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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  • 21 Aug 14: Luc Besson on Lucy; The Dardenne Brothers

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Luc Besson discusses the neuro-science behind his latest thriller, Lucy, in which Scarlett Johansson's brain capacity increases to dangerous levels. The Dardenne Brothers discuss their latest award winning drama Two Days, One Night, with Marion Cotillard. Paleontologist Jack Horner explains how he tried to make Jurassic Park as scientifically accurate as possible. Catherine Bray reviews a box-set of the films of Kelly Reichardt, whose movies defy conventions such as conclusive endings and coherent dialogue.

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  • 14 Aug 14: Robin Wright; David Michod; Crisis in the VFX industry

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Actress Robin Wright reveals which director told her that there would be no need for actors in 20 years time, thanks to digital technology which can scan their every expression. Director David Michod answers his critics who said there was no plot in his revenge drama The Rover. With several Oscars for Gravity, 2014 seemed like a good year for the visual effects industry in this country, but in fact, many British companies are facing a crisis, as The Film Programme explains. We hear from a listener who inadvertently stopped the staff of a cinema enjoying the day off to celebrate a royal wedding.

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  • 07 Aug 14: John Slattery; How To Train Your Dragon 2; Lilting

    Thu, 7 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    John Slattery, aka Roger Sterling in Mad Men, discusses his directorial debut, God's Pocket, one of the last films to star Philip Seymour Hoffman. Lilting director Hong Khaou reveals the personal story behind his new drama about a gay man who tries to form a bond with the mother of his late partner. Neil Brand tells us how music captures the experience of flight in the animated blockbuster How To Train Your Dragon 2. One of the most frustrating experiences about watching a film is trying to find a cinema that shows it. Francine Stock asks Clare Binns of Picturehouse Cinemas why the choice is so limited for many cinema-goers. And listeners' experiences of being alone in a cinema, including the woman who didn't go to the toilet in case the management shut the film down.

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  • 31 Jul 14: Richard Ayoade; Mark Gatiss; Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris

    Thu, 31 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Matthew Sweet. Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss reveals his favourite screen detectives in the last instalment of his series. Richard Ayoade discusses his dystopian adaptation of Dostoevsky's The Double. Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris discuss the perils of working with mechanical effects in Michel Gondry's fantasy Mood Indigo. As Guardians Of The Galaxy hits cinemas this weekend, The Film Programme presents a guide to the space opera. Antonia Quirke revisits a beloved childhood favourite, the film adaptation of Swallows and Amazons. And Matthew talks to one of the "Keating 12", the dozen or so people who paid money to witness Ronan Keating's movie debut in Goddess.

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  • 24 Jul 14: Mark Gatiss; Richard Lester on The Beatles; Hercules

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Matthew Sweet. Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss reveals the identity of one of his favourite screen detectives in another instalment of his series. Hercules labours again in the form of ex-wrestler Dwayne Johnson, the latest in the long line of body builders who have played the son of Zeus. Christopher Frayling and Natalie Haynes trace the mythology from Italian cinema of the 50s and 60s, where he starred in twenty sword and sandal epics, including Hercules And The Moon Men and Hercules And The Amazon Women. Director Richard Lester reveals which of The Beatles was his favourite actor as A Hard Day's Night is released on DVD to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Antonia Quirke considers why driving and cinema were made for each other.

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  • 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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