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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  • 18 Dec 2014 Angelina Jolie on her new career as film director; recreating the Kon-Tiki expedition

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Francine Stock. Angelina Jolie reveals why she's planning to give up acting to concentrate on directing, and describes the moment she discovered that her neighbour Louis Zamperini was an Olympic athlete and ex-prisoner of war, and what it was like showing him her film about his life, Unbroken, just before he died. Actor Pal Sverre Hagen, known as Norwegian's Ryan Gosling, reveals what it was like to recreate Thor Heyerdahl's epic voyage across the Pacific for the film Kon-Tiki, while Thor Heyerdahl Jr reveals what he thinks is wrong with the account of his father's famous adventure. Composer Danny Elfman and director Kevin Macdonald share their memories of their first visit to the cinema.

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  • 11 Dec 14 Best Films of the Year; Danny Elfman on Tim Burton; ET; Nick Hornby; The curse of the British Museum

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Francine Stock Composer Danny Elfman talks about his long collaboration with director Tim Burton that's included Batman and Alice In Wonderland. Nick Hornby recites all of the lyrics to the ABC's Minors Song, the theme tune to a kids club that showed cartoons and the work of the Children's Film Foundation. Sound designer Ben Burtt reveals just how many elements went into the making of E.T.'s voice, including a few animals, a professor, and his wife snoring in bed. Three Film Programme experts buy each other the perfect Christmas present - a DVD of what they consider the best film of the year The Night At The Museum trilogy, about an Egyptian curse that brings relics to life, concludes in the British museum. It's an appropriate location, because the British Museum is itself the subject of an ancient Egyptian curse, as Professor Roger Luckhurst explains.

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  • 04 Dec 14 Kevin Macdonald on Jude Law in Black Sea. Jason Reitman. Ewoks.

    Thu, 4 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Francine Stock. Director Kevin Macdonald on Jude Law's Scottish accent in his submarine drama Black Sea. And how geo-politics caught up with a film that's partly set in Crimea. Jason Reitman discusses the moral panic about social media in his ensemble piece Men, Women And Children. And reveals his 70 year old mother's texting habits. FX maestro Ben Burtt reveals the identity of the language that the Ewoks speak in the Star Wars saga. Neil Brand shows us the part that music played in dramatising the final showdown between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in Return Of The Jedi

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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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