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The Screen Show

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Reviews and in-depth conversations with leading film and TV directors, actors and screenwriters from Australia and around the world.

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Reviews and in-depth conversations with leading film and TV directors, actors and screenwriters from Australia and around the world.

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The Screen Show

Latest release on Aug 13, 2020

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Reviews and in-depth conversations with leading film and TV directors, actors and screenwriters from Australia and around the world.

Rank #1: Sundance winner Desiree Akhavan, the uncertain future of cinema and an iconic TV theme

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A conversation with U.S. indie filmmaker Desiree Akhavan. Matthew Deaner explains the significant disruptions screen culture is facing, and Dan Golding on Alexander Courage's Star Trek theme.

Mar 25 2020

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Rank #2: Nadav Lapid on Synonyms, Modern Love, Dark Arts, Pain and Glory

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French-Israeli drama Synonyms won the Golden Bear at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. Jason speaks to director Nadav Lapid about his work in which a young Israeli man travels to Paris to flee his nationality. Lauren checks out Modern Love, an anthology series based on The New York Times beloved column that sees the rom-com genre firmly placing itself in the TV landscape, film curator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales talks about their latest series, and Jason reviews Pedro Almodóvar's Pain and Glory.

Oct 30 2019

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Rank #3: Josh Thomas is back with a quirky American black comedy

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After winning high praise for his series Please Like Me, Josh Thomas is back with a quirky American black comedy called Everything's Gonna Be Okay.

Director Robert Eggers talks about the inspiration behind his moody thriller The Lighthouse, and a look at Benedict Andrews' Seberg in which Kristen Stewart takes centre stage as French New Wave actress Jean Seberg.

Jan 29 2020

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Rank #4: The Crown, By the Grace of God, Judy and Punch, Dylan River

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We look at Netflix's new season of The Crown which released this week with an entirely new cast and in a new time in history. Jason reviews François Ozon's By the Grace of God which follows three survivors of a Catholic priest's abuse. An interview with Australian director Mirrah Foulkes about her debut feature Judy and Punch, and filmmaker Dylan River shares his Top Shelf.

Nov 20 2019

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Rank #5: Ken Loach, The Irishman, Morning Wars

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This week, British director Ken Loach talks about his new film set in the dog eat dog world of the gig economy. Jason reviews Martin Scorsese's mob epic The Irishman, a film that makes most sense as a late career exploration of some of Scorsese's life long obsessions, and with Apple TV+ the latest streaming platform launching in an increasingly competitive market, TV Critic Lauren Carroll Harris will be discussing the studio's flagship show Morning Wars.

Nov 13 2019

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Rank #6: Unbelievable, Ad Astra, Birds of Passage

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A look at new Netflix series Unbelievable, a fact-based drama about the costs of not believing rape survivors starring Toni Collette. Jason reviews James Gray's space thriller Ad Astra with Brad Pitt in the lead on a mission across an unforgiving solar system, and Oscar nominated director Ciro Guerra speaks about his new film Birds of Passage, a sweeping crime drama about the Colombian drug trade.

Sep 19 2019

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Rank #7: A critics' roundtable look at this year's Oscar contenders

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Ahead of the 92nd Academy Awards, Jason Di Rosso and a panel of guest critics discuss this year's nominations, likely winners and snubs.
Nakkiah Lui is in to talk about the latest series of Black Comedy, a funny take on what it's like to be black in modern Australia.
Iconic French actress Fanny Ardant on her role in Nicholas Bedos' nostalgic film La Belle Époque.

Feb 05 2020

53mins

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Rank #8: Monstrous men, late night stories and an Italian nostalgia trip

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One of Australia's most successful genre filmmakers Leigh Whannell talks about his new film The Invisible Man, an allegory on gaslighting with Elisabeth Moss in the lead.

Feb 26 2020

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Rank #9: Kore-eda Hirokazu, The Commons, The Two Popes

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Cannes winning director Kore-eda Hirokazu talks about his film The Truth, his first film set outside of Japan with a cast including Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke. Brazilian film director Fernando Meirelles on The Two Popes, a bio-drama set behind the Vatican Walls, and Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt.

Dec 04 2019

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Rank #10: Bong Joon-ho, Sophie Hyde, Rosehaven, Lulu Wang, Sue Maslin

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In a summer highlights edition we revisit interviews with Cannes winning director Bong Joon-ho and Adelaide director Sophie Hyde, who made the 2019 film Animals with Alia Shawkat and Holliday Grainger. The creators and stars of Rosehaven are in, and Lulu Wang shares her Top Shelf.

