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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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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.


French Exit, New Hollywood and Lina Wertmüller

We speak to the director of French Exit, a quirky comedy of manners starring Michelle Pfeiffer. A new take on 'New Hollywood' by Swedish film scholar Fredrik Gustafsson, and ahead of a retrospective, a discussion with Professor Jane Mills on Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmüller.


The Bridge creator, Aleksei German retrospective, Judas and the Black Messiah

Måns Mårlind, co-creator of Scandi-noir sensation The Bridge is back with a big budget show set in the immediate aftermath of WW2, he joins us to talk about it. Plus, a discussion on Soviet filmmaker Aleksei German's GOMA retrospective, and a review of Shaka King's new feature film.


Chloé Zhao, Roy Andersson, Nick Pinkerton

Golden Globe winner Chloé Zhao on Nomadland. Swedish auteur Roy Andersson talks about his trademark style and how it finds its way into his new film, and film scholar Nick Pinkerton on his book about Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming Liang's masterpiece Goodbye, Dragon Inn.


Trauma, truths and sitcom fantasy

Showrunner Maja Jul Larsen got her start on Danish hits like Borgen and Follow the Money and talks to us about helming a series of her own. The production designer of WandaVision on bringing the Marvel fantasy universe to life, and a tender mother-daughter film from Israel starring Unorthodox's Shira Haas.


Documentaries about truffle hunting and the craziest murder of the 21st Century

We hear from the makers of a beautiful, Oscar nominated documentary about a fading culture in the alpine region of Italy, and the director of a documentary about the bizarre assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.


Thomas Vinterberg, The Dry's Genevieve O'Reilly & Minari director Lee Isaac Chung

Thomas Vinterberg has made a lot of films since he co-founded the Dogme 95 movement with Lars von Trier and he opens up about his latest. The Dry and Star Wars actor Genevieve O'Reilly for Top Shelf, and Lee Isaac Chung on his film about the American Dream.


Russell T Davies on It's a Sin + actor Zahra Newman & The Nest director

We meet a man who can do almost no wrong in British television....he bought back Dr Who to the BBC and broke new ground at the end of the 90s with Manchester set TV show Queer as Folk, and he's back with a series breaking records for its poignant depiction of the Aids crisis.


Euphoria's Sam Levinson, a French thriller and Naomi Watts

Hollywood star Naomi Watts on coming home to star in Penguin Bloom. Euphoria creator Sam Levinson on his Netflix film Malcolm & Marie which stars Zendaya and John David Washington, and a thriller that begins on a bustling African street and segues to a snowy corner of France.


Summer highlights #5 - Arabic cinema

We zone in on the really exciting space that is Arab cinema, meeting the makers behind three wonderful films from 2020 - Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman; Maryam Touzani from Morocco, and Tunisian director Mehdi Barsaoui.


Summer highlights #4 - The centenary year of Federico Fellini

In this special edition of The Screen Show we revisit our celebration of the centenary year of the birth of one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time - Federico Fellini.


Summer highlights #3 - Mysteries and detectives

Sofia Coppola heads up this highlights edition, talking about her new buddy movie. We revisit a critics' panel on French movie visionary Jean Pierre Melville, and meet the cinematographer behind cult hit Search Party.


Summer highlights #2 - Spotlight on Australian directors

Three conversations with three of Australia's most talented directors, who all made significant works in 2020 - Warwick Thornton, Shannon Murphy and Kitty Green.