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The Final Cut is your guide to films worth talking about, big and small—from Hollywood blockbusters to the outer reaches of world cinema. Presented by Jason Di Rosso.

The Final Cut is your guide to films worth talking about, big and small—from Hollywood blockbusters to the outer reaches of world cinema. Presented by Jason Di Rosso.
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Melbourne, VIC

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The Final Cut is your guide to films worth talking about, big and small—from Hollywood blockbusters to the outer reaches of world cinema. Presented by Jason Di Rosso.

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English

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The Final Cut ABC Radio National GPO Box 9994 Sydney 2001 02 8333 2821


Episodes

Joel Edgerton in The King, Nostalgia, Reg Watson, Sophie Hyde

10/16/2019
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Joel Edgerton talks about historical drama The King, which he co-wrote with David Michôd and also stars in, about a wayward English prince played by Timothée Chalamet who is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father's death. Lauren Carroll Harris presents a package on how nostalgia is shaping the television landscape, and director Sophie Hyde reveals a pretty indie Top Shelf of film.

Duration:00:53:51

Renee Zellweger, Total Control, Hustlers

10/9/2019
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An interview with Hollywood star Renee Zellweger about her lead role in Judy, a biographical drama about iconic actress and singer Judy Garland, highlighting her most gruelling years. Lauren Carroll Harris looks at new ABC political drama Total Control with producer Darren Dale, and a discussion on Hustlers, a film about high end strippers who fleece their clients to cope with the fall in business after the GFC.

Duration:00:53:57

Joker, The Politician, Michal Aviad, Joe Murphy

10/2/2019
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Jason reviews problematic thriller Joker, an origin story that follows Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. A discussion on Netflix's new big release The Politician, with a star-studded cast it highlights high school as the perfect breeding ground for politics, and an interview with Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad about her unsettling drama Working Woman.

Duration:00:55:15

The Emmy Awards, The Goldfinch, Su Friedrich, Rodd Rathjen

9/25/2019
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Jason and Lauren unravel the 71st Emmy Awards. A review of the screen adaptation of Donna Tartt's epic blockbuster The Goldfinch. An interview with filmmaker Su Friedrich about her online survey of female film editors, and director Rodd Rathjen joins us for Top Shelf.

Duration:00:53:56

Unbelievable, Ad Astra, Birds of Passage

9/18/2019
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A look at new Netflix series Unbelievable, a fact-based drama about the costs of not believing rape survivors starring Toni Collette. Jason reviews James Gray's space thriller Ad Astra with Brad Pitt in the lead on a mission across an unforgiving solar system, and Oscar nominated director Ciro Guerra speaks about his new film Birds of Passage, a sweeping crime drama about the Colombian drug trade.

Duration:00:54:09

Sophie Hyde on Animals, Shrill, Ewen Leslie talks Goodfellas

9/11/2019
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Adelaide director Sophie Hyde talks about her Irish/Australian co-production Animals, a film about turning points and the intensity of female friendships starring Alia Shawkat and Holliday Grainger. Lauren Carroll Harris looks at Shrill, a new comedy featuring SNL and Girls' star Aidy Bryant, and actor Ewen Leslie explains why Scorsese's Goodfellas is one of his favourite films.

Duration:00:53:23

James McAvoy, The Farewell, Lulu Wang, American Factory

9/4/2019
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Hollywood star James McAvoy talks about his role in IT: Chapter 2 and reveals what it was like meeting and working with Stephen King. Jason Di Rosso reviews The Farewell, Lulu Wang's beautiful film about family, grief and migration, and Lulu Wang tells us about some screen works that have inspired her. Lauren Carroll Harris, Jason Di Rosso and guest critic Eric Hynes talk American Factory, the first film acquired by Barack and Michelle Obama's film company.

Duration:00:53:56

The Nightingale, Succession, Amazing Grace

8/28/2019
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In this episode, we meet the director and star of The Nightingale, the internationally acclaimed, bloody and horrific colonial thriller set in Tasmania that has divided local audiences. A discussion on Amazing Grace, the concert film Aretha Franklin didn't want audiences to see, and we look at Succession, HBO's satire of big money and mean family starring Australia's Sarah Snook.

Duration:00:53:57

Mindhunter, Bruce Lee, Dogman, Lulu Wang

8/21/2019
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Jason Di Rosso reviews Dogman, a new Italian thriller about an unassuming dog groomer who goes feral on a neighbourhood thug. An interview with Bruce Lee biographer Matthew Polly about what made Lee such an important figure in the history of action movies, and Lauren Carroll Harris on Netflix's serial killer thriller Mindhunter.

