The audience: passive observers, or something more sinister?

As someone who has been known to moonlight as a director of theatre, I know what it's like to work on a play in an intense close-knit environment, before the work is revealed to the mass unknown body known as 'the audience'. As a…

In praise of.... Sam Taylor-Johnson & intelligent casting

Barely seconds passed after it was announced Sam Taylor-Johnson OBE would direct Fifty Shades of Grey before questions were flung in the Turner-Prize-nominated-artist/photographer/filmmaker's direction. Would she/could she polish this turd (that the world has devoured)? How far would she go? Would…