On Chesil Beach with Dominic Cooke and Billy Howle | Picturehouse Podcast

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.


Revenge with Coralie Fargeat and Matilda Lutz | Picturehouse Podcast

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.


Mary and The Witch’s Flower with Ruby Barnhill | Picturehouse Podcast

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.


Even When I Fall | Picturehouse Podcast

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.


A Quiet Place with John Krasinski | Picturehouse Podcast

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.


Wonderstruck with Todd Haynes | Picturehouse Podcast

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.


Best Of March | Picturehouse Podcast

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. 


Westwood with Lorna Tucker | Picturehouse Podcast

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.


You Were Never Really Here with Lynne Ramsay | Picturehouse Podcast

March 9, 2018

Sam talks to writer and director Lynne Ramsay about her new film, You Were Never Really Here. In cinemas now. 

Director: Lynne Ramsay 
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov 
Duration: 95 min 

Joaquin Phoenix echoes Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle in his performance as Gulf War veteran turned brutal hitman Joe in Lynne Ramsay’s award-winning psychological thriller. Radicalised by the habitual brutality he has witnessed, Joe is given a new commission: recover young girl Nina (Samsonov) – daughter of an ambitious young politician – from a sex-trafficking ring. When he and Nina are swept into a violent conspiracy in the aftermath, both their lives are put at risk. Tensions build and the hitman’s nightmares steadily take hold of his waking life. Will the murky world of ‘private security’ and dirty dealings be his death trip or cause his awakening? You Were Never Really Here sets out to bare the soul of its hammer-wielding anti-hero.


Black Panther with Nate Moore | Picturehouse Podcast

February 14, 2018

Real-life superhero producer Nate Moore chats to Corrina Antrobus for the Picturehouse Podcast. As well as earning his stripes on blockbusters Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, Nate's now made history with one of the most anticipated superhero movies of a lifetime Black Panther. Here he talks working with Ryan Coogler, discovering Latishia Wright and the importance of positive representation on film.