In conversation with… Waris Hussein

An in-depth interview with Waris Hussein, Doctor Who‘s very first director, talking at the British Film Institute.

Waris Hussein joined BFT to discuss his remarkable career, from working with actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Ian McKellen and Shirley MacLaine to experiencing TV production on both sides of the Atlantic. Accompanied by clips of his finest work, Hussein discusses key productions such as the suffragette-inspired Shoulder to Shoulder, the Emmy-winning Copacabana, the Frederic Raphael-penned The Glittering Prizes and the BAFTA-winning Edward & Mrs Simpson.

Matt Smith will make TV directing debut: an episode of the Sky Arts series Playhouse Presents

One of the best news I’ve read today is about Matt Smith: he is going to direct his first TV show, an episode of the Sky Arts series Playhouse Presents.

The new run of one-off dramas will include Cargese, described by Sky Arts as a “unique piece of poetic realism which mines the tragic seam of adolescent love and loss”.

Directed by Smith and written by award-winning playwright Simon Stephens, it stars Craig Roberts (Submarine), Joe Cole (Skins, The Hour) and Avigail Tlalim (The Town) as a group of disaffected teenagers in south London – Cargèse being a village on the west coast of Corsica which is wistfully mentioned by one of the drama’s characters.

Cargese begins filming next week and is scheduled to air on Sky Arts 1 on 25 April 2013. Smith will not appear in the programme himself.

You can find more information about the news in the Radio Times article. I wish him best luck. 😀

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James Bond versus Doctor Who

James Bond and the current Doctor (Matt Smith) have both been known to wear bow ties and they are both pretty good with the ladies in their own inimitable ways. According to Skyfall director Sam Mendes in a story from Radio Times, James Bond and the Doctor have something else in common.

“I mentioned the word in the press conference, ‘regeneration’ rather than ‘evolving,'” said Mendes, describing the way new actors of varying ages – and each with their own personal take on 007 – have stepped into the role of Bond over the years.

”I feel it’s like Doctor Who – there’s a geek answer – I was brought up on the idea of Doctor Who, who at the end of his final episode, he dissolves and a new actor pops up,” the director told Collider.

“He regenerates and it’s a whole other character: sometimes it’s an old man, sometimes it’s a young man, but he just changes. I’ve always loved that idea.”

The rest of the article is here.