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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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    • 4.9 • 373 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

    In conversation with director Michael Hoffman: Restless Natives, Soapdish, One Fine Day, Restoration, Gambit and more

    In conversation with director Michael Hoffman: Restless Natives, Soapdish, One Fine Day, Restoration, Gambit and more

    In a special episode of Film Stories, Simon is joined by Restless Natives, Soapdish and One Fine Day director Michael Hoffman.

    They talk through his film career, from his unconventional start, to stopping in Robert Redford's house, a George Clooney basketball accident and the joy of films such as Soapdish.

    Plus: the pressures of having made the Royal Film in 1995 - that also happened to be picked as part of the 100 years of cinema celebration!

    Find Simon on Twitter: @simonbrew.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Superman Returns (2006) and Blinded By The Light (2019)

    Superman Returns (2006) and Blinded By The Light (2019)

    In the new episode, two films at either end of the budget scale!

    Superman Returns took over a decade to come together, with over $50m spent even by the time it was greenlit. But after the successful Batman reboot landed the year before it, the pressure was on.


    Blinded By The Light took a long time to come together too - but then how do you make a wonderful British coming of age film, whilst also weaving in the music of Bruce Springsteen?

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

    • 53 min
    In conversation with Simon Mayo

    In conversation with Simon Mayo

    In a special episode of the Film Stories podcast, Simon is joined by one half of the BBC's flagship film programme, Simon Mayo.

    The pair chat about Kermode & Mayo's Film Review (Wittertainment to its chums) and the absence of Kermode & Mayo's Home Entertainment Service from BBC iPlayer. 

    And they talk too about Simon's books, including his latest thriller Knife Edge, and the screen adaptations of his work. Plus a bit of radio too...

    Find Simon (Brew) on Twitter at @simonbrew.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Social Network (2010) and The Naked Gun 2 1/2 (1991)

    The Social Network (2010) and The Naked Gun 2 1/2 (1991)

    In the latest episode, two films where the actors had to get used to a whole load of takes!

    The Social Network came with a 161-page script from Aaron Sorkin to fit into a two hour movie. And director David Fincher came up with a simple idea to make sure it'd fit.

    For The Naked Gun 2 1/2, director David Zucker had to make sure his actors stuck very much to the script - and he also wanted to make sure an environmental message snuck into the film.

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

    • 53 min
    True Romance (1993) and Bioshock (unmade)

    True Romance (1993) and Bioshock (unmade)

    In this episode, a film that took time to find its audience - and one that never got to find one at all.

    Tony Scott had to pick between directing Reservoir Dogs or True Romance by a young, upcoming talent called Quentin Tarantino. He chose the latter - and by the time filming began, big names were queuing up for a role.

    After the collapse of the planned Halo film, a deal was done to ensure Bioshock didn't suffer a similar fate. It didn't go to plan.

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

    • 53 min
    Alien Resurrection (1997) and Wall Street (1987)

    Alien Resurrection (1997) and Wall Street (1987)

    In the new episode, an attempt to breathe new life into the Alien saga, and a role that changed Michael Douglas' career.

    Alien Resurrection went through at least five possible endings, and wasn't originally to feature the character of Ripley. The plan for it to be a lower budget spin-off soon changed.


    Michael Douglas was known for safe roles before 1987 came along, and Oliver Stone was warned about casting him too. One Oscar later...

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

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
373 Ratings

373 Ratings

AlanGCB ,

Always fascinating.

Started listening only to episodes about films that I had seen and liked but then went back to the beginning and started listening to them all. Even episodes about films I haven’t heard of, let alone seen, are still a really enjoyable listen.

Garth Vader ,

The story behind the stories we love.

A great podcast that takes a quick journey trough 2 movies each episode. It looks at the production history, the general reception of the movies at the time and a few behind the scenes stories. Always a good listen always positive a great podcast for movie fans or to discover some movies you may wish to watch.

Hater mass ,

Really entertaining

Found this by accident and what a surprise it is. Different to all other film shows in that it doesn’t review films but has really interesting stories about the making of movies, many of which, I had not heard. Good interesting stories on his website too.

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