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Girls On Film is a film review podcast from a female perspective, hosted by film critic and broadcaster Anna Smith

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Girls On Film is a film review podcast from a female perspective, hosted by film critic and broadcaster Anna Smith

    Ep 81: Sheffield DocFest 2021 with Simran Hans, Cíntia Gil & Anam Abbas

    Ep 81: Sheffield DocFest 2021 with Simran Hans, Cíntia Gil & Anam Abbas

    Fancy watching a fantastic documentary? This episode is full of recommendations, as we celebrate the world-renowned British documentary festival, Sheffield DocFest.

    First up, Anna talks with Festival Director Cíntia Gil about how this year’s Sheffield DocFest has come together. Cíntia selects a few of her favourite female-focused docs, that include everything from polyamorous weddings to weight lifting! Anna and Cíntia reflect on the surge of feminist reformative histories and new wave of female-directed docs. Is there a gendered gaze? 

    Next up, critic Simran Hans tells Anna why Sheffield DocFest is a special place for her. Together, they review the tumultuous personal portrait Charm Circle and the coming-of-age trans story If God Were a Woman. Simran recommends the clever and impactful short film, They Won’t Call It Murder. 

    Anna’s final guest is the director, producer and cinematographer of This Stained Dawn, Anam Abbas. This thoughtful doc explores the feminist movement in Pakistan. Anam details the important impact of marching and hopes her film will connect feminists across borders. She talks sisterhood, shocking moments, and what it means to be a part of Sheffield DocFest.

    Docs mentioned: Charm Circle, This Stained Dawn, My Name is Pauli Murray, Lift Like a Girl, If God Were a Woman, They Won’t Call It Murder.

    They Won’t Call It Murder clip – Courtesy of Field of Vision
     
    This episode is in partnership with Sheffield DocFest. Book tickets at sheffdocfest.com

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    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio Producer: Emma Butt. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Assistant Producer: Elliana Jay.

    • 42 min
    Ep 80: Joanna Scanlan talks about her starring role in After Love - and her Insta series, Sex Lives

    Ep 80: Joanna Scanlan talks about her starring role in After Love - and her Insta series, Sex Lives

    Feminism, faith and ferries to France… actor Joanna Scanlan tells Anna all about her new leading role in the film After Love. Written and directed by Aleem Khan, this tense, personal drama follows Mary (Joanna) as she uncovers her late husband’s secret. When questioned on the feminist angle of the film, Joanna makes an interesting point about our double standards on male and female bodies when it comes to a particular scene. Anna and Joanna also discuss the complex clash between the central female characters, what it was like preparing for the role, and their favourite scenes. Listen to the end to find out how Joanna’s been shaking off sexual shame in lockdown!

    Other Movie and TV mentions: The Thick of It, Notes on a Scandal, Pin Cushion, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Bridget Jones' Baby.

    #AfterLove
    @BFI
    @britishfilminstitute

    Sex Lives: http://www.instagram.com/sex_lives/

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    Watch Girls On Film on the BFI’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX…L89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7z
    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio Producer and Assistant Producer: Elliana Jay. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey.

    • 25 min
    Ep 79: Disney, diversity & evolution of the princess + reviews of Cruella & A Quiet Place Part II

    Ep 79: Disney, diversity & evolution of the princess + reviews of Cruella & A Quiet Place Part II

    Anna takes a deep dive into Disney’s recent projects, exploring how far they’ve come in terms of female representation and diversity.

    Critic Larushka Ivan-Zadeh feels right at home discussing all things Disney and Pixar. She tracks the evolution of Disney princesses and celebrates the multiple complex female characters of Raya and the Last Dragon. From warriors to wretches, the discussion turns to Cruella. Anna and Larushka share their thoughts on the new villainous origin story, the female rivalry at the centre of the film, and the brilliant performances from Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, and a cast of canines! Larushka also gives a review of the new horror film A Quiet Place Part II.

    Next up, screenwriters Adele Lim and Osnat Shurer explain what it means to them to create Disney’s first Southeast Asian warrior-princess. They talk about developing the movie with positive gender representation in mind, including the decision to have multiple leading female characters. They also pinpoint why representation behind the scenes is so important to onscreen diversity.

    Finally, the Director of Disney’s new Launchpad initiative, Mahin Ibrahim, joins Anna to offer an exclusive insight into how this new programme is aiming to bring to light underrepresented stories. American listeners stay tuned for some exciting opportunities!

    Other TV & Movie mentions: Snow White, Enola Holmes, Wonder Woman 1984, Frozen, Fleabag, Beauty and the Beast.

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    Watch Girls On Film on the BFI’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX…L89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7z
    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio Producer: Emma Butt. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Assistant Producer: Elliana Jay.

