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  SACHAR, LOUIS: HOLES
Louis Sachar has written 20 books, but only one screenplay, and he enjoyed it so much he wants to do more, he tells Andrew L. Urban, when they meet in a bar with no drinks.
  SACHS, IRA - MARRIED LIFE
An English author in 1952 (John Bingham) wrote a novel that set in train the story that became Ira Sachs’s latest movie, Married Life. Sachs wanted to tell a strong story in a domestic setting – very much like Hollywood movies of the 40s and 50s did, he explains to Andrew L. Urban during a short visit to Sydney on the eve of the film’s Australian release.
SACKS, DR OLIVER; AT FIRST SIGHT SACKS, DR OLIVER; AT FIRST SIGHT
We think sight and hearing are essential to be able to fully take part in this world; not necessarily so, says Dr Oliver Sacks, whose book was the basis for the film At First Sight. The story raises some profound questions about ‘normal’ life. He talks to ANDREW L. URBAN.
  SALOMÉ, JEAN-PAUL – FEMALE AGENTS
The heroic women who fought alongside the men in the French Resistance during World War II risked as much if not more than the men – but were quickly overlooked, until now, as filmmaker Jean-Paul Salomé tells one of their stories in Female Agents and here explains why he did it.
  SALVADORI, PIERRE - PRICELESS
Pierre Salvadori’s latest film is a romantic comedy – with a twist. And with a central performance by Audrey Tatout as a determined golddigger. But all comedy needs a certain degree of cruelty, Salvadori tells Bernard Payen.
  SALVADORI, PIERRE – BEAUTIFUL LIES
The profound truth of cinema, its true nature as an “industrial art form”, is expressed through genre, Pierre Salvadori tells Bernard Payen, talking about his romantic comedy, Beautiful Lies (Australian release July 21, 2011).
SAMUEL L. JACKSON: SHAFT SAMUEL L. JACKSON: SHAFT
It never occurred to him that he himself might play the new Shaft in an updated version of the 70s hit movie, but when asked, Samuel L. Jackson felt something ‘click’ into place, he tells JENNY COONEY CARILLO.
SAURA,CARLOS : TANGO SAURA,CARLOS : TANGO
Carlos Saura, one of Spain's pre-eminent filmmakers, is staring an Oscar in the face as a nominee with his film, Tango, releasing now in Australia; one the eve of the Academy awards, PAUL FISCHER talks Tango with him
SAURUS, SPINO - JURASSIC PARK III SAURUS, SPINO – JURASSIC PARK III
Urban Cinefile sent intrepid interviewer Andrew L. Urban on location for this exclusive conversation with the biggest star of them all, Spino Saurus, one of the sophisticated, smart - and deadly - dinosaurs in Jurassic Park III. They had a chat at the catering tent... it ended badly.
  SAVILLE, MATTHEW – NOISE
He’s not a thriller director and he’s made a thriller genre film that is not predictable – but that’s life, the writer/director of Noise, Matthew Saville, tells Andrew L. Urban.
SAYLES, JOHN : Men With Guns SAYLES, JOHN : Men With Guns
John Sayles is one of America's most noted independent filmmakers. His latest film, Men with Guns, is his most complex work to date, and his first to be shot in a foreign language. The writer/director talks to PAUL FISCHER.
SAYLES, JOHN: Limbo SAYLES, JOHN: Limbo
John Sayles’ Limbo was selected for Competition at Cannes 1999, where the abrupt ending shocked the audience into a few boos. (It also opened the Sydney Film festival in 1999 and divided the audience.) But Sayles is unmoved; he was consciously taking risks and asking audiences to take risks, too. He took some time out in Cannes to explain his intent to ANDREW L. URBAN.
SAYLES, JOHN: Limbo (extracts) SAYLES, JOHN: Limbo (extracts)
Extracts from Andrew L. Urban’s interview with John Sayles, whose latest film, Limbo, screened in Competition at Cannes 1999, and is the opening film for the 1999 Sydney Film Festival (June 11). The interview will be run in full when Limbo is released commercially in Australia later this year.
