Interactive discussions for film lovers. Critical conversations, provocative debate, and exclusive interviews on and inspired by film.
CinePunked's core team are Robert JE Simpson, Rachael Kelly, Ben Simpson and Neil Sedgewick.
Duck and Cover
CinePunked goes rummaging through the film archives via acclaimed Cold War documentary The Atomic Cafe, revealing a frightening concoction of propaganda, deception, delusion, and fear linked by America's presentation of the perceived benefits and risks of the atomic bomb and a nuclear war. With memories of the cold war stirred up in 2022 by recent action in eastern Europe we find ourselves wondering if anything has really changed in the last eight decades...
With Robert JE Simpson, Dr Rachael Kelly, Neil Sedgewick and Ben 'Blademan' Simpson.
Iceberg - Dead Ahead
Marking the 110th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the CinePunked team assemble to discuss the definitive screen version of the incident - Roy Ward Baker's 1958 film A Night to Remember. Gathering just outside of Belfast, where the ship was built, Robert, Rachael and Neil consider the legacy of the night, Belfast's relationship with the story, generational trauma and just what we'd do if faced with the same situation.
Men, Maggots and Mutiny
Segei Eisenstein's film Battleship Potemkin is often hailed as one of the best films ever made. It tells the story (based on a real-life incident) of the crew of a Russian battleship mutinying in 1905, leading to a bloody confrontation in the streets of Odessa.
CinePunked gather to assess its value to a modern audience and pick apart the propeganda from the truth.
Where They Can't Find Us
Prompted by a screening of Eric Steel's 2006 documentary The Bridge, about those who choose to end their lives at San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, the CinePunked team engage in a frank and sensitive panel discussion examining the issues raised by the film, in particular the wider topic of suicide and mental health struggles.
For the conversation, Robert JE Simpson and Dr Rachael Kelly are joined by Stuart McChesney - a volunteer with the Community Rescue Service in NI.
Listener discretion is advised.
Via everything from The X Files to Welsh rugby, 'Fanomenal' sees CinePunked's Robert JE Simpson and special guest Dr Bethan Jones discuss the wide world of fandom including academic fandom studies, anti-fandom, gatekeeping and more.
Meshes With Maya
CinePunked's Robert JE Simpson is joined by Dr Paula Blair for a conversation around their responses to the experience of influential, Ukranian-born, avant garde filmmaker Maya Deren, with particular attention to her debut Meshes of the Afternoon, and At Land.
Just discovered this gem and totally enjoying the current episode about my favourite Charlie Chaplin film ‘The Kid’, with my favourite scene of all time - the teapot / baby bottle on a string 🙂