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WELCOME . . .



To the website of Stephen Applebaum (@grubstreetsteve): freelance journalist, author and member of the Critics' Circle, London .

I started out as a humble staff writer on VNU Business Publications' What Micro? magazine. After four years of working on different titles in the publisher's stable, I decided to go freelance. I branched out into writing about film and politics, and today am able to tackle pretty much anything thrown at me.

I am an experienced interviewer and have shot the breeze with everyone from Beyonce to Al Gore, Michael Moore, George Clooney, Bill Murray, Terry Gilliam, Vidal Sassoon and Jesse Eisenberg.

My work has appeared in a wide variety of publications and different media internationally, including the Guardian, The Independent, Time Out, The Scotsman, The Times, the Sunday Times Culture, Vogue Australia, What's On in Dubai, The Jewish Chronicle, The Big Issue, The Herald, Rolling Stone, The Australian, the Sunday Times Perth, The West Australian, BBC Online, The Listener, Filmfour.com, Total Film, Dazed & Confused, and Metro.

I have also been reprinted in several books, including Secrets of 24: The Unauthorized Guide to the Political and Moral Issues Behind TV's Most Riveting Drama, The UK Film Finance Handbook 2005/06, and The Film Finance Handbook - Global Edition. 

In 2008 I was nominated for an Australian OPSO award for a newspaper story about the film director Tamara Jenkins. 

In 2012, a newspaper story I wrote for The Scotsman about Robert Rodriguez supplied the concluding interview in the book, Robert Rodriguez: Interviews, edited by Zachary Ingle. 

I am the author of The Wicker Man: Conversations with Robin Hardy, Anthony Shaffer & Edward Woodward, which is available here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Wicker-Man-Conversations-Woodward-ebook/dp/B008COOH2S  

I attend the Berlin (February), Cannes (May), Venice (September),  and London (November) film festivals every year, and I am available for coverage of those events. 

If you would like to commission me, or reproduce any original features/interviews posted on this site, please email me in the first instance to discuss a project/rates, or contact me via Twitter: @grubstreetsteve. 

I am available for: 

Writing/Editing shifts
Feature writing
Celebrity interviews
Real life stories
Proofing/copy-editing
Reporting
Research 

Visit the sidebar on right for links to some of my published work, and blog archives.

Regards, Stephen Applebaum 


Actor Grant Rosenmeyer talks about making Come As You Are, and the controversy surrounding the casting of able-bodied leads as disabled characters


Grant Rosenmeyer, 29, has appeared in Wes Anderson’s classic comedy-drama The Royal Tenenbaums, Money Monster with Julia Roberts and George Clooney, the groundbreaking TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, among other things, but he’s never talked about anything for as long as he’s been chinwagging about his latest film, Come As You Are. And he’s pleasantly surprised.

As the lead and producer of the modest independent feature, which had its première at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, in February last year, he never imagined it being seen outside the United States, he admits over WhatsApp from his home in coronavirus-locked Los Angeles.

“It’s just too big a dream,” explains Rosenmeyer. “You make a little movie for, like, a million bucks or so, and you don’t know what’s going to happen. You hope anybody sees it. You hope anybody likes it. So it’s definitely encouraging to see that it’s getting a life elsewhere. We’re now in 13 or 14 territories, which is kind of trippy.”

Read the full story here: 

https://www.thejc.com/culture/film/grant-rosenmeyer-on-his-new-film-come-as-you-are-1.501618

Monday

Matthew Shoychet Talks About His Eye-Opening Documentary, The Accountant Of Auschwitz



Exploring the trial of Oskar Gröning 70 years after his crimes

Stephen Applebaum speaks to the director of a new film that explores the controversial trial of former SS guard Oskar Gröning




The subject of the Shoah was important to director Matthew Shoychet “as a Jew” – but he didn’t want to make a film just for Jews. Neither did he want to risk people saying they’d seen it all before. He asked himself: “How do we make it unique and a modern story?”

The answer was Oskar Gröning who, in 2015, was put on trial in Luneburg, Germany, at the age of 93, as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews.

Shoychet’s resulting documentary, The Accountant of Auschwitz, now available on DVD and digital platforms, is a fascinating insight into the controversial trial of the former Nazi.



Saturation Divers Under Pressure In The Documentary Last Breath

Last Breath: Real-life drama of the North Sea diver who cheated death

Stephen Applebaum tells the story of Chris Lemons, left trapped without oxygen for half an hour on the seabed, and the rescue bid mounted by his colleagues in what is diving’s most dangerous industry

Last Breath (Image Courtesy of Dogwoof)
Imagine being stuck at the bottom of the North Sea, with an emergency supply of air that is quickly running out, and no immediate help available. Such was the predicament that diver Chris Lemons was plunged into on 18 September 2012, when the umbilical cord that connected him to a diving bell, providing him with gas for breathing, hot water, communications and electricity, snapped, during routine work on a drilling structure at the Huntington oil field, 115 miles east of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

What happened next became a sensation inside the global diving community. People were keen to know how Lemons’s employer, Bibby Offshore (now renamed Rever Offshore), had dealt with the situation, so the company commissioned a short industry film, Lifeline, from Floating Harbour Films, in 2013, to, says the production company’s website, “highlight the potentially extreme consequences of an incident in the workplace”.

This has now been developed into Last Breath, a feature-length documentary which uses convincing reconstructions, original footage (there was a wealth of it, captured by different devices in the water and on board the Diving Support Vessel Bibby Topaz), and gripping interviews with some of the key people involved, including Lemons’s team mates, Dave Yuasa and Duncan Allcock, and dive supervisor Craig Frederick, to create a nailbiting tale of survival against the odds.


Wednesday

Rosamund Pike Is On The Frontline In A Private War

Rosamund Pike discusses playing murdered war reporter Marie Colvin, in Matthew Heineman's feature debut, A Private War