132 episodes

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 132: The Swimmers: the story behind the film, with Olympian Yusra Mardini, the director and stars

    Ep 132: The Swimmers: the story behind the film, with Olympian Yusra Mardini, the director and stars

    Sally El Hosaini joins Anna Smith to discuss her new film The Swimmers and to talk in-depth about compassion and empathy in her work, her filmmaking as a political act, and her journey to become a director. Anna also speaks with the stars of the film, real-life siblings, Nathalie and Manal Issa, as well as one of the women who inspired the film, Yusra Mardini. They talk about their shared experience of being displaced from their homes, and the special relationship between sisters.

    Based on a true story, The Swimmers follows sisters Yusra and Sara Mardini from their war-torn Syrian home via Germany to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Over the course of their harrowing journey as refugees they put their skills as champion swimmers to heroic use, and this becomes their saving grace. The girls’ story is an uplifting and inspiring look at sisterhood, compassion, bravery and the refugee experience.

    There’s also a postscript to the film: Sara Mardini is now a humanitarian worker who has been helping refugees in Greece. She has been charged with people smuggling - her trial is currently on hold: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/11/sean-binder-and-sarah-mardinis-lives-remain-on-hold-as-trial-is-adjourned/

    The Swimmers is in select UK cinemas now and will be available globally on Netflix from 23rd November.

    For more information on refugees, and on some of the charities that aid those who are displaced, click the below links:
    www.amnesty.org.uk
    www.refugee-action.org.uk
    www.actionaid.org.uk
    www.unicef.org.uk

    Other films mentioned in this episode include:
    My Brother The Devil, Sally El Hosaini, 2012

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    Girls On Film is an HLA production.

    Host: Anna Smith
    Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold
    Producer: Lydia Scott
    Audio Producer: Elliana Jay Harmer
    Intern: Ellie Hardy
    House band: MX Tyrants

    This episode is in partnership with The Swimmers

    • 40 min
    Ep 131: Filmmaker Ondi Timoner on family, memories & her most personal documentary: Last Flight Home

    Ep 131: Filmmaker Ondi Timoner on family, memories & her most personal documentary: Last Flight Home

    In this episode filmmaker Ondi Timoner joins Anna Smith to talk about her new documentary, Last Flight Home, sharing with Anna how the documentary came to be, her personal journey throughout the making of it, and the impact that the film is having on audiences. They also talk about her journey to becoming a filmmaker, and her experience of being a woman in the industry.


    Last Flight Home is a beautifully moving and deeply personal account of her, and her close-knit family’s, experience as it follows them as their extraordinary father chooses to end his own life following a long illness. The film explores Eli Timoner’s life, his past as the co-founder of Air Florida, and his decision to exercise his right to die with dignity.


    Ondi Timoner's Last Flight Home will be in UK cinemas from Friday 25th November 2022.


    Other films mentioned in this episode include:
    Dig!, Ondi Timoner, 2004
    We Live in Public, Ondi Timoner, 2009
    Brand, A Second Coming, Ondi Timoner, 2015
    Mapplethorpe, Ondi Timoner, 2018
    Chrysalis (or Coming Clean), Ondi Timoner, 2020


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    Girls On Film is an HLA production.

    Host: Anna Smith.
    Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold
    Producer: Lydia Scott
    Audio Producer: Nic Wassell
    Intern: Ellie Hardy
    House band: MX Tyrants


    This episode is in partnership with MTV Documentary Films

    • 26 min
    Ep 130: Women and leadership at Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival

    Ep 130: Women and leadership at Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival

    What’s your leadership style? Just one of the questions answered by our impressive panellists at the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival, where festival director Sandra Lipski invited Girls On Film to host a panel discussion on Women and Leadership, with a focus on the creative and business side of the industry.

    Four high profile industry women joined Anna Smith on stage at the Fondacio Sa Nostra in Palma on 29 October 2022. In this recording, you can hear our guests talking about how they got started in the industry, the importance of mentorship and diversity, and how to lead well with compassion, heart and humour.