SCACCHI, GRETA - LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI SCACCHI, GRETA - LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI
She was born in Italy, brought up in England, made to feel at home in Australia: Greta Scacchi, who plays an Italian-Australian in Looking for Alibrandi, tells ANDREW L. URBAN why she feels that way.
SCHEPISI, FRED  - LAST ORDERS SCHEPISI, FRED – LAST ORDERS
Australian director Fred Schepisi joins Andrew L. Urban at a Sydney pub for a conversation about Last Orders, his latest film about friends and friendships, life and death, love and sorrow and the whole damn thing. 
  SCHEPISI, FRED - WORDS AND PICTURES
Producer Curtis Burch is a big fan of Fred Schepisi’s films so when he read Gerald Di Pego’s screenplay, Words and Pictures, he asked Schepisi to direct it. That was the easy part, Schepisi tells Andrew L. Urban.
SCHEPISI, FRED: IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY SCHEPISI, FRED: IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY
Directing Hollywood royalty like the Douglas family in their first ever movie together was a challenge for Australia’s Fred Schepisi, but the history making effort was an eye opener, he tells Andrew L. Urban.
SCHUMACHER, JOEL: TIGERLAND SCHUMACHER, JOEL: TIGERLAND
Joel Schumacher is enjoying getting smaller, he tells Alistair Harkness, after the premiere of his latest film, Tigerland, at the London Film Festival.
SCHWARZENEGGER, Arnie: End of Days SCHWARZENEGGER, Arnie: End of Days
Arnie wanted to come back after a two year screen absence (for a bit of heart surgery) with something big: big action, big stunts, big effects, big movie. End of Days was his ticket - but in the end, the big star opted for a finale in which drops his gun, he reveals at his Sydney press conference, where he admitted to ANDREW L. URBAN that no matter what the film says, 1999 is really NOT the end of the Millenium.
SCORSESE, MARTIN:  GANGS OF NEW YORK SCORSESE, MARTIN: GANGS OF NEW YORK
Martin Scorsese has wanted to make Gangs of New York for some 30 years, and now he’s done it, but the pressure and the challenge was enormous, with schedules (and phones) flying out the window at times, as Jenny Cooney Carrillo discovers, when Scorsese explains how primal is this story.
SCOTT, JAKE: Plunkett & Macleane SCOTT, JAKE: Plunkett & Macleane
First came Ridley, then brother Tony, and now there’s Jake Scott, son of the one, nephew of the other a movie director with his own unique slant. His first feature film is a contemporary take on a period genre, the story of 19th century highwaymen, Plunkett and MacLeane. PAUL FISCHER spoke to the young director in Los Angeles.
SCOTT, KEITH SCOTT, KEITH
You want Sylvester Stallone, Daffy Duck, Prince Charles, Gough Whitlam, Dame Edna, a New York cabbie – or that famous moose, Bullwinkle? No problem. Get Keith Scott, Australia’s master of mimic, with over a thousand character voices on call, who spoke (in his own voice) to ANDREW L. URBAN.
  SCOTT, RUSSELL – HIDDEN UNIVERSE 3D
Space travel in your cinema seat … Hidden Universe 3D (Sydney: September 5; Melbourne: September 12, 2013) brings the sun, the moon, the most distant stars into your range of vision with clarity like never before, the film’s director, Russell Scott tells Andrew L. Urban.
  SEALE, JOHN – CAMERIMAGE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
As he prepares his acceptance speech, Australia’s first cinematographer to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Plus Camerimage Festival in Poland (November 16 – December 3), John Seale AM, ACS, ASC plans to make the point that “you can’t do this work by yourself – the award is a great compliment to the people I’ve worked with,” he tells Andrew L. Urban.
  SEALE, JOHN – POSEIDON
Oscar winning Australian cinematographer John Seale feels rewarded by meeting the challenges of shooting Poseidon, where his inventive contributions had a significant impact on the production, as Andrew L. Urban discovers.
