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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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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.


Summer highlights #1 - Covid themed

In a pandemic themed summer special we feature John Cusack, Gillian Flynn, Desiree Akhavan, and the Australian filmmaker behind a Spanish set lockdown series.


Podcast Extra: Juliette Binoche

An interview with Juliette Binoche, star of a Boxing Day film called How to be A Good Wife, a kitschy, satirical film about a conservative ladies prep school in the tumultuous year of 1968.


Podcast Extra: Eric Bana

In this special Podcast Extra, A-lister Eric Bana talks about coming home to take on the lead role of Aaron Falk in the film adaptation of Jane Harper's page-turner The Dry, and his wider Hollywood career.


Sigourney Weaver and The Pogues frontman on film

Sigourney Weaver talks to us about starring in the thoughtful New York-set coming of age film about ambition and talent, My Salinger Year, and rock and roll documentary maker Julien Temple has made a new film about one of the most significant figures in Irish music.


BTS on The Crown and the world of Wong Kar Wai

We go behind the scenes on The Crown with Jessica Hobbs, a NZ-Australian director in demand in the UK TV industry, and a preview of a retrospective coming to Australia this summer, on the lush cinematic worlds of one of Hong Kong’s and the world’s greatest filmmakers.


Fraud in Romania and an Austrian android

We meet the filmmakers behind two new releases likely to is a documentary about a group of Sports journalists who uncover corruption in Romania's hospitals, the other is about a lifelike robot who spends time in the company of two very different masters.


Portrait of a farmer, Cristin Milioti, Closed borders

A new French film about a family tragedy on the land, Wolf of Wall Street actor Cristin Milioti talks about her latest role in time-loop rom-com Palm Springs, and some thought provoking film works that deal with some of the pressing themes of this year of great upheaval.


David Byrne on American Utopia and Werner Herzog

Two big names on the show this week, David Byrne, who has teamed up with Spike Lee to make a captivating concert film of his Broadway show American Utopia, and Werner Herzog who has made an unconventional doco about comets and meteorites for Apple TV.


David Fincher's take on 1930s Hollywood and Warwick Thornton

A critic's chat on David Fincher's new film Mank as it gets set to release in cinemas and then on Netflix. And for NAIDOC Week we journey back to a conversation with filmmaker Warwick Thornton about his spellbinding isolation documentary.


The body-swap special

This week’s show is dedicated to the body-swap genre and its various tangents. We speak to film scholar Deb Verhoeven to trace its origins; director Christopher Landon who is behind a brand new body-swap blockbuster; and Claudia Karvan who talks about her experience in a 90s Australian take.