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Reviews and in-depth conversations with leading film and TV directors, actors and screenwriters from Australia and around the world.

Reviews and in-depth conversations with leading film and TV directors, actors and screenwriters from Australia and around the world.


Melbourne, VIC


Reviews and in-depth conversations with leading film and TV directors, actors and screenwriters from Australia and around the world.




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Joshua Jackson is Dr Death + filmmakers shining light on family

Joshua Jackson, star of Dr Death joins us to talk about his role in the ghoulish new TV series, and a panel discussion with three filmmakers who have made documentaries about family, screening here as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival.


A wedding, a funeral + Yvonne Strahovski

Freshly nominated for an Emmy award, we meet The Handmaid's Tale's Australian star Yvonne Strahovski who stars in a new sci-fi. Director Emma Seligman chats about her indie festival hit Shiva Baby, and Spanish filmmaker Icíar Bollaín on her subverted rom-com Rosa's Wedding.


1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything + Black Panther's Winston Duke

We meet Winston Duke, the lead actor in new film Nine Days, who you probably know from Black Panther and the Marvel films more generally, but first up we're going back in time to 1971 and a new documentary series that believes this was the year that music changed everything.


Cate Shortland's Black Widow, Perfumes, Mystery Road

Australian director Cate Shortland speaks to us about entering the Marvel cinematic universe with Black Widow, and the ally she found in Scarlett Johansson. Plus, director of French box office hit Perfumes, and we revisit a conversation on tropical noir Mystery Road for NAIDOC week.


Directors' Fortnight preview + Phyllida Lloyd's Dublin drama

British director Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia, The Iron Lady) on her new film Herself, a Dublin set drama about a mother escaping a toxic marriage. Phyllida also speak about working with Meryl Streep. Plus, an informative chat about the behind the scenes workings at the Cannes Film Festival.


Jon M. Chu on In the Heights, Three Summers, David Byrne

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu talks about directing In the Heights, the new film based on Lin Manuel Miranda's musical. We meet the maker of a Brazilian film about a housekeeper left to her own devices when her bosses are thrown in jail for corruption, and revisit a conversation with musical superstar David Byrne.


Loki, Martin Eden, The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

Director Pietro Marcello on Martin Eden, one of Jason's favourite films of the past 12 months. Australian director Patrick Hughes on his big name Hollywood action comedy The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, and British director Kate Herron on working with Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson for Marvel TV series Loki.


Julie Delpy + creating ancient Rome for TV

Legendary and multi-talented French actor Julie Delpy discusses her impressive new film about divorce, grief and turning her back on conventional ways of showing women and tragedy on screen. Plus, Australian cinematographer Denson Baker on recreating the sunlight of ancient Rome for TV.


Sci-fi, AI and an android rom-com

The director of TV hit Unorthodox has a new rom-com about a soulful android screening here as part of the German Film Festival, she speaks to us about the film. Creator of the Al Pacino led series Hunters on his new sci-fi show for Amazon, and the director of Lapsis, a charming indie set in the gig economy in a near future New York.


My Name is Gulpilil and Ten Skies

A conversation about one of Australia’s finest screen actors, David Gulpilil, with the director of a new documentary about his life and work, and film scholar Erika Balsom on her beautifully written new book which examines avant-garde filmmaker James Benning’s 2004 film Ten Skies.


Female anti-heroes in Cruella and I Blame Society

We meet Gillian Wallace Horvat, the protagonist of I Blame Society, a slasher black comedy about a young female filmmaker in Los Angeles driven to kill by the frustrations of a male dominated Hollywood, and Craig Gillespie, the Australian director behind the new punk inspired Cruella starring Emma Stone and Emma Thompson also joins us.


Angourie Rice, Pablo Larraín's Ema, Alice Rohrwacher

Rising Australian star Angourie Rice talks about starring opposite Kate Winslet in buzzy new cop show Mare of Easttown. A critic's chat on Chilean director Pablo Larraín's new film Ema, and Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher talks about lockdown and making her short film Four Roads.


The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Chiwetel Ejiofor and France's Oscar entry

Oscar nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor talks about his role in lockdown film Locked Down in which he stars opposite Anne Hathaway, director Kari Skogland on how real world events shaped the Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and the Italian director ofTwo of Us, of a French thriller awarded best debut film at this year’s French Oscars


Jason Statham, Wakefield, Kelly Reichardt

We meet one of the most prolific actors of his generation, action movie star Jason Statham, plus a woman many feel deserved to be among the nominees for the Oscars this year, minimalist American filmmaker Kelly Reichardt. And, the showrunner of a new TV series set in the confines of a mountain top psychiatric hospital.


Eddie Izzard stars in Six Minutes to Midnight & Mortal Kombat hits the big screen

Australia has been attracting some big films to its shores recently and today you’ll hear from the Australian director and American producer of Mortal Kombat, a studio picture shot in Adelaide, plus, the director of a new film starring and co-written by Eddie Izzard.


Two Oscar nominated directors + Top Shelf

We meet two Oscar nominated directors this week....Pete Docter (Up, Inside Out, Monsters, Inc.) who has made a new animated film for Disney + called Soul, and Bryan Fogel, who is behind a new documentary about the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashogg.


Director Harry Macqueen on Supernova and rom-coms reinvented

Jason discusses the rom-com in the post-romantic age with the editor of a new book on the subject, plus Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth star as a couple grappling early onset dementia in Supernova. We meet director Harry Macqueen.


Podcast extra: Vale Bertrand Tavernier (2008 interview)

An archival interview with prolific French director, film scholar and campaigner for cinema Bertrand Tavernier, who passed away on the 25th of March, aged 79.


The Courier, The Father, Nobody

Director Dominic Cooke on his prestige spy thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The Courier. A review of multi-Oscar nominated film The Father, and U.S. producer Kelly McCormick on her stylish revenge thriller Nobody.


Guy Pearce, Oscar nominated director Garrett Bradley, Pop Fictions

Australian star Guy Pearce talks to us about his role in The Last Vermeer where he plays a controversial figure in the Dutch art world. We revisit a conversation with Garrett Bradley on her Oscar nominated documentary Time, and a new film series that looks at the mutual fascination between cinema and music.