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Bradley Cooper

Antonia Quirke talks to Bradley Cooper about his re-make of A Star Is Born, which he co-wrote, directed and starred in. He reveals how the first ten minutes of the film came to him in a dreamSusie Boyt, author of My Judy Garland Life, and Professor Richard Dyer take us through the other three versions of A Star Is Born, and reveal the title of the movie that started it all.Comedian Rosemary Fletcher takes a critical look at the phenomena known as "women in refrigerators".


4 Oct 2018

Rank #1

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Rogue One

Francine Stock talks to Gareth Edwards, the director of the first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One, who reveals what makes his film so different from the seven other episodes in the franchise. Adam Rutherford tries to explain how Rogue One fits into the ever-expanding Star Wars universe and why some works have been deemed "non-canonical".Few directors can be genuinely described as unique. Rama Burshtein has that honour, being the first and only female film-maker who is part of the Orthodox Jewish community. Her latest work, Through The Wall, is a rom-com about an Israeli woman who arranges her own wedding, despite the fact that she has no groom, in the belief that God will provide.


15 Dec 2016

Rank #2

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Timothée Chalamet, Yorgos Lanthimos

With Antonia Quirke.Timothée Chalamet talks about avoiding the cliches of playing a drug addict in his new drama Beautiful Boy and what happened to him after the success of Call Me By Your Name.Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos admits he wasn't that interested in historical accuracy when making The Favourite, his award-winning period drama about the court of Queen Anne with its sexual and political intrigue.Poet Rosalind Jana reveals how God's Own Country transformed her life.A truly unique movie is currently being shot in Sheffield, the first film ever to be made by an autistic director. The Dawn Of The Dark Fox is helmed by Michael Smith with Tom Stubbs, set inside Michael's mind. They have recorded an exclusive audio diary of the shoot with producer Alex Usborne.


3 Jan 2019

Rank #3

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Paul Thomas Anderson

With Francine StockDirector Paul Thomas Anderson discusses Phantom Thread, Daniel Day Lewis' farewell to the film industry.There's another episode of Pitch Battle, in which historians nominate a suitable candidate for the movie treatment, a historical figure who has not yet been the subject of bio-pic. This week Helen Antrobus champions Ellen Wilkinson, the five foot "mighty atom" who led the Jarrow March.Anna Smith explains why she's spent the last twenty five years watching Groundhog Day over and over again.Perfume expert Dariush Alavi examines one of the few films to have been named after a scent, Black Narcissus, and explains what the movie smells like to him.


1 Feb 2018

Rank #4

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Christopher Nolan

With Francine Stock.The director of Inception, Christopher Nolan tells Francine Stock about his first war movie, Dunkirk, and why it's his most experimental film to date.Bryan Fogel explains how his film Icarus helped to expose the truth about Russia's involvement in doping in sports.Comedian Rosemary Fletcher wonders why her gay best friends have never measured up to Rupert Everett in My Best Friend's Wedding, in her series Rosemary Versus The Rom-Com.


20 Jul 2017

Rank #5

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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.


2 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Colin Firth, Ralph Fiennes

Colin Firth and Francine Stock indulge in some Bridget Jones's Baby talk, and the actor admits that he is partly to blame for the out-dated stereotype of the reticent Englishman.Ralph Fiennes explains why he spent two months learning Russian for his role in Two Women.Francine follows the continuing adventures of Alastair Till and Suzie Sinclair who left the Big Smoke for the sea air of Cornwall, and built their own cinema, without any previous knowledge of the film business. The Newlyn Filmhouse has been open for six months, so is it still a dream factory or waking nightmare ?


15 Sep 2016

Rank #7

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John Waters

With Antonia Quirke.Director and agent provocateur John Waters reveals why his straight-laced parents paid for one of the most outrageous movies in American film history, Multiple Maniacs.First there was crowd funding and now there's crowd building. Antonia visits Newcastle's The Star And Shadow, which is being built by volunteers from the local community, who make up for in enthusiasm what they lack in experience.Could you watch a whole movie where feet are the stars ? Andy Robinson has just made a film with no faces or voices or anything above the ankle. He discusses the challenges of keeping his camera and his feet on the ground.


16 Feb 2017

Rank #8

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How to Direct a Thriller by Paul Greengrass

With Francine Stock.Jason Bourne director Paul Greengrass gives Francine a personal masterclass on how to make a contemporary thriller and reveals the reasons why he would never want to direct a James Bond movie.


28 Jul 2016

Rank #9

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Tom Ford

With Francine StockFashion designer and movie director Tom Ford discusses his film-within-a-film Nocturnal Animals, and explains why he doesn't like to mix his two professions.As The Light Between Oceans has audiences weeping in the aisles, director Derek Cianfrance talks tear-jerkers and tragedy.Critics Larushka Ivan-Zadeh and Tim Robey reveal the films that have made them blub like babies.


