29 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

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

    Ep 29 – Isolation Pod: The Perfect Candidate with Haifaa al-Mansour + home viewing recommendations

    Ep 29 – Isolation Pod: The Perfect Candidate with Haifaa al-Mansour + home viewing recommendations

    In the first of a series of ‘Isolation Pods’ recorded online in our virtual studio, our host Anna Smith is joined by pioneering Saudi director Haifaa al-Mansour and Managing Director of Modern Films Eve Gabereau for a special discussion of al-Mansour’s new feature The Perfect Candidate – set for digital release this Friday 27 March.

    We’re also joined by British-Bahraini trumpet player and composer Yazz Ahmed, who dedicated an original piece to al-Mansour, to discuss the power of music in the feature.

    Our guest critic is Linda Marric, writer and broadcaster, regular contributor to The Jewish Chronicle, and reviews editor for HeyUGuys. Linda, Eve and Anna review new digital releases The Truth and Vivarium, as well as discussing the newly adapted BFI Flare LGBTIQ+ film festival.

    The panel also discuss the challenges and adaptations facing the film industry, and how you can continue to support it from your sofa through these difficult times. Plus, our guests share their isolation movie recommendations to provide comfort, entertainment, and community through this unsettling period.

    Girls On Film is an HLA production, exec produced by Hedda Archbold and audio produced by Jane Long.

    Modern Films are launching a new streaming platform with The Perfect Candidate. Head to modernfilms.com to support indie films and watch Happy as Lazzaro (dir Alice Rohrwacher), Dirty God (dir Sacha Polak) and Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story (dir. Iciar Bollain).

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

    • 42 min
    Ep 28: Philippa Lowthorpe (Misbehaviour), Kerry Fox (Little Joe) & Marjane Satrapi (Radioactive)

    Ep 28: Philippa Lowthorpe (Misbehaviour), Kerry Fox (Little Joe) & Marjane Satrapi (Radioactive)

    An International Women's Day special sees host Anna Smith joined by BAFTA-winning Misbehaviour director Philippa Lowthorpe to discuss Misbehaviour, the new film about the infamous Women's Liberation protests at the 1970 Miss World Competition.

    Anna also welcomes Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), the Oscar-nominated director of the Marie Curie biopic Radioactive, and actress Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave), currently in Little Joe. Completing the panel is Contributing Editor of Screen International, Wendy Mitchell, to discuss the films Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Military Wives.

    All this plus surprise special guests in the audience.

    Girls On Film is an HLA production, exec produced by Hedda Archbold and audio produced by Jane Long. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the AllBright Mayfair.

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

    • 58 min
    Ep 27: Marielle Heller on A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood starring Tom Hanks

    Ep 27: Marielle Heller on A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood starring Tom Hanks

    Director Marielle Heller joins host Anna Smith for a special mini-episode devoted to her new film, A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood, starring Matthew Rhys and Tom Hanks.
    Heller reveals the story behind casting Hanks as legendary children's TV presenter Fred Rogers, and discusses the need for compassionate filmmaking. She also talks about following The Diary Of A Teenage Girl with the Oscar-winning Can You Ever Forgive Me? - and explains why Oscar voters need to change their views on directing.
    Girls On Film is an HLA production, produced by Hedda Archbold and Jane Long.

    • 10 min
    Ep 26: Live from IFFR: Bombshell, Parasite, Oscars 2020 + Rocks director Sarah Gavron and guests

    Ep 26: Live from IFFR: Bombshell, Parasite, Oscars 2020 + Rocks director Sarah Gavron and guests

    Ep 26: Live from International Film Festival Rotterdam: Bombshell, Parasite, Oscars 2020 + Rocks director Sarah Gavron and guests

    Director Sarah Gavron (Suffragette) joins Anna Smith on stage in Rotterdam for an inspiring conversation about female film collaborations and her gritty new teen movie, Rocks. Her associate director, Anu Henriques, reveals a new initiative supporting industry newcomers, and top Dutch film critics Dana Linssen and Lauren Murphy review three new releases with Anna.

    First up is Bombshell, starring Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman. How does it represent the Time's Up cause, and would it have been different directed by a woman?

    Next up is The Long Walk, an atmospheric genre film from Mattie Do, the first female filmmaker to come from Laos. Finally, the critics dodge spoilers while dissecting the cult hit Parasite from director Bong Joon Ho.

