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Interviews and analysis from the world of cinema. Francine Stock talks to directors, writers and critics about the latest film releases, classics on DVD and movies on television.




The Work

Francine Stock talks to the makers of The Work, a documentary about a group therapy session between convicts in Folsom Prison that takes unexpected twists and turns. The A to Z of film-makers continues as Mike Leigh takes on Jerry Lewis, championed by critics Anna Smith and Jonathan Romney. Comedian Rosemary Fletcher takes on the ultimate romantic comedy cliché in her series Rosemary Versus The Rom-Com Main Image: Folsom Prison Yard, from The Work. Credit: Joe Wigdahl.

Duration: 00:29:23

Vivien Leigh's Wig, The Art of Foley

With Antonia Quirke Antonia raids the store-room of foley artist Sue Harding at Twickenham film studios, and tries to make sense of the assorted snow shoes, filing cabinets and car parts that make the squeaks, creaks and bangs on screen. Box office takings fell by 10% this summer in a bonfire of the vanities as many star vehicles failed to launch. So, is this the end of the star system as we know it ? With all the answers is casting director Des Hamilton and box-office analyst Charles...

Duration: 00:27:46

God's Own Country

God's Own Country tells the story of a romance between a Yorkshire sheep farmer and a Romanian migrant worker. Its director Francis Lee explains how he attempted to authentically conjure the rural setting of his own upbringing. Comedian Rosemary Fletcher examines the decoy love interest in her series Rosemary Versus The Rom-Com. Two Film Programme listeners tell tales of cinemas in unusual places. And have we solved the mystery surrounding what Buster Keaton performed on his 1951 UK tour?...

Duration: 00:33:55


With Antonia Quirke. Will Poulter on the intense experience of playing a racist police officer in Kathryn Bigelow's new film Detroit. Indian filmmaker Shubhashish Bhutiani tells us about Hotel Salvation, the story of a son accompanying his elderly father to the holy city of Varanasi to die. And Best Visual Effects Oscar-winner Andrew Whitehurst rewatches Terminator 2: Judgement Day for us to see how the effects stand the test of time.

Duration: 00:31:36

Stanley Tucci

With Antonia Quirke Stanley Tucci talks about his latest film as writer/director, Final Portrait, the result of a life-long obsession with the artist Giacometti, which was inspired by his artist father. Woman in Black director James Watkins waxes lyrical about the work of Jean-Pierre Melville, the French film-maker who was so obsessed with American culture that he changed his name in honour of the author of Moby Dick. Listener Paul Kleiman talks about his mother Shirley Finn, who kept a...

Duration: 00:30:10

Jacques Cousteau and Cinema

With Antonia Quirke. Lambert Wilson, the star of a new bio-pic of Jacques Cousteau, The Odyssey, reveals why he could not lose enough weight to play the scrawny explorer, and why he ended up dreaming of bread. Diving expert and author Tim Ecott explains how, as well as inventing the aqua-lung that allowed divers to plumb the depths, Cousteau developed camera technology to show the world the underwater wonders he was witnessing. As part of the BBC's Gay Britannia season, Radio 4 is running...

Duration: 00:28:49

Morrissey and the Movies

Antonia Quirke talks to Mark Gill, the director of a new bio-pic about Morrissey, England Is Mine, and considers the singer's influence on the movie tastes of a generation, introducing thousands of fans to A Taste Of Honey and many other British realist classics. Andrew Collins turns sleuth and picks out the film quotes in The Smiths' lyrics. Comedian Rosemary Fletcher considers the ways that innocuous-seeming romantic comedies can endorse behaviour that borders on the criminal, in her...

Duration: 00:28:41

James Ivory

Antonia Quirke talks to director James Ivory about Howard's End, as it's about to be re-released in cinemas, and his working relationship with producer Ismail Merchant that spawned dozens of movies including A Room With A View, The Remains Of The Day and Maurice. Antonia learns the secret art and craft of ADR (or Automated Dialogue Replacement), as she joins a group of actors as they overdub crowd scenes in a costume drama. Pasquale Iannone discusses the extraordinary personal and...

Duration: 00:31:57

Christopher Nolan

With Francine Stock. The director of Inception, Christopher Nolan tells Francine Stock about his first war movie, Dunkirk, and why it's his most experimental film to date. Bryan Fogel explains how his film Icarus helped to expose the truth about Russia's involvement in doping in sports. Comedian Rosemary Fletcher wonders why her gay best friends have never measured up to Rupert Everett in My Best Friend's Wedding, in her series Rosemary Versus The Rom-Com.

