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)

  • 26 Feb 15: Stephanie Beacham on Marlon Brando; Catch Me Daddy; Hinterland; When Animals Attack

    Thu, 26 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Antonia Quirke. Stephanie Beacham reveals why Marlon Brando wore y-fronts and wellington boots during their love scenes for The Nightcomers, a little-seen prequel to Henry James' Turn Of The Screw. Catch Me Daddy director Daniel Wolfe discusses the reasons that he made a modern-day western set in Yorkshire about the controversial subject of honour killings. Actor Harry MacQueen has made his directorial debut, Hinterland, with just £10,000 that he received from an inheritance. He explains how he did it. Industry insider Charles Gant considers whether micro-budget movies are the future for the British film industry. White God is the latest movie to picture what happens when animals attack, whether it's dogs, birds, bees, sharks, piranhas or ten feet chicken. Andrew Collins imagines what would occur if they all launched an offensive on the same day.

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  • 19 Feb 15: Dreaming Of Oscar

    Thu, 19 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Antonia Quirke talks to three Oscar nominees as they head off to the Academy Awards for the first time. Anthony McCarten, the writer and producer of The Theory Of Everything, is up for two awards - best adapted screenplay and best film. He reveals why he's turned down an invitation to Madonna's after-party. Production designer Suzie Davies is nominated for her work on Mr Turner, and confesses to behaving like a star-struck fan at the nominees lunch, and has the photographs to prove it. Mat Kirkby, who got the nod for best short film, admits that he wouldn't have made it to the ceremony if it wasn't for the generosity of a Radio 4 listener. Critic Tim Robey assesses the chances of British success at this Sunday's ceremony.

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  • 12 Feb 15: Love In The Movies - Antonia Quirke's valentine to the cinema

    Thu, 12 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Antonia Quirke presents a valentine to the cinema in a special edition about love in the movies. She talks to Terence Stamp, once described as the most beautiful man in the world, about what it was like to be loved from afar by millions of strangers. And she hears from Sir Richard Eyre who explains why he believes romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story is a perfect movie, and from award-winning documentary maker Kim Longinotto about Love Is All, her evocative compilation of love scenes from over a hundred years of British film history. Sharing the love are critics Jason Solomons and Angie Errigo, who reveal if they ever fell in love with someone because they reminded them of a movie star.

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  • 05 Feb 15: Ava DuVernay on Selma; Eddie Marsan on Still Life; S + M in the cinema

    Thu, 5 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Francine Stock. Selma recounts the life of Martin Luther King for the first time on the big screen. Its director Ava DuVernay tells Francine what she thinks of the controversy in the United States about the film's portrayal of President Lyndon B Johnson, which some critics say is unfair and unbalanced. Actor Eddie Marsan talks about the research he undertook for Still Life, in which he plays a funeral officer who has to track down the relatives of people who have died alone. And he reveals why he's refused every offer to play an East End gangster. February is the month of S + M in the cinema, with 50 Shades Of Grey and The Duke Of Burgundy being released within weeks of each other. The Film Programme takes a strict look at the subject with director Peter Strickland.

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  • 29 Jan 15: Paul Thomas Anderson on Inherent Vice; Stephen Daldry on Trash; Kids Clubs; Why we cry in films.

    Thu, 29 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Francine Stock. Director Paul Thomas Anderson discusses the challenges of writing Inherent Vice, the first ever movie adaptation of a novel by reclusive writer Thomas Pynchon. Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry talks about the dangers of filming in the favelas of Rio for his caper movie Trash. And reveals why he ripped up the script and let his child actors improvise and decide their own ending. Listeners sing word-perfect renditions of the Odeon Film Club song and ABC Minors anthem, five decades since they last sang them. They recall a paradise free from parental control, where you could to go to the toilet as often as you liked. Francine consults neuroscientist Professor Jeffrey Zacks about the reasons she cries helplessly when she watches the final moments of Louis Malle's war memoir Au Revoir Les Enfants.

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  • 22 Jan 15: Alex Garland on Ex Machina; Liz Fraser on I'm All Right Jack; J.C.Chandor on A Most Violent Year

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Francine Stock. Novelist Alex Garland discusses his directorial debut Ex Machina and tells Francine why he thinks Professor Stephen Hawking is wrong to worry that the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. Liz Fraser is known as one of the Carry On girls, even though she only appeared in four of the series. As her film debut, I'm All Right Jack, is released on DVD, she spills the beans on stereotyping, Peter Sellers, and the unions. Director J.C. Chandor reveals why he set his crime drama A Most Violent Year in 1981, statistically the most violent 12 months in the history of New York city.

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  • 15 Jan 15 Nick Hornby on Wild. J.K. Simmons and Damien Chazelle on Whiplash

    Thu, 15 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Francine Stock. Arsenal fan Nick Hornby reveals what appealed to him about Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild, about her 1000 mile hike through mid America, and why he was never tempted to try the walk himself. Jazz drumming is the unlikely subject for a movie, but Whiplash has won numerous awards in festivals across the world. Its director Damien Chazelle and star J.K. Simmons discuss the film's theme of how music teaching can turn into bullying.

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  • 8 Jan 2015 James Corden and Emily Blunt; Bennett Miller on Foxcatcher; Richard Linklater on Rohmer.

    Thu, 8 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Francine Stock. Into The Woods stars James Corden and Emily Blunt discusses what it was like to sing on screen for the first time. Director Bennett Miller reveals the reasons he cast Steve Carrell against type as a multi-millionaire who sponsored an American Olympic wrestling team with tragic consequences. As a retrospective of Eric Rohmer's career continues at the BFI Southbank, Boyhood director Richard Linklater and critic Antonia Quirke consider the quiet genius of films like The Green Ray and Claire's Knee.

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  • 1 Jan 15 Michael Keaton on Birdman. James Marsh on The Theory Of Everything. The Double's double.

    Thu, 1 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Francine Stock. Batman star Michael Keaton discusses the similarities between his career and that of his character in Birdman, an actor making a come-back after finding fame playing a winged super-hero. Director James Marsh reveals what Stephen Hawking really thought of his bio-pic The Theory Of Everything. Enemy, in which Jake Gyllenhaal plays a man haunted by his doppelganger, is the second movie released in the last 12 months about doubles. The other, The Double, was based on a story by Dostoevsky and directed by Richard Ayoade, who explains the technical difficulties of getting an actor to talk to himself.

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  • 25 Dec 14 Cells and Celluloid: When science meets cinema

    Thu, 25 Dec 14

    Duration:
    57 mins

    The Film Programme’s Francine Stock and Adam Rutherford from BBC Inside Science join forces for a special Christmas day programme celebrating science in the movies. Francine meets Paul Franklin, the special effects wizard behind blockbuster Interstellar, and discovers how he worked with theoretical physicist Kip Thorne to create the most detailed simulation of a black hole ever produced. But can Hollywood ever really be faithful to science and should it be? Professor Sidney Perkowitz, one of the authors of Hollywood Chemistry, considers what happens when physics gets warped by cinema. Christopher Frayling explores the scientist on screen, from Frankenstein to Dr Strangelove; and can science save celluloid? Adam visits the archives of British Film Institute to uncover the science behind film preservation. Adam and Francine subject themselves to a psychological experiment that tracks their eye movements as they watch a film on the big screen.

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