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Review: Danny Boyle – Man of Wonder (BBC Culture Show Special)

Review: Danny Boyle - Man of Wonder (BBC Culture Show Special)“In a Culture Show special, Oscar winning director Danny Boyle talks to Mark Kermode about his new film Trance, London 2012’s afterglow and the highs and lows of an extraordinary film-making career.”

Danny Boyle began his career in subversive agit-prop theatre at the Royal Court and went on to be equally subversive in TV.

Breaking into feature films, his back catalogue includes the violent, kinetic, anarchic as well as touching, satirical, philosophical and romantic. From iconic counter-culture Trainspotting, frenetic horror 28 Days Later, to eight-Oscar triumph, the brutal romance Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle is at his best when he refuses to compromise. It was something he acknowledged in less successful projects – Hollywood excesses A Life Less Ordinary and The Beach.

Unashamedly Northern, working class and left-wing, the unlikely creative director of the London Olympics poured all of his theatricality into a political crowd-pleasing show.

Post-Olympic triumph, Boyle turned away from the world-wide fame to return to subversive shorts and thriller Trance.

Guided by self-confessed fan Kermode (without notes), Boyle spoke candidly about all his work, with inserts from long-time collaborators all the way back to first feature Shallow Grave: writer John Hodge, producer Andrew MacDonald and actress Kerry Fox.

There were reminders of some great work, including TV’s Mr Wroe’s Virgins and the under-appreciated Millions.

Kermode, Boyle and The Culture Show at their best. RC

Danny Boyle: Man of Wonder
Available on BBC iPlayer
Season 2012/2013 Episode 30 of 32
Broadcast: Fri 29 Mar 2013 00:30

About Robin Catling

Robin Catling gained degrees in both arts and technology which led to a diverse portfolio of employment. A freelance systems analyst, project manager and business change manager for the likes of American Express, British Airways and IBM, he moved on to web design, journalism and technical authoring. He has also worked in film and television, both behind and in front of the camera, including productions by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott. A qualified three-weapon coach, he runs West Devon Swords teaching sports fencing to all age groups, and in recent years qualified with the British Federation of Historical Swordplay to teach medieval and renaissance combat in the Historical Western Martial Arts.


5 thoughts on “Review: Danny Boyle – Man of Wonder (BBC Culture Show Special)

  1. Really great portrait of a fascinating man and career.

    Posted by Burt V. Zimmerman | May 12, 2013, 12:37 pm
  2. Fascinating man.

    Posted by Tietz | May 16, 2013, 1:20 pm


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