    • 42 min
    Ep 78: Billie Piper talks Rare Beasts

    Ep 78: Billie Piper talks Rare Beasts

    Mental health, gender disparities, beastly characters, and musicals. Billie Piper joins Anna Smith to talk about her bold writer-director debut Rare Beasts. The film sees single mother Mandy (played by Billie) pursue a relationship with an openly misogynistic man (Leo Bill). From insecurities to inspirations, Billie shares the process of building this bleakly comic story. She also raves about working with friend-of-the-pod Kerry Fox, and reflects on her first experience of directing men.

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    Watch Girls On Film on the BFI’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX…L89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7z
    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio Producer: Emma Butt. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Assistant Producer: Elliana Jay.

    • 26 min
    Ep 77: Menopause in the Movies with Dr Nighat Arif, Kate Muir and Linda Sands

    Ep 77: Menopause in the Movies with Dr Nighat Arif, Kate Muir and Linda Sands

    Anna delves into Channel 4’s urgent new documentary Sex, Myths and the Menopause with director Linda Sands and producer Kate Muir. Presented by Davina McCall, this show dispels the taboo surrounding menopause and demands that we start to have open conversations on the subject. Kate shares the personal experiences that compelled her to write a book and produce the film. Linda describes working with Davina and how she set the tone for the doc. They then explore the limited – and often terrible – representations of menopause in the movies.

    Next, Anna is joined by GP and women’s health expert Dr Nighat Arif to discuss the mental and physical wellbeing of women before, during and after menopause. Dr Nighat discusses the part she played in the Channel 4 doc and explains the importance of recognising the intersectionality of menopause – it is not just a ‘white woman problem’. She reveals she is a bit of a film buff and picks out some on screen menopause moments with Anna. This discussion is jam-packed with useful medical tips and uplifting messages for all!

    Find out more about the doc here: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/davina-mccall-sex-myths-and-the-menopause

    Start your research here:
    International Menopause Society: www.imsociety.org
    Menopause Matters: www.menopausematters.co.uk
    The Menopause Charity: www.themenopausecharity.org
    #ActingYourAgeCampaign – http://www.mrsnickyclark.com/-acting-your-age--campaign.html

    Movie & TV Mentions: Nomadland; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Olive Kitteridge; The Hot Flashes; Something’s Gotta Give; The Piano; Top of the Lake; Sex and the City 2; Fleabag; Call My Agent; Bombay Begums; House of Cards; The Golden Girls; Desperately Seeking Susan.

    Dr Nighat Arif: @DrNighatArif
    Kate Muir: @muirkate
    Linda Sands: @LindaBSands1

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    Watch Girls On Film on the BFI’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX…L89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7z
    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio Producer: Emma Butt. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Assistant Producer: Elliana Jay.

    • 44 min
    Ep 76: Sisters With Transistors special - Suzanne Ciani, Lisa Rovner, Gazelle Twin & Shiva Feshareki

    Ep 76: Sisters With Transistors special - Suzanne Ciani, Lisa Rovner, Gazelle Twin & Shiva Feshareki

    Discover the unsung female pioneers of electronic music in our Sisters With Transistors special. This one’s a real treat for your ears!

    First up, Anna is joined by collaborators on the doc: writer-director Lisa Rovner and pioneer Suzanne Ciani. Lisa explains the process of finding archive footage and constructing the ‘herstory’. From Buchla concerts to making music for the movies, Suzanne recalls her experience of being a female composer in the 70s and 80s. She remembers being one of the first women to solo score a Hollywood movie, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, in 1981. Keep listening for Suzanne’s discovery of a female film composer working in the 40s! And stay tuned for advice if you're keen to follow in her footsteps.

    Next, Anna chats to contemporary electronic composers Shiva Feshareki and Elizabeth Bernholz (aka Gazelle Twin). They recount their careers so far and talk about the unexpected positives of working in a male-dominated industry. Shiva explains how she got involved with Sisters With Transistors, and Elizabeth describes her powerful emotions when watching it. Together, they discuss the pioneers they look up to and those they have discovered through the doc.

    Other movie mentions: A Life in Waves (2017), Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and Legendary Tapes (2020), The Power (2021).

    This episode is in partnership with Modern Films.
    https://www.modernfilms.com/

    Shiva Feshareki music:
    White Dwarf, from Nebula - a release due to come out on Vinyl with Matière Mémoire on 25th May / https://soundcloud.com/shivafeshareki
    NTS Live at Uniqlo Tate Lates, manipulating Daphne Oram and more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At3Y93M_HkA

    Elizabeth Bernholz / Gazelle Twin music:
    The Well is featured on the OST for The Power: https://invada.bandcamp.com/album/the-power-original-motion-picture-soundtrack
    Unflesh is featured in Nocturne: https://invada.bandcamp.com/album/welcome-to-the-blumhouse-nocturne-amazon-original-soundtrack

    Suzanne Ciani music:
    Buchla concerts in NYC in 1975

    Delia Derbyshire:
    Doctor Who theme

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    Watch Girls On Film on the BFI’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX…L89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7z
    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio Producer: Emma Butt. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Assistant Producer: Elliana Jay.

    • 56 min

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