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FAVREAU, JON : Swingers FAVREAU, JON : Swingers

A year ago Jon Favreau was an unknown young actor trying to succeed in the most cutthroat of businesses. But that all changed when he wrote, co-produced and starred in his semi-autobiographical Swingers. A star is in the making writes PAUL FISCHER.

FELLOWES, JULIAN: GOSFORD PARK FELLOWES, JULIAN: GOSFORD PARK
English gent and scriptwriter Julian Fellows (pictured with director Robert Altman) answers the phone in his Los Angeles hotel after collecting one of his awards for Gosford Park, and tells Andrew L. Urban how he got lucky getting the job, and how he managed to slip a little revenge into the script.
  FELONY – JOEL EDGERTON & MATTHEW SAVILLE
Life can take dramatic turns very suddenly, posing moral questions to any of us, as Joel Edgerton and Matthew Saville explore in their new film, Felony, and discuss it with Andrew L. Urban on the eve of its Australian release.
FIENNES, RALPH & MARTHA: Onegin FIENNES, RALPH & MARTHA: Onegin
Three of the four Fiennes siblings - Martha, Ralph and Magnus - worked together on a new adaptation of the classic Russian novel, Onegin; they worked together in a combination of criticism and teasing, they reveal to SANDRA BORDIGONI during this interview in Rome, on the eve of the film's Australian release (June 22, 2000)
FIGGIS, MIKE: TIME CODE FIGGIS, MIKE: TIME CODE
Sony wanted to show itself as a hip studio in touch with new technology, just when Mike Figgis’ brave new whirl of a feature film, Time Code, shot digitally in real time, came along. And opened huge doors for Figgis. In keeping with the digital nature of the project, he conducted this Q&A with Urban Cinefile via email.
  FIRTH, COLIN – A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Taking a look at your life and seek some sort of redemption resonates with everybody, even him, Colin Firth tells Lance Freeman as he talks about playing Scrooge’s nephew in A Christmas Carol opposite Jim Carrey as Scrooge.
FISHBURNE, LAURENCE FISHBURNE, LAURENCE
In February 1998, Laurence Fishburn arrived in Sydney on the eve of Hoodlum’s opening around Australia, in which he stars as … a hoodlum. But he came to Australia to make another film: the science fiction drama, The Matrix, in which he gets to work with Australia’s Hugo Weaving. Before shooting started, Fishburn pulled up a chair in a city club to speak to ANDREW L. URBAN, and told him about his latest recreation – scuba diving.
FISHER, ANTWONE: ANTWONE FISHER FISHER, ANTWONE: ANTWONE FISHER
Antwone Fisher lived the blues – and eventually wrote the compelling story of his survival as a screenplay to prove he could do it and it became the launching pad for Denzel Washington’s directing career and Derek Luke’s acting career. Not to mention Fisher’s writing career, he tells Andrew L. Urban.
FITZGERALD,  TARA: Brassed Off! FITZGERALD, TARA: Brassed Off!
As soon as she saw that in the film Brassed Off! she has to play a flugelhorn, Tara Fitzgerald took the role, she tells PAUL FISCHER.
  FITZPATRICK, MARK – THE NOTHING MEN
Two different stories in the news fused in the mind of filmmaker Mark Fitzpatrick to trigger the creative process which resulted in one of the most engaging Australian drama of recent years: The Nothing Men. And after 10 drafts, he returned to the original, he tells Andrew L. Urban. Watch the interview (under 7mins) recorded at the Dungog Film Festival where the film had its world premiere.
