The Film Programme

The Film Programme

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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Recent episodes (10)

  • 17 Jul 14: Mark Gatiss; Bob Stanley; Script supervisors; dawn of the prequel

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Matthew Sweet. Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss lines up another of his favourite screen detectives. St Etienne's Bob Stanley picks his favourite London soundtrack. Penny Eyles and Angela Allen reveal some of the script supervisors' trade secrets, from working on classics like The African Queen, Kes and Women In Love. Antonia Quirke tells us why she thinks that Some Like It Hot is the perfect movie. As Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes hits cinemas across the country, Matthew Sweet presents a brief history of the prequel, and reveals what it all has to do with Charlton Heston.

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  • 10 Jul 14: Richard Linklater on Boyhood

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Richard Linklater discusses the reasons he made a film over 12 years. Boyhood charts the progress of a young boy from six to eighteen and Linklater reveals why his young actors never saw the movie until it was completed and why he hasn't come to terms with the project finally being over.

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  • 03 Jul 14: Mark Gatiss, Peter Fonda, World Cup Vs Cinema

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Matthew Sweet. In a new series on The Film Programme, Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss reveals his favourite movie detectives, starting with Alastair Sim's lugubrious Inspector Cockrill. Peter Fonda remembers his Easy Rider co-star Dennis Hopper and recalls their legal dispute about the authorship of the counter-culture classic. How has the World Cup affected cinema attendances ? Clare Binns of the Picturehouse chain and independent cinema owner Kevin Markwick reveal their figures. Antonia Quirke argues that social media has killed the movie star and blames James Franco's underpants.

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  • 26 Jun 14: The Golden Dream, Jersey Boys and Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie

    Thu, 26 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Francine Stock talks to director Diego Quemada-Díez about his immigration odyssey The Golden Dream and the influence of his mentor Ken Loach. Neil Brand tinkles the ivories and discusses where Jersey Boys fits in to biopic musicals. Mrs Brown’s boys da movie is out this week and the Film Programme takes a look at the successes and perils of the sitcom movie. Director Peter Berg on Afghanistan war film, Lone Survivor. Film Critic Andrew Pulver takes a look at the life of Eli Wallach, the star of The Good the Bad and the Ugly and the Magnificent Seven, who has died aged 98.

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  • 19 Jun 14: Toby Jones; Fanny Ardant; Chinese Cinema Before The Revolution

    Thu, 19 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Toby Jones discusses what it was like working with young refugees whose life stories form the plot of Leave To Remain. French star Fanny Ardant plays a sixtysomething woman who embarks on an affair with a man twenty years her junior in Bright Days Ahead. Spring In A Small Town is considered one of the best Chinese films ever made. In the week that it opens in British cinemas, The Film Programme discovers how the Shanghai film industry rivalled Hollywood before the Communist revolution. Dale Dye is an ex-Marine and military adviser on war movies like Saving Private Ryan and Platoon. He reveals why and how he puts actors through their paces in boot camp.

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  • 12 Jun 14: Belle, Audrey Tautou & Romain Duris, Greek cinema, Icelandic horses

    Thu, 12 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Amma Assante, the director of Belle, discusses the real life story of a mixed-race young woman who was brought up as an aristocrat by her uncle in 18th century London. Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris talk about Chinese Puzzle, the final instalment of a trilogy that's spanned 12 years and has proved a phenomenon in France, appealing in particular to the so-called Erasmus Generation. Of Horses and Men director Benedikt Erlingsson talks about Iceland's love of the horse and why it's regarded as a mythical beast that's beloved of actors. Miss Violence is the latest off-beat drama in the so-called Weird Wave of Greek Cinema, a claustrophobic chamber piece about a controlling father and acquiescent family. Director Alexandros Avranas reveals what this has all got to do with the financial crisis in Europe.

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  • 05 Jun 14: Kevin Spacey, Fruitvale Station, green film-making, bio-pics

    Thu, 5 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Kevin Spacey talks about his documentary NOW: In The Wings On A World Stage about the making of his theatrical production of Richard III. Fruitvale Station, the true story of the fatal shooting of an African-American man by a police officer. Director Ryan Coogler reveals the difficulties of making a film about such a sensitive and controversial subject. The film industry is not well known for being eco-friendly. Single use sets, huge crews and jet-set promotional tours all create huge environmental impacts. But that's all about to change, and the programme explores the various ways that the industry is going green. As Grace Of Monaco is released in cinemas, Alex Von Tunzelmann presents a short history of the movie star bio-pic.

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  • 29 May 14: Ken Loach, Nashville, Emmanuelle Seigner

    Thu, 29 May 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Antonia Quirke. Ken Loach talks about his latest political drama Jimmy's Hall, set after the partition of Ireland when pragmatism and idealism clashed, often violently. Emmanuelle Seigner describes working with husband Roman Polanski on Venus In Fur about the sado-masochistic relationship between an actress and a director. She explains why the film is definitely not autobiographical. Robert Altman's classic state-of-the-nation address, Nashville, is released on DVD for the first time, almost 40 years since it was released in cinemas. The film's star Keith Carradine reveals why actors never knew when they were actually on camera and Woman In Black director James Watkins discusses the movie's influence on his career.

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  • 22 May 14: John Turturro, Neil Brand on Godzilla, Cannes Film Festival

    Thu, 22 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Antonia Quirke. Actor/director John Turturro explains why his barber helped him secure Woody Allen's involvement on his new comedy Fading Gigolo and why Allen was his biggest critic. Composer Neil Brand on how music conjures up the creature in monster movies like Godzilla. Film buyer and exhibitor Clare Binns and critic Tim Robey discuss how the Cannes Film Festival has been for them, so far. What exactly does a scientific adviser do on a comic strip adaptation like Thor? A theoretical physicist reveals all.

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  • 15 May 14: Viggo Mortensen, Cannes Film Festival, Jia Zhangke

    Thu, 15 May 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Viggo Mortensen discusses film noir and Greek mythology and the part they have to play in his new thriller The Two Faces Of January. Producer Rebecca O'Brien takes us behind the scenes at the Cannes Film Festival, as she prepares to jet off to the South Of France with Ken Loach's new drama Jimmy's Hall. Clare Binns is going to Cannes for a very different reason, to buy films for Picturehouse Cinemas, and reveals how business gets done at the festival; while critic Tim Robey is getting in training to watch 7 movies a day for over a week. Director Jia Zhangke tells Francine why his new blood-soaked epic A Touch Of Sin is not being shown in his home country of China, and why the film could not have been made without the Chinese version of Twitter, Weibo.

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