We went from a state of crisis to State of Play

5 Apr 2009: Director Kevin Macdonald tells Amy Raphael how he saved his new film after Brad Pitt walked out One of the most hotly awaited Hollywood films of this year is State of Play, a political thriller starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck and Helen Mirren. It is an...

Sally shall go to the ball

11 Jan 2009: Why the Happy-Go-Lucky girl sees herself as Cinders Kate Winslet might be the new A-list Brit in Hollywood, but Sally Hawkins is America’s new indie sweetheart. London-born Hawkins has picked up nine US critics’ awards for her portrayal of...

The coolest quartier in Paris

16 Nov 2008: Philippe Starck chose the revitalised 20th arrondissement for his quirky new hotel. Can it change Amy Raphael’s idea of the capital? An American friend of mine recently reminded me that when we first met, a good decade ago, I was very down on Paris....