    Panellists are Lee Broda, founder and CEO of LB Entertainment and producer of Call Jane, whose film premiered at EMIFF the night before our panel; Teresa Fernández-Valdés, co-founder and co-director of Bambú Producciones, who were the first company in Spain to make shows for the streaming platforms and have grown rapidly over the past 15 years; Uzma Hasan, film producer at Little House Productions, whose feature Creature directed by Asif Kapadia with choreographer Akram Khan is about to be released in the UK; and finally Kirsten Niehuus, who holds the purse strings at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg as their CEO of Film Funding.

    The conversation about women in leadership roles in the film industry takes some surprising turns and is inspiring, wise and funny.

    Films and series mentioned in this episode include:

    Call Jane, 2022 Phyllis Nagy - you can hear Phyllis talk about Call Jane in episode 129
    Grand Hotel, 2019, Brian Tannen
    Creature, 2022, Asif Kapadia
    How To Sell Drugs on the Internet (Fast), 2019, Philip Kässbohrer, Mathias Murmann


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    Girls On Film is an HLA production.

    Host: Anna Smith.
    Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold
    Audio Producer: Nic Wassell
    Intern: Ellie Hardy
    House band: MX Tyrants
    This episode is in partnership with EMIFF

    • 58 min
    Ep 129: Elizabeth Banks, Wunmi Mosaku & Phyllis Nagy on CALL JANE

    Ep 129: Elizabeth Banks, Wunmi Mosaku & Phyllis Nagy on CALL JANE

    Director Phyllis Nagy and stars Elizabeth Banks and Wunmi Mosaku join Anna to talk about the inspiring new film CALL JANE.

    CALL JANE follows Joy, played by Elizabeth Banks, a woman whose life-threatening pregnancy leads her to seek help from the 'Janes', an underground collective. In Chicago during the 1960s, a group of extraordinary women came together to secretly provide nearly 12,000 women and girls with safe abortions. Sigourney Weaver features as Virginia, the founding member of the female activist group, along with Wunmi Mosaku as Gwen, and a fantastic wider ensemble cast.

    In this episode, Nagy and Banks talk about how they learned of the 'Janes', discussing the importance of activism through art, and the pertinence of CALL JANE in the wake of the US Supreme Court overruling the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case. They also talk about establishing the tone of this comedy-drama that is as entertaining as it is empowering.

    Anna also speaks with Wunmi Mosaku about her personal motivation for being a part of the project, and about CALL JANE through a lens of race, both in the reality of the 'Janes', but also in the telling of the story today. She also shares her joy about working with the group of women who play the 'Janes'.

    UK listeners can watch CALL JANE in cinemas from 4th November 2022.

    Advice and information about abortion can be found on the NHS website here:
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/abortion/

    Other films mentioned in this episode include:
    ALICE, DARLING, Mary Nighy, 2022

    Television series mentioned in this episode include:
    WE OWN THIS CITY
    LOKI
    LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

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    Watch Girls On Film on the BFI’s YouTube channel:
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    Girls On Film is an HLA production

    Host: Anna Smith.
    Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold
    Producer: Lydia Scott
    Audio Producer: Jenny Nelson
    Intern: Ellie Hardy
    House band: MX Tyrants

    This episode is in partnership with Vertigo Releasing

    • 29 min
    Ep 128: Gays On Film! LGBTQ+ rom-com BROS with Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane & ‎Nicholas Stoller

    Ep 128: Gays On Film! LGBTQ+ rom-com BROS with Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane & ‎Nicholas Stoller

    Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane and Nicholas Stoller join Anna Smith for this episode to talk about BROS, the first romantic comedy from a major film studio about two gay men, produced by Judd Apatow and directed and co-written by Nicholas Stoller.

