91 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 • 67 Ratings

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

    Ep 91: Daisy Haggard, Chinenye Ezeudu & Alice Seabright live at London Podcast Fest

    Ep 91: Daisy Haggard, Chinenye Ezeudu & Alice Seabright live at London Podcast Fest

    In a live episode recorded at the London Podcast Festival, we chat to some of the women behind two big titles on the small screen: Back To Life and Sex Education.

    First up, creator and star of Back To Life Daisy Haggard chats to Anna about her darkly comic BBC drama, as the show’s second series hits our screens. From teenage fashion and tamagotchis to social attitudes to female criminals, they discuss the stories behind the series. Plus, she shares her directorial daydreams of helming a feminist Jaws...

    Next, Chinenye Ezeudu joins us to talk about her role in the Netflix smash Sex Education. She hints at what’s to come for her character Viv in the forthcoming series 3, and gives a glimpse into her own future acting and writing projects.

    Finally, Chinenye’s collaborator and director of Sex Education series 2 Alice Seabright takes to the stage to talk about her work on the show. We hear about her fab feminist short films and upcoming TV series Chloe -- plus she tells us about her experience of working with top intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien, and what slug sex has got to do with shooting an intimate scene…

    All three of our guests give us some stellar watchlist recommendations, and shoutout the women in the industry who have inspired them. Plus, our guests tackle some fascinating questions in a Q&A with our live audience.

    Other film and TV mentions: Portrait of a Lady On Fire, Titane, True Things, Wildfire, Copilot, Respect, Herself, Breeders, Green Wing, Peep Show, Episodes, Harry Potter, I Give it a Year, The Stranger, The School for Good and Evil, Chloe, Pregnant Pause, End-O, Bridesmaids, Unbelievable, Jaws, Stories We Tell, Away from Her, Diary of a Teenage Girl, Raw, Lost in Translation, One Sings The Other Doesn’t

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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: Benjamin Cook. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Intern: Jess Moon.

    • 53 min
    Ep 90: Girlfriends, CODA + Portrait of a Lady on Fire feat. Claudia Weill, Noémie Merlant & more

    Ep 90: Girlfriends, CODA + Portrait of a Lady on Fire feat. Claudia Weill, Noémie Merlant & more

    From a 70s feminist classic to a musical drama about the Deaf community, this episode is a summer medley of female-focused film chats that were too good to miss.

    First up, Girlfriends director Claudia Weill chats to Anna about making the 1978 hidden gem, how feminism has changed since the salad days of the second-wave, and busting Jewish screen stereotypes of the era.

    Next, we hear from two stars of arthouse smash hit and Girls On Film favourite Portrait Of A Lady On Fire -- both of whom have just screened directorial debuts at Cannes. Noémie Merlant tells us about her new film ‘Mi Iubita Mon Amour’, a drama of unexpected romance on a Romanian hen-do gone wrong. Her Portrait co-star Luàna Bajrami shares her empowering snapshot of rebellious girlhood in Kosovo, ‘The Hill Where Lionesses Roar’ -- and of course we talk Céline Sciamma too!

    And finally the director and star of new musical hit CODA join us to discuss the movie, which takes its name from the acronym for Child Of Deaf Adults. Director Sian Heder talks taking on the extraordinary tale and working with the Deaf community, while star Emilia Jones shares the skills she learned while playing the role -- from American Sign Language to trawler fishing.

    Other movie mentions: The Heartbreak Kid, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, La Famille Bélier

    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT: https://docs.google.com/document/d/124ehjp5C2XWN_-uVERq2015oY0dCVYLx_yWMfmpnaZs/edit?usp=sharing

    If you'd like to watch Girls On Film on stage then join us at the London Podcast Festival on 9 September 2021: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/girls-on-film-2/

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

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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. Intern: Jess Moon.

    • 49 min
    Ep 89: Live At Latitude 2021 with Kerry Fox & Elliana Jay

    Ep 89: Live At Latitude 2021 with Kerry Fox & Elliana Jay

    From intimacy scenes to industry tips, our fun feminist film chat went down a treat at Latitude Festival’s The Listening Post in July 2021. We were ecstatic to be back on stage for the first time since March 2020!

    First, Kerry chats to Anna about her directorial debut Topping Out and the short film’s unique depiction of male vulnerability. She further discusses the challenges of filming on scaffolding, explains the importance of the focus puller, and recalls working with director Jane Campion. They have an interesting discussion about the negatively gendered use of the word “difficult”. From Intimacy (2001) to Rare Beasts (2021), keep listening to hear more about Kerry’s acting experiences.

    Next, our Assistant Producer and occasional Audio Producer Elliana joins Kerry and Anna on stage. She discusses being a young woman trying to break into the film and tv industries, and offers an insight into the inner workings of the Girls On Film podcast over the past year. Stay tuned for tips from both Elliana and Kerry on entering the industry.

    Other movie mentions: Promising Young Woman, An Angel at My Table, The Piano, Hustlers.

    Stay up to date with where you can watch Topping Out by following Kerry @KerryFoxActs on Twitter.

    Elliana recommends visiting the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, find out more here: https://www.bdcmuseum.org.uk/.

