May 24, 2017
Oscar-winning writer and director Michael Dudok de Wit drops by to talk about his award-winning Studio Ghibli produced animation The Red Turtle.
Director: Michaël Dudok De Wit. France/Belgium/Japan 2015. 81 mins.
Renowned Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli’s first-ever international co-production is a perfect collaboration with Oscar-winning Dutch animator Michaël Dudok De Wit. The Red Turtle, almost a decade in the making, is a dialogue-free fable about a castaway on a desert island, and a touching ode to the cycle of life and the resilience of family. Presented with an elegant simplicity, the sublime visuals pack a real emotional punch. Described by critics as a ‘quiet little masterpiece’ and a ‘wordless wonder’, The Red Turtle won the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes. Michaël Dudok De Wit previously made the Oscar-winning animated short Father And Daughter in 2000.
April 27, 2017
Florence Pugh pops in for a quick chat about Lady Macbeth.
April 21, 2017
Sam talks to actors Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton about their new film, in cinemas from 21 April, Their Finest.
Director: Lone Scherfig.
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin, Bill Nighy. UK 2017. 117 mins.
In 1940, a married woman (Gemma Arterton) and a screenwriter (Sam Claflin) develop a growing attraction while working together on a propaganda film about the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France. A beautifully crafted costume drama with terrific performances, Lone Scherfig's new film is a quietly subversive, funny and finally moving account of a little known story from one of the darkest, most uncertain periods of British history.
April 17, 2017
Sam and Simon are joined by screenwriter Tess Morris for a chat about what's currently on in cinemas and life after the release of her debut feature film, Man Up.
April 6, 2017
Sam talks to writer-director Julia Docournau about her new film Raw. The movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and went on to play numerous international festivals across the globe. It won the Sutherland Award for Best First Feature at the BFI London Film Festival. Raw is in cinemas now.
Director: Julia Ducournau.
Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Naït Oufella. France/Belgium 2016. 99 mins. French with English subtitles.
Following in the footsteps of her entire family, shy 16-year-old Justine, an animal-loving vegetarian, enrols in veterinary college. Entering a seductive world of boys, drugs and all-night parties, she is confronted with a moral dilemma when she must eat a raw rabbit liver as part of an initiation ritual. She devours the meat, and is soon overtaken by unusual cravings. Julia Ducournau’s impressive debut feature is a highly accomplished, bold and bloody exploration of womanhood. Based around Marillier’s terrific, no-holds-barred performance, Raw has echoes of both Catherine Breillat’s explorations of female sexuality and the body horror of early David Cronenberg. The tense coming-of-age story has a mordant streak of dark humour and moments of brutality and gore. These may prove disturbing even for seasoned horror fans, thanks to the work of FX maestro Olivier Afonso. Be warned, the blood and guts apparently caused some cinemagoers to faint during a recent screening at the Toronto Film Festival.
March 26, 2017
Director James Gray and The Lost City Of Z co-stars Sienna Miller and Charlie Hunnam pop by to talk about their new movie. In cinemas now.
March 14, 2017
Sam and Simon take a look at some new cinema releases this March, including: Certain Women, Logan, Elle, The Love Witch and A Silent Voice.
Simon also gives us a rundown of his very first 4DX cinema experience...
March 3, 2017
Director Anna Biller talks to us via Skype about her new film The Love Witch starring Samantha Robinson. Coming to Picturehouse Cinemas on 14 March courtesy of The Final Girls.