March 23, 2019
Sarah Cook talks to Winston Duke, the co-star of Jordan Peele's new film Us.
After the roaring success of 2017’s Get Out, Jordan Peele hits us with another provocative helping of horror. US chronicles a family’s trip away to an idyllic beach house in Santa Cruz, California. Lupita Nyong’o plays mother Adelaide, who knew the seaside venue as a child, and Winston Duke plays her husband, Gabe. As night draws in, four mysterious people appear, holding hands in the driveway of their lodging. They’re not just any intruders, but are grotesque and menacing doppelgängers of the family themselves. Tranquillity gives way panic and fear, and the family break descends into nightmarish uncertainty. Who are these creatures? Where did they come from? What do they want?
March 15, 2019
Sam Clements and Noa Meshorer talk to Lucas Hedges about his new film Ben Is Back, in cinemas now.
Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts give terrific performances in this intimate drama about family and addiction. Nineteen year-old recovering addict Ben Burns (Hedges) unexpectedly shows up at his family’s suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben’s mother, Holly (Roberts), is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed and a mother’s undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe.
March 11, 2019
Felicity Beckett is joined by director Alex Holmes and producer Victoria Gregory to discuss their new film, Maiden.
Maiden tells the inspirational story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.
Tracy’s dream met opposition on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it; the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure; potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up: she re-mortgaged her home and bought a second-hand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. With the support of her remarkable crew, she went on to shock the sport and prove that women are the equal of men.
March 6, 2019
Sam Clements talks to directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck about their new film, Captain Marvel.
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the centre of the maelstrom.
February 27, 2019
Corrina Antrobus talks to director Sara Colangelo and actor Maggie Gyllenhaal about their new film, The Kindergarten Teacher.
Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Lisa Spinelli, a kindergarten teacher and poet fed up with her career, her oblivious husband and teenage kids who largely ignore her. When she discovers that a five-year-old in her class may be a poetic prodigy, Lisa becomes fascinated and tries to protect him from neglectful parents. She soon finds herself risking her career and family to nurture his talent.
February 25, 2019
Sam talks to director Susanna White about her new film Woman Walks Ahead, playing Picturehouse Cinemas' Discover Tuesday slot on 26 February.
Based on true events, Woman Walks Ahead tells the story of Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a widowed artist from New York who, in the 1880s, traveled alone to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes). Her arrival at Standing Rock is met with open hostility by a US Army officer (Sam Rockwell), who has stationed troops around the Lakota reservation to undermine Native American claims to the land. As Catherine and Sitting Bull grow closer, and as their friendship—and his life—are threatened by government forces, Catherine must stand up and fight for what is most important to her.
February 22, 2019
Sam Clements and Sarah Cook talk to director Mimi Leder and co-star Armie Hammer about their new film, On The Basis Of Sex.
The true story of the pioneering lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones), her struggles for equal rights in law and what she had to overcome in order to become a female US Supreme Court Justice – the second-ever woman in such a position.
The film focuses on the first sex discrimination case that Ruth Ginsburg took on, in the early 1970s, when she represented Charles Moritz (Chris Mulkey), a Colorado man looking after his elderly mother who was denied a tax benefit routinely given to women caring for family members. From that moment, Ruth was on a quest to banish sex discrimination in law. This film is about that legal crusade but is also about the woman at home with her children, and a portrait of Ruth’s extraordinary marriage to Marty Ginsburg (Armie Hammer). On the Basis Of Sex tells the story of a fascinating woman, with compelling insights into the arguments of our time.
February 21, 2019
Corrina Antrobus talks to writer-director Nadine Labaki about her awards-winning new film, Capernaum.
In a courtroom, a young boy named Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) stands before a judge. He asks to sue his own parents for giving him life. The circumstances that have brought him to this point take us on a journey through his poverty-stricken upbringing in Beirut where he lives with his family.
Forced to live by his wits in order to survive, Zain’s life reaches a turning point when his parents make an unforgivable deal that will see his younger sister married off. Left distraught by this terrible act, Zain takes to the road. While looking for work at a fairground, he befriends a young woman who is working illegally as a cleaner and helps to look after her adorable one-year-old baby, Jonas. Zain and Jonas form a touching bond but things get much more complicated when circumstances force Zain to make choices that will have huge ramifications.
Capernaum is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit – a battle cry for the forgotten, the unwanted and the lost that offers hope in the most unexpected of places.
February 18, 2019
Sarah Cook talks to director Matthew Heinoman about his new film A Private War.
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A Private War tells the extraordinary and incredibly moving story of one of the most celebrated war correspondents of all time, Marie Colvin. In a world where journalism is under attack, Colvin (played by an outstanding Rosamund Pike) is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while testing the limits between bravery and bravado. Her mission to show the true cost of war leads her – along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) – to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.
February 15, 2019
Sam talks to writer-director Joe Cornish, about his new film The Kid Who Would Be King. In cinemas now.
Following his sci-fi sensation Attack The Block, director Joe Cornish returns with a hugely enjoyable mash-up of old-school magic and the modern world.
Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he’s just an ordinary boy, living an ordinary life... until he stumbles upon the mythical sword of King Arthur and frees it from its stone. (In a building site, no less.) But can this kid be king? With the help of legendary wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart), Alex must unite friends and enemies alike and defeat the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) in the battle of a lifetime.
Beat an army, slay a demon and save the world? No pressure, kid.