FLANAGAN, RICHARD : Sound of One Hand Clapping FLANAGAN, RICHARD : Sound of One Hand Clapping
His first film may be his last, a disillusioned Richard Flanagan tells ANDREW L. URBAN; yet this debut work was invited to the Berlin Film Festival.
FLATMAN, DAVID: AUSTRALIA LAND BEYOND TIME FLATMAN, DAVID: AUSTRALIA LAND BEYOND TIME
Dueling wildlife in Australia’s outback, the secrets of survival in the driest continent on earth, all captured up close for the giant IMAX screen by Australian filmmaker David Flatman; the hardest thing he’s ever done, he confesses to Andrew L. Urban, but helped by amazing luck. Or was it luck?
  FLETCHER, BRENDAN & DALEYJONES, DEAN – MAD BASTARDS
What makes a man a man, asks Brendan Fletcher’s debut feature, Mad Bastards. Fletcher and the Mad Bastard playing the lead, Dean Daley-Jones explain it to Andrew L. Urban.
FONDA, PETER : Ulee's Gold FONDA, PETER : Ulee's Gold
The world has rediscovered Peter Fonda as his film about a beekeeper, Ulee's Gold, continues to receive critical acclaim and box office glory. He spoke to PAUL FISCHER.
FONTEYNE, FRÉDÉRIC: UNE LIAISON PORNOGRAPHIQUE FONTEYNE, FRÉDÉRIC: UNE LIAISON PORNOGRAPHIQUE
They would "kill a lot of people" before going to work each day, but deep down they are just passionate filmmakers, as Frédéric Fonteyne, the director of A Pornographic Affair, tells ANDREW L. URBAN about his collaboration with writer Philippe Blasband.
FORD, HARRISON: RANDOM HEARTS FORD, HARRISON: RANDOM HEARTS
Our Italian correspondent SANDRA BORDIGONI meets Harrison Ford to talk about his work and discovers his dry sense of humour and his inclination to irony. And why he flies.
FORD, HARRISON: WHAT LIES BENEATH FORD, HARRISON: WHAT LIES BENEATH
He works in Hollywood, but he wouldn’t want to live there, Harrison Ford tells Jenny Cooney Carrillo, while a tad reluctantly promoting his latest, What Lies Beneath, before flying back to the family home – as quickly as possible.
  FORD, LEON & MAEVE DERMODY - GRIFF THE INVISIBLE
Maeve Dermody loved playing Melody opposite Ryan Kwanten in Leon Ford’s debut, Griff the Invisible so much so she grieved when shooting finished, she tells Andrew L. Urban, while Ford says the characters turned out better than he had imagined.
  FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL
Stars of Forgetting Sarah Marshall - Jason Segel, Mila Kunis, Kirsten Bell and Russell Brand – talk about the nude scenes, sex positions and how they drew on real life for their film shoot.
FORSYTH , ABE: NED FORSYTH , ABE: NED
Another tall poppy beheaded . . . Is nothing sacred in comedy? Apparently not, not even the iconic Ned Kelly, at least not in the hands of Abe Forsyth and his gang, who put Ned on a pony, give him a magician’s wand and fabricate much else, ensuring nobody could take it seriously, as he tells Andrew L. Urban.
FOSTER, JODIE: PANIC ROOM FOSTER, JODIE: PANIC ROOM
Jodie Foster visited Sydney last week to promote her new film, Panic Room, and was diplomatic about David Fincher, Russell Crowe and the Oscars. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  FOX, EYTAN – WALK ON WATER
Eytan Fox is the quiet revolutionary of Israeli cinema; his latest – multi awarded - work, Walk On Water, challenges the warrior mentality of Israeli men, in the context of a personal story against a political backdrop. He expected a storm of protest from his countrymen, but was heartened when they embraced it instead, he tells Andrew L. Urban.
FOX, JAMES: Anna Karenina FOX, JAMES: Anna Karenina

