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The Film Programme

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The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world

Latest Episodes

Justin Kurzel on Ned Kelly and Wake In Fright

With Francine Stock. Justin Kurzel, the director of True History Of The Kelly Gang, talks about the movie that has been a major influence on his film-making. Wake In Fright was made in 1971 and was in contention at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival that year. It was quickly forgotten, however, and considered lost until the film's editor discovered it in a bin in Pittsburgh in 2002. Fully restored seven years later, it went on to become a cult classic and a huge influence on Australian cinema.

27 MIN1 d ago
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Justin Kurzel on Ned Kelly and Wake In Fright

Jessica Hausner; Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Her performance in Little Joe won Emily Beecham best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Also starring Ben Whishaw it is a scifi take on the dangers of genetic engineering in flowers. It's the first film in English for Austrian director Jessica Hausner and she reveals what inspired it and the themes that recur in her films. Continuing our series on how to get a movie made, Pitch to Production, Matthew Sweet explores the tricky business of assigning rights with Clare Israel of film and literary agents David Higham Associates and development consultant Rowan Woods. Another winner at Cannes in 2019 was the French film Portrait of a Lady on Fire which took Queer Palm and Best Screenplay prizes for its writer and director Céline Sciamma. Set in eighteenth century France it is the story of the developing attraction between a female portrait painter and the young woman sitting for her. Its stars Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel who talk about the difference between being...

27 MIN1 w ago
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Jessica Hausner; Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Ken Russell's Dance of the Seven Veils

With Antonia Quirke Ken Russell's wife Lisi Tribble Russell explains why Dance Of The Seven Veils, his film about Richard Strauss, is finally going to be seen 50 years after it was banned. In a new series of Pitch Battle, Gaylene Gould pitches a remake of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes called Brothers Prefer Weaves. A panel of industry insiders, Lizzie Francke, Rowan Woods and Clare Binns decide whether or not to give this update the green light. Composer Neil Brand reveals what happened when legendary composer John Barry was sacked from Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer.

27 MIN2 w ago
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Ken Russell's Dance of the Seven Veils

Bong Joon-ho on Parasite

With Antonia Quirke. Director Bong Joon-ho talks about his Oscar winning Korean thriller Parasite, which has been a surprise hit in the United States. And he reveals the debt of gratitude his film owes to Alfred Hitchcock. Matthew Sweet finds out how he could get a dystopian science fiction novel from 1954 optioned as a movie. He is aided in his quest by film development consultant Rowan Woods. As A Streetcar Named Desire returns to the big screen, Brando biographer William J Mann takes us behind the scenes of this ground-breaking movie which made its star a heart-throb over night. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Federico Fellini, The Film Programme unearths a gem from its archive - the late director Anthony Minghella recounts how watching I Vitelloni felt like Fellini was burrowing into his head and capturing the time he spent as a young man in the Isle Of Wight.

27 MIN3 w ago
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Bong Joon-ho on Parasite

Seamus McGarvey on A Matter Of Life And Death

With Francine Stock. Award winning cinematographer Seamus McGarvey talks about the film that is a continuing influence on his work, A Matter Of Life And Death, and about his friendship with the movie's legendary director of photography, Jack Cardiff, who became his mentor.

27 MINJAN 31
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Seamus McGarvey on A Matter Of Life And Death

The Lighthouse

With Antonia Quirke Director Robert Eggers and Willem Dafoe discuss one of the most unusual Hollywood movies of this year or any other. The tale of two drunken lighthouse-keepers, the film is already infamous for its love scene between man and mermaid. Director Marielle Heller reveals why many British viewers have walked out of A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood, her real life story of chlldren's TV presenter Mr Rogers, mistakenly assuming that it will be the American equivalent of the Jimmy Savile scandal. When, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

27 MINJAN 24
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The Lighthouse

Joker

With Antonia Quirke. Todd Phillips explains how an impromptu pitch in the back of a limo led to the billion dollar blockbuster Joker. And he reveals how he dealt with the huge controversy about the film in the United States before the movie had even been released. Cinematographer Roger Deakins takes us behind the scenes of 1917 and reveals how he made the war movie look like one continuous shot. Neil Brand explains the reasons why Michael Nyman's score for Practical Magic was binned at the last minute and why the composer believes it's one of his best pieces of music for film.

