39 episodes

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

Girls On Film Anna Smith

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9, 45 Ratings

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

    Ep 39: Pride special with Bella Thorne + queer classics reviewed with Becca Harrison

    Ep 39: Pride special with Bella Thorne + queer classics reviewed with Becca Harrison

    It’s Pride season! And we’re bringing you a packed Pride special. Actress and vocal LGBTQ+ advocate Bella Thorne joins Anna to talk pansexuality, love and support in the queer community, and the power of social media to make real social change. She also unpacks her starring role in Bonnie & Clyde-style crime thriller Infamous, as well as quirky college comedy The Duff.

    Plus, guest critic and Dr of Film Becca Harrison drops in to review three brilliant queer films you can stream for a Pride celebration on your sofa: bittersweet political Brit-flick Pride, Todd Haynes’ Oscar-nominated lesbian love story Carol, and recent Girls On Film guest Desiree Akhavan’s bisexual comedy drama Appropriate Behaviour.
    All films are available on Amazon Prime Video, our partner for this episode.

    Become a patron of Girls On Film on Patreon here: www.patreon.com/girlsonfilmpodcast

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    Watch Girls On Film's latest show on the BFI's YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/Opl7aSOiQs4

    Girls On Film is an HLA production, exec produced by Hedda Archbold and audio produced by Jane Long. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Intern: Heather Dempsey.

    • 32 min
    Ep 38: Actor Lola Petticrew on coming-out comedy Dating Amber + reviews with Carrie Lyell (DIVA mag)

    Ep 38: Actor Lola Petticrew on coming-out comedy Dating Amber + reviews with Carrie Lyell (DIVA mag)

    Young Irish actor Lola Petticrew (A Bump Along The Way) joins Anna to chat about her new comedy Dating Amber, directed by David Freyne. She plays Amber, a lesbian schoolgirl who pretends to date Eddie (Fionn O'Shea - Normal People) so the pair can pose as straight. As Eddie struggles with his sexual identity, he and Amber grow closer. Lola talks frankly about the film, her friendship with her co-star and her own journey to coming out as queer.
    Carrie Lyell, the editor of DIVA magazine, is our guest reviewer and discusses Dating Amber with Anna. The two critics also revisit the 1999 film But I'm A Cheerleader, a comedy set in a gay conversion camp and starring Natasha Lyonne. They also pay tribute to Girls On Film favourite Booksmart.

    All films are available on Amazon Prime Video, our partner for this episode.

    Become a patron of Girls On Film on Patreon here: www.patreon.com/girlsonfilmpodcast

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    Watch Girls On Film's latest show on the BFI's YouTube channel:

    https://youtu.be/Opl7aSOiQs4

    Girls On Film is an HLA production, exec produced by Hedda Archbold and audio produced by Jane Long. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Intern: Heather Dempsey.

    • 35 min
    Ep 37: Isobel Waller-Bridge, Rachel Portman & Anne Nikitin with Scala Radio

    Ep 37: Isobel Waller-Bridge, Rachel Portman & Anne Nikitin with Scala Radio

    Isobel Waller-Bridge talks about living and working with her sister, Phoebe, in the second of our special episodes with Scala Radio. The composer talks about life in lockdown, Fleabag, Vita and Virginia and composing electronic scores for period film and TV.

    She’s joined by Anne Nikitin, who scored the award-winning film American Animals. The two compare notes about their experiences in a male-dominated field, and their conflicting thoughts about being labelled ‘female composers’. They also explore the difference between Hollywood and Britain’s film industry.

    Anna’s third guest is an Emmy and Academy Award winning composer who has been scoring blockbuster films for over two decades: Rachel Portman. Rachel describes working with Mike Leigh on Life is Sweet, Lynne Ramsay on Ratcatcher and gives a fascinating insight into her working life, from indie movies to big budget Hollywood. This is a must-listen for anyone interested in music and film.

    Thanks to our partners Scala Radio.

    Become a patron of Girls On Film on Patreon here: www.patreon.com/girlsonfilmpodcast

    Follow us on Twitter:
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    Girls On Film is an HLA production, exec produced by Hedda Archbold and audio produced by Jenny Nelson. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Intern: Heather Dempsey.

    • 41 min
    Ep 36: Monica Dolan, Desiree Akhavan, Mark Cousins & Nisha Ganatra

    Ep 36: Monica Dolan, Desiree Akhavan, Mark Cousins & Nisha Ganatra

    This episode features extended, uncut interviews from the latest Girls On Film YouTube show with the British Film Institute.

    Actor Monica Dolan chats about her leading role in Days of the Bagnold Summer, and about collaborating with writers and directors in films including Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and The Falling.

