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Downsizing, filming sex scenes and a satire on ceramics

Matt Damon's new film Downsizing reviewed, choreographing sex scenes in the #MeToo era. Plus a history of political and satirical prints transferred onto British ceramics.

Matt Damon's new film Downsizing imagines a solution to over-population is to shrink humans to five inches tall. Director of Film for the British Council Briony Hanson reviews the film which is part midlife strife part speculative science-fiction.

A choreographer for sex scenes on stage or on screen is just as important as that for a fight scene - so says movement director Ita O'Brien, who is calling on the industry to do more to protect performers in scenes involving sex or nudity. Ita O'Brien and casting agent Chris Carey discuss her proposals in the post-Weinstein, #MeToo era.

Political cartoonist Martin Rowson joins John at the British Museum to meet Patricia Ferguson, curator of a display called Pots with Attitude: British Satire on Ceramics, 1760-1830 which looks at the Georgian fashion for printing satirical drawings onto pottery .

And on the day the BFI re-issues of the classic British nuclear disaster film When the Wind Blows, based on the cartoon by Raymond Briggs, Ian Christie considers the film's relevance now.

Presenter : John Wilson
Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

Available now

30 minutes


  • Downsizing

    Duration: 05:25

  • Filming Sex Scenes

    Duration: 10:25

  • Satire on pots

    Duration: 06:54

  • When the Wind Blows

    Duration: 06:32


Hong Chau and Christoph Waltz
Photo credit: Paramount Pictures

Downsizing is on general release from 24 Jan, cert 15

Main image: Kirsten Wiig, Matt Damon, Maribeth Monroe and Jason Sudeikis in Downsizing
Photo credit: Paramount Pictures



Satire on Ceramics

Satire on Ceramics

Bonaparte Dethron’d Apr 1 1814
Creamware jug, Cambrian Pottery,
Swansea, Wales,
Transfer-printed in black and painted in enamels,
On loan from private collection

Pots with attitude
British satires on ceramics
1760 – 1830 at the
British Museum until 11 March


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Briony Hanson
Interviewed Guest Ita O'Brien
Interviewed Guest Chris Carey
Interviewed Guest Martin Rowson
Interviewed Guest Patricia Ferguson
Interviewed Guest Ian Christie
Producer Dymphna Flynn


  • Mon 22 Jan 2018 19:15



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