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The BIFA Podcast

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The BIFA podcast, the show from the British Independent Film Awards, brings together two artists, from in front of and behind the camera, for a unique, personal conversation about how film has shaped their lives. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
This week, it's Seen Any Bond Films Lately? On a brilliant Bond takeover, I'm joined by Bond guardians/producers Barbara Broccoli, Michael G Wilson and five-time Bond composer Don Black to talk about their favourite Bond songs, cars, locations, posters. It's about family, film and the Daniel Craig-era finale. Plus I deliver the first review of No T…
 
This episode is dedicated to director Roger Michell. This Is England actress Jo Hartley discusses her role as a Mum in lovely new British coming-of-age movie Sweetheart, shares her love of Grease and tells all about a first date with a future member of Take That. I review French gem Gagarine and give some recommendations for the upcoming BFI London…
 
Ruth Wilson stars in Venice movie True Things, discussing the benefits of an intimacy advisor and the perils of love. Rounding up the big movies at Venice 78, I look at the awards contenders jostling for the spotlight and re-examine British classic The Servant. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
For this edition of This Is My Cinema we sit down with Clare Dunne to talk about herself and Herself, the stunning new film, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, which she stars in and co-wrote. As well as that, we discuss the formative cinema moments of her youth, her ideal cinema snack pairings, and a lot more. Welcoming come to This Is My Cinema, a podca…
 
Director Paul Weiland tells how he turned the nightmare of his own Bar Mitzvah clashing with England's 1966 World Cup Final into much-loved, belated hit comedy Sixty Six; and I'm on the Lido with the first reviews from the 78th Venice Film Festival. Music bt Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we have a chat with the brilliant Daniel Mays. Seen on big screens in recent feel-good favourites Swimming With Men and Fisherman's Friends, as well as Mike Leigh's modern classic Vera Drake - and on small screens in huge shows including Line of Duty, Good Omens and cop comedy Code 404. Welcoming come to This Is My C…
 
Scottish director Michael Caton-Jones talks about his latest film Our Ladies, his memories of Scandal and his Hollywood career with Bruce Willis, De Niro and Sharon Stone in a fascinating interview that also takes in Lee Marvin, The Seven Samurai and Monument Valley. I review The Nest, The Last Bus and The Toll and trumpet the doc I made at Green M…
 
For this edition of This Is My Cinema, we sit down with the incredible Arinzé Kene to explore his work on the stage and screen, ahead of his performance as Bob Marley, in the new production of Get Up, Stand Up. Through the conversation we cover the impact that an early screening of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing had on Arinzé, we also explore his p…
 
In this episode of This Is My Cinema we welcome Prano Bailey-Bond, director of Censor, the thrilling new British horror film that explores the gory world of 80s video nasties, through the mind of film censor Enid played by the incredible (former guest of this podcast) Niamh Algar. Catch up on Niamh's episode here: https://podfollow.com/bifa/episode…
 
A major exclusive as Johnny Depp joins me in his only UK broadcast interview to discuss what’s next for his career, his music and his latest performance as Life photographer Eugene Smith in Minimata. I also preview my first festival line-up for the Cinedrome at Green Man Festival. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…
 
After walking the red carpet at the British Independent Film Awards, interviewing all of the biggest names, BIFA's own Yinka Bokinni joins the podcast to tell us about the cinema outings and film experiences that shaped who she is today. An established DJ, Yinka tells us all about her favourite soundtracks, the club scenes that make her cringe and …
 
For my 50th episode, multi-million selling novelist Jojo Moyes joins me to talk about the film adaptation of The Last Letter From Your Lover and the films that have influenced her chart-topping romances, from Wong Kar Wai to The Black Stallion. I also review The Most Beautiful Boy in the World and Night of the Kings. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acas…
 
For this episode of This Is My Cinema we learn all about the process of casting, with the wonderful Aisha Bywaters. Aisha was the casting director on breakout Brit film successes County Lines and The Last Tree as well for the sensational series We Are Lady Parts. In this conversation we explore her cinematic origin story, the intricacies of her wor…
 
