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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.

Interview: James Marsh Talks 'Project Nim' & Says He's Not A Fan Of Tom Hooper's 'The Damned United'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 6, 2011 10:28 AM
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James Marsh is a rare breed of director that seems equally at ease doing documentaries as he is doing fiction films. He’s probably best known for his Oscar winning documentary “Man On Wire,” about tightrope walker Philippe Petit who illegally performed his high-wire routine between the Twin Towers in 1974. More recently he was responsible for “1980,” the middle installment of the excellently dark UK miniseries “Red Riding,” which received a limited theatrical release stateside and was a project we called “easily one of the cinematic highlights” of last year.

Watch: Excellent Trailer For James Marsh's Documentary 'Project Nim'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 10, 2011 1:40 AM
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2011: The summer of the ape, it would seem. There's a little monkey filling in for anything resembling a new joke in "The Hangover Part II," Jackie Chan's CGI simian returns in "Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom," we're sure Johnny Depp's cheeky nemesis will return in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" appears to have been written by a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters. And all of that before "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" lands on August 5th. But the one that we're really looking forward to is "Project Nim."

James Marsh Calls His IRA 'Shadow Dancer' Film Starring Clive Owen An "Espionage Thriller"

  • By Cory Everett
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  • April 11, 2011 4:18 AM
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'Man On Wire' Director Wants To Keep Vacillating Back And Forth Between Docs and Features

Clive Owen & Andrea Riseborough Replace Guy Pearce & Rebecca Hall In 'Shadow Dancer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 6, 2011 10:00 AM
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Gillian Anderson & Aidan Gillen Round Out CastFirst announced way back last fall, "Man On Wire" director James Marsh had lined up a crackling cast for his IRA thriller "Shadow Dancer" (which may or may not be using that title any longer). Rebecca Hall and Guy Pearce were set to star but Vulture caught up with the director recently and it looks like plans have changed a bit.

Rebecca Hall & Guy Pearce To Star In 'Man On Wire' Director James Marsh's 'Shadow Dancer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2010 2:57 AM
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Director James Marsh is riding quite a wave right now. His 2008 documentary "Man On Wire" drew critical raves and multiple awards including an Oscar for Best Documentary and he quickly followed that up with "1980," the middle installment of the gritty "The Red Riding Trilogy" and now, a new project is in the the works.

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