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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.

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.
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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.




Alison Janney, Sally Potter

With Francine Stock Alison Janney discusses her award winning role as Tonya Harding's mother in real-life ice-skating drama I, Tonya, and reveals why she's happy that she never met the real Mrs Harding. Sally Potter talks about her latest film The Party, as it's released for home entertainment, and explains why she thinks there are so few female film-makers in this country and what can be done about the situation. Tim Robey and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh present a beginner's guide to Greta...


Guillermo del Toro

With Francine Stock Guillermo del Toro on his Oscar nominated fantasy The Shape Of Water and why it's a parable for our troubled times. The director of Russian family drama Loveless, Andrey Zvyaginstev, reveals what his film has to say about the conflict in Ukraine. Could the director of Basic Instinct really be one of the greatest film-makers of all time. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh makes the case for Paul Verhoeven, while Simran Hans champions Luchino Visconti for inclusion in The Film...


Paul Thomas Anderson

With Francine Stock Director Paul Thomas Anderson discusses Phantom Thread, Daniel Day Lewis' farewell to the film industry. There's another episode of Pitch Battle, in which historians nominate a suitable candidate for the movie treatment, a historical figure who has not yet been the subject of bio-pic. This week Helen Antrobus champions Ellen Wilkinson, the five foot "mighty atom" who led the Jarrow March. Anna Smith explains why she's spent the last twenty five years watching Groundhog...


Julie Delpy, Florence Pugh

With Francine Stock. Actor/director Julie Delpy explains why she thinks there are still only a few female directors and why, in her experience, some money men believe that women are too emotional to be in charge of a film production. Florence Pugh discusses the parts she's been offered since her break-through role in Lady Macbeth and why many scripts begin with a description of a female character's appearance rather than her intelligence. Composer Neil Brand reveals why Elmer Bernstein's...


Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne gives Francine Stock the low-down on Downsizing.


Martin McDonagh

With Francine Stock. Playwright and writer/director Martin McDonagh talks about his award-winning drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and why he never knows which direction his plot is taking when he's writing and is as surprised by the twists and turns as the audience. The heist thriller Baby Driver is choreographed to the songs that its hero is listening to on his headphones, from the coffee machine that's in sync with Harlem Shuffle to the shoot-out that plays out to the...


Churchill in the movies; Rosamund Pike

With Francine Stock. The Darkest Hour is the second bio-pic about Winston Churchill in 12 months. Director Joe Wright discusses our continuing fascination with Britain's most famous prime minister and reveals why he cast Gary Oldman in the lead role and why some people doubted his sanity when they heard the news. Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike is in studio to discuss her role in gritty western Hostiles. Sandra Hebron and Nadia Denton slug it out to get their chosen director into The Film...


Aaron Sorkin

Francine Stock talks to West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin about his directorial debut Molly's Game. Based on the true story of a woman who ran underground poker games for the rich and famous, Sorkin reveals why he didn't name the Hollywood actors who were regular punters. Composer Neil Brand tickles the ivories and shows how Ron Goodwin's theme for 633 Squadron changed the sound of the war movie. Briony Hanson and Scott Jordan Harris slug it out to get their directors in the A to Z of...


Christmas Presents

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh is joined by Clare Binns and Tim Robey as they look back at the best films of 2017 and look forward to things to come from 2018.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Inside Science presenter Adam Rutherford joins Francine Stock to assess the latest instalment in the Star Wars saga, while critic Gavia Baker-Whitelaw takes us through the various fan theories about what is going to happen in The Last Jedi, and who is going to die. Director Daniel Rezende discusses his Brazilian drama Bingo: The King Of Mornings, based on a real-life clown and TV sensation who lead a disastrous double life as children's entertainer and drug addict. Perfume expert Dariush...


Ai Weiwei

With Francine Stock. Artist Ai Weiwei reveals why he decided to make a feature length documentary, Human Flow, about refugee crises around the world and about his own life in exile. The Oscar winning writer of The Hurt Locker, Mark Boal discusses the ethics of depicting police brutality in his latest docu-drama Detroit, which shows three police officers killing and torturing suspects during the 1968 riots. Catherine Bray and Nadia Denton slug it out to get their directors into the The A to...