In this episode we speak to Nainita Desai, composer of the score to Best Film BIFA award winning For Sama. An Ivor Novello award nominated composer, Nainita's work can be heard in new cinema release The Reason I Jump, innovative video game Telling Lies and hit true crime TV series Sophie: A Murder in West Cork. Welcoming come to This Is My Cinema, …
 
This time on This Is My Cinema we're thrilled to welcome Amir El-Masry as our special guest. Amir can currently be seen in Ben Sharrock's Limbo, a film which earned Amir a BIFA award nomination for Best Actor. As well as leading Limbo as the young Syrian migrant musician Omar, Amir has been seen in The Night Manager, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise …
 
My second Cannes Film Festival Special is a bumper show which stars Black Widow baddie and Bond girl Olga Kurylenko; I meet new sensations in Cannes Best Actress winner Renate Reinsvie and the amazing Agathe Rousselle who stars in the shock Palme D’Or winner Titane; there’s the lovely British actor Adeel Akhtar from Ali & Ava; I give you a run down…
 
A delicious edition with the directors of gorgeous doc The Truffle Hunters, Michael Dwek and Gregory Kershaw; and actor Jasmine Batchelor talks about her Brooklyn indie gem The Surrogate and answers the SAGFL Questions with Whoopi, Whitney and Love Jones. I review Black Widow and Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast…
 
In this episode of This Is My Cinema we're joined by the wonderful James Norton. Known on the small screen for his roles in Happy Valley, The Nevers and the gripping crime drama McMafia and on the big screen in the likes of Little Women, Mr Jones and new release Nowhere Special, James tells us about the defining cinema trips of his youth, how becom…
 
The incredible Adeel Akhtar, who broke on to screens in Four Lions and can currently be seen in Netflix show Sweet Tooth, joins the podcast to tell us about the cinema experiences that have shaped his work. This year sees Adeel appear in three hugely hyped films: Clio Barnard's Ali & Ava, musical adaptation Everybody's Talking About Jamie and Will …
 
Prolific British director Ben Wheatley tells me about making the UK's first Covid-era production, his freak-out mushroom trip movie In The Earth. Ben also takes us through his movie moments, from Yentl to the Temple of Doom and Annie's Song; doc maker Marc Isaacs talks us through the wry observations of his home life - and British life - in The Fil…
 
Currently on small screens in the mega Marvel series Loki, the wonderful Wunmi Mosaku invites us to the big screen, to tell us about her life has been shaped through cinematic experiences. Welcome to This Is My Cinema, a podcast from the British Independent Film Awards. The show is called This Is My Cinema and it’s all about celebrating the very be…
 
Oscar winner Sir Christopher Hampton discusses making and writing The Father with Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman and he takes us through his life in movies as he faces the SAGFL questions. We talk writing in fountain pen, Fred Astaire, The Graduate, Bunuel's cocktails, and what to do during a 15-minute standing ovation at Cannes. Meanwhile, I re…
 
Coming straight from the big screen in Cruella and the small screen in The Pursuit of Love, the remarkable Emily Beecham joins the podcast to tell us all about how her cinematic experiences have shaped her life and career. Welcome to This Is My Cinema, a podcast from the British Independent Film Awards. The show is called This Is My Cinema and it’s…
 
Sheffield DocFest begins with my film of the year Summer of Soul, so festival head Cintia Gil tells us what else to expect and takes us through her SAGFL cinema memories. And debut director Aleem Khan tells us the personal stories behind his new film After Love. Music by Lee Rosevere See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
The incredible Kate Dickie joins the podcast this week to talk about the cinema experiences that shaped her life, her experiences acting in big screen blockbusters like Star Wars The Last Jedi to smaller independent releases like The Witch and new release Undergods, and of course what her ultimate cinema snack is. Welcome to This Is My Cinema, a po…
 
