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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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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

    The Last Boy Scout (1991) and The Beach (2000)

    The Last Boy Scout (1991) and The Beach (2000)

    In this episode, two difficult blockbuster productions.

    The Last Boy Scout brought together writer Shane Black, producer Joel Silver, director Tony Scott and star Bruce Willis. Four heavyweights, lots of arguments, and a film that needed saving in the edit.

    The Beach's problems came as much before filming: the $50m film led to director Danny Boyle and actor Ewan McGregor having a long-running falling out. Things went downhill a bit from there.

    Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 55 min
    In conversation with Locksmith Animation: Ron's Gone Wrong and more

    In conversation with Locksmith Animation: Ron's Gone Wrong and more

    In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon traces the story of Locksmith Animation. Of how it came to life in 2014 with ambitions to make major animated films in the UK, and the seven year, very bumpy path to Ron's Gone Wrong.

    Simon is joined by four of the Locksmith team: Sarah Smith, Peter Baynham, JP Vine and Octavio E Rodriguez. Between them, they chart the challenges of different studio partners, of making a film on difficult internet connections, and a whole lot more...

    • 37 min
    Apollo 13 (1995) and Breakdown (1997)

    Apollo 13 (1995) and Breakdown (1997)

    In this episode, how Apollo 13 originally had Kevin Costner in mind, and the thriller that came out of a collapsed Stephen King film.

    Apollo 13 was made at a point where practical filmmaking was more logical than relying on computers. And for the cast, that meant 13 days of particularly intense filming.

    Breakdown came out of a film that didn't happen, and was practical too. But that didn't stop the studio wanting to add ten minutes to the start of the film.

    Support us: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 53 min
    Batman (1989) and Our Ladies (2019)

    Batman (1989) and Our Ladies (2019)

    In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that took 30 years between them to get made.

    Batman (1989) was announced twice before it finally got going. Rewrites continued throughout filming - with a $100,000 prop to fit in - and there was a bit of a casting backlash.


    Our Ladies could have been made much earlier: but co-writer/director Michael Caton-Jones dug in, and refused to Hollywood-ise the story.

    Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 58 min
    No Time To Die (2021) with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson

    No Time To Die (2021) with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson

    Here's a shorter, extra episode of Film Stories. This time, Simon is joined by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G WIlson, the producers of the James Bond films, to talk 007 and primarily the Daniel Craig era.

    This conversation was recorded as part of the press tour for No Time To Die, but the conversation goes a little broader than that.

    A full episode on No Time To Die will inevitably happen at some point in the future!

    • 25 min
    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) and The Mist (2007)

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) and The Mist (2007)

    In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of horror movies of slightly different sizes.

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was set to be the second in a loose trilogy of films. But producer Francis Ford Coppola and director/star Kenneth Branagh wouldn't quite see eye to eye.


    Frank Darabont's third big screen Stephen King adaptation meanwhile - The Mist - was uncompromising and took around 15 years to get made. But not for expected reasons.

    Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 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!

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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