27 MINJAN 20
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Joker

The Man Who Invented British Cinema

With Antonia Quirke. Chemical engineer Robert Paul was an unlikely film pioneer. But after a chance encounter in his chemist's shop, he went on to invent revolutionary movie cameras and projectors, as well as direct Britain's first fiction film, and a war movie filmed on Muswell Hill golf course. And now he has an exhibition in his honour. Antonia visits the National Museum Of Science And Media in Bradford and has a whirlwind tour in the company of curators Toni Booth and Ian Christie. Uncut Gems is a thriller set in the secretive world of New York's Diamond District. Directors Josh and Benny Safdie reveal how they used family connections to get unparalleled access to this closed community. In part one of her interview with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, Antonia finds out how he managed to make World War I drama 1917 seem as if it had been filmed in one continuous two hour shot.

27 MINJAN 10
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The Man Who Invented British Cinema

Taika Waititi

With Antonia Quirke. Actor/director Taika Waititi talks about his World War II drama Jojo Rabbit and what it was like to direct a film dressed as Adolf Hitler. In the finale of Pitch Battle, Lizzie Francke of the BFI and development consultant Rowan Woods decide which of the final three pitches is their absolute favourite. The battle is between a memoir of the Beat generation, a time slip love story, and a science fiction thriller in which Britain is waterlogged and populated by mutant dogs.

27 MINJAN 3
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Taika Waititi

Frank Cottrell-Boyce on Local Hero

With Francine Stock. In another edition of Moving Image, writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce reveals the huge impact that the film Local Hero had on his family and his life. And receives a surprise phone call from someone who was intimately involved in the production.

27 MIN2019 DEC 27
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Frank Cottrell-Boyce on Local Hero

Latest Episodes

Justin Kurzel on Ned Kelly and Wake In Fright

With Francine Stock. Justin Kurzel, the director of True History Of The Kelly Gang, talks about the movie that has been a major influence on his film-making. Wake In Fright was made in 1971 and was in contention at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival that year. It was quickly forgotten, however, and considered lost until the film's editor discovered it in a bin in Pittsburgh in 2002. Fully restored seven years later, it went on to become a cult classic and a huge influence on Australian cinema.

27 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Justin Kurzel on Ned Kelly and Wake In Fright

Jessica Hausner; Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Her performance in Little Joe won Emily Beecham best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Also starring Ben Whishaw it is a scifi take on the dangers of genetic engineering in flowers. It's the first film in English for Austrian director Jessica Hausner and she reveals what inspired it and the themes that recur in her films. Continuing our series on how to get a movie made, Pitch to Production, Matthew Sweet explores the tricky business of assigning rights with Clare Israel of film and literary agents David Higham Associates and development consultant Rowan Woods. Another winner at Cannes in 2019 was the French film Portrait of a Lady on Fire which took Queer Palm and Best Screenplay prizes for its writer and director Céline Sciamma. Set in eighteenth century France it is the story of the developing attraction between a female portrait painter and the young woman sitting for her. Its stars Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel who talk about the difference between being...

27 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Jessica Hausner; Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Ken Russell's Dance of the Seven Veils

With Antonia Quirke Ken Russell's wife Lisi Tribble Russell explains why Dance Of The Seven Veils, his film about Richard Strauss, is finally going to be seen 50 years after it was banned. In a new series of Pitch Battle, Gaylene Gould pitches a remake of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes called Brothers Prefer Weaves. A panel of industry insiders, Lizzie Francke, Rowan Woods and Clare Binns decide whether or not to give this update the green light. Composer Neil Brand reveals what happened when legendary composer John Barry was sacked from Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer.

