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Tom Prior and Peeter Rabane on Firebird | Picturehouse

Tom Prior and Peeter Rabane on Firebird | Picturehouse

May 15, 2022

Felicity Beckett speaks to writer Tom Prior and director Peeter Rabane about their new film, Firebird. 

A special one-off screening for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on 17 May. 

A special one-off screening for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Based on a true story during the Cold War, Firebird is a passionate love story set against the backdrop of an Air Force base in occupied Estonia during late 1970’s Communist rule. Sergey (Tom Prior), a soulful, young soldier who dreams of becoming an actor in Moscow, is counting the days until his military service ends. His life is turned upside down when he locks eyes with Roman (Oleg Zagorodnii), an enigmatic ace fighter pilot newly assigned to his base.

Driven by their undeniable attraction, Sergey and Roman navigate the precarious line between love and friendship at a time when Soviet men in uniform caught having a sexual affair was met with the severest punishment.

As their friendship grows into love, the men risk their freedom and their lives to be together in the face of an all-seeing Communist regime.

The Drover’s Wife with Leah Purcell | Picturehouse

The Drover’s Wife with Leah Purcell | Picturehouse

May 15, 2022

Felicity Beckett talks to writer, director and actor Leah Purcell about her new film, The Drover’s Wife: The Legend Of Molly Johnson, in cinemas now. 

In 1893, heavily pregnant Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) and her children struggle to survive the harsh Australian landscape after her husband leaves to drove sheep in the high country. One day, she finds an escaped Indigenous Australian convict (Rob Collins) wounded on her property and an unlikely bond begins to form between them.

Meanwhile, new town lawman Nate Clintoff realises that Molly's husband is missing and sends his constable to investigate. A thrilling tale that explores racism and misogyny under colonial rule, and a labour of love for Purcell, who has also adapted Henry Lawson’s short story into a play and a novel.

Vortex with Gaspar Noé | Picturehouse

Vortex with Gaspar Noé | Picturehouse

May 14, 2022

Film critic Elena Lazic talks to director Gaspar Noé about his new film Vortex, in cinemas now. 

The latest feature from Gaspar Noé is a tender and undeniably powerful exploration of loneliness and love. Having debuted to widespread acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, it focuses on an elderly couple (played by Françoise Lebrun and Dario Argento) who spend their days in a Paris apartment. Both love and care for each other, but are grappling with the early stages of dementia.

Presented in split-screen, we follow the couple as they go about their daily routines both together and alone. As everyday tasks become more challenging, forgetfulness shifts to something more troubling and their son (Alex Lutz) struggles to care for them as they enter a vortex of mental and physical degeneration. Compelling and moving in equal measure, this is a departure for Noé – but in terms of scope and ambition, it is one of his finest works to date.

Vortex, Downton Abbey: A New Era and Sam Raimi on Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness | Picturehouse

Vortex, Downton Abbey: A New Era and Sam Raimi on Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness | Picturehouse

May 6, 2022

Hosted by Picturehouse’s very own Sam Clements, The Love Of Cinema podcast goes deep on the best new releases, with a little help from some of our favourite film critics, plenty of special guests, and you, the audience!

This month we're joined by guest film critics Stephanie Bunbury and Wendy Mitchell to discuss the much anticipated Downtown Abbey: A New Era, Gaspar Noe’s Vortex and the new Nick Cave music film This Much I Know To Be True. 

We’re also joined by director Sam Raimi to talk about his brand new Marvel Studios film, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, interviewed by Amon Warmann. 

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The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent |

The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent |

April 22, 2022

Felicity Beckett talks to director Tom Gormican about his new film, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. 

Unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, actor Nicolas Cage (playing Nicolas Cage himself) accepts a $1 million offer to attend the birthday party of a billionaire fan (Pedro Pascal). But when things take a wild turn, Nic finds himself channelling some of his most iconic, beloved characters in order to save his wife and daughter from his fan – who he soon learns is a notorious drug lord.

Happening with Audrey Diwan | Picturehouse

Happening with Audrey Diwan | Picturehouse

April 21, 2022

Felicity Beckett is joined by BAFTA-nominated director Audrey Diwan to discuss her her film, Happening. 

France, 1963, Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei) is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her pregnancy progressing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so. Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, Happening is the critically acclaimed new film from BAFTA-nominated director Audrey Diwan.

True Things Q&A with Ruth Wilson and Harry Wootliff at Picturehouse Central | Picturehouse

True Things Q&A with Ruth Wilson and Harry Wootliff at Picturehouse Central | Picturehouse

April 17, 2022

Anna Bogutskaya hosts a live Q&A with Ruth Wilson and Harry Wootliff about their new film, True Things. 

Bored by the daily tedium of her office job, Kate (Ruth Wilson) is sleepwalking through life when a chance sexual encounter with a charismatic stranger (Tom Burke) awakens her.

High on infatuation and the exhilaration of this new relationship, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to this mysterious new man. Hoping he will provide the escape she so desperately desires, she embarks on an emotionally dangerous journey that slowly begins to consume her.

Operation Mincemeat Special | Picturehouse

Operation Mincemeat Special | Picturehouse

April 17, 2022

Felicity Beckett speaks to the cast of Operation Mincemeat about their new film. 

1943. The Allied forces are determined to launch an all-out assault on Fortress Europe. Two intelligence officers (Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen) have a plan so bizarre it might just work: disguise the body of a recently-deceased man, equip it with misleading papers, then drop it off the coast of Spain where Nazi spies would take the bait.

The Northman with Robert Eggers and Alexander Skarsgård | Picturehouse

The Northman with Robert Eggers and Alexander Skarsgård | Picturehouse

April 16, 2022

Felicity Beckett talks to writer-director Robert Eggers about The Northman, along with the films star Alexander Skarsgård. 

From visionary director Robert Eggers comes THE NORTHMAN, an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father’s murder. With an all-star cast that includes Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore, Happening, True Things with Ruth Wilson | Picturehouse

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore, Happening, True Things with Ruth Wilson | Picturehouse

April 8, 2022

Hosted by Picturehouse’s very own Sam Clements, The Love Of Cinema podcast goes deep on the best new releases, with a little help from some of our favourite film critics, plenty of special guests, and you, the audience!

This month we're joined by guest film critics Sarah Cook and Charlotte Harrison to discuss Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore, starring Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne and Mads Mikkelsen, Audrey Diwan’s BAFTA-nominated film Happening and True Things starring Ruth Wilson and Tom Burke.

We’re also joined by actor and producer Ruth Wilson to talk about her work on True Things, interviewed by Ella Kemp. 

If you'd like to send us a voice memo for use in a future episode, please email podcast@picturehouses.co.uk.

Rate and subscribe on Apple Podcasts. Follow us on Spotify.

Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with @picturehouses. Find our latest cinema listings at picturehouses.com

Produced by Stripped Media. Edited by Maddy Searle. 

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Thank you for listening. If you enjoy the show, please subscribe, rate, review and share with your friends. Vive La Cinema. 

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