  SEALE, JOHN – THE TOURIST
Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie are the consummate pros, says Aussie cinematographer John Seale, as were all the cast; the challenge was shooting in Venice, Seale tells Andrew L. Urban on his return from working on The Tourist.
  SEALE, JOHN: COLD MOUNTAIN
Oscar winning/contender cinematographer John Seale has totally changed the way he shoots these days; he’s become “unashamedly a realist,” he tells Andrew L. Urban, talking about the making of Cold Mountain, with Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and director Anthony Minghella – who all became like family and partied a lot in the middle of Romania. Work fast, drive slow, he says, as he admits bribing his crazy driver to slow down.
SEALE, JOHN: HARRY POTTER SEALE, JOHN: HARRY POTTER
He’s shot dozens of films and won an Academy Award for his work, yet Australian cinematographer John Seale still learns something on every film – and Harry Potter is no exception, he tells Andrew L. Urban.
SEALE, JOHN: THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY SEALE, JOHN: THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY
Australian cinematographer John Seale shot The Talented Mr Ripley on various (gorgeous) Italian locations. He takes a low key, pragmatic approach, avoiding cliché - preferring the light of nature, he tells ANDREW L. URBAN.
SEALE, JOHN; THE PERFECT STORM SEALE, JOHN; THE PERFECT STORM
Australia's Oscar winning cinematographer, John Seale, is in the middle of a Hollywood storm - and has been for seven months, helping to make Wolfgang Petersen's dramatic recreation of the century's Perfect Storm. Seale calmed the waters for a Saturday afternoon chat with ANDREW L. URBAN.
  SEIDELMAN, SUSAN – BOYNTON BEACH CLUB
Susan Seidelman, best known for her film Desperately Seeking Susan, explores the singles scene – among ageing baby boomers. The idea for the film came from real life, via her mother Florence, who soon was made Producer of the film, Susan explains to Andrew L. Urban.
  SEINFELD, JERRY - BEE MOVIE
He’s easily irritated, Jerry Seinfeld confesses to Sue Williams ...and then proves it, as he speaks (loudly) about Bee Movie, his first movie as a writer and voice actor, at the Cannes Film Festival, where the film was heavily promoted prior to its screening
SELKIE - THE CAST SELKIE - THE CAST
The young stars of the Australian family yarn, Selkie, are no ordinary teenagers, as AndrewL. Urban discovered in these brief interviews.
SELLECK, TOM : In & Out SELLECK, TOM : In & Out
Ex-TV action hero Tom Selleck is re-discovered as a comic actor, first in TV's Friends, and now as a gay reporter in the hit film comedy In & Out. As the film premiered at the recent Toronto Film Festival, the gargantuan star spoke with Paul Fischer about acting, stardom, playing a gay character, and THAT kiss with co-star Kevin Kline.
  SEN, IVAN - TOOMELAH
Toomelah was a deeply personal film for Ivan Sen and the screening for the Toomelah community – including his relatives – was “extraordinary”. But Sen is moving on in new cinematic directions, as he tells Andrew L. Urban
SEN, IVAN - BENEATH CLOUDS SEN, IVAN – BENEATH CLOUDS
It was once said location was everything in real estate investing; rising Aboriginal filmmaker Ivan Sen says the same goes for filmmaking, but in his case, the more extreme the better, he tells Andrew L. Urban as his debut feature, Beneath Clouds is released.
  SEN, IVAN – MYSTERY ROAD
Ivan Sen is one of Australia’s most acclaimed young Aboriginal filmmakers, his latest film Mystery Road, having opened the 2013 Sydney Film Festival; he sees it all in his head, which is also active in grappling with the business of a new, highly commercial project, as he tells Andrew L. Urban.
  SERENITY - JEWEL STAITE, ADAM BALDWIN AND GINA TORR
The stars of Serenity discuss the making of the movie – and the making of the making of for the DVD, which is now released in Australia. That was just too much pressure for Gina Torr.
