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,, 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:  

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

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

Regards, Stephen Applebaum 

Ghost World At 20

Ghost World turns 20 this year. I talked to director Terry Zwigoff and graphic novelist Daniel Clowes for its original release.


Greenland review


Delayed due to the closure of cinemas, Greenland's arrival in the middle of a pandemic makes its anxiety-inducing, apocalyptic atmosphere feel uncomfortably timely. 

Butler, playing yet another everyman, is reliably solid as John Garrity, whose marital problems are put into perspective by an incoming comet that will send mankind the way of the dinosaurs in 48 hours' time. He, his wife and son are among the lucky ones selected for evacuation to a secret bunker. But, in a world filled with scared people desperate for the wristbands that show they've been chosen, getting there won't be easy.

Greenland's strength lies in its intimacy in the midst of an event whose global scale is relayed via news reports. We stay close to the family as they travel through a disintegrating landscape of givers and takers, stressfully experiencing every ounce of their fear and dread. There are bursts of sfx action, but it is the film's human-sized focus, groundedness, and attention to detail that ultimately keep you gripped

Greenland is on Amazon Prime now


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.”

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