PAUL FISCHER interviews British actor James Fox.

FOX, KERRY : Sound of One Hand Clapping FOX, KERRY : Sound of One Hand Clapping
Before flying to Kenya for her next film, Kerry Fox tells ANDREW L. URBAN what it was like shooting The Sound of One Hand Clapping – and which line of dialogue instantly puts her off a script.
FOX, KERRY : THE HANGING GARDEN FOX, KERRY : THE HANGING GARDEN
Kerry Fox has carved herself an international career, but she remains very much a New Zealander, despite (or in confirmation of which) a house in Sydney’s New Zealand ghetto, Bondi, where she talks to PAUL FISCHER
FOX, MATTHEW - VANTAGE POINT FOX, MATTHEW – VANTAGE POINT
He’s serious about his acting, and about his tattoos, Matthew Fox tells Andrew L. Urban, on his Sydney visit to promote Vantage Point, in which he plays a secret service agent. But the lad from Wyoming originally wanted to be a racing car driver...
  FOXX , JAMIE – RAY DVD
Life is a bit like playing the piano as Jamie Foxx learnt from the late Ray Charles during preparations for his role as the musical genius in Ray, the biopic directed by Taylor Hackford now out on DVD*, which won Foxx his first Oscar. As he tells Johanna Juntunen, “life is notes underneath my fingers, I just need to take the time to hit the right ones."
  FRANKLAND, RICHARD – STONE BROS
There are incredibly serious issues at stake in today’s Australia, but there’s no reason why we can’t tackle them with humour. If we laugh together as a nation, we’ll bridge that abyss, filmmaker Richard Frankland tells Andrew L. Urban after the world premiere of Frankland’s Stone Bros at the 2009 Dungog Film Festival.
FRASER, BRENDAN: Mummy, Gods & Monsters FRASER, BRENDAN: Mummy, Gods & Monsters
It seems to be Brendan Fraser year - but the success hasn't gone to Fraser's head - yet, as PAUL FISCHER discovered.
FRASER, BRENDAN: THE MUMMY RETURNS FRASER, BRENDAN: THE MUMMY RETURNS
Jenny Cooney Carrillo meets Hollywood’s Mr Nice Guy, Brendan Fraser, who can play dumb as well as dorky as well as a swashbuckling hero.
  FREARS, STEPHEN – MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS
The man who presided over the deadly clash between Glenn Close and John Malkovich in Dangerous Liaisons, tackles a clash between Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins, in Mrs Henderson Presents; the worse a character behaves, the more the audience adores them, Stephen Frears tells Nick Roddick in London.
  FRECKELTON, GRANT – 300
Grant Freckelton’s experiments with balsamic vinegar and coffee stains helped develop the graphic yet painterly look that makes 300 unique - and got himself promoted to visual effects art director on Zack Snyder’s big budget historical epic set in 480BC. Freckelton spoke to Andrew L. Urban a few days after the film’s massive US opening weekend, on the eve of its Australian release.
  FREEMAN, MORGAN – LEVITY
What really attracted the much-in-demand Morgan Freeman to star in and executive produce the unusual drama, Levity, was that he was seriously ‘courted’ by writer and director Ed Solomon, who took his suggestions to heart, Freeman reveals to Andrew L. Urban from his home in Mississippi.
FREEMAN, MORGAN:  ALONG CAME A SPIDER / NURSE BETTY FREEMAN, MORGAN: ALONG CAME A SPIDER / NURSE BETTY
Morgan Freeman pops up in two vastly different roles in vastly different films released this month (August 2001) in Australia; Along Came a Spider and Nurse Betty. But that’s typical of this charismatic and engaging actor. But it can be dangerous, as he tells Andrew L. Urban.
FRIEDKIN, WILLIAM: SORCERER FRIEDKIN, WILLIAM: SORCERER
If you think the gritty thriller Sorcerer looks tough, spare a thought for the filmmakers; director William Friedkin lost 50 lbs and half his crew, while one actor had to work with two guns aimed at him by Mexican police, as Friedkin reveals publicly for the first time, to Andrew L. Urban.
  FRIELS, COLIN & TSILIMIDOS, ALKINOS – TOM WHITE
Colin Friels wants you to see Tom White, not for his performance but because it has left a haunting resonance with him, which he can’t explain; meanwhile the film’s director, Alkinos Tsilimidos, explains why the film is a little ambiguous rather than plot and action reliant. That’s probably because it’s so truthful about our often unfathomable nature, says Andrew L. Urban.
FRITH REBECCA FRITH REBECCA
A versatile and sensitive actor, Rebecca Frith has jumped ship from the city to a remote village - and, putting herself first, found herself growing stronger in the process, she tells ANDREW L. URBAN as her latest film, The Missing, opens in Australia.
  FRY, STEPHEN: BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS
Making his directing debut with Bright Young Things, Stephen Fry encountered a few “scum lawyers” but even they couldn’t spoil the fantastic fun he had making this film about sex, fame, parties – and love, he tells Andrew L. Urban.
  FUKUNAGA, CARY – JANE EYRE
A lover of history and classic movies, director Cary Fukunaga tackled Jane Eyre with an eye for the period as he explains in this Q & A.
FURNESS, DEBORRA-LEE : The Real Macaw FURNESS, DEBORRA-LEE : The Real Macaw
A veteran of some 20 films, a fleeting Hollywood career, co-star to a talking parrot in the upcoming The Real Macaw, and now a happily married woman, Deborra Lee-Furness admits to PAUL FISCHER from her new London home, that she's ready to enter a new phase of her career: film director.
  FURSE, JOHN: BLIND FLIGHT
Acclaimed English documentary filmmaker John Furse reveals the unique process of turning a unique story into a remarkable feature film, about two Brits held captive for over four years in Lebanon. This process started at a remote cabin in Ireland with six bottles of Spanish wine, he tells Andrew L. Urban.





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