Duration: 00:31:46

Bonnie and Clyde at 50

With Francine Stock. Warren Beatty tells Francine Stock about the making of Bonnie And Clyde in the year of its 50th anniversary, and why he thought Bob Dylan would make a better Clyde Barrow than him. Hope Dickson Leach explains why she set her family drama The Levelling on the Somerset Levels just after the floods of 2014. How does Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled compare with the 1971 original starring Clint Eastwood ? Larushka Ivan-Zadeh delivers her verdict. Documentary-maker Matthew...

Duration: 00:34:34


With Francine Stock. The president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, and ex-Sony head, Amy Pascal, tell Francine why three actors have played Spider-Man in the last 13 years, and why this new one, called Homecoming, is different. Amy director Asif Kapadia recalls the making of his debut feature, The Warrior, as it's re-released in cinemas. He tells Francine about what it was like filming in the Himalayas in contrasting weather conditions - from working in six feet snow drifts one week to...

Duration: 00:37:20

Burton and Taylor's love nest

Antonia Quirke visits the house that Richard Burton bought for Elizabeth Taylor in a fishing village in Mexico, that's now a deluxe hotel. When the lovers conducted their affair out in the open in Puerto Vallarta, the paparazzi soon followed, and eventually the the small town was transformed into a tourist mecca. Director Ceyda Torun explains how she invented new technology to follow a herd of cats through the streets of Istanbul for her documentary Kedi. Antonia visits St Leonards, where...

Duration: 00:46:29

The Graduate

With Francine Stock. As The Graduate celebrates its 50th anniversary, Tim Robey and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh have one word for us. Just one word. Plastics. Korean director Bong Joon Ho explains why he teamed up with Welsh journalist Jon Ronson to make a vegetarian epic about a race of super-pigs that will save the planet. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh returns to slug it out with fellow critic Simran Hans for the honour of getting their director in the A to Z of film-makers.

Duration: 00:33:47

Nick Broomfield on Whitney Houston

With Francine Stock. Nick Broomfield reveals why he decided to make a documentary about Whitney Houston and why her family refused to help him. Francine visits the Sheffield Documentary Festival, where she gets intimate with virtual reality, discusses the ethics of deceiving your subjects and learns about the ways to pitch your movie - with the help of film-makers Jane Gauntlett, Mark Grieco, Mette Carla Albrechtsen and Saeed Taji Farouky Historian Alex on Tunzelmann has made her name...

Duration: 00:32:38

My Cousin Rachel

With Francine Stock Roger Michell, the writer/director of My Cousin Rachel, discusses the work of Daphne Du Maurier on film, from Rebecca to The Birds to Don't Look Now.

Duration: 00:33:10

Clive James on Steve McQueen; Wonder Woman

Antonia Quirke talks to director Patty Jenkins about warrior princess Wonder Woman and why it took her so long to arrive on the big screen. Clive James confesses to his fifty year love affair with actor Steve McQueen. Director John Landis waxes lyrical about Elmer Bernstein, composer of classic themes The Great Escape and The Magnificent Seven.

Duration: 00:30:53

David Michod

With Francine Stock Francine talks to director David Michod about War Machine, his big budget satire on the U.S. military starring Brad Pitt, which is having its premiere on-line. He tells Francine why he really doesn't mind that it's only playing in a handful of cinemas. The debate about big screen versus small screen raged this year at the Cannes film festival when the logo of an on-line film and TV company was booed at a premiere. Film buyer Clare Binns and critic Tim Robey tell...

Duration: 00:32:18

La La Land

With Francine Stock. The Oscar winning composer of La La Land, Justin Hurwitz, reveals why he wrote 1,900 pieces of music for the film and how he narrowed them down to just a handful. Critic Tim Robey and film buyer Clare Binns discuss the movies and the controversies at this year's Cannes film festival. Comedian Rosemary Fletcher reveals the various ways that her love life has not matched up to expectations raised by watching romantic comedies for the last couple of decades. Why, for...

Duration: 00:28:35

Ridley Scott

With Francine Stock. Ridley Scott tells Francine why his new Alien franchise will be as big as Star Wars Director Francois Ozon explains how Brexit helped to get his latest drama Frantz made As the Film Programme's divisive A To Z of film-makers reaches the letter H, Briony Hanson reveals why John "Breakfast Club" Hughes means more to her than Alfred Hitchcock; while Sophie Monks-Kaufman picks an avant-garde animator over the master of suspense.

Duration: 00:32:58

Jessica Chastain

With Francine Stock. Jessica Chastain, the star of Miss Sloane, tells Francine why it's about time that we saw more women being ambitious, complicated and unlikeable on screen. Matthew Sweet discusses the career of a screen icon who was briefly bigger than James Bond - Norman Wisdom. The A to Z of film-makers continues with the letter G. This week it's French experimentalist Jean-Luc Godard versus English visionary Jonathan Glazer.

Duration: 00:37:54

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