Category: THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
Revolution is in the air in Germinal, a six-part adaptation of Emile Zola’s classic novel. Director David Hourrègue reveals why he wanted to bring a fresh approach to the story of coal miners in 1860s France.
Colombian filmmaker David David introduces his series Vida de colores (Colourful Life) and talks about diversity in storytelling, his move into television and infusing the story with the sounds and colours of the Caribbean.
Australian director Wayne Blair talks about his career working behind the camera in film and television on shows such as Mystery Road and Total Control and the rise of Indigenous filmmaking.
WandaVision director Matt Shakman tells DQ about bringing the Marvel Cinematic Universe to television, rewatching old sitcoms and why limited series might be the best format for small-screen stories.
Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur tells DQ about the ideas and psychology behind his supernatural Netflix series Katla, filming during the Covid-19 pandemic and recreating a volcanic eruption.
Three Families director Alex Kalymnios and cinematographer Ula Pontikos discuss their work on this two-part BBC drama, which follows the real-life stories of a mother and two women affected by Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws.
Director Eric Toledano opens up about producing En Thérapie, the French adaptation of Israel’s BeTipul (In Treatment), and reveals why this quiet series is the perfect antidote to an increasingly fast-paced world.
Kari Skogland, the director of The Falcon & the Winter Soldier, tells DQ about joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe and reveals how extreme sports inspired her approach to filming the six-part event series.
Three years after its first season, French series Hippocrate (Interns) returns as its young doctors find themselves dealing with A&E patients in a flooded hospital. Director Thomas Lilti tells DQ about ramping up the tension in this ultra-realistic medical drama.
Over four seasons, Andy Wilson has directed every episode of cold-case drama Unforgotten. He tells DQ about the show’s unique filming schedule, its naturalistic style and his relationship with stars Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar.
In Brazilian drama Os últimos dias de Gilda (The Last Days of Gilda), free-living Gilda resists oppression from her religious neighbours. Series creator Gustavo Pizzi tells DQ about adapting a stage monologue for television and how real life mirrored the show’s themes during production.
Danish director Susanne Bier opens up about her film and television career, winning an Oscar and working with Nicole Kidman on HBO thriller The Undoing.
A real-life encounter between beloved authors Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter serves as the inspiration behind Sky’s Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse. Director David Kerr tells DQ about the magic behind this festive family film and discusses working with animals.
Writer and director Eduard Oganesyan speaks to DQ about Chicks, a Russian drama in which four fearless women fight for independence in a provincial town that is dominated by men.
12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen comes to the small screen for the first time with Small Axe, a series of feature-length TV films focusing on London’s West Indian community. He reveals how the long-gestating project took shape and explains how these historical stories look to the future.
Director Peter Grönlund tells DQ about filming “dark fairytale” Björnstad (Beartown), a Swedish drama about a small-town hockey team and a brutal crime that tears the community apart.
Mary Poppins Returns star Emily Mortimer opens up about writing and directing The Pursuit of Love for the BBC and Amazon, adapting Nancy Mitford’s novel and why she wanted to fire herself.
Based on real events, Russian thriller Pereval Dyatlova (Dead Mountain: The Dyatlov Pass Incident) posits what happened when nine students set out on a ski trek in 1959 and were never seen again.
Tobias Lindholm, writer and director of Danish real-life drama Efterforskningen (The Investigation), reveals why he wanted to tell the story of the people working to solve the 2017 murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.