January saw the 76th MK3D show at the BFI. Mark Kermode was joined by fantastic guests to talk about all things film: PINOCCHIO directors Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, TO LESLIE star Andrea Riseborough, and ALICE, DARLING director Mary Nighy.
The first guest on stage was Andrea Riseborough, an actress known for her roles in POSSESSOR (2020) and ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL (2022), who came to talk about her Oscar-tipped role in TO LESLIE. She went on to discuss her guilty pleasure, THE RULING CLASS (1972).
Next, Mark was joined by director Mary Nighy to talk about her new film ALICE, DARLING which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2022. The film stars Anna Kendrick as Alice, alongside Kaniehtiio Horn, Wunmi Mosaku, and Charlie Carrick, and is out in cinemas now. Mary talked to Mary Nighy about working with Anna Kendrick on conveying a specific tone in the film, and the importance of portraying a realistic vision of female friendship.
Mark then paid tribute to those in the industry we recently lost; Gina Lollobrigida and Mike Hodges, who had been a guest on the show. Mark paid tribute by listing his five favourite films by Hodges: I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD (2003), CROUPIER (1998), FLASH GORDON (1980), BLACK RAINBOW (1989) and GET CARTER (1971).
Finally, Mark was joined by directors Guillermo Del Toro and Mark Gustafson, who spoke about their take on the classic PINOCCHIO, which premiered at the London Film Festival last October. The original puppets of Pinocchio and Master Geppetto also joined them on stage: handmade in Manchester and intricately moved to create the stop-motion animation. Mark Gustafson went on to discuss his guilty pleasure, ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS (1964), and Guillermo spoke about his guilty pleasure DEATH LINE (1972) – known in the US as RAW MEAT..
To close the show Mark’s choice of Sound and Vision was the rousing ‘Revolting Children’ scene from ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA: THE MUSICAL (2022).