I did an on stage interview at the recent Shuffle Festival about the film Sunshine with Director Danny Boyle and Professor Brian Cox . Here is an exclusive behind the scenes chat I had with the two of them.

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Film Club - Sunshine

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by brandy65

    on 24 Dec 2013 09:52

    Absolutely this is one of my top 3 Danny Boyle films and my top 10 scifi-genre films. It still looks and sounds amazing for a relatively low budget film, and, like Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyessy, it will stand the test of time. A future classic.

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by LSJShez

    on 21 Dec 2013 15:16

    @Symanski - How did he stupidly turn down a knighthood? Not everyones that interested in them. Yes, he may deserve one; the point is that they offered him it. He said No.

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Piehawker

    on 21 Dec 2013 13:20

    I have an inkling that Sunshine will be the Blade Runner of the 21st century. Misunderstood and a financial failure at the time. Religious symbolism, fantastic acting and masterful production design with a divisive part of the film (Blade Runner's voice over, Sunshine's 3rd act "slasher" sequence) I for one (and know lots of others) that are itching for a cinema re-release. Would love to see it on the big screen. I also had this theory about A.I that is also being re-appraised as a sci-fi classic that was nice to see Dr K thought the same way. A Sunshine re-issue for 2014 please!!

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by invisiblekid

    on 19 Dec 2013 23:35

    I see Mark was if full flappy hand mode! Hell, they nearly blew me off my chair!

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by markofcain

    on 19 Dec 2013 17:35

    Being an admirer of Danny Boyle,in so much not just based on his gifted ability to direct,produce and write consistently diverse and entertaining movies.
    For me,his greatest quality is,his undeniable affinity from where he began his journey,his birthplace Radcliffe,and the people who shaped and educated him,family and close friends.
    This was reciprocated by the man himself,were upon post richly deserved winner of the Academy Award for "Slumdog"one if not the first place he returned too,on arriving back in the U.K. was to call in on his old stomping ground,the Radcliffe Working Man's Club,no doubt proud as punch,but there to thank his kinda folk,for making him the person he is as he modestly exhibited his trophy and placed it on the table amongst the domino competitions and empty pint glasses.
    My only gripe is apart from The Beach,which was in all fairness,shapeless and a bit of a stray,no,not even The All Saints with a hypnotic and rhythmic signature melody could not make amends for a poor narrative,stylish to look at,but certainly no place in paradise.
    My other points concern Sunshine and Trance,i could of enjoyed these so much more,both have similar parallels,both began interestingly enough,storyline unfurls,getting affiliated with the characters,intrigue,director throws a curve ball...and slow implosion appears,it was like i was being told that "Sorry were no longer continuing at cruise speed,it's absolute full throttle from now on"-and that's my issue,two thirds of the way in,both films ran away from it's audience,requiring us to sprint,whilst i was quite happy enjoying the walk.
    There not poor films by a long stretch,i can watch Sunshine without any semblance of discomfort,but i just think they could have been tweaked to greater acclaim.
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  • Comment number 15. Posted by WSV

    on 19 Dec 2013 10:48

    As someone who is a bachelor of both the arts and science I think that the Shuffle Festival sounds brilliant. We could do with some more Enlightenment in this day and age.

    I wouldn’t agree that Sunshine is Danny Boyle’s best movie though; Slumdog, Trainspotting and Shallow Grave are all more complete dramas in my opinion. However, it’s also not his worst either. At least Sunshine poses some interesting questions about what it is to be human: how far can rational thought be taken before emotions interfere?; where does the balance lie between the individual’s needs and the common cause?; is talking to God a sign of madness? It’s also interesting for a work of cinema to be about the importance of light to life.

    In Sunshine’s defence, I would suggest that it is far more interesting than Gravity, which seems to me to be very basic indeed. Gravity only left me thinking two things. Firstly, it’s a very shiny, shiny thing; and secondly, when will Sandra Bullock stop with all that heavy breathing? I noticed that she’s been nominated for a Golden Globe, which I can only assume is a mistake – unless there is a category for PANTomime. Bring on the Kermodes!

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 19 Dec 2013 07:06

    @12 persona-- wouldnt we all like to know !!!! mmmmmm

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 19 Dec 2013 07:04

    To think Sunshine is his best film pretty much puts you in a minority of one.Which in my book normally means your just wrong. Its beautifully directed but that never makes up for a weakness of script, Trainspotting knocks it out cold, for precisely that reason; as does the joy that is Dark Star which it copies in many ways.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by persona

    on 19 Dec 2013 02:14

    This is off topic but I've looked everywhere for your review of Only God Forgives & cannot find it anywhere - Would like very much to hear your opinion of this years most divisive film -

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Anthony Quinn

    on 18 Dec 2013 23:35

    I totally agree with Brian-New Forest on Sunshine, I thought it was alright and that's it. As for a masterpiece, I think some people are getting totally carried away here. Mark has his favourites we all know that, if Hertzog f@rted in a empty room Mark would think it was a masterpiece. Don't get me wrong I love Danny Boyle and his work and when he refused a knighthood and said it just isn't me, well, he has my total respect.

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