I've been contributing freelance editorial work to Total Film since 2009. During that time, I've pitched and sold various news features based on interviews with directors, actors and writers. Below, you'll find a selection of my published articles.
Truth or Dare
Director Jeff Wadlow had the tricky job of following up surprise Blumhouse hit Get Out with a deadly game of Truth or Dare. I spoke to him shortly before the film's theatrical release about how he went about upping the ante on this party game fave...
My Movie Life: Stewart Lee
As you might imagine, Stewart Lee has seen lots of films. Probably more than you. But that's okay - he's more than willing to share recommendations on which ones he thinks you should seek out...
The Post marks the first time ever that Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks have teamed up and it's rightfully turned heads, with their real-life story of the Pentagon Papers becoming a major awards season contender. I was lucky enough to speak to Spielberg's long-time Producing partners Amy Pascal and Kristie Macoscko for a Total Film exclusive...
My Movie Life: Rupert Grint
Bloody hell, it's that Ron Weasley from them Wizard films. Actually, it's Rupert Grint and I got to speak to him while he was prepping for the release of his ace new spin-off series Snatch, which - as a bit of a Potter fan myself - was pretty exciting. Turns out he's a secret RuPaul's Drag Race fan. Who'd have guessed, eh?
Kevin Smith on 20 Years of Chasing Amy
I've been writing news articles for Total Film since around 2009 but this retrospective chat with Kevin Smith on '97's indie-hit Chasing Amy marks my first fully fledged feature for the magazine. The finished piece clocked in at just under 1000 words and what you saw in print constituted probably less than 5% of my overall interview with the notoriously chatty Smith.
Roman Israel Esq.
Denzel Washington transformed himself into an ageing activist for the awards bait character drama Roman Israel Esq. To find out more about how a powerhouse like Denzel prepares for such a transformative role, I spoke to Nightcrawler director and really nice guy, Dan Gilroy.
My Movie Life: Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt is one of America's funniest stand-up comedians but he's also a proper smart film buff. I had a conversation with him about movies, specifically the ones that have had the biggest impact on him throughout his life, and tried to keep up.
My Movie Life: Richard Herring
Comedian Richard Herring is known for asking celebrity guests Emergency Questions. Like, 'What's the best thing you've ever found in the embers of a bonfire?' or 'Have you ever seen a bigfoot?'. I didn't ask him any of these questions but I did get to quiz him about his favourite movies.
Director Neill Blomkamp on Oats Studios
District 9 Director and science fiction powerhouse Neill Blomkamp is doing something interesting. He's taken things into his own hands and launched Oats Studios, his own Vancouver-based production house specialising in bespoke sci-fi shorts. I gave him a quick call to find out more...
Hot Right Now: Joe Manganiello
I spoke to Pee Wee Herman's best friend, Joe Manganiello, shortly before the release of Smurfs: The Lost Village, the animated sequel to which he lent his voice however conversation quickly turned his role upcoming turn as Deathstroke in DC's The Batman...
Between Takes: Mads Mikkelsen
I spoke to Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen in the lead up to the home release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to find out what he's like when he's not in front of the camera. Does he have any on-set superstitions? What's does he eat between scenes? Find out below...
My Movie Life: Jon Ronson
Jon Ronson was about to embark on his Psychopath Tour when I caught up with him on his way to a New York airport to discuss his favourite movies. For a person who likes to inspect character traits, it was interesting to hear about the films which influenced his life and career. Read the full chat below...
The Hero: Christopher Lloyd
Well this was a big one. I pitched the idea of interviewing Christopher Lloyd to Total Film in the lead up to the release of his indie-horror new one I Am Not A Serial Killer. The finished piece appeared in the late November/early December issue of Total Film.
My Movie Life: Taika Waititi
The films of Taika Waititi keep getting better and better. His follow up to the ace vampire mock-doc What We Do In The Shadows saw him tackle an adaptation of Barry Crump's roughin' it comedy Wild Pork and Watercress, ultimately titled Hunt For The Wilderpeople. I got the opportunity to speak to Taika shortly after the film's April release while he was neck-deep in the Marvel universe shooting Thor-equel, Thor Ragnarok.
My Movie Life: Matt Berry
Actor, writer, musician, comedian - Matt Berry is a quadruple-threat and a nice bloke to boot. With his psychedelic folk-pop band The Maypoles due to embark on a UK tour in late 2016, I spoke to Steven Toast's better half about his favourite movies from childhood and beyond.
My Movie Life: David Cross
Actor and comedian David Cross visited the UK in June 2016 as part of his Making America Great Again global stand-up tour. Who knew he was such a cinephile, eh?
You Talkin' To Me? Colin Hanks
I got the opportunity to speak to actor Colin Hanks for one of Total Film's regular features, You Talkin' To Me in the lead up to the release of his Tower Records doc, All Things Must Pass. This article relies on movie quotes instead of questions and can sink or swim depending on the interviewee's willingness to go with something a little different. Thankfully, Colin was more than up for a bit of a laugh.
Who The Hell are Tim and Eric?
I interviewed Tim and Eric a few months before the release of their debut feature Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie in late 2011.
Hack/Slash is still stuck in development limbo but way back in 2014 I was able to speak to series creator Tim Seeley about what a big screen adaptation might look like.
I always try to keep an eye out for upcoming films that cause a lot of noise online but don’t seem to get much movie mag attention. The David Fincher-produced adaptation of Eric Powell’s cult comic The Goon fit the bill perfectly.