This month’s MK3D at the BFI Southbank Mark was joined by four guests; directors Thomas Hardiman, Dionne Edwards and Edward Lovelace, and multi Oscar-winning editor, sound designer, writer and director Walter Murch.
First on stage was director Thomas Hardiman, who spoke about his single-shot hairdressing murder-mystery Medusa Deluxe, out in UK cinemas on 9 June. Mark ran through five more of his favourite hairdressing films: Deadly Cuts (2021), Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008), Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983), Swan Song (2021), and Shampoo (1975) – Tom came back with his five favourite hairstyles in the movies. Mark asked Tom about the films that influenced his work and, and they agreed that Ken Russell is wildly underrated in the UK, and Tom raved in particular about his fondness for The Boy Friend.
In Here’s The Thing, Mark paid tribute to the late Tina Turner, specifically in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Tina Turner’s work plays a great part in the next guest on stage. Dionne Edwards’ came to talk about making her feature Pretty Red Dress, out in the UK on 16 June, and the spectacular performances by Natey Jones and Alexandra Burke. One of the major influences on her work she highlighted was Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing – in particular the incredible opening title sequence.
Third to join Mark on stage was director Edward Lovelace to talk about his new film Name Me Lawand, out in UK cinemas on 7 July, about a deaf Kurdish refugee in Derby and his journey to communicate with the world. Mark and Ed also touched on his previous film The Possibilities Are Endless. Edward also talked about the film that influenced his work, Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
The final guest was Oscar-winning sound designer, editor, and writer Walter Murch, whose work includes Apocalypse Now, The Godfather trilogy, The English Patient, The Conversation, Julia, Ghost, Cold Mountain – and quite recently Coup 53, which was discussed on the 78th MK3D with its director Taghi Amirani. Walter and Mark talked about his extensive career and went into fine detail about the sound design of seminal scenes from The Godfather and The Godfather III, as well as the Film That Changed His Life, The Seventh Seal.
The show closed with Sound and Vision, highlighting again the incredible talent of Tina Turner, this time in GoldenEye.
Brilliant photography by Julia Edwards.