3 Nov 2016

Rank #10

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Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett

Francine Stock meets Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett to discuss Ocean's 8 and their plans to tackle gender inequality in the film industry.Comedian Rosemary Fletcher argues that all-female reboots smack of women-only train carriages, and that women should have their own stories, not cast-offs from male stars.Film producer Trudie Styler discusses her directorial debut Freak Show reveals why she went behind the camera for the first time in 25 years in the movie business.


21 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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Saoirse Ronan

With Francine Stock.Saoirse Ronan discusses her role in On Chesil Beach, as a young bride whose wedding night goes disastrously wrong with unforeseen consequences, and explains why Ian McEwan didn't mind her ditching some of his dialogue, even though he wrote both the novel and the screenplay.Critic Tim Robey and film buyer Clare Binns report on the classics and calamities they've witnessed at the Cannes Film Festival this week.The ever-controversial A to Z of film-makers ends this week with Z, appropriately enough. And Francine has another odd couple to choose between - the director of Hollywood blockbusters and a sixth generation Chinese neo-realist known as the poet of globalisation.


17 May 2018

Rank #12

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Andrea Arnold

With Francine Stock.British director Andrea Arnold discusses her own trip across the United States that inspired her road movie American Honey, and reveals how she discovered her star, Sasha Lane, on a beach in Miami.Critics Tim Robey and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh get their motors running and head out on the highway as they chart the progress of the American road movie.Producer Rebecca O'Brien discusses her collaboration with Ken Loach that has spanned a quarter of a century and is marked by a new, typically hard-hitting and award-winning drama I, Daniel Blake.


13 Oct 2016

Rank #13

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Moving Image - The Godfather

With Francine Stock.In the next instalment of her new series, Moving Image, Francine Stock talks to McMafia director James Watkins about a key influence on his film-making career, The Godfather. He is joined by legendary editor Walter Murch who worked his magic in the cutting room of Francis Ford Coppola's epic crime drama.


29 Nov 2018

Rank #14

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Blade Runner 2049

Francine Stock asks director Denis Villeneuve why he took on the sequel to the much loved classic Blade Runner. He reveals exactly what Ridley Scott said to him before he started filming."Get a life!" Writer Paul Rose replies to the critics who slated Pudsey The Dog - The Movie and made it one of the worst reviewed films in recent history.The Snowman director Tomas Alfredson tells Francine about the key difference between Swedes and Norwegians, and about the piece of music he listened to on repeat during the two years of production.Caitlin Benedict and Gavia Baker-Whitelaw visit the Nine Worlds convention where delegates dress up as their favourite movie characters while discussing academic subjects such as Queer Coding In Disney.


5 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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La La Land

With Francine Stock.The Oscar winning composer of La La Land, Justin Hurwitz, reveals why he wrote 1,900 pieces of music for the film and how he narrowed them down to just a handful.Critic Tim Robey and film buyer Clare Binns discuss the movies and the controversies at this year's Cannes film festival.Comedian Rosemary Fletcher reveals the various ways that her love life has not matched up to expectations raised by watching romantic comedies for the last couple of decades. Why, for instance, her "meet cutes" haven't always been so cute. And haven't always included meeting.To mark the 60th anniversary of the foreign language Oscar, Larushka Ivan-Zadeh unpicks the byzantine rules behind the most contentious of Academy Awards.


18 May 2017

Rank #16

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Aaron Sorkin

Francine Stock talks to West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin about his directorial debut Molly's Game. Based on the true story of a woman who ran underground poker games for the rich and famous, Sorkin reveals why he didn't name the Hollywood actors who were regular punters.Composer Neil Brand tickles the ivories and shows how Ron Goodwin's theme for 633 Squadron changed the sound of the war movie.Briony Hanson and Scott Jordan Harris slug it out to get their directors in the A to Z of film-makers. This week it's Kelly Reichardt versus Satyajit Ray.


28 Dec 2017

Rank #17

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Tim Burton

Francine Stock enters Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children with Tim Burton. The director reveals why he loves Blackpool so much and why its pleasure beach reflects his state of mind.Director Babak Anvari reveals how much his horror movie, Under The Shadow, set in the Iran-Iraq war, is autobiographical.The director of When Marnie Was There discusses the popularity of British children's literature in Japan.Larushka Ivan-Zadeh and Tim Robey takes us through the history of peculiar children in cinema.


29 Sep 2016

Rank #18

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Emma Thompson

With Antonia QuirkeEmma Thompson has written 6 films in which she also stars. Last Christmas is the latest. She explains why she sometimes has to bite her tongue when actors deliver her lines in ways that she hadn't quite imagined.Neil Brand reveals how the ground-breaking score to cult classic Forbidden Planet was a last minute replacement and why the original composer decided to destroy his rejected score."Apocalypse Now meets Pygmalion". Matthew Sweet pitches a long forgotten science fiction novel to film industry experts Lizzie Francke, Rowan Woods and Clare Binns.


14 Nov 2019

Rank #19