The 2nd Best Whore in London. With guest contributions from Moira Buffini and Lyn Brown
Famous People You've Never Heard Of
Back in the dark days of Lockdown number 2 at the end of 2020 Lottie and Linda were enjoying the TV series Harlots. Whilst chatting about it Lottie remembered seeing the blue plaque that is dedicated to Priss Fotheringham, the "second best whore in London". And the idea for a podcast episode was born!For reasons many and varied it's taken us a whole year to bring the episode to you and we do hope you enjoy it. It's not been all beer and skittles (or ping pong balls!) for sex workers through the ages, though. In fact the life for the (mainly women) involved in the trade is often very grim indeed. More than any other episode this one has brought home to us just how little anything changes from one century to the next. We are very grateful to Moira Buffini, writer of Harlots and Lyn Brown MP for their contributions.Further reading:Nell Gwyn, by Charles BeauclerkCity of Sin, London and its Vices, by Catharine ArnoldMadams - Bawds and Brothel Keepers of London, by Fergus LinnaneAn English Madam: The Life and Work of Cynthia Payne, by Paul BaileyInteresting Viewing:Harlots, by Alison Newman & Moira Buffini available on DVD and to streamPersonal Services, by David Leland, available on DVD and to streamThis episode:Hosts: Lottie Walker & Linda HansellGuests: Moira Buffini & Lyn Brown MPFarewell to Bankside read by Steve Taylor Editor: Jacob TaylorIf you'd like to help us in our work to keep the podcast going do please consider becoming a patron. It's really easy to do, just go to either: https://www.patreon.com/bluefiretheatre or https://ko-fi.com/bluefiretheatre where you can donate. This is all an expensive business and even the smallest donation helps us get our shows on the road and keep the lights on in the studio. We really appreciate and are so grateful for all your support. And don't forget to follow us on social media. We'd love to hear from you! Find us at: https://twitter.com/famous_heard https://www.facebook.com/bluefiretheatre https://www.instagram.com/bluefire_tc https://www.bluefiretheatre.co.uk/
Ep 71: The Dig special with Moira Buffini, Monica Dolan & Gabrielle Tana
Girls On Film
Anna goes searching for buried treasure with two fascinating creators of The Dig (Moira Buffini and Gabrielle Tana) and brilliant actress Monica Dolan. They unearth the true lives of the film’s female characters, behind-the-scenes stories, and more.First up, Anna and screenwriter Moira discuss why The Dig has been such a popular lockdown watch. Moira delves into the process of adapting the book and how she brought to life the characters of Edith (Carey Mulligan) and Peggy (Lily James). On the subject of picking projects with interesting women, Moira also reflects on creating the popular TV series Harlots and her adaptation of Jane Eyre.Next, Anna catches up with Monica on her performance as May Brown, the wife of archaeologist Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes). Monica describes working opposite Ralph and explores the pivotal role her character has. From the struggle to shake a Suffolk accent, to the training it takes to suppress a shiver, Monica gives us a picture of life on set.Finally, producer Gabrielle talks to Anna about putting together a “creative family” for the making of The Dig. She speaks fondly of casting director Lucy Bevan, production designer Maria Djurkovic, and costume designer Alice Babidge, among others. She also explains why she thinks women make good producers. Other TV and Movie Mentions: Call My Agent!, Honeyland, Philomena, Harlots, Jane Eyre (2011).This episode is in partnership with Netflix.Become a patron of Girls on Film on Patreon here: www.patreon.com/girlsonfilmpodcastFollow us on socials:www.instagram.com/girlsonfilm_podcast/ www.facebook.com/girlsonfilmpodcast www.twitter.com/GirlsOnFilm_Pod www.twitter.com/annasmithjourno Watch Girls On Film on the BFI’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXvkgGofjDzj5mCFL89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7zGirls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio Producer: Dan Pugsley. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Assistant Producer: Elliana Jay.
With Francine Stock.Moira Buffini, the writer of Byzantium and the latest Jane Eyre adaptation, talks about the film that has been a major influence on her career - Tarkovsky's Stalker, the science fiction movie which foreshadowed the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Moira and Francine hear from Nick Rush-Cooper, who worked as a tourist guide in the abandoned and dangerously polluted city. And from Danny Leigh of the BFI, who explains how Stalker was responsible for the death of its director and many of the crew.