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Join Anna and Henry as they review the latest goings-on in film and TV culture and interview celebrity guests to the British Film Institute.

Join Anna and Henry as they review the latest goings-on in film and TV culture and interview celebrity guests to the British Film Institute.
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Join Anna and Henry as they review the latest goings-on in film and TV culture and interview celebrity guests to the British Film Institute.




Die Hard is a Christmas film

Yippee-ki-yay Christmas lovers! It's our festive special, so we're talking about Die Hard (which is a Christmas film). Join Anna, Hen and Pete as we examine what makes John McTiernan's tower block action romp a classic, covering everything from Run-DMC to Frank Lloyd Wright, the Bolshoi Ballet to American imperialism. Plus! How Bruce Willis's feet changed the action genre for good. This is the last BFI podcast of this series, but we'll be back in February for series two. Get in touch with...


The Old Man & The Gun, lovable rogues and cuddly manhunts

Anna and Hen talk about The Old Man & The Gun, a heist film from director David Lowery that stars Robert Redford as a twinkly-eyed, charming bank robber. Why does the lovable rogue's popularity endure? Why do certain rogues beguile us so? And why has Hen taken to suggestive homoeroticism quite so passionately? Join us as we talk about the films that invite us to catch a thief... and give him a big hug. The BFI podcast is... BFI Southbank Programmer Anna Bogutskaya BFI Digital editor...


Assassination Nation and the girl gang

Join the crew - Anna, Hen and producer Pete - as they walk down a corridor in slow-motion towards this episode's topic: girl gangs. We talk about Mean Girls, Clueless, The Craft, Jawbreakers and Assassination Nation, director Sam Levinson's very 2018 take on the Salem witch trials. Assassination Nation paints a picture of an America pulled apart along gender lines, with a gang of young women thrown into violent rebellion against the men of their town after they're hacked and have their...


9 to 5 and women in the workplace

Anna and Hen clock in to talk about 9 to 5 - the 1980 comedy, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton - in which a trio of women take down their tyrannical boss. We look at how film and TV has portrayed women office workers since the film was released and wonder what fictional female bosses, including Working Girl's Katharine Parker and The Devil Wears Prada's Miranda Priestly, say about our opinions of powerful women at work. PLUS! Hen raises workplace morale by instigating a...


Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen and how to make a music biopic sing

Ayyyyyyyy-oh! And welcome to our music biopic special, performed - with Queen-ish grandiosity - in five movements. Join us as we work out what makes a musician's story sing on screen. This episode look at the crucial elements you need to compose a truly great film about musicians and their music. We ask whether the truth matters, who decides which music biopics get made, pick our favourites of the form and tell Hollywood which musical acts' stories they should be counting in next. The...


Happy Halloween?

Slasher icon Michael Myers is as much part of Halloween as hiding behind the curtains hoping those 16-year-old Trick or Treaters will go away. This episode we look back at Mike's work by examining the venerable Halloween franchise and take a stab at reviewing David Gordon Green's revamp. Joining us to talk stabbing and screaming is Mike Muncer, creator and host of The Evolution of Horror podcast. Mike and Anna talk us through the Halloween franchise's history, talk about Jamie Lee...


A Star is Born again

Hollywood resurrects A Star is Born - the story of a young woman shepherded into stardom by a self-destructive older man - roughly once every other decade. The latest version, the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper, stars Lady Gaga as a club singer whose career is shot into the stratesphere after a chance meeting with Cooper's famous and grizzled country music star. In this episode of The BFI Podcast we look back at the three versions of the story that preceded Cooper's take - from the...


Little lies: American Animals and the 2010-12 docu-drama boom

This much is true: we made a podcast about the film American Animals and the spate of docu-dramas (The Imposter, The Act of Killing, Catfish etc) between 2010-12 that muddled fact and fiction into an entertaining, ethically-iffy new artform. American Animals, directed by Bart Layton, is the true-ish story of four college kids who decided to rob some rare books from their local university library. Told via interviews with the robbers and dramatisations of their story, the film leaves you...


Desiree Akhavan, Joan Crawford, Nuts in May

Writer-director-actor Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behaviour) joins Anna and Hen in the BFI's "glitzy" green room (there are mirrors on the ceiling) to talk about her new film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post and her new TV series, The Bisexual. Desi talks about why America loves pro-life cinema, the art of the sex scene and why it's alright to remain a teen at heart. Elsewhere, Anna slaps Hen down for knowing nothing about Joan Crawford, while Hen goes ... bananas for Mike Leigh's Nuts...


BlacKkKlansman, Desktop Docs and Last Chance U

BlacKkKlansman, the latest film from Spike Lee, tells the story of the black Colorado cop who konned (sorry) the klan into accepting him as a member, then brought down a chapter of the white supremicist group from the inside. Critics Kelli Weston and Kambole Campbell join us to talk Spike, race, "passing" and, inevitably, Trump. Elsewhere, Anna's been CTRL+Ting herself silly thanks to her love of desktop documentaries, while Hen thinks Last Chance U - Netflix's documentary series about...