SEWELL, RUFUS : Dark City SEWELL, RUFUS : Dark City
The star of Dark City (currently shooting In a Savage Land in New Guinea for Bill Bennett) doesn't mind talking about his own dark past. Rufus Sewell tells PAUL FISCHER of his convict ancestors. And what part sex and free sandwiches played in his acting career.
SEWELL, RUFUS: DESTINY OF HER OWN SEWELL, RUFUS: DESTINY OF HER OWN
Rufus Sewell is one actor not afraid to speak his mind. Coming up in two very different films - A Destiny of Her Own and the re-titled The Very Thought of You, Sewell talks frankly to PAUL FISCHER about a dark past and his feelings about films that change their titles.
SHADYAC, TOM: Patch Adams SHADYAC, TOM: Patch Adams
Critics often hate his work but audiences love them, from the first Ace Ventura, through to Nutty Professor, Liar Liar and now Patch Adams; former joke writer and stand up comedian Tom Shadyac is now one of Hollywood's bigger players. PAUL FISCHER spoke to him in Los Angeles.
SHAKESPEARE, NICHOLAS: THE DANCER UPSTAIRS SHAKESPEARE, NICHOLAS: THE DANCER UPSTAIRS
Coincidences, connections and prescient imagination propelled the story of extremism in The Dancer Upstairs from novel to screen, as well as its author, Nicholas Shakespeare, as Andrew L. Urban discovers on meeting the man, a distant relative of the Bard.
SHEEDY, ALLY:High Art SHEEDY, ALLY:High Art
In a role that she describes as very close to her heart, Ally Sheedy makes a movie comeback in Lisa Cholodenko's High Art, about a cynical and wasted art photographer contemplating a comeback of her own. In this, her only Australian interview, Sheedy talks to PAUL FISCHER while at the Sundance Film Festival.
SHERIDAN, JIM: The Boxer SHERIDAN, JIM: The Boxer
Jim Sheridan made quite leap from theatre to film director, winning plaudits and Oscar nominations for his two films, My Left Foot, and In the Name of the Father. In Australia to promote his latest film, the romantic drama, The Boxer, Sheridan talked to PAUL FISCHER.
SHIRE,  TALIA: The Godfather (25th Anniversary) SHIRE, TALIA: The Godfather (25th Anniversary)
The Godfather made history. It also made a number of careers, including that of the director’s sister: Talia Shire, speaking exclusively to PAUL FISCHER on the eve of its 25th Anniversary re-release in August 1997, says it could never be made again.
  SHORTLAND, CATE - LORE
Of a thousand different stories from World War II, Lore is unusual, perhaps unique, as it explores Germany’s policies and its defeat from the perspective of the children of a Nazi officer. It’s complex, brittle, challenging – and making it in German made it even more so. But for director Cate Shortland, it has profound echoes for Australia, as she explains to Andrew L. Urban.
SILENT PARTNER: Field and Tsilimidos SILENT PARTNER: Field and Tsilimidos
Silent Partner has quickly become a festival favourite, in Australia and internationally. Perhaps it’s because despite its modest budget, it is an unexpected film about two mates. Andrew L. Urban talks to actor David Field and director Alkinos Tsilimidos.
SILVER, JOEL - THE PROCESS MAN SILVER, JOEL – THE PROCESS MAN
Joel Silver is a producer of big films. At last count, 32 of them, including four Lethal Weapons and three Die Hards. He is master of the filmmaking ‘process’. When Silver visited The Matrix set at Fox Studios in Sydney (on the eve of Lethal Weapon 4 opening here), he told ANDREW L. URBAN that these days, the Hollywood studios are the ‘auteurs’.
SILVERSTONE, ALICIA: Blast from the Past SILVERSTONE, ALICIA: Blast from the Past
At just 22 Alicia Silverstone is already a veteran of film and TV. Mature, intelligent and outspoken, Silverstone talks to PAUL FISCHER about her thoughts on love, her latest film and why she hated doing Batman and Robin.
