08/06/2020
The Class System And The British Film Industry
With Ben Bailey Smith Actor and writer Ben Bailey Smith has worked on numerous film sets and rarely hears a working class accent unless it's an upper class actor attempting the Cockney dialect or if it's an electrician working behind the scenes. He asks writer Danny Leigh just just how much the cla
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07/23/2020
Luc Roeg on Walkabout
With Antonia Quirke Film producer Luc Roeg talks about his only acting role, as a seven year old boy alongside Jenny Agutter in Walkabout. He reveals what it was like to be directed by his dad, Nic, and why he really didn't like swimming naked in the film's most famous scene. Coky Giedroyc, the di
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07/16/2020
Christopher Nolan on Memento
With Antonia Quirke As cinemas across the world are pinning their box-office hopes on Christopher Nolan's Tenet this summer, Antonia looks again at the director's breakthrough hit Memento, and travels back to the year 2000 when Nolan talked to Radio 4 for the first time. Filmmaker Mark Jenkin has
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07/09/2020
Claire Denis and Mark Jenkin
With Antonia Quirke Director Mark Jenkin sends his latest audio diary as he embarks on a new project, while he waits another year to start shooting his follow-up to the award-winning Bait. This week's recommendation for a film to stream is High Life, a movie about lockdown and living in isolation,
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07/02/2020
Film-makers in Lockdown
With Antonia Quirke What does a film-maker do when they can't make a film ? Three directors share their audio diaries, in which they chart their lives in lockdown. Mark Jenkin was about to start shooting his follow-up to Bait when Covid 19 intervened. He now has to wait a year until he can begin
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06/26/2020
Ray Harryhausen
With Francine Stock June 29th is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ray Harryhausen, the special effects supremo who gave us a seven headed hydra, a a sword fighting skeleton and a lizard from Venus in such classics as Jason And The Argonauts, The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad and 20 Million Miles To
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06/18/2020
Spike Lee, Boots Riley and Reinaldo Marcus Green
With Antonia Quirke The Film Programme's recommendation for films to stream this week are three movies that shed some light on race relations in America. The three films are: BlacKkKlansman, Sorry To Bother You and Monsters And Men. Antonia delves into The Film Programme archives and hears from dir
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06/11/2020
Marjane Satrapi
With Antonia Quirke Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi talks about Radioactive, her biopic of Marie Curie, and explains why she also wanted to recognise the work of Marie's husband Pierre. The sun never sets in the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Lapland, but like many festivals, this year it had t
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06/04/2020
Derek Jarman's The Garden
With Antonia Quirke Antonia's recommendation for a film to watch while the cinemas are closed is The Garden by Derek Jarman. The garden itself and the adjacent cottage have just been saved for the nation after a successful campaign and Antonia recalls her pilgrimage to Dungeness on the 25th annive
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05/28/2020
British New Wave
With Francine Stock This week's lockdown choice is not a movie, but a whole movement, the British New Wave. Francine picks four kitchen sink classics - Saturday Night And Sunday Morning, A Taste Of Honey, The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner and Billy Liar - for listeners to watch this week.
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05/21/2020
Agnes Varda
With Antonia Quirke. This week The Film Programme recommends not just one lockdown movie, but a whole life-time's. The life and work of Agnes Varda, including masterpieces Cleo From 5 To 7, The Beaches Of Agnes and Faces, Places. We hear one of the last interviews Agnes gave in this country and fr
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05/18/2020
Terence Stamp
With Antonia Quirke. For this week's film club, Antonia recommends Terence Stamp's movies from the 1960s and hears from the man himself about celebrity, meeting his idols and why he left the film industry at the end of the decade. Adrian Smith from The Cult Film Club in Eastbourne tells us what ha
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05/11/2020
There Will Be Blood
With Antonia Quirke This week's recommendation for a film to watch in lockdown is There Will Be Blood. Antonia hears from director Paul Thomas Anderson, stars Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano and composer Jonny Greenwood. Neil Brand reveals the story behind the score for Flash Gordon and why one co
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05/04/2020
Raging Bull
With Francine Stock The Film Programme's recommendation for a film to watch in self isolation this week is Raging Bull. Editor Thelma Schoonmaker and director Martin Scorsese guide Francine through the making of a classic.
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04/27/2020
Women In Love
Antonia Quirke plunders the Film Programme archive and hears from the makers of Women In Love: Glenda Jackson, Ken Russell and cinematographer Billy Williams And there's another round of Pitch Battle, as Lizze Francke, Rowan Woods and Clare Binns give their verdict on Gavia Baker Whitelaw's pitch t
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04/23/2020
Night and the City
With Antonia Quirke As part of The Film Programme's guide to what to watch during self isolation, Antonia presents a special on the 1950 crime drama Night And The City. She plunders the Film Programme archives and hears from stars Richard Widmark, Herbert Lom, Googie Withers and director Jules Dass
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04/13/2020
I Am Spartacus
With Francine Stock. "I Am Spartacus" is one of the most famous lines in film history and Francine tells the backstory of that line and how involved the so-called Hollywood witch-hunt. She hears from actor Kerry Shale and historians Pamela Hutchinson and Colin Shindler.
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04/06/2020
Andrew Kotting
With Antonia Quirke. Before the national lockdown, Antonia went to Hastings to visit film-maker Andrew Kotting just as he discovered that cinemas were shutting down and his latest film The Whalebone Box would not see the light of a projector for the foreseeable future. But, like a number of new rel
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03/19/2020
19/03/2020
The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world.
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03/12/2020
And Then We Danced
With Antonia Quirke In November 2019, far right protesters tried to stop the premiere of Georgia's first LGBTQ film And Then We Danced. They fought with riot police and attacked cinema-goers in Tiblisi. As the film is released in this country, its star Levan Gelbakhiani talks about what it was like
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03/05/2020
John Boorman
With Antonia Quirke. John Boorman looks back at a career that includes Deliverance, Hope And Glory and Point Blank. He reveals why he's still surprised that films get made, or at least finished, given that so much can go so wrong.
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02/27/2020
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,
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02/20/2020
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
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02/13/2020
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 P
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