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Neil Gaiman's How To Talk To Girls At Parties and rewatching old films in the #MeToo era

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Author Neil Gaiman on the film version of his story How To Talk To Girls At Parties. Plus, how easy is it to watch old movies with our children?

Neil Gaiman discusses the big-screen adaptation of his 2006 short story How To Talk To Girls At Parties. Directed by Hedwig and the Angry Inch director John Cameron Mitchell, the film tells the story of a teenage punk falling in love with an alien, and stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas.

In our age of heightened awareness of racism, homophobia and sexism in culture, how easy is it to watch old movies with our children? Film historian Ian Christie and journalist Hadley Freeman discuss how to introduce favourite films from bygone eras to the next generation, without also passing on stereotypes of gender, sexuality and race.

Film critic Jason Solomons joins us live from the Cannes Film Festival to give us his insights into what we should be looking out for this year.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Hilary Dunn.

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30 minutes


  • Neil Gaiman's How to Talk to Girls at Parties

    Duration: 08:11

  • Rewatching old films in the #Me Too era

    Duration: 11:22

  • Anne V. Coates tribute

    Duration: 02:20

  • Cannes Film Festival update

    Duration: 05:43

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman

How To Talk to Girls at Parties, based on theĀ  Neil Gaiman story, is in UK cinemas from 11 May 2018, certificate 15.


Main image above: Nicole Kidman as the punk Queen Boadicea in How To Talk to Girls at Parties

Image to the left: Neil Gaiman.

Cannes 2018

Cannes 2018

Image: Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in Everybody Knows, which opened the Cannes Film FestivalĀ 2018.

Image credit: Memento Films


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Neil Gaiman
Interviewed Guest Ian Christie
Interviewed Guest Hadley Freeman
Interviewed Guest Jason Solomons
Producer Hilary Dunn




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