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Film Stories with Simon Brew is a podcast that looks to dig into the stories behind popular movies.From troubled productions, to rights issues, to difficulties with release to films nearly falling apart, the podcast will be looking at the stories that don't always seem apparent when watching a movie!
The podcast is hosted by Simon Brew, the founder of Den Of Geek. You can find Simon at www.twitter.com/simonbrew

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    • 4.6 • 10 Ratings

Film Stories with Simon Brew is a podcast that looks to dig into the stories behind popular movies.From troubled productions, to rights issues, to difficulties with release to films nearly falling apart, the podcast will be looking at the stories that don't always seem apparent when watching a movie!
The podcast is hosted by Simon Brew, the founder of Den Of Geek. You can find Simon at www.twitter.com/simonbrew

    Scoop (2024), with director Philip Martin

    Scoop (2024), with director Philip Martin

    In this special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by director Philip Martin, chatting days after the release of his latest film.
    That movie is Scoop, the dramatisation of the infamous BBC interview with Prince Andrew. The pair chat about Philip's early work, his time in Canada trying to break into the film industry, then jetting to Los Angeles at one point to pitch to John Travolta.
    Then there's Scoop, and the challenges of making a film where everybody pretty much knows the ending...
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    • 40 min
    Saltburn (2023) and Mean Girls (2024)

    Saltburn (2023) and Mean Girls (2024)

    A pair of bang up to the minute films in this episode of Film Stories, both of which enjoyed the fruits of viral marketing.
    Saltburn (2023) had been in the head of its writer/director Emerald Fennell for years before she even got to work on her Oscar-winning Promising Young Woman (2020). The catalyst? A really rather famous scene in with a bathtub. But who could have guessed how the internet would take hold of her film post-release?
    In the case of Mean Girls (2024), the battle was on to hide what it actually was. The new take on the 2004 film of the same name was a musical, but you'd never guess that from the (very deliberate) way that Paramount marketed the movie. A movie that, incidentally, was originally intended for streaming services before getting a cinema upgrade...
    Stories of both are told in this episode.

    • 55 min
    In conversation with Dolph Lundgren

    In conversation with Dolph Lundgren

    In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by Dolph Lundgren. Yep, that Dolph Lundgren: not only Ivan Dragon, but a writer, director, actor, TED Talker, academic and lover of cats.
    They chat about his latest directorial outing, Wanted Man, that's available on UK digital services now. Plus, which version of Rocky IV is the best, why his cat has ended up in the end credits of his latest film, his love of watching Sex And The City, and a chat about the impact of putting his own story out into the world...
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    • 35 min
    Ghostbusters II (1989), plus Ernie Hudson

    Ghostbusters II (1989), plus Ernie Hudson

    There's a Ghostbusters theme running through this episode of Film Stories, starting off with a dive into 1989's Ghostbusters II. Dismissed by critics on its release and not matching the commercial performance of the 1984 original, the movie had a very difficult path to the screen. Then, when it finally started moving forward, it found itself in a queue with films such as Twins and Scrooged, to which others had commitments to.
    We dig into that in this episode - including the crucial meeting in a Los Angeles restaurant that unlocked Ghostbusters II in the first place.
    Then finally, a very special guest: Ernie Hudson joins us for the second half of the episode. On the one hand, he's talking about the newly-released Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. On the other? Well, how are we supposed to resist talking to him about Congo...
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    • 57 min
    Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024), with co-writer and director Gil Kenan

    Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024), with co-writer and director Gil Kenan

    In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, director and co-writer Gil Kenan joins to talk about his latest movie, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.
    He tells Simon about being one of four people to direct a Ghostbusters movie, and the one moment where it hit him how monumental that was. Plus, how filming got underway one year before release, the practicalities of puppets, and some of the career challenges that led to this moment too.
    Plus, reflections on Kenan's own story, and what got him to this point in time...
    Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is now in cinemas.
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    • 34 min
    A View To A Kill (1985) and Buster (1988)

    A View To A Kill (1985) and Buster (1988)

    It's back to the 1980s in this episode of the Film Stories podcast, kicking off with one last James Bond 007 adventure for Roger Moore.
    A View To A Kill - teased at the end of 1983's Octopussy as From A View To A Kill - came together initially with little fuss for a James Bond movie. Roger Moore was quickly invited back. John Glen was asked to direct even before he'd finished the last film. Pinewood Studios was booked. And then the problems: question marks over whether Roger Moore was too old for the role, announcing someone for the villain who turned the part down - and then the 007 stage at Pinewood burning down.
    1988's Buster by comparison was a fairly smooth shoot. Phil Collins agreed to take his first lead role, Julie Walters was in the USA for the Oscars when she got the script. But the story of one of the Great Train Robbers came with questions, not least should such a movie be with such a light tone about such a serious subject. Still, it got to the Oscars...
    Stories of both - and their respective royal premieres too - are told in this episode...
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

laughingull ,

Delightful podcast for moviegoers (not critics)

It’s so enjoyable to listen to this podcast. The host has a wonderful voice that conveys the joy he gets from movies. He’s not a critic and he’s not into deconstructing the movies he discusses. Instead each week he gives a good brief overview of the production history of (and some inside scoop about) selected movies—usually mainstream films—that leave me enlightened and light-hearted. Give it a try!

Jules199670 ,

I love that you do Simon except

PLEASE take the time to understand the pronunciation of actor’s names. It was painful listening to you pronounce Will Ferrell’s name over and over again. Lesser so Eugene Levy. Lots of interviews out there for reference.

DigiFluid ,

Film buffs - enjoy!

Simon’s simple, plainspoken way combined with his obvious adoration of all things film make this an incredibly accessible podcast. Film Stories makes my Monday morning commute a pleasure!

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