251 episodes

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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    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 524 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

    Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and American Pie 2 (2001)

    Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and American Pie 2 (2001)

    In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of comedy sequels, that each managed to financially outperform their predecessors.
    Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) proved to be a masterclass in how to market a movie. But even ahead of production, all concerned were determined to make it a much bigger film that the original. 
    Things weren't quite as straightforward on 2001's American Pie 2, a film that originally Universal wasn't in a rush to make, then suddenly was very much in a rush to make. What's more, it underwent quite significant changes in post-production too...
    Stories of both are told in this episode.
    Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.
    Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 50 min
    In conversation with director Dexter Fletcher: The Offer, Rocketman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Wild Bill, Sherlock Holmes 3, The Saint and more

    In conversation with director Dexter Fletcher: The Offer, Rocketman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Wild Bill, Sherlock Holmes 3, The Saint and more

    In a Film Stories special episode, director Dexter Fletcher returns to the podcast. He chats to Simon about his latest project, the Paramount+ series The Offer, about the making of The Godfather (it's streaming on Paramount+ now).
    They also find time to chat about projects as varied as Sherlock Holmes 3, Wild Bill, The Saint, Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman and his upcoming film Ghosted. And we try and land Dexter the Bond job as well...

    • 46 min
    Episode 250: RoboCop (1987) and Ace Ventura When Nature Calls (1995)

    Episode 250: RoboCop (1987) and Ace Ventura When Nature Calls (1995)

    In the 250th episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, an all-time science fiction classic, and a very difficult comedy sequel. 
    1987's RoboCop needs little introduction. Yet the ultra-violent crime-battler was the result of two diffierent film ideas being brought into one. And a bit of a battle with the American ratings board was involved too.
    Jim Carrey was contractually obliged to make 1995's Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, and it'd put him off sequels for the bulk of his career. Not surprisingly: it proved to be a very, very difficult production.
    Stories of both are told in this episode.
    Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.
    Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 53 min
    The Irishman (2019) and Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008)

    The Irishman (2019) and Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008)

    In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a Martin Scorsese film that took years to come together, and a career-altering Kevin Smith movie.
    The Irishman was a long talked about reunion of Scorsese and Robert De Niro - but it was always set to be expensive, long, and not family-friendly. Just who would want to pay the bill?
    Finding a financier was much easier where Kevin Smith's Zack And Miri Make A Porno was concerned - but other problems were around the corner.
    Stories of both are told in this episode.
    Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.
    Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 53 min
    Jurassic World Dominion (2022), with director Colin Trevorrow

    Jurassic World Dominion (2022), with director Colin Trevorrow

    In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by Colin Trevorrow, the director of the newly-released Jurassic World Dominion. They talk about the coming together of the film, of how it changed since it was originally conceived, and the inclusion of a small shop in London.
    Plus, they reflect on Trevorrow's career since his superb debut, Safety Not Guaranteed, and how the ecosystem of the moives has changed since he made it...

    • 30 min
    Trainspotting (1996) and Days Of Thunder (1990)

    Trainspotting (1996) and Days Of Thunder (1990)

    In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a British sensation and the reunion of the Top Gun team.
    Trainspotting came together quickly, as director Danny Boyle and his team built on the success of 1995's Shallow Grave. Small problem? Even as the script was being written, the rights to the source book hadn't been secured.
    With Days Of Thunder, it looks simple: bring the star, producer and director of Top Gun back together, and box office gold would follow. What happened though was one of the most infamous blockbuster movie shoots of its era.
    Stories of both are told in this episode.
    Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.
    Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
524 Ratings

524 Ratings

Emersop ,

Very good

Really interesting podcast, all films discussed have clearly been thoroughly researched using various sources, also no ads which is a bonus

CliveAPFC ,

Really informative and well paced

I have only just stumbled across this pod and as a fanatical film fan, this is right up my street.
The episodes are well researched and constructed at pace so you don’t get bogged down in waffle. The tone is perfect and Simon (I feel he’s a friend now) even explores projects that fell into development hell
I would highly recommend this - I even might track down his print magazine. Which I haven’t purchased for neatly 10 years despite having every issue of Empire up to 2014

Raspberry Swirllll ,

So enjoyable

I’ve only recently found this podcast, but have now listened to at least half of them and am loving it. You won’t find anyone more enthusiastic about film than Simon Brew, he really knows his stuff and his love of film is palpable. I’m looking forward to hearing more!

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