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The Culture Show: Danny Boyle Interview

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Mark Kermode | 14:00 UK time, Thursday, 8 January 2009

The Culture Show stages a screening for a specially invited audience. Here, the director chats about the hard-hitting side of this 'feel-good' film and his hopes for how it will be received.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Slumdog Millionaire being tagged the 'feel good film of the year' did indeed create a skewed account of this superb but somewhat macabre film. The feel good nature of Slumdog Millionaire i believe lies in the fact that it shows that there is room for modern films to be made devoid of cyncism and irony.

    Danny Boyle's awards at the Golden Globes were much no other director he suceeds in discovering and nurturing new talent.

    Kudos Slumdog

  • Comment number 2.

    I might be judging a book by it's cover but Slumdog millionaire looks terrible.....

  • Comment number 3.

    Really looking forward to seeing Slumdog this weekend. Thanks for the interview, Boyle is a class act

  • Comment number 4.

    @STORMYFWEATHERS, I did a similar thing but never feel a film is terrible until i watch it. I will say this though, You will be totally wrong. Go see it and then come back and tell us what you think. Its an amazing film that will touch you. i didn't want it to end. I'm off to see it for a second time on Wednesday.can't wait.

  • Comment number 5.

    STORMYFWEATHERS - Judging by the poster for Slumdog I'd have to agree, but the trailer appears to be doing a better job.

    My wife's turn to choose the movie this week so we're going to see Australia (no bad thing I'm sure), but I really want to see Slumdog as I have a lot of faith in Mr Boyle!

  • Comment number 6.

    What's your pint of choice there Mark?

    Yeah, I agree with the above points about the marketing of the film and perception. The marketing of the film hasn't done anything to make me excited about it, in fact it looks really cruddy.

    The introduction of the tagline 'Feel-good film of the year' brings back ghastly memories of Kiera Knightley in 'Bend It Like Beckham'.

    Based purely on the actual film content of the trailer though, I'd quite like to see this.

  • Comment number 7.

    So far Slumdog Millionaire is, undoubtedly, the feel good film of the year. If you consider its competition, Che (excellent but not feel good); The reader (average and not even approaching feel good); Defiance (Not bad, could have been feel good but fails); Bride wars (a clip of which, on Mark and Mayo's show, had me running to the toilet to vomit. Certainly not feel good)

  • Comment number 8.

    @ misterhutson

    I saw The Man From London last weekend, and I can confidently assert that it isn't in the running for feel good film of the year either. I spent a long time sitting on the fence about Bela Tarr's films ("Maybe it's just me - they're probably really profound") but having sat through enough slow black and white tracking shots for a lifetime and terrible dubbing I've made up my mind.

  • Comment number 9.

    Congratulations to Danny's and Slumdog's success of at the Golden Globes, good luck for the BAFTAs and Oscars. Slumdog fully deserves it.

  • Comment number 10.

    What "available rights" - is Danny Boyle so greedy he wants to be paid for an interview?!

  • Comment number 11.

    I suspect "Available Rights" is to do with it being a broadcast from the BBC. Im pretty sure overseas people cant watch I player for the same reason. Dont think Danny is gonna be short of a few bob after the success of Slumdog

  • Comment number 12.

    Slumdog made me feel all warm and tingly inside afterwards so I think it should be defined as a feel good film, even if it did have such brutal scenes.

    I think the realism of the cruelty in the slums created a happy contrast with the fairy tale like happy ending, so the story was believable, yet fantastic.

  • Comment number 13.

    Boyle did a fantastic job (Winterbottom wishes he was this good...), altho I can't help but think how much tenser and more fulfilling it would've been if all the marketing hadn't told me it had a happy ending.

  • Comment number 14.

    Don't mean to break up the party but I was a little disappointed with slumdog last night. Loved the stuff at the start with the kids but by the end it had worn me out with its repetitive formula. Sorry Danny.

    Che on the other hand... And its empowering.

    @misterhutson The quote is 'feel good film of the decade' not 'year'. Makes your list a little longer.

  • Comment number 15.


    That doesn't explain anything - a lot from the BBC is available to the rest of Europe.

    And if its just an interview what possible rights problem could there be.


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