Kidd On Park

We all know kids love parks. But did you know Kidds love Parks? We only found out when we invited filmmaker, critic, and festival curator Briony Kidd on the show to talk about a filmmaker she loves: South Korean cult director Park Chan-wook!

We’ve had a lot of near-misses with Park over the years, as guests and potential guests have floated the possibility of talking about him. As his John le Carré adaptation The Little Drummer Girl airs around the world, this feels like a great time to look back at his filmography.

Before that, we look at a BBC article that asks why films directed by women keep getting excluded from “best of” lists. A recent poll of world cinema resulted in only four female filmmakers (Chantal Akerman, Claire Denis, Agnès Varda, Katia Lund) making the list. As the article points out, there were more films directed by men names Jean than were directed by women. (Kind of reminds us of Deb Verhoeven’s Daversity problem.) We ask why this is: is it a matter of cinema history simply not having enough female filmmakers, or does the problem lie with lists such as these?

And before any of that we look at some of this month’s new releases, including Steve McQueen’s heist drama Widows, the darkly comic Coen Bros Western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Boots Riley’s absurdist comedy Sorry To Bother You, and the long-lost Orson Welles film The Other Side of the Wind.

Further reading:

  • “I’m fairly sure I’ve written lost films that will never be seen and this was one of them.” True enough. If you have a copy of FilmInk from October 2008, you’ll be able to verify this. Happy tenth anniversary, this particular article!
  • The BBC article that the middle segment is based upon can be read here
  • Briony’s article for SBS can be read here
  • And if you want to jump back to Rochelle’s episode as guest, you can hear her talk about the films of Sofia Coppola here
  • If you want to take a stroll back through our mini-Hyphenate archive, you can check them out here
  • Briony describes Park Chan-wook as a combination of Alfred Hitchcock and Jane Campion, so if you don’t feel like listening to this episode you can listen to us talk Hitchcock and Campion and it should have the same effect
  • If you want to hear more South Korean filmmaker talk, only a few months ago we talked Bong Joon-ho with guest Abe Forsythe
  • Here’s Variety’s review of Lady Vengeance

Outro music: score from Oldboy, composed by Jo Yeong-wook

The latest episode of Hell Is For Hyphenates, featuring Briony Kidd talking the films of Park Chan-wook, can be heard on Stitcher Smart Radio, subscribed to on iTunes, or downloaded/streamed directly from our website.

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