  SIMS, JEREMY – LAST TRAIN TO FREO
Actor and theatre director Jeremy Sims makes his feature film debut with Last Train to Freo, a tense psychological drama on board a midnight suburban train – it’s a ride that promises to take him places. He chose it because it is a half way house between cinema and theatre, Sims tells Andrew L. Urban.
  SINGTON, DAVID - IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON
Man’s landing on the moon was a spectacular technical and scientific achievement – but David Sington wanted to show the emotional, human side, as he gets the astronauts to recall how they felt, not just what they did, he tells Andrew L. Urban.
SIVES, JAMIE: WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF SIVES, JAMIE: WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF
In Jamie Sives’ first leading role, he plays the suicidal Wilbur, in Lone Scherfig’s quirky romantic comedy set in Glasgow, about two brothers and a young woman who changes their lives. But Sives had to criss-cross Europe to meet up with Scherfig and land the role, he explains to Andrew L. Urban.
  SKUBISZEWSKI , CEZARY: PROFILE
Perhaps the most marked demonstration of Cezary Skubiszewski’s musical versatility is that The Rage In Placid Lake comes hot on the heels of his score for the superb television mini-series, After The Deluge. The poignant story of an Alzheimer’s sufferer who had once been a concert violinist, it required a classically nuanced score at practically the opposite end of the stylistic spectrum. Brad Green profiles one of Australia’s most gifted and hard working screen composers.
  SLADE, DAVID – 30 DAYS OF NIGHT
English director David Slade started his career with a bang at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and the success of his acclaimed feature, Hard Candy. In his second motion picture, 30 Days of Night, Slade has chosen to delve into another side of fear and in the process has reinvented the image of the vampire. By R. Cowan.
SLAVIERO, ROBERT SLAVIERO, ROBERT
Hoyts, now owned by Kerry Packer, has re-launched its film distribution operation under Robert Slaviero, who [as he flies off to the AFM on a buying mission] tells Andrew L. Urban he has helped release some films he thought were dreadful – but successful.
SLETAUNE, PAL: Junk Mail SLETAUNE, PAL: Junk Mail
Norwegian filmmaker Pal Sletaune has made his first feature film about a fictional postman but the character came first and the occupation second, he tells PAUL FISCHER.
SLUTSKY, ALLAN - STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN SLUTSKY, ALLAN – STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN
One of his best friends left Allan Slutsky “a going away present on the way up to heaven,” he tells Andrew L. Urban: a chance to have Slutsky’s story about the little known but legendary Funk Brothers put onto film, Standing In The Shadows Of Motown.
SMITH,  KEVIN: Chasing Amy SMITH, KEVIN: Chasing Amy
One of the big hits at this year's Sundance Film Festival was Chasing Amy - the story of a comic book artist who falls in love with a lesbian. It's the third and most successful film for writer/director Kevin Smith who breaks new ground with this unusual slant on a popular genre. At the Festival, PAUL FISCHER spoke to director Smith as well as the film's hot new stars, Joey Lauren Adams and Ben Affleck for some personal observations on this film.
SMITH, CLINTON: SAMPLE PEOPLE SMITH, CLINTON: SAMPLE PEOPLE
What was nearly a $60,000 mistake turned into a feature film co-starring Kylie Minogue and a group of great actors, directed by newcomer Clinton Smith, who tells ANDREW L. URBAN how it came about.
SMITH, MEL: BEAN SMITH, MEL: BEAN
Mel Smith is best known for his hilarious on-screen jibes in such landmark television shows as the classic Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones. But the chubby-faced comic is now busy behind the camera, teaming up with TV alumni Rowan Atkinson to directed Bean - the movie. Mel Smith talks to PAUL FISCHER.
SMITH, WILL: ALI SMITH, WILL: ALI
When he began training for the role of Muhammad Ali, he was told that it was for real: actors should go home. But he persevered and overcame the pain threshold and it made him a better man. And then one day he dropped a guy in the ring and felt his ‘fangs grow’. Andrew L. Urban meets Will Smith.