    And a massive thank you not only to our current team, but to everyone who has contributed to the Girls On Film podcast, including other integral members Jane Long, Tom Whalley, Dan Pugsley, Benjamin Cook, Emma Butt, Kate Archbold, Eddie Charles and Peter Brewer.

    If you'd like to watch Girls On Film on stage then join us at the London Podcast Festival on 9 September 2021: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/girls-on-film-2/

    Become a patron of Girls on Film on Patreon here: www.patreon.com/girlsonfilmpodcast
    Follow us on socials:
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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: Tom Whalley. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Assistant Producer: Elliana Jay.

    • 33 min
    Ep 88: Gender in cult horror with Censor director Prano Bailey-Bond & star Niamh Algar

    Ep 88: Gender in cult horror with Censor director Prano Bailey-Bond & star Niamh Algar

    Horror experts and Censor filmmakers talk gender, guts and gore - and the things we might not want to remember…

    First up, critics Clarisse Loughrey and Leila Latif get to the guts of the exciting new British horror film Censor, celebrating its role in the female horror renaissance. They debate the movie’s meta-messages and share their own experiences of the video nasties era - or, in Clarisse’s case, the stateside ‘Satanic Panic’.

    Next, Censor director Prano Bailey-Bond and star Niamh Algar join Anna to discuss the retro chiller, set amidst the moral panic of the 1980s video nasties craze. Niamh reveals her experience of playing the movie’s highly-strung film censor Enid, whose repressed trauma rises to the surface thanks to one of the gory slashers she’s handed for the snip. From cult horror to the culture wars, Prano shares her inspirations and fascinating research for the film - plus what it was like to shoot its more stomach-churning scenes!

    From the feminist highlights of Censor to overdue reappraisals of genre-classics, there’s plenty to chew on for fans of a psychological scare.

    Censor is in UK cinemas August 20th 2021.

    Other movie and TV mentions: Saint Maud, Midsommar, Cannibal Holocaust, Driller Killer, The Last House On The Left, The Witch That Came From The Sea, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    This episode is in partnership with Vertigo Releasing.

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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: Elliana Jay. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey.

    • 44 min
    Ep 87: I'm Your Man with star Maren Eggert & critic Terri White

    Ep 87: I'm Your Man with star Maren Eggert & critic Terri White

    Dan Stevens plays a lovebot in the new female-directed film I'm Your Man... and there's a LOT to discuss! First up, critic and author Terri White joins Anna to talk about the unconventional German rom-com. It stars Maren Eggert as a woman who trials a robot (played by Stevens) designed specifically to please her. Terri and Anna debate the genre of this hybrid movie and discuss its central gender flip. They further unpick the complex character of Alma and celebrate Maren’s memorable performance of her.

    Next, Anna speaks to the terrific Maren Eggert herself. From working with writer-director Maria Schrader to starring opposite Brit actor Dan Stevens, she shares her experience of making the movie. Which tricky stunt failed to make the cut? What’s it like to perform sex with a robot? And is I’m Your Man a feminist film? Keep listening to find out!

    Want to find out more about great German films you can watch here in the UK?
    @kinogermanynowuk is a newly launched channel on instagram and facebook, follow now for all the latest news and exclusive content on German film releasing and streaming in the UK and Ireland.

    Other movie and TV mentions: Black Mirror, Blade Runner, Her, Weird Science, Little Joe, Toni Erdmann, And Tomorrow The Entire World, Downton Abbey, Night at the Museum.

    This episode is in partnership with German Films.

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

    • 41 min
    Ep 86: The Film Industry Post-Pandemic Panel

    Ep 86: The Film Industry Post-Pandemic Panel

    In this bonus episode, we’re bringing you a podcast edition of our ‘Film Industry Post-Pandemic’ panel, created in partnership with the BFI for their Woman With A Movie Camera summit, powered by Jaguar. We assembled a panel of expert women from five corners of the film industry to talk about the future of their fields following the impact of Covid-19.

    Anna is first joined by Allison Gardner, CEO of Glasgow Film, Claire Vaughan, lead programmer at Cardiff’s multi-artform venue Chapter, and filmmaker, writer and disability advocate Kyla Harris. They share what the pandemic has revealed about the workings of their respective facets of the industry, what changes they made to survive, and how we can hold on to some of those creative innovations to help us thrive in future.

    Allison shares how she made a success of Glasgow Film Festival despite ongoing lockdowns, and Claire tells Anna how she got creative with programming when cinemas closed their doors. Kyla talks about the impact of the pandemic for people with disabilities -- plus her new project documenting her endeavour to teach a friend her care regime in just one week. The panel also discuss the crucial role of caring and carers in society, and how the film industry can acknowledge and facilitate this better.

    In a second conversation, filmmaker and Luxor director Zeina Durra joins Anna alongside Eve Gabereau, CEO of Luxor’s female-led distributor Modern Films. They discuss the challenges of releasing an independent movie during lockdown, and how filmmakers and distributors have worked together to achieve successes like Luxor’s in this challenging time. All this and many more strong words from inspiring women.

    Other TV and movie mentions: Luxor, It's Personal, The Imperialists Are Still Alive!

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

    Follow us on socials:
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    www.twitter.com/annasmithjourno

    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. Special Thanks: The BFI Woman With A Movie Camera summit powered by Jaguar.

    • 46 min

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