27 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Ken Russell's Dance of the Seven Veils

Bong Joon-ho on Parasite

With Antonia Quirke. Director Bong Joon-ho talks about his Oscar winning Korean thriller Parasite, which has been a surprise hit in the United States. And he reveals the debt of gratitude his film owes to Alfred Hitchcock. Matthew Sweet finds out how he could get a dystopian science fiction novel from 1954 optioned as a movie. He is aided in his quest by film development consultant Rowan Woods. As A Streetcar Named Desire returns to the big screen, Brando biographer William J Mann takes us behind the scenes of this ground-breaking movie which made its star a heart-throb over night. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Federico Fellini, The Film Programme unearths a gem from its archive - the late director Anthony Minghella recounts how watching I Vitelloni felt like Fellini was burrowing into his head and capturing the time he spent as a young man in the Isle Of Wight.

27 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Bong Joon-ho on Parasite

Seamus McGarvey on A Matter Of Life And Death

With Francine Stock. Award winning cinematographer Seamus McGarvey talks about the film that is a continuing influence on his work, A Matter Of Life And Death, and about his friendship with the movie's legendary director of photography, Jack Cardiff, who became his mentor.

27 MINJAN 31
Comments
Seamus McGarvey on A Matter Of Life And Death

The Lighthouse

With Antonia Quirke Director Robert Eggers and Willem Dafoe discuss one of the most unusual Hollywood movies of this year or any other. The tale of two drunken lighthouse-keepers, the film is already infamous for its love scene between man and mermaid. Director Marielle Heller reveals why many British viewers have walked out of A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood, her real life story of chlldren's TV presenter Mr Rogers, mistakenly assuming that it will be the American equivalent of the Jimmy Savile scandal. When, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

27 MINJAN 24
Comments
The Lighthouse

Joker

With Antonia Quirke. Todd Phillips explains how an impromptu pitch in the back of a limo led to the billion dollar blockbuster Joker. And he reveals how he dealt with the huge controversy about the film in the United States before the movie had even been released. Cinematographer Roger Deakins takes us behind the scenes of 1917 and reveals how he made the war movie look like one continuous shot. Neil Brand explains the reasons why Michael Nyman's score for Practical Magic was binned at the last minute and why the composer believes it's one of his best pieces of music for film.

27 MINJAN 20
Comments
Joker

The Man Who Invented British Cinema

With Antonia Quirke. Chemical engineer Robert Paul was an unlikely film pioneer. But after a chance encounter in his chemist's shop, he went on to invent revolutionary movie cameras and projectors, as well as direct Britain's first fiction film, and a war movie filmed on Muswell Hill golf course. And now he has an exhibition in his honour. Antonia visits the National Museum Of Science And Media in Bradford and has a whirlwind tour in the company of curators Toni Booth and Ian Christie. Uncut Gems is a thriller set in the secretive world of New York's Diamond District. Directors Josh and Benny Safdie reveal how they used family connections to get unparalleled access to this closed community. In part one of her interview with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, Antonia finds out how he managed to make World War I drama 1917 seem as if it had been filmed in one continuous two hour shot.

27 MINJAN 10
Comments
The Man Who Invented British Cinema

Taika Waititi

With Antonia Quirke. Actor/director Taika Waititi talks about his World War II drama Jojo Rabbit and what it was like to direct a film dressed as Adolf Hitler. In the finale of Pitch Battle, Lizzie Francke of the BFI and development consultant Rowan Woods decide which of the final three pitches is their absolute favourite. The battle is between a memoir of the Beat generation, a time slip love story, and a science fiction thriller in which Britain is waterlogged and populated by mutant dogs.

27 MINJAN 3
Comments
Taika Waititi

Frank Cottrell-Boyce on Local Hero

With Francine Stock. In another edition of Moving Image, writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce reveals the huge impact that the film Local Hero had on his family and his life. And receives a surprise phone call from someone who was intimately involved in the production.

27 MIN2019 DEC 27
Comments
Frank Cottrell-Boyce on Local Hero
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