We are joined this episode by film critic and author Tina Hassannia, as we look back at some of the key films of this month, including Ang Lee’s Billy Flynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Danny Boyle’s T2: Trainspotting, and Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures. Then, on the eve of an Academy Award ceremony that nominated Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has refused to attend in protest of the recent US travel ban, we ask what form awards shows should take during times of social anxiety and oppressive policy. We then look at the films and career of Asghar Farhadi, the award-winning Iranian filmmaker responsible for acclaimed works such as About Elly, A Separation, The Past and The Salesman. Finally, in a special bonus segment, Sophie attends the protest screening of The Salesman in Leicester Square, and provides us with audio of the speeches from journalist and TV presenter Mariella Frostrup, model and actress Lily Cole, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, filmmaker Mike Leigh, and via pre-recorded video, Asghar Farhadi himself.
Acclaimed producer Rebecca O’Brien (I Daniel Blake, Oranges and Sunshine, Bean, Friendship’s Death) joins us for our first episode of 2017. Sophie and Lee look back at some of the key films released in January, including Pablo Lorrain’s Jackie Bouvier Kennedy biopic Jackie, Martin Scorsese’s meditative Catholic drama Silence, and Kirsten Johnson’s unique memoir Cameraperson. Then Rebecca takes us through the films of the renowned British director Ken Loach, many of which Rebecca produced, granting us unique insight into the method and process behind his works.
Documentarian Rohan Spong (T Is For Teacher, All the Way Through Evening, Winter At Westbeth) joins us as we wrap up the year that was. We look at a handful of this month’s films, including Star Wars spinoff prequel Rogue One, Jim Jarmusch’s contemplative drama Paterson, science fiction drama Passengers, and Amma Asante’s true story adaptation A United Kingdom. Sophie, Lee and Rohan then compare notes on their absolute favourite films of 2016. Then, Rohan discusses the films and career of the director whose name is synonymous with grand, epic filmmaking: legendary filmmaker David Lean.
Filmmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof, How To Make An American Quilt, A Thousand Acres, The Dressmaker) joins the show this month as we look back at some of the key releases of November 2016, including the new Marvel entry Doctor Strange, the Harry Potter prequel spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and DreamWorks Animation’s toy adaptation Trolls. They then look at what role cinema can take in the world following the results of this month’s US election: can films be a force for change, or will they simply be a coping mechanism? Then, Jocelyn takes Sophie and Lee through the career and works of the director who influenced her the most: English filmmaker Nicolas Roeg.
Actor, author and musician Rhys Muldoon is our guest this month, as we look back at some of the key films of October 2016, including Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Woody Allen’s Café Society, and Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival. Then Rhys takes us through the films, career and influence of cinema’s most enigmatic and revered figure, Stanley Kubrick.
Film reporter Alicia Malone joins us this month as we look back at some of the key films of September, including Oliver Stone’s Snowden, Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, and Rachel Lang’s Baden Baden. We then jump into the filmography and career of one of cinema’s most recognisable auteurs, Alfred Hitchcock, and talk about his classics, his lesser-known films, and how his work changed cinema forever. Then, in a special bonus segment, we are then joined by renowned English filmmaker Terence Davies, who discusses his three favourite Hitchcock films, and what effect they had on him.
Director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog, Kill Me Three Times) joins the Hyphenates for our August 2016 episode. Lee runs through some of the highlights from the Melbourne International Film Festival, including Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, Sergei Loznitsa’s The Event, Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, Rohan Spong’s Winter At Westbeth, Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, Nicholas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon and Oliver Assayas’s Personal Shopper, and Sophie talks about Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest. Then Kriv takes us through the works and career of Australian New Wave pioneer and acclaimed filmmaker Peter Weir.
Writer, editor and critic Rebecca Harkins-Cross joins the Hyphenates to talk some of the key films of July 2016, including Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond and Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters. Then Rebecca takes us through the extraordinary, unbelievable filmography of German New Wave’s enfant terrible writer/director/actor Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Author and journalist Maria Lewis joins us to look back at the films of June 2016 (according to UK release dates!): Shane Black’s The Nice Guys, Studio Ghibli’s latest animated drama When Marnie Was There, and the adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s memoir Holding the Man. They then check out the unprecedented rules that Paramount has announced for Star Trek fan films. Finally, Maria enthuses about the films of modern genre favourite Guillermo Del Toro.
Actor, screenwriter and comedy icon Alice Lowe joins the Hyphenates as they look back at some of the key films of this month, including Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang, and comedy biopic Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. They then examine the current vitriolic backlash at upcoming female-led blockbusters, from Ghostbusters to Star Wars: Rogue One. Then Alice takes us through the groundbreaking filmography of the legendary Jim Henson.