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Andrea Arnold discusses farming and realism with Cow, her captivating study of the brutish life of a beautiful dairy cow called Luma; Chinese-America filmmaker Jessica Kingdon talks about shooting in Chinese factories - and eating duck - for her visually stunning doc Ascension. I review Drive My Car and Munich - The Edge of War and there’s Mary Pop…
 
Mat Whitecross tells me about re-capturing 80s America and putting capitalism and pugilism in the ring for his new Discovery doc series The Kings, with Hagler and Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran; director Phil Barantini explains how, why and where he made his amazing one-take restaurant movie Boiling Point with Stephen Graham; I review …
 
I run through the films that have stood out, sparked debate, and made an impact, from Bond to music docs. And I talk to director Tomas Alfredson and writer Peter Straughan about making Tinker Tailor and the films that have influenced their lives. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Scandi superstar Noomi Rapace is on sparkling form discussing her Icelandic roots, her new film Lamb and her movie loves; actress Joanna Vanderham reads out the London Critics' nominations, Wendy Mitchell joins me to react and I review Don't Look Up, The Lost Daughter and swoon over The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao. Music by Lee Rosevere. See …
 
For Patricia's final Drawing Room, a couple of musicians whose awesome music will end the year on a good note.In 2021, Gordi and Alex Lahey have collaborated together and released their own solo tracks; Gordi's been doubling as both a doctor and a musician and Alex has been getting Oscar buzz. It's been a big year!In the Drawing Room they reflect o…
 
On an isolated Island, off the coast of Scotland, a small group of men wait.And wait.They fill the hours with old episodes of Friends and awkward lessons in British culture.Ben Sharrock talks about his new film, Limbo, an absurdist, tragic, funny, and heartfelt look at the days and months of asylum seekers waiting for an answer about their future.…
 
In 2015, a glamourous young couple in Tehran died in a car crash when they lost control of their new Porsche. At a personal level, it was a tragedy for the families involved. But the story didn't stay personal. Their Instagram feeds became a flashpoint: a place to vent anger about the ostentatious wealth displayed by the children of privilege in Ir…
 
In her first starring role, in The Worst Person In The World, Renate Reinsve has won the best actress award at Cannes and been celebrated by critics around the globe.But it almost didn't happen. Reinsve was considering giving up acting when Joachim Trier approached her with a role he'd written specifically for her - having grown tired of waiting fo…
 
Fresh from the first awards bash of the season, I catch up with winners from the British Independent Film Awards - Celeste Bell who carried of two prizes including Best Documentary for Poly Styrene: I Am Not a Cliche about her Mum, Poly Styrene, the late lead singer of former punk band X-Ray Spex; and Breakthrough Performance winner Nell Barlow, fr…
 
Here's the trailer to Season 3 of Seen Any Good Films Lately? on which I'll be focusing on the awards season, from the BIFAs to the Oscars. I'll bring you the latest news and interviews with nominees and winners and the newest reviews so you know exactly which films to catch up with to be in the know during all the clamour and glamour of the red ca…
 
Jaguar Jonze is a major voice in the Australian music industry: speaking out on racism, sexism and abusive behaviour and helping to start a important cultural review.And on the creative side, the last 18 months has seen an EP, a short film, a huge new single, and plenty more.In the Drawing Room, Jonze discusses music, art, community, healing and th…
 
Several years ago, Omar Musa had reached what he describes as a dark night of the soul. Then, a chance encounter with woodcarving at a show in Borneo gave him a new passion and a chance to connect with the playfulness he'd lost in his work.His latest book, Killernova, combines prose, poetry and carvings, to become a piece of art as well as a collec…
 
Here in the After is the the story of Anna and Nat, two broken souls, both with PTSD, struggling to find a place in a world they no longer fit. Anna is the sole survivor of a Sydney terrorist attack. She is stalked by flashbacks and can't relate to anyone anymore except her little grandson. Nat is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He is guilt-ri…
 
Amos Roach is an award-winning musician, dancer and director.He's been working with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Australian Art Orchestra in their inaugural First Nations artist residency program.In the Drawing Room, he talks about the six seasons that influenced his new work and playing music with his family.…
 
How would you cope if you found yourself under lockdown, for months, in a small unit, with your mother and your ex?That was precisely the situation that Neil Kramer found himself in when the Covid pandemic hit New York in 2020.Over the weeks and months that followed, Neil let the world in on a version of his life through a series of humorous staged…
 
Fifty-eight years ago, the US President John F Kennedy was assassinated in a motorcade in Dallas. It remains one of the defining moments of the 20th Century. But almost 6 decades after the event, why do so many questions still remain? And how have recently declassified documents changed the official narrative? Academy Award-winning director Oliver …
 
How would you behave at end of the world? Rachel was a renown artist, but now she's retreated into a hermetic existence: no phone, no internet, and just a single contact with the outside world.Then, one night, a young woman and her baby turn up at Rachel's house with a story of horror: an invisible threat has spread through the world and everyone i…
 
