Joss Whedon, The Independent, 19th May 2009

And they call it Buffy love On the tenth anniversary of Buffy The Vampire Slayer hitting British screens Julian Hall talks to its creator Joss Whedon about the show’s Englishness and its resonance from beyond the grave This year sees the tenth anniversary of Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer first staking its claim toContinue reading “Joss Whedon, The Independent, 19th May 2009”

Clarke Peters, The Independent, 30th April 2009

He’s a shadowy figure lurking in the background in the corporate law drama Damages, initially a slow-burner in The Wire and a man alone with his thoughts playing Nelson Mandela in the forthcoming Channel 4 drama Endgame. In person Clarke Peters is almost an open book. It’s him, not his PR, who greets me afterContinue reading “Clarke Peters, The Independent, 30th April 2009”

Dylan Moran, The Independent, 23rd September 2008

Stand-up Dylan Moran takes on the world What do you do when you hate celebrity, advertising, technology and interviews? Start telling it like it is, says the Black Books star on the eve of his tour By Julian Hall Tuesday, 23 September 2008 Approach with caution, is the advice of those who have encountered DylanContinue reading “Dylan Moran, The Independent, 23rd September 2008”

Chris Rock, The Independent, 7th Jan 2008

In the mid-Eighties, when that small club, the Comedy Store, was solidly part of the comedy establishment, an 18-year-old Rock was spotted at New York’s the Comic Strip Live by Eddie Murphy. Rock has eventually taken Murphy’s mantle of the US’s highest-profile comedian, first paying his dues on Saturday Night Live and surviving a careerContinue reading “Chris Rock, The Independent, 7th Jan 2008”

Sandra Bernhard, The Independent, 22nd October 2007

She describes herself as something “between an entertainer and part of the populace”; a fellow commentator has called her “the insider’s outsider”. Sandra Bernhard’s dichotomy is plain for me to see as soon as I arrive at our meeting point, a restaurant on Greenwich Avenue, in her New York neighbourhood. The grand dame of spoken-wordContinue reading “Sandra Bernhard, The Independent, 22nd October 2007”

Max Beesley & Danny Brocklehurst: How We Met, Independent on Sunday: 10th June 2007

How we met: Danny Brocklehurst & Max Beesley ‘I have a difficult relationship with actors. It doesn’t always do to be friends with them’ Interview by Julian Hall Sunday, 10 June 2007 Danny Brocklehurst, 35 won a Bafta for his screenwriting contributions to ‘Shameless’. Among other credits are ‘Sorted’, ‘Clocking Off’ and a new series,Continue reading “Max Beesley & Danny Brocklehurst: How We Met, Independent on Sunday: 10th June 2007”