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)

  • 10 Apr 14: Life on Mars, Lukas Moodysson, Biyi Bandele, John Michael McDonagh

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Why of all the planets in our solar system does Mars hold the most fascination for film-makers? As The Last Days On Mars is released, Sir Christopher Frayling, Professor Roger Luckhurst and novelist Naomi Alderman discuss the reasons for our obsession with the red planet. A man walks into a confessional and informs the priest that he's going to kill him in seven days time. This is the premise for the new thriller from director John Michael McDonagh. Playwright Biyi Bandele discusses the problems he had making his adaptation of the best-seller Half Of A Yellow Sun in Nigeria. Lukas Moodysson, the director of We Are The Best, a Swedish coming-of-age drama about a young punk band in the 80s, reveals why he thought it was almost immoral to cast children in a movie.

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  • 03 Apr 14: Darren Aronofsky on Noah; Mark Cousins on Children and Film

    Thu, 3 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky discusses his controversial blockbuster about Noah, which has been loudly condemned by some religious groups in the United States. Documentary film-maker Mark Cousins considers the history of kids in film and why he thinks children and cinema are made for each other. In the year that Film 4 won the Oscar for Best Film with Twelve Years A Slave, the news that its controller Tessa Ross has decided to leave the job stunned the British film industry last week. Director Roger Michell, Charles Gant and Briony Hanson reflect upon her legacy and the impact that her departure will have on the business. Kristin Scott-Thomas reveals how she got her big break and talks about the film that made her a star.

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  • 27 Mar 14: Director Sally Potter; Muppets production designer Eve Stewart

    Thu, 27 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Francine Stock talks to director Sally Potter as Bradford Film Festival shows a retrospective of her work which includes Orlando, Rage and The Tango Lesson. BAFTA winning Production Designer Eve Stewart shares the tricks of the trade in her latest project the Muppets Most Wanted. Finnish documentary maker Petri Luukkainen talks to the The Film Programme about the experience of putting all his possessions in storage for his film My Stuff. Iranian born writer and critic Fari Bradley gives her verdict on Asghar Farhadi's latest offering, The Past.

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  • 20 Mar 14: Starred Up; Mica Levi; The future of film; Emergency cinema from Syria

    Thu, 20 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Francine Stock talks to the Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn about British prison drama Starred Up which co-stars Jack O'Connell. The musician and composer Mica Levi on her first film soundtrack working with Jonathan Glazer on Under the Skin. Producer Jeremy Thomas looks back on his career, the subject of a season at the BFI in London, Made In Britain. As the conflict in Syria continues, two film makers reflect on their contrasting responses to the situation - Charif Kiwan of the Abounaddara collective which makes films of a few minutes duration focussing on real lives and Orwa Nyrabia, producer of The Return to Homs, a documentary following young men who become radicalised by the destruction of their neighbourhood.

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  • 13 Mar 14: Jonathan Glazer on Under The Skin; Spinal Tap; SXSW; Rome on film

    Thu, 13 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Francine Stock talks to writer and director Jonathan Glazer about Under the Skin, an unsettling sci fi film starring Scarlett Johansson. Spinal Tap, the rock mock doc, is 30 years old and Scott Jordan Harris and Sophie Monks Kaufman debate whether it still works for a new generation. The South By South West Festival, is underway in Austin Texas, covering film, music and interactive. Henry Barnes from The Guardian brings us his highlights from the festival. And Pasquale Iannone of Edinburgh University takes us on a tour of Rome on film from Fellini to Sorrentino.

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  • 06 Mar 14: The Grand Budapest Hotel; Wake In Fright; Oscars for stunt artists?

    Thu, 6 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Francine Stock talks to Tilda Swinton about The Grand Budapest Hotel. And inspired by Wes Anderson's take on hotel life, film historian Ian Christie and critic Kate Muir look at these citadels of glamour, alienation, opportunity and even horror. Director Ted Kotcheff on lost Oz thriller Wake In Fright. Critic Alice Tynan discusses why Australian cinema-goers at the time found its uncompromising portrayal of life in the outback hard to stomach. And why no awards for stunt artists?

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  • 27 Feb 14: Stellan Skarsgard ; Alexandre Desplat; Unforgiven; James W. Griffiths

    Thu, 27 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Francine Stock talks to actor Stellan Skarsgard about his role in the latest film by Lars von Trier - Nymphomaniac. Composer Alexandre Desplat discusses his score for Philomena which has been nominated for an Oscar. The Unforgiven has been remade by director Sang-il Lee with Ken Watanabe in the lead role. Sir Christopher Frayling and Alexander Jacoby discuss the cross fertilisation of the Western and Japanese Samurai film across the decades. Plus James W. Griffiths on his BAFTA-winning short Room 8.

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  • 20 Feb 14: Oscar nominated writer John Ridley on 12 Years a Slave

    Fri, 21 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Francine Stock talks to John Ridley, the Oscar nominated screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave about the journey from first historic hand account to the big screen also and the portrayal of race in mainstream cinema today. Critic Jonathan Romney critiques the work of director Jim Jarmusch whose latest movie 'Only Lovers Left Alive' hits theatres this week. BAFTA winning production designer Maria Djurkovic and film historian Kim Newman discuss the enduring appeal of the French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Dialect coaches Andrew Jack and Julia Wilson-Dickson let the Film Programme in on the tricks of their trade.

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  • 16 Feb 14: BAFTA results; Spike Jonze on Her; Grant Heslov on The Monuments Men

    Mon, 17 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Francine Stock brings a round up of the winners of this year's EE British Academy Film Awards with analysis from critics Robbie Collin and Catherine Bray. Plus the director Spike Jonze on his new sci fi romance, Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix and the voice of Scarlett Johansson. And the producer, writer and long-term collaborator with George Clooney, Grant Heslov on their latest project The Monuments Men.

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  • 13 Feb 2014: Grant Heslov on The Monuments Men, Spike Jonze on Her, George MacKay, Charles Gant

    Thu, 13 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Francine Stock talks to writer and director Spike Jonze, about his new film Her, a futuristic love story. Plus Grant Heslov a producer and long-time collaborator with George Clooney on the WW2 epic, The Monuments Men. Industry analyst Charles Gant unpicks the surprise hits and misses of films in international markets. And British rising star and BAFTA nominee George MacKay on his career so far - from child actor in Peter Pan to How I Live Now, Sunshine on Leith and For Those In Peril.

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