Interview Online

Craig Armstrong interview for Park Circus

He’s written scores for films as diverse as Moulin Rouge, Plunkett and Macleane and The Incredible Hulk, but Glasgow-based composer, Craig Armstrong, has also collaborated with director Peter Mullan on all of his films since 1993’s Close.

To celebrate the release of Mullan’s first feature on DVD, 1998’s Orphans, I interviewed Armstrong for Park Circus’ blog. We discussed his close working relationship with Mullan and some of his other projects, including the latest Justin Timberlake sci-fi, In Time.

I was also recently able to interview film director/critic/scholar, Pierre Rissient, for the Park Circus blog, when we discussed his work on 1969’s La Piscine and his recommendations for forgotten classic films.

Here’s one of Armstrong’s best known tracks, ‘Escape’.



BAFTA Scotland 2011 jury member

Today saw the announcement of the nominations for the British Acadamy Scotland Awards 2011, celebrating the best in Scottish film, television and gaming talent.

I recently accepted an invitation to become a member of the BAFTA Scotland jury deliberating the Feature Film category, which now includes Peter Mullan’s NEDS, Morag McKinnon’s Donkeys and David Mackenzie’s Perfect Sense.

As the awards aren’t announced until Sunday 13 November I can’t say much more about the process or the nominess, except that it’s been an exciting few months being part of the BAFTA Scotland deliberations.

I’m as intrigued as everyone else to see who wins on the night and wish everyone the best of luck.

Film Talk

In conversation with Peter Mullan

A quick thanks to the team at Creative Loop, the organisation developing talent for Scotland’s creative industries, who invited me along to their Student Media Festival in Glasgow this morning.

I was asked to interview one of Scotland’s most important creative talents, Peter Mullan, in front of an audience of up-and-coming talent. We discussed his career to date, with a particular focus on NEDS, his most recent film, and the students had a chance to question him.

His main piece of advice was that people need to enjoy making films in the first instance, particularly if they’re directing, as riches don’t necessarily come their way. We only had an hour and I’m sure there was a lot more to be discussed, but hopefully the audience gained something from it.

My second interview of the week will be this Saturday at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse, where I’ll be discussing Jim Henson and his career with producer, Martin Baker.