates.

Saoirse Ronan's Irish Accent Will Be Heard For 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' Talks Ryan Gosling's "Stylized" 'How To Catch A Monster' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 18, 2013 10:59 AM
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This month's tentpole adaptation, “The Host,” stands to bring Saoirse Ronan to a new level of exposure, but for fans of the actress looking beyond Stephenie Meyer's creation, there's plenty of promising projects soon to come: she's nabbed lead roles in both Wes Anderson's latest, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, “How To Catch A Monster.” Recently, we got the opportunity to chat with her about each of them, as well as her upcoming role in director Kevin Macdonald's latest effort "How I Live Now."

First Image Of Saoirse Ronan In 'How I Live Now' Plus New Images From 'Here Comes The Boom' & 'Fun Size'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 1:22 PM
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Yes, we realize all these films couldn't be more different, but they are images nonetheless from some upcoming movies and there's gotta be at least one you're curious about...

Director Kevin Macdonald Talks The Long Road To Making His Documentary 'Marley,' And Why It's The Opposite Of 'Senna'

  • By John Lichman
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  • April 19, 2012 3:59 PM
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Talking about icons can take a while, especially when you're tasked with an international icon like Bob Marley, whose face and music are synonymous with Jamaica, reggae and college dorms. Kevin Macdonald's new documentary, "Marley," takes nearly two hours to explore the culture and relationships that the singer forged in Jamaica, his politics and the fact that people shouldn't be too freaked out by the running time. The Playlist sat down with Macdonald to bring up Boney M, how "Marley" is the opposite of "Senna" and his upcoming projects.

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