Heathers, Sharp Objects, The Rock

Check your damage at the door as we raise a cup of Hull Clean to the greatest, bleakest teen movie - Heathers. Thirty years old, but still looking fresh, the film's a cynical, nasty, brilliant work. Anna interviews its director, Michael Lehmann and actor Lisanne Falk, who played Heather McNamara. Elsewhere on the show ... Hen says CONTINUE to an article about the making of the Street Fighter film, we handle Sharp Objects and try to think about what The Rock is like in bed. AND... the...


The BFI Podcast: Atlanta, Maurice, First Reformed

Maurice, released in 1987 was "the OG Call Me By Your Name" (says Anna). This episode we examine the impact the Hugh Grant-starring gay love story had on film culture, rave about Atlanta season 2 and review First Reformed, Paul Schrader's glorious sermon on grief, faith and capiltalism. Anna and Henry are on Twitter. More on producer Pete at his website. Further reading / watching / listening: Where to begin with Agnès VardaYou Must Remember Thisamazing New Yorker profileScreenPrism's...


The BFI Podcast: Anna! Westworld and Arcadia

We're talking about Westworld, so we'll need another host. Anna Bogutskaya - events programmer at the BFI Southbank - starts on the pod as co-host from this episode. We talk - well argue, really - about the Westworld season 2 finale, review the new British bullying drama Pin Cushion and hear from Arcadia director Paul Wright. When you're done with the show you can watch Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan's full Q&A, dig into Arcadia and get stuck into Anna's interview with Deborah Haywood about...


The BFI Podcast: McQueen, Vanessa Redgrave and Pin Cushion

Archive chat this episode from Vanessa Redgrave, talking to Simon Callow in 1991 about Antonioni, the "terrifying" British film industry of the 1960s and shaving her head for the concentration camp film Playing for Time. Elsewhere we talk to Pin Cushion DoP, Nicola Daley about creating the candy-coloured world of the phantasmagoric bullying drama, discuss the future of film criticism with Cinema Rediscovered producer Tara Judah and find out what kind of babysitter revolutionary fashion...


The BFI Podcast: Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ian McKellen, My Friend Dahmer and Glasgow's Weird Weekend

From the stars to the gutter this episode as we plummet from the Star Wars galaxy - via an interview with Solo: A Star Wars Story third AD Donald Bentley - to the monstrous creations at the heart of Alex Winter's Freaked, which opens Glasgow's Weird Weekend festival (tickets here). Plus, Ian McKellen reminiscences about acting in his 1969 feature debut, A Touch of Love, and My Friend Dahmer director Marc Meyers wrestles with the issue of making a biopic of Jeffrey Dahmer's pre-murderous...


The BFI Podcast: Clint Eastwood, Filmworker, F-Rated and Wedding Bells

Move 'em on, head 'em up! Head 'em up, move 'em on! This episode we round up, rope, tie and brand some archive audio of Clint Eastwood as part of the BFI Southbank's Sergio Leone season. Speaking in 1985, the actor, writer and director talks about playing The Man With No Name, explains why female actors play better psychopaths and remembers the time Muhammed Ali requested that he run him out of town. AND! Special bonus content as listeners Christopher Attaway and Bethan Lewis introduce their...


The BFI Podcast: Andrew Haigh, Beast director Michael Pearce, interactive film and 80s cinema

We go wild this week with a menagerie of animal-based filmic bits and bobs from across the British film industry. Weekend and 45 Years director Andrew Haigh leads in Lean On Pete, his Pacific Northwest-set drama about a wandering teen and an ageing racehorse; Writer-director Michael Pearce introduces his sprightly, nasty debut Beast and film-maker John Bradburn displays an infectious enthusiasm for Pandemic, his interactive film about pig-human hybrids. Plus, we talk to New York film...


The BFI Podcast: Hugh Grant, Rupert Everett and Robin Campillo - BFI Flare special

The BFI Podcast: Hugh Grant, Rupert Everett and Robin Campillo We round up the highlights of BFI Flare, Europe’s largest LGBTQ+ film festival, which included Rupert Everett instructing an audience on the fine art of re-creating Oscar Wilde’s genitals, Robin Campillo explaining how his film, 120 BPM, carries the spirit of the French Aids activist group Act Up and Hugh Grant, reflecting on the experience of “playing gay” across the years and the time he snogged a Bear (Paddington Bear AKA Ben...


The BFI podcast: Derek Jarman, Journeyman DOP Laurie Rose, African Odysseys: New Wave and Into Film

Journeyman DOP Laurie Rose tells us how he helped Paddy Considine's boxing tragedy Journeyman get into shape; The UK's best new film critic (who's 10) explains what it's like to win an Into Film award; a punk rocker presents New Wave, the new season being held as part of the BFI's African Odysseys strand; and we find some archive audio of Derek Jarman saying cheeky things about the royals. The BFI podcast - four stories from across the British film industry - is written, presented and...


The BFI podcast: Guillermo del Toro, Hotel Salvation and BFI Flare

Four stories from across the British film industry, brought to you by the British Film Institute. Oscar golden boy Guillermo del Toro visited the BFI in October with his film, The Shape of Water. We used his best director and best picture wins at this week's Academy Awards as an excuse to reel out some hilarious archive audio of the event (and some fishy puns). Elsewhere, we check into Hotel Salvation, the Indian family drama about living out the last of your days in style; talk to BFI Flare...