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Neruda, Casting on screen, Magnus Mills

Author Elif Shafak reviews a new film about the poet Neruda, Batman to Broadchurch - the challenge of casting on screen, Magnus Mills on his new novel The Forensic Records Society.

Author Elif Shafak reviews Neruda, the new film about the Chilean poet and communist by director Pablo Larraín.

We discuss the alchemic art of casting on screen with the casting directors Lucinda Syson, who has cast Hollywood blockbusters including Gravity, Batman Begins and the new Wonder Woman, and Victor Jenkins, who was responsible for pairing Olivia Colman and David Tennant in Broadchurch as well as working on Humans, Episodes and Grantchester.

Busdriver Magnus Mills shot to fame in 1999 when his debut novel The Restraint of Beasts was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, but despite plaudits from the literary world such as Thomas Pynchon, he returned to his day job and continues to write. He talks about his latest novel The Forensic Records Society, about a small group of blokes who meet in the backroom of pub every week to listen, in piously enforced silence, to their vinyl collections.

Presenter : Kirsty Lang
Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

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30 minutes


  • Neruda

    Duration: 05:19

  • Casting on screen

    Duration: 10:06

  • Comic book characters and diversity

    Duration: 05:10

  • Magnus Mills

    Duration: 07:54



Neruda is in UK cinemas from 07 April 2017, certificate 15.


Main image above: Gael Garcia Bernal as Oscar Peluchonneau in Neruda

Image credit: Fabula /AZ Films/Funny Ballons/Setembro Cine

Image to the left: Luis Gnecco as Pablo Neruda

Image credit: Diago Araya/Fabula/AZ Films/Funny Balloons/Setembro Cine


Magnus Mills

Magnus Mills

Magnus Mills' book, The Forensic Record Society is out on 06 April 2017, in hardback and as an eBook.

Image: Magnus Mills

Image credit: Steve Hogben


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest Magnus Mills
Interviewed Guest Lucinda Syson
Interviewed Guest Victor Jenkins
Producer Dymphna Flynn


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