Film Stories issue 39 (January 2023): full details and order your copy here

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A British filmmaking legend, Roger Deakins, has the light shone on him for a change with the new issue of Film Stories.

Introducing the new issue of Film Stories magazine, that’s shipping out now!. The magazine is primarily mail order, although it goes into a few WHSmiths stores around the UK.

Here’s the cover of the new issue, and then we’ll tell you what’s in it…

Film Stories issue 39

Shipping shortly…


ROGER DEAKINS: A big exclusive chat with a British cinema legend. From his new film – Empire Of Light – through to his broader thoughts on the industry

THE BBFC AND PRECUTS: When movie studios go looking for softer certificates for their films

SAVING CINEMAS: We look into the growing number of UK independent cinemas that appear to be under threat.

CASTING: Pulling back the curtain on agents and casting directors…

FROM IRELAND TO THE OSCARS?: Chatting to Colm Bairéad about his debut feature The Quiet Girl.

A VERY GOOD YEAR? How 2022 has fared for queer cinema

PHIL TIPPETT: On his journey to hell and back making the film Mad God.

SIMON HICKSON LIKES DOGS: It’s a statement of fact. But also, the mighty Simon from Trev & Simon chats about dogs in films. He likes those too. 

FILM BOOKS! Lots of recommendations!

MORE INTERVIEWS! Nikyatu Jusu, P.J. Palmer and a whole host of upcoming filmmakers too.


Writing clinic with the mighty James Moran

My film story

Reviews! There’s a five star one in this issue too. Again! We’re going soft.

Things for the watchlist


Movie clinic!

The letters page!

More interviews!

And lots more!

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