From club collaborations to her own atmospheric folk music, Liz Martin has been putting out memorable music for a couple of decades now.She's one of the artists featured in the Sydney Opera House's Liminal series, a collection of live concerts being streamed online now, and is the Interim CEO of Accessible Arts NSWIn the Drawing Room, Liz talks abo…
 
Twenty-six years ago, Garth Nix introduced readers to Sabriel and the world of the Old Kingdom: a land where necromancers raise the dead and one family straddles the boundaries of magic to stop their plans.Now Nix is taking readers back to the days before Sabriel and introducing her parents, Terciel and Elinor, who have their own adventures to disc…
 
In a full-contact haunted escape room in Nebraska, contestants make their way through a series of violent cells. In the final cell a prize awaits, but only if they can reach the end without using the safe word: Reprieve.Only one team has ever reached the end.Reprieve is the new horror novel by James Han Mattson, in which explores love, America, and…
 
While Ken Follett was researching his book Fall of Giants, he came to the realisation that no one had wanted World War I to happen. And yet, through a series of seemingly sensible decisions, it had happened anyway.And, Follet says, "What it made me think was, could it happen again? And of course, whenever I have a thought like that, my next thought…
 
"There was something about Morrison that deflected the attentive gaze." Recently, Scott Morrison became the longest serving Pime Minister of Australia since John Howard. Before that, he spent years as a senior figure in government and in opposition.But despite that, how well do Australians know the man who leads the nation?In the Drawing Room, Sean…
 
Oscar is a perfectly normal twelve-year-old boy. So how can he explain to his principal that he has a very good excuse for missing a week of school - it just involved a magic mirror, an Elven city, and a day spent dead. Or at least deadishIn the Drawing Room, Jaclyn Moriarty discusses her latest book, The Astonishing Chronicles of Oscar from Elsewh…
 
Lilias Fraser was a pioneer of Australian cinema: one of the country's first female directors.Her daughter, Jane Castle, is an award-winning cinematographer, who has shot music videos for the likes of Prince and U2.But Jane's new documentary, When the Camera Stopped Rolling, takes audiences away from the sets and the glamour; it looks at the life b…
 
Paintings by the great masters of the Renaissance are revered around the world. They are also exceedingly rare.So what happens when a new work emerges—the long lost Salvator Mundi—that is believed to be by the hand of Leonardo Da Vinci himself?A new documentary, The Lost Leonardo, follows that story: from a small, but exciting purchase to a sale at…
 
In this season finale, the stars of Netflix film Passing discuss race, colour and movies. Ruth Negga worries about playing Lady Macbeth; Moonlight star Andre Holland remembers The Wizz, Diahann Carroll and living in Harlem. I also talk to Oscar-winning director of Free Solo, Chai Vasarhelyi, about her breath-taking doc reconstruction of the cave di…
 
Beloved Australian writer Thomas Keneally has never been short of a story to capture the imagination of Australia and the world. Iin his latest book, Tom is showing audiences a bit of his own world, or at least his thoughts on the state of the world around him. In the Drawing Room, he discusses economics, Mungo Man, and our collective unconscious.…
 
As BBC drama Ridley Road reaches its finale, writer Sarah Solemani joins me to talk about making it, Anglo-Jewish trauma, and her favourite film moments, from Life Is Beautiful to Oliver! and a sexy night with Volver. In film-related activities, I review new play The Shark Is Broken and tour round The French Dispatch exhibition. Music by Lee Roseve…
 
How do you create interactive theatre when the audience can't leave their home?The global pandemic has been a nightmare for theatre companies around the world and we've seen many different solutions as troupes find ways to work around the restrictions.Swamp Motel created something completely different - an interactive story that has the audience hu…
 
On this episode I'm joined by podcaster and LFF first-timer Ygraine to review some of our highlights from the 65th edition of the festival: amid the voices and sounds of the festival listen out for news of Belfast, The Phantom of the Open, Last Night in Soho, Spencer, The Wolf Suit, Hit The Road, Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon and many more... Music …
 
For many of us, sharks tend to be a source of fear.But for Valerie Taylor, they've been a wonderful part of her life, with personalities as varied as puppies.Valerie has swum with sharks all over the world, captured remarkable footage, and led conservation efforts to get us to rethink our relationship with these animals.A new film, Valerie Taylor: …
 
Mobile apps and games have become central to the way that most of us interact with the world.Industries as diverse as gambling and education are looking for ways to use gamification to increase their impact.But can games help in assessing and treating the way we think?Dr Azadeh Feizpour and Dr Simone Gindidis - guests of the Games for Change Festiv…
 
LFF preview with Tricia Tuttle. As the 65th BFI London Film Festival begins, I talk to its Artistic Director Tricia Tuttle about her life as a curator and about the films she’s loved and been inspired by. Plus I introduce a new star, Agnes O’Casey, from BBC One drama Ridley Road. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out …
 
"Long ago, there was a world of wonders - of what you and I might call magic"In their new book, Dark Rise, C. S. Pacat brings readers a version of London far removed from our own. Magic has long since faded away, but there are remnants of power and ancient orders of good and evil who fight in secret to restore their version of that world.In the Dra…
 
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