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)

  • 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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  • 12 Mar 15: Joanna Hogg, Terence Stamp, Benshi, DVD Review.

    Thu, 12 Mar 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Francine Stock. Terence Stamp reveals why he fell out with director John Schlesinger on the set of Far From The Madding Crowd. Director Joanna Hogg tells Francine why she has set up her own film club because of the demise of repertory cinema in this country. Clive Bell and Tomoko Komura perform the Japanese art of silent film narration called Benshi. Critic Larushka Ivan-Zadeh picks her DVDs of the month.

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  • 05 Mar 15: Chappie's creator, Neill Blomkamp. Short films, final films and Neil Brand on Morricone

    Thu, 5 Mar 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Francine Stock. Neill Blomkamp, the creator of science fiction satire Chappie, tell us why we should learn to stop worrying and love Artificial Intelligence. Neil Brand reveals why the spaghetti western would not have been the same without Ennio Morricone's memorable scores. BAFTA winner Daisy Jacobs discusses her short film The Bigger Picture which combines animation, stop-motion, papier mache pigs and her mum's kitchen table. As Life Of Riley, the final film from auteur Alain Resnais, is released in cinemas, critic Jonathan Romney considers the last works of other great directors.

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  • 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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