Francine Stock and star guests on the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV. Friday 4.30pm - 5pm
Friday 9 February 2007
Jazz musician Jamie Cullum talks about his favourite film director, Luis Bunuel; Alan Rickman explains why one of his major films was never released; and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas gives advice to the young screenwriter...
Luis Bunuel The jazz musician Jamie Cullum – a fanatical cinema fan – joins Francine Stock to discuss the work of one of his favourite directors, Luis Bunuel. In the last fifteen years of his life Bunuel produced a sequence of quirky masterpieces, mixing the surreal and the comic, and mocking the peccadilloes of the French middle classes. Jamie Cullum explains why he enjoys these films so much.
The Luis Bunuel Collection is out now on DVD.
Hannibal Rising Francine talks to critic Kim Newman about one of cinema's most terrifying and recognisable characters, the serial killer Hannibal Lecter. As the latest instalment of his story hits British cinema screens, the star of the first, Brian Cox, talks about his experience playing Lecter.
Hannibal Rising (18) is out now.
Joe Eszterhas The screenwriter Joe Eszterhas - whose films include Flashdance and Basic Instinct, for which he was paid a reported $3 million - talks to Francine about his guide to writing successful screenplays. He explains why he doesn't have any time for script gurus and reflects on some of the peaks and troughs of his career.
The Devil's Guide to Hollywood, by Joe Eszerthas, is out now, published by Duckworth.
Mesmer Francine talks to the actor Alan Rickman. Fourteen years ago he starred in a major British film which was never released, despite a screenplay by Dennis Potter and a score by Michael Nyman. As it comes out on DVD for the first time, Alan Rickman remembers playing a maverick doctor in Mesmer, and explains why it never made the big screen.
Mesmer (15) is out now on DVD.
Francine Stock's TV picks:
The Long Kiss Goodnight Sunday at 10 pm on Channel 4.