Maisie Williams: ‘I realised leaving school that I was leaving behind a lot of people who wanted to see me fall.’ Photograph:   Simon Lees/Getty Images

Bright, articulate and opinionated, Maisie Williams is, in the nicest possible sense, a right old chatterbox. We say old. The Bristol-born actress was(...)

The Ulsterman: Patrick McKenna. Photograph  courtesy of the McKenna family/The Great British Train Robbery

On August 8th, 1963, when a 16-strong gang stole £2.6million – equivalent to £45 million, or €57 million, today – from the Royal Mail’s travelling pos(...)

We’re used to thinking about Sam Reid as a very English gentleman or a very upright officer. In fact the actor grew up on a cattle ranch in rural New South Wales.  Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Sam Reid is having a moment. No. Scratch that. Sam Reid is having a year’s worth of moments. So far in 2014, movie hounds have had reason to gasp over(...)

David Fincher: “There’s way too much risk in offending people now”. Photograph: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty

David Fincher stops halfway into a biscuit. He looks deep in thought. “Enough bitching from me,” he says. “I’ve bitched so much. I’m embarrassed. R(...)

The bisexual novelist and memoirist Violette Leduc was born in 1907, the illegitimate offspring of a maid and her employer. Ledoc’s education was i(...)

Noble foundry worker François (Jean Gabin) shoots and kills weirdo circus dog-trainer Valentin (Jules Berry) and barricades himself in the attic. A(...)

Despite a wonderfully elaborate set and quite a few special effects, Skip Kite’s film remains a lovely handmade artefact. A biographical portrait o(...)

Zach (Dane DeHaan) blinks indecisively in the napkin aisle of the supermarket. He’s on the way to his girlfriend Beth’s funeral: she has tragically(...)

David Fincher: “There’s way too much risk in offending people now”. Photograph: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty

David Fincher stops halfway into a biscuit. He looks deep in thought. “Enough bitching from me,” he says. “I’ve bitched so much. I’m embarrassed. Righ(...)

In 1998, aged 22, Mark Pollock had the world at his feet. Having read Business and Economics at Trinity College, he looked all set to graduate and tak(...)