SOBIESKI, LEELEE : Soldier's Daughter Never Cries SOBIESKI, LEELEE : Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
It was meant to be…14 year old Leelee Sobieski’s life was like a rehearsal for her role as Channe in A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, she tells PAUL FISCHER.
SODERBERGH, STEVEN : Out of Sight SODERBERGH, STEVEN : Out of Sight
With his award-winner "sex, lies and videotape", Steven Soderbergh emerged as one of the freshest and most distinctive voices in American film. Even at his most mainstream - such as his latest film Out of Sight - Soderbergh has been able to maintain a distinct perspective on the American dream. He spoke exclusively to PAUL FISCHER in Los Angeles.
  SODERBERGH, STEVEN – BUBBLE
The title, Bubble, just popped into his head in one of those creative mysteries, but the making of the film was very down to earth - a direct descendant of his iconic debut, sex, lies and videotape, Steven Soderbergh tells Andrew L. Urban.
  SONNENFELD, BARRY - MEN IN BLACK 3D
It’s really hard to balance action and comedy, says director Barry Sonnenfeld who tried it in Men in Black 3D, as he explains to Harrison Pierce during a Sony press junket in Cancun, Mexico.
  SORKIN, AARON – THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Everybody knows about Facebook – but perhaps not about the bitter rivalries that spewed out friendships and generated friction on a massive, multi million dollar scale behind the façade, as it were. Indeed, The Social Network is not so much about the birth of Facebook but the death of friendships, of betrayal and jealousies, all classical themes, Aaron Sorkin tells Andrew L. Urban.
SORVINO, MIRA: At First Sight SORVINO, MIRA: At First Sight
Mira Sorvino is one of Hollywood's hot properties. Starring opposite Val Kilmer in the romantic drama At First Sight, Sorvino also stars in Spike Lee's drama, Summer of Sam. PAUL FISCHER spoke to her in Los Angeles' perennially lush Four Seasons Hotel.
SPACEY,  KEVIN: ALBINO ALLIGATOR SPACEY, KEVIN: ALBINO ALLIGATOR
Academy Award winning actor and first-time director Kevin Spacey (pictured with Faye Dunaway) in Australia to promote his film Albino Alligator, gave a polished performance at his press conference in Brisbane, with his engaging manner and an obvious enthusiasm for his art. DAVID EDWARDS reports:
  SPENCER, KATIE - ANNA KARENINA
Set decorating on a classic period drama such as Anna Karenina is challenging enough, but when acclaimed set decorator Katie Spencer first heard director Joe Wright’s idea to set the whole film inside a derelict Russian theatre, her mind boggled … but the boggling soon turned to excitement as she reveals in this interview with Jane Ovaltine.
  SPENCER, MEGAN - REVELATION FILM FESTIVAL 2007
Incoming Artistic Director Megan Spencer is energised by taking the reins for the 10th Revelation Film Festival, of which she has always been a big fan. She tells Urban Cinefile about her dedication to this milestone event, which champions risk taking filmmakers.
SPIELBERG, STEVEN: A.I SPIELBERG, STEVEN: A.I
Making AI, Steven Spielberg had two stories to tell: his own and that of the late Stanley Kubrick, who conceived the project. The director tells Jenny Cooney Carrillo how he walked the line.
SPIELBERG, STEVEN: MINORITY REPORT SPIELBERG, STEVEN: MINORITY REPORT
It’s got to be either selfish pleasures, or something worthwhile to say that drives Steven Spielberg’s film decisions, he tells Jenny Cooney Carrillo, on the eve of the Australian release of his latest film, Minority Report (selfish pleasure) – which explores whether we are in full control of our lives or is there a destiny already mapped out for us.
  SPIELMAN, DAN – ONE PERFECT DAY
Dan Spielman’s feature film debut starring in One Perfect Day began with a spiritual meeting and continued with a supportive but brutally direct director, ending with Spielman’s scepticism about filmmaking turning to excitement at its opportunities, as Andrew L. Urban discovers.