New York film maker Ira Sachs talks about working with Isabelle Huppert on location in Portugal and takes us through his movie life, from Fantasia trauma to the pleasure of Jimmy Cagney and the music of Claire Denis. I review Cruella and Tilda, and tantalise you with one of the best concert docs ever made... Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/pri…
 
Aneil Karia, director of pulse-pounding new Ben Whishaw film Surge joins the podcast to talk about sailing the seas of cinema in his youth - in a cinema decked out like a ship - his studies at the National Film and Television School and where the perfect place to sit in the cinema is. Welcome to This Is My Cinema, a podcast from the British Indepen…
 
Ella Fitzgerald is the subject and my guest is revered British documentary maker Leslie Woodhead with his film about the Queen of Jazz - it's called Just One of Those Things and plays at the re-opened BFI Southbank. Leslie recalls a life in film, including working with the elusive Terence Malick, the shock of DA Pennebaker's Primary and years spent…
 
Tom Ellis, Lucifer himself, is here to talk about the cinema experiences that have defined his life. From devilish experiences in East London with noisy cinema-goers to his new local, the famous ArcLight in Hollywood. Welcome to This Is My Cinema, a podcast from the British Independent Film Awards. The show is called This Is My Cinema and it’s all …
 
Leading European director Agnieszka Holland joins me to talk about her new film Charlatan, the new success of female film makers and her memories of cinema growing up in Poland. And as the grand re-opening of cinemas is nearly upon us, I talk to Jason Wood, creative director of HOME in Manchester about what what films will tempt us back to the big …
 
Camp and classy today, with husband and husband directors David Ebersole and Todd Hughes on their highly entertaining fashion doc House of Cardin, while Lisa Immordino Vreeland discusses her doc Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation about two of America's greatest 20th century writers. I react to the Noel Clarke stories and recommend Raoul P…
 
Danny Huston joins me to talk about directing and starring in The Last Photograph - the man born on a film set also shares precious family and personal movie memories, such as the day he fell in love with Ava Gardner. I look at the Oscar results, talk Paddington vs Kane and recommend a new show about Tupac. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/priv…
 
Film maker Lisa Rovner switches us on to Sisters with Transistors, her doc about the pioneering but forgotten women of early electronic music. Lisa faces the SAGFL Ten questions with answers including Chungking Express and Desperately Seeking Susan. I make some bold Oscar predictions and recommend an all-Oscar Three To See. Music by Lee Rosevere. S…
 
Rising star Olivia Cooke tells us about her multi- nominated new film Sound of Metal, rocking out with Riz Ahmed and how Phantom Thread changed her life; doc makers Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin piece together the life and music of Tina Turner for their triumphant portrait Tina and recommend the doc Collective; I pay a belated visit to The Forty Year O…
 
We delve into the worlds of Terry Gilliam, Sherlock Holmes and George Segal. Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe discuss their beautiful 'making of' doc He Dreams of Giants, about Gilliam's final tilt at Don Quixote; starring as Holmes in Netflix's The Irregulars, Henry Lloyd-Hughes talks Tom Thumb and Les Miserables; and my Three to See is dedicated to clas…
 
Kidulthood creator and Bullet Proof star Noel Clarke joins me to sift the diverse BAFTA noms and celebrate his inspirations from Pulp Fiction to Octavia Spencer. Reviews include Judas and The Black Messiah and there’s a peak at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in LA. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out info…
 
Fresh from her triumph at the Golden Globes, the producer of Pixar masterpiece Soul, Dana Murray, is my guest, telling how she reached the top rungs of the animation powerhouse and the films that inspired her. Plus, I recommend Mexico's I'm No Longer Here and tender punk memoir Poly Styrene: I Am Cliche. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy…
 
Jazz legend Branford Marsalis talks about his score for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, composing for the late Chadwick Boseman, working with Spkie Lee and his life watching movies. Plus I have news of a thrilling new doc about Brazilian great Pele, a tribute to Jean Claude Carrière and the new Black Panther. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy …
 
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