Trivia question: what was the last episode of Hyphenates in which everyone was in the same room for the recording? The first person to correctly answer wins a set of— no, it’s okay, we know you don’t care. But for the record, it was the show with Kate Hardie back in April 2016. So it’s nice to finally get the band back together, even if the band members have changed.
We were delighted to get Adam Elliot on the show, despite him being waist-deep in drafting the screenplay for what we all hope is his next film. After discussing a variety of eclectic filmmaker possibilities, Adam eventually landed on the great Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
We figured that since we were talking about the films of Jeunet, including the ones he made with collaborator Marc Caro, we may as well resurrect the mini-Hyphenate segment and look at Caro’s solo work. So you get two filmmakers for the price of one! Also, give us some money.
We also lasso Adam in for the reviews segment even though he’d only seen one of the films we were talking about. We take a look back at Denis Villeneuve’s ambitious sequel Blade Runner 2049, check out Taika Waititi’s unconventional superhero sequel Thor: Ragnarok, side-eye Terrence Malick’s wistful love story Song To Song, and debate George Clooney’s dark comedy thriller Suburbicon.
- Regarding technology being led by the decisions of the porn industry, here’s a 2006 article from Macworld about porn being the decider in VHS vs Betamax and Blu-ray vs HD-DVD.
- That La La Land/Blade Runner 2049 mashup by The Doctor of Will can be seen here.
- We couldn’t actually find the interview that spawned Lee’s left-field Ben Elton/Richard Curtis anecdote in the show. But after some furious googling, we discovered that Matthew Ward, writing in Grimdark Magazine, also remembers it. So it probably happened.
- The Commonwealth Banks ads Jean-Pierre Jeunet directed in Australia in 2010 included School Banking, Grants, Bulldog and Call You Back.
- Here’s an interview with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, conducted by Jenni Miller for the Tribeca Film Festival, in which he gives a lovely shout-out to Adam’s Mary and Max.
- If you can read French, here’s Jean-Pierre Jeunet on his website talking about the trip to Australia in which he met Adam Elliot!
Special thanks to Markus Stone for his help with the recording.
Outro music: score from Amelie, composed by Yann Tiersen
The latest episode of Hell Is For Hyphenates, featuring Adam Elliot talking the films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, can be heard on Stitcher Smart Radio, subscribed to on iTunes, or downloaded/streamed directly from our website.