    All this plus a stimulating discussion about the lack of female directors in contention at Oscars 2020... No wonder the audience had plenty of questions and comments: add yours via https://twitter.com/GirlsOnFilm_Pod.

    Thanks to our wonderful hosts IFFR, to our house band, MX Tyrants, and to our intern, Heather Dempsey. Girls On Film is an HLA production, Exec produced by Hedda Archbold and audio produced by Jane Long.

    • 1 hr
    Ep. 25 Joy Wilkinson, Harry Wootliff, Clarisse Loughrey: Die Hard, Wizard Of Oz, Marriage Story

    Ep. 25 Joy Wilkinson, Harry Wootliff, Clarisse Loughrey: Die Hard, Wizard Of Oz, Marriage Story

    Live in the last of our series of six episodes from HOME Manchester, Anna reviews a vintage year of stellar guests and compelling conversation for Girls On Film, and looks ahead at what 2020 has in store. With Sight & Sound's 50 films of the year topped by Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir, and initiatives from the F-Rating to Bumble's Female Film Force going from strength to strength, we're here to help drive the vanguard of female filmmaking into the new year.

    We sit down with BIFA-winning and BAFTA-nominated director Harry Wootliff to discuss her strikingly intimate debut feature Only You. Joined too by Doctor Who screenwriter and playwright Joy Wilkinson, the panel discusses the challenges writer-directors still face in bringing complex women to the screen.

    Clarisse Loughrey, chief film critic at The Independent, also joins Anna to review new releases Charlie's Angels, Judy & Punch, and Marriage Story as we approach awards season.

    In a festive film twist, our three guests bring their picks of classic Christmas cinema to the table for scrutiny through a gendered lens ̶ from high-risers The Apartment and Die Hard, to the spiky Edward Scissorhands, via the yellow brick road of The Wizard Of Oz.

    A big thank you to HOME Manchester for a wonderful six-episode partnership, to MUBI and Cameo Productions for their support in 2019, and to our house band, MX Tyrants.

    Girls On Film is an HLA production, Exec produced by Hedda Archbold and audio produced by Jane Long.

    • 43 min
    Ep 24 from Cinemagic in Belfast: Aislinn Clarke, Bronagh Taggart, Maleficent, Bridesmaids, The Craft

    Ep 24 from Cinemagic in Belfast: Aislinn Clarke, Bronagh Taggart, Maleficent, Bridesmaids, The Craft

    Aislinn Clarke and Bronagh Taggart join host Anna Smith in episode 24 of Girls On Film, recorded in front of a live audience at the 30th Cinemagic Festival in Belfast.

    Actress and writer Bronagh Taggart talks about her short film Guard, her love of sports movies, and about her BBC TV series Millie Inbetween and Flatmates, now on BBC iPlayer. She also talks about her very first ever acting role – with Daniel Day-Lewis.

    Writer-director Aislinn Clarke has just received the second Academy Gold Fellowship for Women for her horror film The Devil’s Doorway. She joins us fresh from Los Angeles to talk about her film and about her view of horror as a means of addressing social trauma. She gives encouragement to women who want to work in the industry by drawing on her own experience of starting out as a 17-year old single working class Belfast mum.

    Aislinn talks about two of her upcoming horror projects, Cunning Folk which she directs, and Slow Burn which she pens and is produced by Marianne Maddalena, who also produced all of Wes Craven’s films including Scream and Nightmare on Elm Street.

    We review current releases Maleficent: Mistress of Evil with Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer, discussing its design, its gender stereotyping and what it says about motherhood. We also review Home, by Sarah Outen, who undertook the mammoth task of travelling the circumference of the world powered only by herself. We also discuss some favourite classic movies, including In The Name Of The Father, Bridesmaids, The Craft and All About Eve.

    Girls On Film is an HLA production produced by Hedda Archbold and Jane Long

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

Jules Trixie-Nix ,

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.

Well hard17 ,

A happy, unexpected discovery

I was looking for something to do in Manchester and saw this podcast was being live recorded at Home last night so I went along. I am no film buff, know next to nothing about genres but thoroughly enjoyed listening (& watching the trailers - some through my fingers as o am a wimp). Anna is a fantastic host and the two panellist (Pamela Hutchinson and Anna B) were insightful, knowledgeable, funny and opinionated.
I would recommend this podcast (& have already done so to my sil, a film media PHD student).
Thanks to Anna for an accessible podcast that introduced a novice like me to film genres.

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