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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  • 27 Nov 14 2001: A Space Odyssey

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    As 2001: A Space Odyssey is re-released in cinemas, Francine Stock presents a special edition on Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. 'My God, it's Full of Stars' were the last words of Dave Bowman before he journeyed through the Stargate, according to writer Arthur C. Clarke but it's an apt description for this edition of The Film Programme. Francine journeys through time and space to uncover the mysteries of this 1968 classic. Searching for the mind of HAL. and lost alien worlds among the delights of the Stanley Kubrick Archive at London's University of the Arts. Joining Francine on her voyage of discovery are 2001 chronicler Piers Bizony, former urbane spaceman Keir Dullea and the woman who built the moon! Other voices include production designer Harry Lange, make-up genius Stuart Freeborn, editor Ray Lovejoy, all now so much stardust, as well as those of lead ape 'Moonwatcher' (Dan Richter) & Stargate deviser Douglas Trumbull. Open the Pod Bay Doors HAL!

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  • 20 Nov 14 Julianne Moore talking about Mockingjay pt1

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Francine Stock talks to Julianne Moore about her role in the new HUNGER GAMES movie, MOCKINGJAY Part 1. Director Randall Wright shares his experience of working with and making a film documentary about David Hockney and continuing The Story Of The Sound Effect series, Randy Thom talks about the importance of alien sound in CONTACT. And with news of an extended Franchise Francine talks to Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the directors of THE LEGO MOVIE, about the success of their film, the trick of appealing to both young and old audiences and their childhood triumphs as master builders of spaceships made from plastic bricks.

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  • Film:13 Nov 14: The Homesman & The Imitation Game

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Francine Stock talks to Tommy Lee Jones about his new film THE HOMESMAN, a gritty take on the Western in which the harshness of frontier life and the impact it had on women are central to the story. She also discovers why set designer Maria Djurkovic is such a valued member of the teams in the many projects she undertakes, including this week’s release THE IMITATION GAME. There's the latest in the series of Sci-Fi Sound FX secrets, today the heavy breathing that has made Darth Vader one of the most memorable villains in cinema history and Steve James, director of the Documentary LIFE ITSELF, explains why his subject, the film critic Roger Eberts was worth the cinematic treatment.

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  • 06 Nov 14: Interstellar, Lord Puttnam recalls The Killing Fields, Sound of Harry Potter

    Thu, 6 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Francine Stock hears from director Christopher Nolan about the tension between eco-conservatism and interplanetary pioneer spirit in his new space Blockbuster Interstellar. There's also the second part of a series featuring the sound effects experts - this time Randy Thom who added more than a little of himself to the spells and wand-craft of the Harry Potter series, and on the 30th anniversary of its release, Lord Puttnam talks about the enduring impact of The Killing Fields, particularly in Cambodia.

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  • 30 Oct 14: Mike Leigh, Korean classic cinema, Jurassic Park sound effects

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    British director Mike Leigh discusses his latest film Mr Turner. With a career spanning over 40 years, he tells The Film Programme why he has wanted to make a film about the artist for over 20 years, and why actor Timothy Spall was the only man for the job. In the run up to the London Korean Film Festival, Film critic Anton Bitel discusses Korean 1960 classic 'The Housemaid'. Seen as utterly shocking by cinema goers at the time, it has been rediscovered and its restoration has attracted a new audience. Francine Stock presents a new series running throughout The Film Programme for the next two months- The Story Of The Sound Effect. To mark the BFI's season Days Of Fear And Wonder, the programme will hear from the people who created some of the most famous sound effects in the history of science fiction cinema. This week, Gary Rydstrom on Jurassic Park. Continuing The Cinema Memory series, Girlhood director Celine Sciamma recalls the first film to make her cry - E.T.

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  • 23 Oct 14: Babadook, scary children, Nightcrawler, Sci fi lightsabers

    Thu, 23 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Director of The Babadook, Jennifer Kent explains how she used the psychological to create horror, and talks about the challenges in casting kids. Film critic Kim Newman takes a look at children in horror films, from The Innocents to The Exorcist. British actor Riz Ahmed discusses his new role in Nightcrawler and discusses the role that instant internet news plays in todays media and our responsibility as consumer of it. Francine Stock presents a new series running throughout The Film Programme for the next two months- The Story Of The Sound Effect. To mark the BFI's season Days Of Fear And Wonder, the programme will hear from the people who created some of the most famous sound effects in the history of science fiction cinema. This week, Ben Burtt on the lightsaber.

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  • 16 Oct 14: Agnes B., Jeffrey Katzenberg, Animal Farm and the CIA

    Thu, 16 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Francine Stock. Fashion designer turned film producer Agnes B. discusses her directorial debut My Name Is Hmmm... and reveals her life-long affair with cinema. The head of Dream Works Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg, considers the future of animated films and looks back at a career he describes as a rollercoaster. Animal Farm was the first animated film made by the British film industry in 1954. But what nobody realised at the time, least of all the producers Halas and Batchelor, was that the film was financed by the CIA as part of the Cold War effort. Frances Stonor Saunders and Professor Tony Shaw reveal the intrigue and deception behind the production. Medical adviser Carlton Jarvis describes how he helps actors play doctors and nurses.

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  • 09 Oct 14: Illustrating Bjork. Gregory Burke on ’71. Neil Brand on the look of love.

    Thu, 9 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Francine Stock. Olivier Award winning playwright Gregory Burke discusses his feature film debut '71, about a young soldier who finds himself lost in Belfast during the height of the Troubles. Peter Strickland, the acclaimed director of revenge drama Katalin Varga, reveals what happened when Bjork asked him to film a concert on her Biophilia tour, and what it all has to do with crystals, microbes and BBC Inside Science presenter Adam Rutherford. Pianist Neil Brand demonstrates the seduction techniques of Hollywood composers and reveals why it never pays to be too obvious.

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  • 02 Oct 14: David Fincher on Gone Girl, Clint Mansell on Lux Aeterna

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Director David Fincher reveals how he adapted the best-selling thriller Gone Girl for the big screen and why he's not worried that seven million readers already know the plot's infamous twist. Lux Aeterna composer Clint Mansell discusses the pleasure and pain of writing for Hollywood and what he really thinks about having his music replaced by somebody else's score. Poet George Szirtes reviews the poetic realism of Le Jour Se Leve, written by Jacques Prevert and considered one of the masterpieces that inspired 40s film noir, with its heady mix of romanticism, cynicism and fatalism. With 248 films in 12 days, the choice of movies in The London Film Festival may seem slightly daunting, so its director Clare Stewart offers her pick for the Radio 4 audience.

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  • 25 Sep 14: Olivia Williams; The mafia in Italian movies; Pawel Pawlikowski

    Thu, 25 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    British actress Olivia Williams discusses her experiences of Hollywood and why the Tinsel Town satire Maps To The Stars is all too real. An investigation into why Italian cinema was so coy about the mafia until fairly recently. Polish director reveals why he returned to his homeland for his post-war drama Ida and how a black-and-white movie in a foreign language about a novice nun turned out to be his biggest hit. Location manager Sue Quinn explains how she managed to get a military helicopter to land in Trafalgar Square at the personal request of Tom Cruise.

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