Michael Haneke

Francine Stock meets Michael Haneke, award winning director of Funny Games, The White Ribbon, Amour and his latest, Happy End. He tells her why our modern obsession with screens should not replace real life. Critics Larushka Ivan-Zadeh and Tim Robey present a beginnner's guide to the films of Michael Haneke. Perfume expert Dariush Alavi presents the latest in his series The Scent Of Cinema with an olfactory analysis of Martin Scorsese's florid costume drama The Age Of Innocence.


Battle of the Sexes

With Francine Stock. Slumdog Millionaire and The Full Monty writer Simon Beaufoy tells Francine Stock about The Battle Of The Sexes and why it wasn't love all between tennis players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, when he challenged her in 1973 to prove that a woman could play as well as a man. Beaufoy reveals why he would make the film much harder hitting now in the light of the revelations of sexual harassment in the film industry and shares his experiences at the hands of Harvey...


Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Gloria Grahame

With Francine Stock. Peter Turner explains why his book Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, about his relationship with Gloria Grahame, took 30 years to make it to the screen, and how Elizabeth Taylor and Madonna were once mooted to play the lead. To complement the release of Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, the British Film Institute is showing a season of Gloria Grahame's best bad girl roles, from The Big Heat to Human Desire. Film historian Pamela Hutchinson picks the most fatale of...


Paddington 2; The Florida Project

Can you smell a movie? Francine Stock meets perfume expert and blogger Dariush Alavi who believes he can. Documentary maker Alex Gibney explains how he approached his new film No Stone Unturned, which attempts to solve a murder at the heart of The Troubles. As Paddington returns in a new adventure about a pop-up book, Larushka Ivan-Zadeh leafs through the history of the magical book in children's movies. Sean Baker, the filmmaker known for Tangerine, the movie shot entirely on a phone,...



Antonia Quirke presents a special edition on the thriller. She hears some tricks of the trade from Ronan Bennett, writer of Face, Public Enemies and Gunpowder, who reveals why he thinks thrillers should really be called "tensers". Award-winning editor Walter Murch takes us through a key scene in the classic conspiracy thriller The Conversation and explains how to build paranoia in the audience by embedding subsonic frequencies in the soundtrack. Composer Rachel Portman explains how music...


Norse Mythology and Marvel Comics

With Francine Stock What do The Mask, Thor and The Saga Of The Viking Women And Their Voyage To The Waters Of The Great Sea Serpent have in common? And what has this all got to do with Richard Wagner? Norse mythology expert Eleanor Barraclough explains all. Author and director Mark Cousins explains the ways in which cinema has changed the ways we look at the world and why many of us see our lives through the eyes of Hitchcock. The controversial A to Z of film-makers continues with the...


I Am Not a Witch

Francine Stock talks to Rungano Nyoni, the Welsh/Zambian director of I Am Not a Witch, about the surreal adventures of a young girl accused of witchcraft. Francine discusses newly discovered movies from Africa, including a silent drama from 1915, which form a season called Africa's Lost Classics, curated by Lizelle Bisschoff, who explains why we rarely get to see films from that continent. Comedian Rosemary Fletcher tries to work out why so many brilliant female characters end up playing...


Ian McEwan

In a special edition recorded at the London Film Festival, Francine Stock talks to Ian McEwan about his screen work - the films he's adapted, the movies made from his novels, the Hollywood thrillers he's penned, and the ones that got away. The author of Atonement and On Chesil Beach reveals why he prefers to leave film-makers to do what they want with his novels and why the worst thing is to become the bad conscience of a film set, drifting around, saying "that's not what I meant". And why...


Blade Runner 2049

Francine Stock asks director Denis Villeneuve why he took on the sequel to the much loved classic Blade Runner. He reveals exactly what Ridley Scott said to him before he started filming. "Get a life!" Writer Paul Rose replies to the critics who slated Pudsey The Dog - The Movie and made it one of the worst reviewed films in recent history. The Snowman director Tomas Alfredson tells Francine about the key difference between Swedes and Norwegians, and about the piece of music he listened to...


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