  SPIERIG, PETER AND MICHAEL: UNDEAD
The young Spierigs’ debut feature, Undead, breathes life into the neglected horror genre in Australian filmmaking, the work of twins Peter and Michael who are like clones in synch, thinking and working as one, as Andrew L. Urban discovers when he meets them.
SPINER,BRENT : Star Trek Insurrection SPINER,BRENT : Star Trek Insurrection
He was voted King of the Nerds at high school, but Star Trek's favourite humanoid, Data, managed to make the leap from musical theatre to the USS Enterprise, in one fell swoop. PAUL FISCHER was given an audience with His Nerdic Majesty.
  SPRECHER, JILL - THIN ICE
After shooting Thin Ice … on thin ice & snow …. director and co-writer Jill Sprecher vows never to write snow into a screenplay again.
  SPURLOCK, MORGAN – WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?
Spurred on by the success of Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock set off on a Middle East adventure in search of Osama bin Laden – and found more than he expected, he tells Andrew L. Urban.
STAMP, TERENCE: THE LIMEY STAMP, TERENCE: THE LIMEY
Andrew L. Urban had coffee at Bondi Beach with Terence Stamp, on the eve of the Australian release for the highly acclaimed The Limey, in which Stamp plays a the chap he played in Poor Cow – only 35 years older and wiser. Then he’s off again to breach the fear barrier.
STANGE, MAYA: GARAGE DAYS STANGE, MAYA: GARAGE DAYS
The usually cerebral philosophy student and actor Maya Stange discovers her foxy side in Garage Days, she admits to Andrew L. Urban, and also finds herself less obsessive about her work, as she heads for Los Angeles.
  STANTON, ANDREW & UNKRICH, LEE : FINDING NEMO
Writer/director Andrew Stanton found Nemo in a book and sent him on an adventure from the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney Harbour – all inside a stack of computers at California’s Pixar Animation, with the help of co-director Lee Unkrich. The pair made a very real visit to Sydney to talk about their new film, with Andrew L. Urban.
  STATE OF PLAY – KEVIN MACDONALD INSIDER BRIEFING
State of Play was to star Brad Pitt and Ed Norton – but fate intervened and instead, it’s Ben Affleck and Russell Crowe – who surprised director Kevin Macdonald with the lengths to which he went in creating his character, as Macdonald explains in this Q&A.
  STAUNTON, IMELDA - TAKING WOODSTOCK
Oh no, she cried when she got the script for Taking Woodstock, but it was a challenge and she had to do it, says Imelda Staunton, who plays the grumpy mum to the young man who cut the deal to have the legendary music festival in their backyard.
  STENDERS, KRIV – LUCKY COUNTRY
The irony of its title gives Lucky Country a texture that begins with its unexpected use of a dark Australian landscape that subverts the usual image of this country, as director Kriv Stenders explains to Andrew L. Urban.
  STEWART, ROB – SHARK WATER
Documenting the plight of sharks at the hands of organised criminals hunting them for their fins has turned photographer Rob Stewart into a filmmaker – and revolutionary, he tells Andrew L. Urban
  STILLER, BEN AND WILSON, OWEN alias STARSKY AND HUTCH
Good friends and frequent big-screen collaborators Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller recreate Starsky & Hutch on the big screen. If you don’t know what that is, you weren’t watching TV in the 70s. Jenny Cooney Carrillo checks out the new versions and discovers they played it like the actors who were fired from the pilot episode.
STILLER, BEN: MEET THE PARENTS STILLER, BEN: MEET THE PARENTS
Real life invaded his movie life when Ben Stiller was shooting Meet the Parents with Robert DeNiro: his personal version was easier, he tells Jenny Cooney Carillo.
STILLER, BEN: Zero Effect STILLER, BEN: Zero Effect
He confesses to being lazy, but in Zero Effect comic actor Ben Stiller plays a smart lawyer – nothing like his real persona: PAUL FISCHER met the actor in Los Angeles.
