June 7, 2018
Writer and producer Colin Trevorrow stops by the Picturehouse Podbooth to talk about his new film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, in cinemas now.
Director: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum
Duration: 128 min
It's been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who's still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
May 27, 2018
Sam is joined by writer-director Nora Twomey and voice actor Saara Chaudry to talk about The Breadwinner. In cinemas now.
The third feature length film to come out of Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon, after The Secret of Kells (2009) and Song of the Sea (2015), Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner revolves around the daily struggles facing 11-year-old Parvana in Taliban-controlled Kabul, Afghanistan. Executive produced by Angelina Jolie and based on Deborah Ellis’ best-selling novel of the same name published in 2000, The Breadwinner is an inspiring and ultimately uplifting tale of familial love and loyalty in the face of oppression
After her father is unjustly arrested by the Taliban, Parvana’s family are left without a man of the house, and the young girl is forced to dress and pass herself off as a boy. This allows Parvana to move around the city and work to provide the money the family need to survive. In a culture where females are forbidden from travelling anywhere alone, this places Parvana in constant danger, but desperate times call for desperate solutions.
May 17, 2018
Sam talks to director Dominic Cooke and actor Billy Howle about their new film On Chesil Beach.
It’s 1962, and two young newlyweds from very different backgrounds (Billy Howle and Saoirse Ronan) have chosen to spend their honeymoon on the windswept beaches of Dorset. They’re inexperienced and new to love; a nervous energy fills the air at their first dinner as a married couple. But these aren’t just wedding-night jitters: as the evening progresses it becomes clear that something else is creating the divide. Awkwardly grasping for the connection they know they share, the pair recall moments from their lives, both together and apart, as the inevitability of physical intimacy hangs over them.
Directed with great skill by four-time Olivier Award-winner Dominic Cooke, this is Ian McEwan’s heartfelt and sensitive adaptation of his bestselling novel of the same name.
May 11, 2018
Sam talks to writer-director Coralie Fargeat and actor Matilda Lutz about their new film Revenge, in cinemas now.
Nothing will prepare you for this bold and bloody revenge film from French newcomer Coralie Fargeat – who demonstrates that the female gaze comes in all ways.
Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz) is enjoying a supposed romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly — and viciously — intensifies; culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge.
A white-knuckle tale of transgression and transformation, Revenge gloriously blurs the lines of vengeance and survival while simultaneously delivering a ferocious dissection of gender and genre.
May 4, 2018
Sam talks to Ruby Barnhill who stars as the voice of Mary in Mary and The Witch's Flower, the debut feature animation from Studio Ponoc.
While spending the last weeks of summer with her Great-Aunt Charlotte in the countryside, Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby woods. There she stumbles upon a flower that has magical powers and transforms a little broomstick into one that flies. Mary is whisked away, high above the clouds, and transported to Endor College – a school of magic!
Mary is warmly welcomed by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. Believing her to be a “once-in-a-century” magical talent, they give Mary a guided tour of the dazzling school and invite her to join. But Mary discovers that all is not as it seems in this fantastical world, and soon must confront great danger and call on her courage if she is to save the day.
April 17, 2018
Corrina Antrobus interviews directors of the intimate new documentary Even When I Fall - Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon alongside powerhouse producer Elhum Shakerifar.
Using the performance skills developed when sold as slaves in Indian circuses, Sheetal and Saraswoti have now reclaimed their life to form Nepal's first circus. A beautiful film of sisterhood and self-discovery alongside a unique perspective on human trafficking.
April 6, 2018
John Krasinski, the writer, director and star of A Quiet Place, pops into the Picturehouse Podbooth for a very quiet chat about his new film.
A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.
April 5, 2018
Sam is joined by director Todd Haynes to discuss his new movie, Wonderstruck.
Based on Brian Selznick’s novel of the same name, Wonderstruck is about two children, both with hearing impairments, who live in eras 50 years apart and set off in search of the bright lights of New York City. Todd Haynes masterfully flits between a black-and-white 1927, where 12-year-old urchin Rose (Millicent Simmonds) lives a cosseted life in New Jersey, and 1977, where an unkempt Ben (Pete’s Dragon star Fegley) lives in a quiet, rural town in Minnesota. While Rose dreams of crossing paths with film star idol Lillian Mayhew (Moore), Ben longs for his deceased mother (Williams) and his father whom he never knew. In a whimsical mirroring of one another, both children trade in their lonely lives for the hustle and bustle of the big city in a quest to find themselves.
April 5, 2018
Sam and Simon return to talk about some of their favourite March films, still playing at Picturehouse Cinemas including You Were Never Really Here, Tomb Raider, Isle of Dogs and Ready Player One.
March 20, 2018
Corrina Antrobus talks to director Lorna Tucker about her new film Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist.
Director: Lorna Tucker
Starring: Vivienne Westwood
Duration: 83 min
Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years, and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time. The film blends archive footage, beautifully crafted reconstruction, and insightful interviews with Vivienne’s fascinating network of collaborators, guiding us on her journey from a childhood in post-war Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan. This is an intimate and poignant homage to one of the true cultural icons, as she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity, her principles and her legacy in a business driven by consumerism, profit and global expansion.