    Billy co-wrote and stars in this funny, refreshing rom-com alongside Luke Macfarlane who plays the macho lawyer Aaron, who Billy’s character Bobby just might fall for. Billy and Nicholas, who co-wrote and directed the film, talk to Anna about their decision to bring LGBTQ+ representation into the mainstream, with central characters who are gay, lesbian, trans and bisexual - both on screen and in real life.

    UK listeners can watch BROS in cinemas from Friday 28 October 2022.

    Other films mentioned in this episode include:

    WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, 1989, Rob Reiner
    SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, 1993, Nora Ephron
    YOU'VE GOT MAIL, 1998, Nora Ephron
    ANNIE HALL, 1977, Woody Allen

    Television series mentioned in this episode include:

    HEARTSTOPPER
    SCHITT’S CREEK

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    Girls On Film is an HLA production

    Host: Anna Smith
    Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold
    Producer: Lydia Scott
    Audio Producer: Jenny Nelson
    Intern: Ellie Hardy
    House band: MX Tyrants

    This episode is in partnership with BROS

    • 20 min
    Ep 127: Jamie Lee Curtis asks, is she really a feminist? As we talk HALLOWEEN ENDS

    Ep 127: Jamie Lee Curtis asks, is she really a feminist? As we talk HALLOWEEN ENDS

    Jamie Lee Curtis and Anna Smith discuss HALLOWEEN ENDS, the final chapter in the HALLOWEEN horror franchise, directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak and Kyle Richards. Anna is also joined by Executive Producer Hedda Archbold to talk about the best films featured at this season's film festivals.

    Anna speaks to Jamie Lee Curtis about her experience playing Laurie Strode and how she perceives feminism in regard to the character. Jamie also highlights how her success as an actress in her 60s defies the idea that older women aren't getting great parts, and she talks to her aversion to the ‘anti-ageing’ lobby, and abouther commitment to looking real – both on screen and off. Jamie also discusses the way in which her character in HALLOWEEN ENDS manages the trauma she has endured.

    Hedda Archbold joins Anna to consider their favourite releases from the recent film festival season and suggest upcoming female-focused films to look out for.

    UK listeners can watch HALLOWEEN ENDS in UK cinemas from Friday 14 October 2022.

    Other films mentioned in this episode include:
    Trading Places, John Landis, 1983.
    Knives Out, Rian Johnson, 2019.
    Everything Everywhere All At Once, Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, 2022.
    True Lies, James Cameron, 1994.
    A Fish Called Wanda, Charles Crichton, 1988.
    The Wonder, Sebastián Lelio, 2022.
    Aisha, Frank Berry, 2022.
    Triangle of Sadness, Ruben Östlund, 2022.
    Corsage, Marie Kreutzer, 2022.
    Nezouh, Soudade Kaadan, 2022.
    Last Flight Home, Ondi Timoner, 2022.
    Runner, Marian Mathias, 2022.
    Great Yarmouth: Provisional Figures, Marco Martins, 2022.
    Thunder, Carmen Jaquier, 2022.

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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.

    Host: Anna Smith.
    Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold
    Producer: Lydia Scott
    Audio editor: Jenny Nelson
    Intern: Ellie Hardy
    House band: MX Tyrants

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

tylerandjack ,

The female gaze.

Girls On Film is an excellent podcast, and one I was happy to stumble across as I looked for a bit more variety in my podcast listening selection. I appreciate the conversation being further removed from the male gaze than 95% of movie podcasts out there, and it’s generally spoiler-free and very engaging.

Zarrin M ,

My favourite podcast!

By far my favourite podcast. Anna is such a wonderful, intelligent and kind interviewer. It’s produced really well and packs so much in one episode but never feels rushed. Love the ethos behind the show! It also inspires me to watch films I would otherwise overlook. Brilliant!

Cinematters ,

LOVE it

Anna is a brilliant host and her show makes me look at films from a completely different perspective. Love it.

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