STILLMAN, WHIT : Last Days of Disco STILLMAN, WHIT : Last Days of Disco
Writer/director Whit Stillman discusses disco with PAUL FISCHER, in a chat about his latest film, The Last Days of Disco.
  STONE, SHARON - CASINO ON DVD
Sharon Stone recalls working on Casino with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and James Woods, in a role for which she won her one Oscar nomination. Best of all, she loved working with men who had the balls to be bad and dangerous on screen, she tells John Millar.
STONE, SHARON: The Mighty STONE, SHARON: The Mighty
She's been described as powerful, ballsy and intellectual - and remains one of Hollywood's most influential stars, as PAUL FISCHER discovered when he had a rare opportunity to meet her in Los Angeles for this intimate view of the woman and the actress.
STORARO, VITTORIO: APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX STORARO, VITTORIO: APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX
Oscar winning cinematographer of Apocalypse Now, Vittorio Storaro, tells Andrew L. Urban how he danced for Marlon Brando – and how he danced for joy at the chance to restore and complete the film for its Redux release.
  STRATTON, DAVID – I PEED ON FELLINI
Peeing on Fellini was accidental, but it when he peed on Australia’s censorship regime in the 1960s, it was entirely deliberate, David Stratton tells Andrew L. Urban on the publication of his memoirs.
  STURGESS, JIM: 21 - HE GOT GAME
Keeping a couple of smuggled Cuban cigars going was difficult for both the real man and the actor who portrays him on screen, 21 star Jim Sturgess. But that helped to develop their bond as Robert Newton discovers.
STYRON, SUSANNA: Shadrach STYRON, SUSANNA: Shadrach
Unable to forget the short story, Shadrach, by her father, Susanna Styron has finally turned it into a film after she had herself become a parent and went about casting it against type, she explains to PAUL FISCHER.
SWAIN, DOMINQUE: LOLITA SWAIN, DOMINQUE: LOLITA
As the political climate hots up around the release of Adrian Lyne's Lolita, its star, 18 year old Dominque Swain is fiercely defensive of the film and its position against paedophilia. She speaks from her Malibu home to LOUISE KELLER.
  SZABO, ISTVAN - BEING JULIA
Legendary Hungarian director István Szabó, who won an Oscar in 1982 for Mephisto, has made films in English before. But Being Julia, based on a short novel by Somerset Maugham, is his first comedy. Nick Roddick talks to him about timing, working from someone else’s screenplay - and the difference between a soufflé and a cake.
SZABÓ, ISTVÁN: SUNSHINE SZABÓ, ISTVÁN: SUNSHINE
Moral responsibility is undeniably one of the great issues of modern Europe (indeed, the world) and Szabó István addresses it in a powerful, moving and epic drama starring Ralph Fiennes, ironically titled Sunshine. Strangely, though, it was not a cathartic experience, he tells fellow Hungarian, Urbán András.
SZABÓ, ISTVÁN: TAKING SIDES SZABÓ, ISTVÁN: TAKING SIDES
Taking Sides explores how artists cope with living in a dictatorship that is anathema to art itself, renowned Hungarian director István Szabó tells Andrew L. Urban, a subject of eternal fascination for the filmmaker, who is familiar with the subject first hand.
SZAPIRO, DEBORAH: JAPANIME 2002 SZAPIRO, DEBORAH: JAPANIME 2002
Animation is not just for kids, and it offers filmmakers a different set of values to work with; for Japanese animators, it is full of subtexts and symbols, as Japanime 2002 curator Debora Szapiro tells Andrew L. Urban, and comes direct from the imagination. (Pic. Spirited Away)
  SZUBANSKI, MAGDA – GODDESS
Ronan Keating, the singer who hasn’t acted before, helped Magda Szubanski, the actor who hasn’t sung on screen before. It made for a great, big showstopper in the new Aussie musical comedy, Goddess, demonstrating just what a ‘Design Nazi’ Szubanski’s character Cassandra Wolfe is. Andrew L. Urban spoke to Szubanski on the eve of the film’s premiere in Sydney.





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