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Toby Jones; Fanny Ardant; Chinese Cinema before the Revolution

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 19 June 2014

With Francine Stock.

Toby Jones discusses what it was like working with young refugees whose life stories form the plot of Leave To Remain, and reveals some tantalising details about his role as Captain Mainwaring in the forthcoming film adaptation of Dad's Army.

French star Fanny Ardant plays a sixtysomething woman who embarks on an affair with a man twenty years her junior in Bright Days Ahead. She tells Francine why she doesn't approve of the term 'cougar' and why we shouldn't worry about getting older.

Spring In A Small Town is considered one of the best Chinese films ever made. Released in 1948, a year before the Communists took power, the film was banned and its director Fei Mu fled to Hong Kong, where he died a couple of years later. 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 actor through their paces in boot camp.

  • Leave To Remain

    Leave To Remain
    Directed by Bruce Goodison, Leave To Remain is in cinemas from Friday 20 June, certificate 15.
  • Bright Days Ahead

    Bright Days Ahead
    Directed by Marion Vernoux, Bright Days Ahead is in cinemas from Friday 20 June, certificate 15.
  • Spring In A Small Town

    Spring In A Small Town
    Directed by Fei Mu, Spring In A Small Town is in cinemas from Friday 20 June, certificate U. 
  • A Century of Chinese Cinema

    The BFI celebrates Chinese cinema with a five-month season, A Century of Chinese Cinema.


Francine Stock
Interviewed Guest
Toby Jones
Interviewed Guest
Fanny Ardant
Interviewed Guest
Dale Dye



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