For September’s #MK3D @BFI, Mark Kermode discussed all things film with six fantastic guests: Monica Dolan, Timothy Spall, Otto Baxter, Peter Beard, Alice Russell and Kristy Matheson.
First on stage was actor Monica Dolan, who talked about her role in her upcoming film TYPIST ARTIST PIRATE KING, directed by previous MK3D guest Carol Morley.
Next to join Mark on stage were director Otto Baxter and documentary filmmaker Peter Beard. Otto chatted about his film THE PUPPET ASYLUM, and Peter talked about his making-of documentary OTTO BAXTER: NOT A F***ING HORROR STORY – or as he calls it, “an 85 minute trailer for Otto’s short” – which reveals a great deal about what it was like for Otto to make a film. Otto listed his top five favourite films: NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, CHUCKY, CARRY ON CAMPING, and THE PUPPET ASYLUM.
Mark then welcomed director of the BFI London Film Festival Kristy Matheson, who gave an insight into what to expect from the festival this year. Kristy highlighted some of the films she is most excited for: Opening film SALTBURN, and closing film THE KITCHEN, THE HOLDOVER, GOING TO MARS, and TOTÉM. The LFF runs from 4-15 October 2023.
Fourth guest was director Alice Russell, who talked about her doc IF THE STREETS WERE ON FIRE, which premiered at last year’s LFF and is out in select cinemas now. Alice also talked about a film that changed her life, for the powerful role played by Rachel Weisz: THE CONSTANT GARDENER.
Mark did a brief Ask the Audience Q&A before moving on to our last guest, the brilliant Timothy Spall, to talk about his latest role in BOLAN’S SHOES. They also discussed a favourite performance, which hugely influenced his work: Charles Laughton in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.
It was a great pleasure to produce the show, as ever.