Jan 08 2020

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Rank #11: Elia Suleiman, Succession, Senses of Cinema, Blinded by the Light

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Palestinian director Elia Suleiman talks about his latest film It Must Be Heaven, an elegant, inventive work and the opening night film at the Palestinian Film Festival. Lauren and Jason on the stunning season finale of HBO's grand melodrama Succession. A lookback at the last decade in film with the editors of the Senses of Cinema film journal, and a review of Gurinder Chadha's coming of age film Blinded by the Light.

Oct 23 2019

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Rank #12: Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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British director Nick Broomfield on his documentary Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, a chronicle of the muse-artist relationship between Marianne Ihlen and Leonard Cohen that begins on the Greek island of Hydra in the 1960s. French-Canadian actor Théodore Pellerin talks to us about his dynamic performance as a devotee of a pyramid scheme in the series On Becoming a God in Central Florida, and French filmmaker Céline Sciamma on her striking period drama Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Dec 11 2019

53mins

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Rank #13: Joker, The Politician, Michal Aviad, Joe Murphy

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Jason reviews problematic thriller Joker, an origin story that follows Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. A discussion on Netflix's new big release The Politician, with a star-studded cast it highlights high school as the perfect breeding ground for politics, and an interview with Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad about her unsettling drama Working Woman.

Oct 03 2019

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Rank #14: Themes of nationhood and race run through the show this week

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Maya Newell's new film In My Blood It Runs is a sensitive, up-close portrait of Aboriginal life that asks questions about the Australian education system.

Showrunner Elise McCredie talks about Stateless - the ABC's new star studded immigration drama, co-created by Cate Blanchett.

Jason meets up with French director Bertrand Bonello in Paris, and a review of Clint Eastwood's new film Richard Jewell.

Feb 19 2020

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Rank #15: Martin Scorsese, James McAvoy, Armistead Maupin, Julianne Moore

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Daniel Browning presents the program this week as we revisit highlights from the year including interviews with Hollywood stars James McAvoy and Julianne Moore, and the creator of Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin. We've also dug into the archives to bring you Jason Di Rosso's 2017 interview with veteran director Martin Scorsese.

Nov 06 2019

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Rank #16: Essie Davis felt inspired working with her director husband Justin Kurzel on True History of the Kelly Gang

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Essie Davis says her husband Justin Kurzel knew there was a role for her in True History of the Kelly Gang as soon as he read Pater Carey's novel of the same name.

Jan 22 2020

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Rank #17: Family dysfunction, fakes and 21st century screen culture

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Lo-fi social-realist director Ben Wheatley talks about his latest film about a miserable family reunion. Plus, a look at Australian drama and this uncertain world of streaming, and a survey on cinema on the flim-flam.

Mar 11 2020

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Rank #18: Surrealism, dystopia and mythbusting streaming

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Key British filmmaker Peter Strickland opens up about his new film, a surreal department store horror. Plus, a look at feel-bad TV and streaming in the global marketplace.

Mar 04 2020

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Rank #19: Renee Zellweger, Joel Edgerton, Total Control, RJ Mitte

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In a summer highlights edition Renee Zellweger talks about her dazzling performance as Judy Garland in the biopic Judy. Joel Edgerton discusses The King, a film he co-wrote with director David Michod and also stars in. Producer Darren Dale talks about the ABC TV series Total Control, and Breaking Bad alumni RJ Mitte with his Top Shelf.

Jan 15 2020

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Rank #20: Joel Edgerton in The King, Nostalgia, Reg Watson, Sophie Hyde

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Joel Edgerton talks about historical drama The King, which he co-wrote with David Michôd and also stars in, about a wayward English prince played by Timothée Chalamet who is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father's death. Lauren Carroll Harris presents a package on how nostalgia is shaping the television landscape, and director Sophie Hyde reveals a pretty indie Top Shelf of film.

Oct 16 2019

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Satire, power and race

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We discuss the sexy new series being called the best drama of the year. Plus, writer-director Quentin Dupieux talks about his comedy-horror Deerskin; an animated film from India screening at MIFF, and Catherine McClements on Meryl Streep.

Aug 13 2020

54mins

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Fantastical and symbolic realities

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We speak to Xavier Grobet, Emmy nominated cinematographer on HBO's superhero series Watchmen, and guest critics discuss revenge drama Hyenas and the ambitious Russian DAU project, both standout offerings at Melbourne International Film Festival's online event.

Aug 06 2020

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Corruption, hipsters and Hitchcock

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Colombian director Franco Lolli talks about casting his own mother in relationship drama Litigante. Jonathan Furmanski on his work behind the camera on hipster hit Search Party, and academic Bruce Isaacs explores Hitchcock's notion of 'pure cinema.'

Jul 30 2020

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Family, community and love in the time of lockdown

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Shannon Murphy's debut Babyteeth is one of the most important Australian films of the year, she joins us. Plus, an online series filmed entirely in lockdown in Spain and a bold and timely work from U.S. filmmakers The Ross Brothers.

