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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              • Brad Bird on Tomorrowland; Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western; Cannes; Abderrahmane Sissako 21 May 15

                Thu, 21 May 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                With Francine Stock. Director Brad Bird discusses Tomorrowland, in which George Clooney searches for a mythical city of the future created by the finest minds of their generation. Director Ana Lily Amirpour discusses her Iranian vampire spaghetti western, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. Abderrahmane Sissako talks about the political context of his drama Timbuktu, in which an African town is taken over by a jihadist group. Tim Robey and Clare Binns report from the Cannes Film Festival.

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              • Olivier Assayas on Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart; Mad Max; Cannes 14 May 15

                Thu, 14 May 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                With Francine Stock. As Mad Max hits the road again, Kim Newman trawls through his favourite post-apocalyptic cliches. Director Olivier Assayas discusses his drama Clouds Of Sils Maria, which he wrote for his friend Juliette Binoche, and reveals why he also cast Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Critic Tim Robey and film buyer Clare Binns look forward to this year's Cannes festival. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh makes her pick of this month's DVDs.

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              • Peter Firth, Raging Bull, Celine Sciamma 07 May 15

                Thu, 7 May 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                With Francine Stock. Peter Firth talks about bringing Spooks to the big screen and a film career that's included Equus and Roman Polanski's Tess. Neil Brand explains why a famous Italian opera provided the unlikely soundtrack for the boxing movie Raging Bull. Director Celine Sciamma explains why she auditioned over 300 non-professional actresses to play the lead in her hard-hitting Parisian tale of gang life, Girlhood. And Glen Cathard and Peter Hanson reveal some secrets of ADR (automated dialogue replacement) and why most movies are re-dubbed after shooting.

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              • 30 April 15 Thomas Vinterberg on Far From The Madding Crowd; Christopher Doyle; Polish cinema

                Thu, 30 Apr 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                With Francine Stock Festen director Thomas Vinterberg discusses his latest adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd and why he hasn't seen all of John Schlesinger's 1967 version with Terence Stamp and Julie Christie. Cinematographer Christopher Doyle reveals some tricks of his trade and tells Francine what's the colour of love. Director Krzysztof Zanussi talks about what it was like working under state censorship in communist-era Poland. Critic Sophie Monks-Kaufman makes her pick of the best DVDs of the month.

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              • 23 Apr 15: Roy Andersson; Joss Whedon; Foley; The Falling

                Thu, 23 Apr 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                With Francine Stock. Avengers' director Joss Whedon discusses the challenges of writing a film with not one, not two, but eight super-heroes. Swedish auteur Roy Andersson on A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence and why the Swedes are really glum. As part of the BBC's Get Creative campaign, Francine tries her hand at making sound effects with household objects, ably assisted by Foley artist Barnaby Smyth. In the week that The Falling is released, Kier-La Janisse and Sandra Hebron consider the depiction of mass hysteria in cinema history, from The Devils to Picnic At Hanging Rock.

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              • 16 Apr 15 Flight Of The Conchords' Jeraine Clement on his vampire pic What We Do In The Shadows

                Thu, 16 Apr 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                With Francine Stock. Flight Of The Conchords' Jemaine Clement discusses his vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows and reveals why they used their IT engineer called Stu to play an IT engineer called Stu. Jan Vokes is the star of a new documentary Dark Horse about the staff and members of a working mens club in the South Wales valleys who clubbed together to buy a race horse. She tells Francine about her new-found fame, and what it's like to see her face plastered on billboards opposite the supermarket where she works. The producer of The Inbetweeners Movie, Christopher Young, reveals why he pumped the profits from the record-breaking comedy into a delicate Portuguese art-movie, The Invisible Life. Antonia Quirke enters the murky world of Cry Of The City, a forgotten film noir from 1948 that's about to be re-released and re-assessed.

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              • 09 Apr 15 Ryan Gosling; Christine Langan, head of BBC Films on 25th anniversary

                Thu, 9 Apr 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Ryan Gosling discusses his directorial debut Lost River, which was met with a mixture of cheers and jeers at its Cannes premiere. The head of BBC Films, Christine Langan, looks back at its 25 years history, including such hits as Billy Elliot, Philomena, and Fish Tank, and laments the lack of original stories that land on her desk. One of Britain's few winners at this year's Oscars, hair and make-up artist Frances Hannon, talks about her award-winning moustaches and wigs for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Ruben Ostlund, the director of Force Majeure, a black comedy about a family holiday from hell, reveals why he would like his film to help increase the divorce rate.

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              • 02 Apr 15: Cells and Celluloid: A science and cinema special

                Thu, 2 Apr 15

                Duration:
                57 mins

                As Blade Runner returns to the big screen in the wake of Ex Machina and Chappie, Adam Rutherford and Francine Stock investigate the role of artificial intelligence in cinema.

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              • 26 Mar 15: Kenneth Branagh; Noah Baumbach; Wild Tales; Blind

                Thu, 26 Mar 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                With Francine Stock. Kenneth Branagh discusses his live-action version of Cinderella and why he made the stepmother less wicked and more sympathetic, and why test audiences didn't always agree with his decision. While We're Young director Noah Baumbach discusses mid-life crises, Ben Stiller and the enduring influence of Woody Allen. Blind is a new movie from Norway which imagines the internal life of its blind protagonist. Director Eskil Vogt talks about the challenges of filming the imagination of a character who is losing their ability to visualise the outside world. Wild Tales, an anthology of revenge tales, was the most popular film in its native Argentina last year, and director Damian Szifron considers the appeal of righteous anger.

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              • 19 Mar 15: Paddington; Xavier Dolan; Thelma Schoonmaker.

                Thu, 19 Mar 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                With Francine Stock. The men who brought Paddington to the big screen, producer David Heyman and director Paul King, reveal why it took seven years to turn the bear from darkest Peru into a movie star. Thelma Schoonmaker, the Oscar winning editor of Raging Bull and The Wolf Of Wall Street, talks about the restoration of The Tales Of Hoffmann, written and directed by her late husband Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Xavier Dolan has made five films in five years, the latest of which, Mommy, won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and he's only 25. The Canadian wunderkind tells Francine that he's feeling very tired, and that his next movie will have to wait, for a few months.

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