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Empire November 2020

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United Kingdom
12 Issues

in this issue

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this month

THE EARLY HOURS of Saturday morning and I couldn’t sleep – my baby was stirring and I was idly scrolling Twitter, one eye open. What I read didn’t make sense at first. I thought I must have misunderstood; sleep deprivation making nonsense of the words. But no, unbelievably, it was true. At the age of just 43, actor and filmmaker Chadwick Boseman had died. As the day emerged and the world woke up to the news, there came an unparalleled outpouring of devastation, love and respect. People shared stories of his goodness, his grace, his generosity. Others spoke to his impact, both on screen and off. Of his brilliant, sometimes-missed sense of humour. So the day I returned to Empire after maternity leave, it was the first and easiest decision…

2 min
talk to us

REVIEW REWIND I read your Tenet review and was disappointed with the four-star rating. This movie is perfect and five stars would have been justified. I propose we do a Temporal Pincer Movement to go back and change it. Here’s an inverted justification for that fifth star which you can read while you’re ‘inverted’ and rewriting the review: !srats eviF .etad ot seivom tsedlob dna tseb s’naloN fo eno yletinifeD .gniweiv amenic sdnamed taht aedi lanigiro gniwolb-dnim a htiw aznagavartxe dekcap-noitca nA PHIL SIMM / MMIS LIHP Fun fact: Empire watches all films both forwards and backwards. Tenet is the only one that’s been equally confusing in both directions. Picture house Empire’s star letter wins a Picturehouse Membership, plus one for a friend! Valid for one year at 23 Picturehouse Cinemas across the UK, including the…

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no./1 why george clooney went back to space

THE LAST TIME George Clooney went to space, it didn’t go so well for him. In Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, he ended up floating into an endless void; earlier in Steven Soderbergh’s Solaris, he found himself in a metaphysical one. But somehow, despite all that, he’s been tempted back. For his seventh film behind the camera, Clooney adapts the acclaimed 2016 novel Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton, which imagines a mysterious mass-extinction event in the near-future, told from two perspectives: those of Augustine (played in the film by Clooney), a grizzled astronomer stranded at an Arctic observatory; and Sully (played by Felicity Jones), an astronaut whose ship is stranded in space when Mission Control stop responding. Speaking from his home in Los Angeles, while putting finishing touches to the film,…

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no./2 the pandemic blockbuster has landed

“THERE’S A LITTLE bit of Romeo And Juliet about it, actually,” writer-director Adam Mason laughs, describing his upcoming Michael Bay-produced thriller Songbird. Where Shakespeare’s timeless romance divided its characters into Montagues and Capulets, however, Mason’s film separates its star-crossed lovers a different way – by immunity to Covid-19. Nine months after the start of the coronavirus crisis, there’s a wave of movies now emerging that embrace and acknowledge our new normal, and Songbird aims to be among the first. “It’s set in a world where LA has been under lockdown for 200 weeks,” he explains. “There’s a slight proportion of the population who have immunity to the virus, and they’re forced to carry out essential services to keep society functioning. Our hero is a bike courier who delivers packages, and…

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david lynch

Good morning, David. Where are you and what time is it? It’s 10 o’clock, am, in Los Angeles, California. I’m in quarantine. Haven’t been out of the house for months. Do you miss any of it? No. I’m very happy being quarantined. Why? Has it forced you into a more intense period of creativity? Yeah, I’m in painting mode, and doing small sculptures, working on things for my YouTube channel. I’ve got many projects going. Do you have any pets with you there? No. I have some small birds. I put out some seeds for some birds. Do they have names? No, they haven’t told me their names. But I do talk with them. Do they talk back? Yeah, they do. They love the seeds. They’re not like regular bird seeds. They’re pumpkin seeds, roasted and salted. But they’ve gone a…

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no./3 the fight for a new kind of eating-disorder film

MAKING YOUR FIRST feature is never easy, let alone one challenging the conventions of eating-disorder stories on screen. With her directorial debut Body Of Water, Lucy Brydon wanted to present the realities of anorexia without glamourising it. “Like any mental illness, it’s very internal,” Brydon says. “It’s difficult to dramatise.” The film follows long-term anorexic Stephanie (Sian Brooke) after she’s discharged from treatment, examining how the illness impacts her relationships with her mother Susan (Amanda Burton) and teenage daughter Pearl (Fabienne Piolini-Castle). Shooting the film proved a battle – it was completed in just 17 days after several rewrites to refine the character dynamics. “The initial script was much darker,” Brydon explains. Even the original title, Sick(er), changed, with Brydon renaming it after the film turned out more poetic than expected. “Early…