Duration:00:54:16

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Younger

8/14/2019
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A critics' panel on Quentin Tarantino's nostalgic blockbuster Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and an inside look at the writers' room on hit U.S. TV show Younger.

Duration:00:53:51

TV in Iceland, Buoyancy, Palm Beach, Claudia O'Doherty

8/7/2019
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A look at the TV landscape in Iceland and how the tourism and fandom connected to it is affecting very small and isolated communities. An interview with writer-director Rodd Rathjen about his first feature film Buoyancy. Claudia O'Doherty fills us in on her favourite films and TV shows, and a review of Rachel Ward's plush comedy Palm Beach.

Duration:00:53:56

Diego Maradona, Midsommar, The Victim

7/31/2019
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British director Asif Kapadia discusses his breathtaking film about football legend Diego Maradona. A review of Ari Aster's new film about a nightmarish Swedish Midsommar festival, and Lauren and Jason are joined by guest critic Craig Mathieson to discuss Scottish thriller The Victim.

Duration:00:53:56

Big Little Lies, The Cost of Art, Diego Maradona

7/24/2019
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As season 2 of Big Little Lies wraps, our panel of critics weigh in on one of TV’s most spectacular recent critical successes, and the significance of recent reports of a tangle for creative control. Plus, Australian directors Zoe Pepper, Alena Lodkina and Corrie Chen share their experience of how filmmakers make a living.

Duration:00:54:07

Apollo 11, The Lion King, E. Bennett Walsh, Robbie Hood

7/17/2019
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The archival producer of Apollo 11 tells us what it was like to stumble into NASA's treasure trove of secrets. Mortal Kombat producer E. Bennett Walsh explains why Hollywood producers are choosing to work in cities like Adelaide, Disney's remake of The Lion King reviewed, and a sweet new TV series from Alice Springs.

Duration:00:54:08

Acute Misfortune, Julianne Moore, Rosehaven, The Letdown, Mark Humphries

7/10/2019
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Director of Acute Misfortune Thomas M. Wright discusses his debut feature. Julianne Moore talks about her role in Sebastian Lelio's Gloria Bell. Lauren Carrol Harris meets the creators of Australian dramedies Rosehaven and The Letdown, and Mark Humphries shares his favourite TV shows.

Duration:00:54:27

The Loudest Voice, Mystify, Ana Katz

7/3/2019
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Lauren Carroll Harris checks out the new TV series The Loudest Voice, starring Russell Crowe as disgraced media mogul Rogel Ailes. An interview with music and film critic Anwen Crawford on Mystify, the new documentary about Michael Hutchence, and Jason Di Ross speaks to Argentinian filmmaker Ana Katz about her new drama Florianópolis Dream.

Duration:00:54:09

The Screen Show 27 June

6/26/2019
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Lauren Carroll Harris shares her thoughts on the new season of Black Mirror. Jason Di Rosso reviews Danny Boyle's Beatles blockbuster Yesterday. Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte is in for our Top Shelf segment, and an interview with director Michael Apted about 63 Up, the latest outing in his ground-breaking 7 Up series.

Duration:00:53:57

The Screen Show 20 June

6/19/2019
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This year's Cannes and Sydney Film Festival winning director Bong Joon-ho joins us in the studio to talk about his satirical thriller Parasite. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck explains why he was inspired by the German artist Gerhard Richter to make his new film Never Look Away, and writer Armistead Maupin talks about his work as Executive producer on Netflix's reboot of his much-loved series Tales of the City.

Duration:00:53:56

The Screen Show 13 June

6/12/2019
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We meet the makers of searing political parable Baracau while they are in town for the Sydney Film Festival. Lauren Carroll Harris talks to Dr Ava Parsemain about how modern TV shows offer varied and positive examples of sexuality for young people, and an interview with Paolo Bertolin, festival programmer for Cannes and Venice film festivals.

Duration:00:54:58

The Screen Show 6 June

6/5/2019
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A look at HBO's small screen depiction of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and whether it adds much value to the TV landscape. Plus, as Sydney Film Festival kicks off we meet the Australian directors of two queer coming-of-age feature films premiering at this year's event, and Swiss artist Daniel Zimmerman who has made an art film called Walden, a formally impressive debut about nature and globalisation.

Duration:00:54:08