    She explores three of her favourite iconic female roles in cinema, and shares her views on the visibility of female directors.
     
    Actor, writer and director Desiree Akhavan talks about the delicate balance of directing sex scenes in The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Appropriate Behaviour, and shares a message for ‘film nerds’ in isolation.
     
    Writer and director Mark Cousins becomes Girls On Film’s second ever male guest, and reveals the behind the scenes story behind Women Make Film, paying tribute to his iconic narrators including Tilda Swinton and Jane Fonda.

    Finally, director Nisha Ganatra (Late Night) talks about her new film The High Note starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson. She shares her upbeat views about the future for female directors and her solution for reaching gender parity. 

    Watch the full filmed version of this episode on the BFI’s YouTube here: https://youtu.be/mrBpdWKDSDo

    Catch the previous episode with Billie Piper, Sally Phillips and Ronni Ancona here: https://youtu.be/FG_VyY6Jy6A

    Join us for the next filmed episode: 6.30pm on June 23rd 2020 on the BFI’s YouTube channel.

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    Girls On Film is an HLA production, presented by Anna Smith, exec produced by Hedda Archbold and audio produced by Jane Long. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Intern: Heather Dempsey.

    With thanks to the British Film Institute

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep 35: Film composers Anne Dudley and Nainita Desai join Girls On Film with Scala Radio

    Ep 35: Film composers Anne Dudley and Nainita Desai join Girls On Film with Scala Radio

    Host Anna Smith is joined by trailblazing Oscar-winner Anne Dudley and BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Nainita Desai. They talk about their careers as film composers, in the first of two episodes partnered with Scala Radio.

    Anne and Nainita discuss the details and challenges of this offscreen role, and share their stories of breaking into the film scoring industry. Addressing gender imbalance, we look to the positive changes taking place – and how to keep them going.

    Anne remembers attending the Academy Awards for The Full Monty, while Nainita talks about scoring the award-winning documentary For Sama.

    Adapting to lockdown life along with the rest of us, Nainita talks about her new project connecting musicians with composers to keep the industry in motion throughout the pandemic. We also learn which classic scores inspired our guests to make a career of composing – and that even they are not immune to the power of ABBA.

    Thanks to our partners Scala Radio.

    Become a patron of Girls On Film on Patreon here: www.patreon.com/girlsonfilmpodcast

    Follow us on Twitter:
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    Girls On Film is an HLA production, exec produced by Hedda Archbold and audio produced by Jenny Nelson. Intern: Heather Dempsey.

    • 48 min
    Ep 34: Greta Gerwig's Little Women + reviews of Ema, Michelle Obama's Becoming & Birds of Prey

    Ep 34: Greta Gerwig's Little Women + reviews of Ema, Michelle Obama's Becoming & Birds of Prey

    Empire film critic Helen O'Hara and broadcaster Wendy Lloyd take a deep dive into Greta Gerwig's Little Women in this uplifting episode celebrating the joys of the award-winning classic.

    Along with host Anna Smith, they take a look at the themes, the performances and the enduring feminist message, examining Gerwig's clever use of structure and time.

    The critics also review the new thriller Ema, Michelle Obama doc Becoming, the Netflix film Carrie Pilby and the Margot Robbie starrer Birds of Prey, all available to watch now at home.

    If you’d like to take part in the Little Women Book Club by reading with us, follow us on socials. Hashtag #littlewomen and #littlewomenbookclub.

    Read it before the film’s digital release on 11th May 2020 so we can all watch it together (you can own a copy from 25th May).

    Become a patron of Girls On Film on Patreon here: www.patreon.com/girlsonfilmpodcast

    Follow us on Twitter:


    www.twitter.com/GirlsOnFilm_Pod


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    Girls On Film is and HLA production, exec produced by Hedda Archbold and audio produced by Jane Long. Intern: Heather Dempsey.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Izzy hayden ,

Fun, informed, charismatic.

Really grateful for this podcast offering an alternative to the usual white male voice of film criticism. Feels like I’m finally listening to people who are speaking my language.

Jules Nixon ,

Entertaining & Insightful.

Intelligent, well structured, witty, insightful and well worth a listen.

cara kane ,

Inspiring podcast! Consistently good.

Once you start listening you will not be able to stop. Anna is a talented host and curator and of course a very knowledgeable film critic. Each program flows well and leaves you satisfied ... it’s edited perfectly! I also love the way it has a good balance of films you have seen and gives a good list of films you now want to see. It is also consistent in that every episode is good unlike many podcasts where only one or two episodes from a series are stand-out (I find this a common problem). New favourite podcast.

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