Jul 23 2020

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Isolation, loss and a new history of film

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We meet writer Meg O'Connell and actor Pallavi Sharda, some of the creatives behind lockdown series Retrograde, a review of Judd Apatow's The King of Staten Island, and a new history of the movies from an environmental perspective.

Jul 16 2020

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Ambiguous takes on noir, history and horror

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An Australian theme runs through the show as Jason meets directors Tony McNamara (The Favourite, The Great) and Natalie Erika James (Relic), plus Icelandic filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason talks about his unexpected take on Nordic noir.

Jul 09 2020

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Moral dilemmas, quirky Dickens and global tensions

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Jason speaks with the directors of three films releasing in cinemas this week, Tunisian director Mehdi Barsaoui, British satirist Armando Iannucci and Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman.

Jul 02 2020

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Cinemas reopen, space and scandals

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A look at the state of play regarding cinemas reopening. Jason meets the director of space movie Proxima, and former Quizmaster Mark Humphries on a new BBC miniseries about the real life scandal that hit the UK's Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Jun 25 2020

54mins

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Where to now for cop shows? Plus, fashion and politics

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On the back of protests against police brutality we discuss what this means for policing on screen. Jason speaks with the director of TV series Made in Italy, a new doco about climate change and Joanna Hoggs' The Souvenir.

Jun 18 2020

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Negotiating ideas of difference on religion, class and race

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Jason speaks with the cinematographer on Spike Lee's new film Da 5 Bloods. A discussion on the Northern Irish sitcom Derry Girls, and an interview from Paris with writer-director Justine Triet.

Jun 11 2020

54mins

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Love, faith and power dynamics

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Has Australian director Kitty Green made the first #metoo drama? Actor Fayssal Bazzi talks Charlie Chaplin for On Actors, and a charming new cringe-comedy to check out by Egyptian-American comedian Ramy Youssef.

Jun 04 2020

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A cinematic story of rebirth and retracing Homer's Odyssey

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Warwick Thornton discusses his spellbinding new documentary The Beach. Warwick's son and fellow filmmaker Dylan River is in for Top Shelf, and Rob Brydon and Michael Winterbottom talk The Trip to Greece.

May 28 2020

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Mrs America and the king of rom-coms

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Two conversations this week with two of the most prolific, talented and nicest people working in Hollywood - writer, producer, director and actor Paul Feig who heads up a new TV series called Love Life, and NZ born actress Melanie Lynskey.

May 21 2020

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A Gen Y remake, a smiling sociopath and directing Killing Eve

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High Fidelity has been given a millennial makeover with a new TV series. Hugh Jackman plays a charismatic and corrupt figure in Bad Education, and Australian director Shannon Murphy on the thrill of working on Killing Eve.

May 14 2020

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Normal People, midnight in Mexico City and a legendary architect

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We weigh in on the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People. U.S. filmmaker Luke Lorentzen on his doco that trails a family of paramedics in Mexico City, and a local documentary that puts the spotlight on an iconic architect.

May 07 2020

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An alternate America, Star Wars stunts and Pia Miranda for On Actors

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A discussion on HBO's The Plot Against America. Pia Miranda talks about Sarah Jessica Parker for On Actors, and Hollywood stuntwoman Eunice Huthart talks Tom Cruise, Star Wars and Angelina Jolie.

Apr 30 2020

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The creator of Unorthodox, Damon Herriman and Beastie Boys Story

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Anna Winger speaks to us about her Netflix hit Unorthodox. Actor Damon Herriman shares some career highlights including working with Tarantino and Fincher, and a review of Spike Jonze's doco on The Beastie Boys.

Apr 23 2020

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A fresh spin on the teen drama, On Actors and tropical gothic noir

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Tayarisha Poe talks about her confident coming of age debut. Marta Dusseldorp on how Frances McDormand inspires her work, and director Wayne Blair on co-helming the new season of Mystery Road with Warwick Thornton.

Apr 16 2020

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New noir from Iceland, homegrown drama and beneath a pop fantasy

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Has Netflix delivered with its icy new Scandi-noir The Valhalla Murders? Jason's critic's take on the Taylor Swift documentary Miss Americana, and Jacqueline McKenzie talks about landing her dream role in Bloom and wider career.

Apr 09 2020

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Kate Mulvany, Nashen Moodley and some classic Bond

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Australian actor Kate Mulvany on starring opposite Al Pacino in the series Hunters, Sydney Film Festival artistic director Nashen Moodley discusses the plight of festivals which have been cancelled or postponed and Dan Golding on a Bond classic.

Apr 01 2020

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