120 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
    • 4.8 • 73 Ratings

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

    Ep 120: Emma Thompson talks Good Luck to You, Leo Grande at Sundance London Film Festival

    Ep 120: Emma Thompson talks Good Luck to You, Leo Grande at Sundance London Film Festival

    In this very special #SundanceLondon episode recorded live from Picturehouse Central, Girls On Film open the festival with an episode all about GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE!

    Anna interviews the marvellous stars Emma Thompson and (a very rare MALE guest) Daryl McCormack, as well as writer Katy Brand, and director Sophie Hyde.

    First up are Emma and Katy who discuss how the project developed and the influence of DIRTY DANCING on the film.

    Sophie and Daryl then join Anna on stage, detailing the rehearsal process and the research they both did into sex work. Our guests then go on to discuss realistic female representation on screen and how we still have a long way to come.

    The episode closes with a fabulous Q&A where audience members ask our amazing guests their burning LEO GRANDE questions.

    Film and TV mentions across the episode include: GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE; BELLE DE JOUR; DIRTY DANCING; LETHAL WEAPON 3; SEX EDUCATION; ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES; SECRETARY; EIGHTH GRADE; YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN; ANIMALS.

    • 46 min
    Ep 119: Leah Purcell & Kerry Fox on feminist western The Drover’s Wife - The Legend of Molly Johnson

    Ep 119: Leah Purcell & Kerry Fox on feminist western The Drover’s Wife - The Legend of Molly Johnson

    The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson is the first Australian feature film with an Indigenous woman writing, directing and performing the lead role. In this episode, Anna Smith interviews the amazing Leah Purcell, who shares how she turned her favourite childhood story into a book, a play and now a film. Leah talks about the differences between the experiences, about working with her partner and about what the film has to say about women and the Indigenous people of Australia.

    Next, Anna chats to actor-director Kerry Fox, who has starred in many films, including Jane Campion’s An Angel At My Table, Little Joe and The Colour Room. Kerry gives her perspective on The Drover’s Wife, considering the influence of Jane Campion’s work. Meanwhile Anna recommends other feminist westerns to watch, as well as a couple of other new releases. The pair also look ahead to this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and Kerry shares her stories of attending Madonna’s party with Danny Boyle when attending the festival with the film Shallow Grave.

    The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson is out in UK and Irish cinemas on May 13th 2022 and is out in Australia now. You can find out more at modernfilms.com/droverswife

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    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Host: Anna Smith. Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio Producer: Benjamin Cook. House band: MX Tyrants. Thanks to Shanaiya Pithiya.

    This episode is in partnership with Modern Films.

    • 33 min
    Ep 118: Activist special: Menopause revolution + middle aged women on screen

    Ep 118: Activist special: Menopause revolution + middle aged women on screen

    We need more middle-aged women on screen - and this episode’s guests are leading the revolution. First, Anna chats to menopause activist Kate Muir about her latest documentary: Davina McCall: Sex, Mind and The Menopause. Kate shares behind the scenes stories about her activism, about filming the show and what has helped her in her personal menopause experience. She also gives tips for documentary filmmakers who are just starting out (bring snacks!) and shares exciting plans for hitting Hollywood.
    Our second guest is writer, performer and campaigner Nicky Clark, who founded the Acting Your Age Campaign and works tirelessly to pressure broadcasters and filmmakers to achieve parity when it comes to the ages of men and women on screen. She shares her choices for great depictions of women over 45 on screen, as well as a famous superhero movie that has a staggering imbalance. Finally, she shares her hopes for the future of the campaign and explains how you can get involved.

    UK listeners can watch Davina McCall: Sex, Mind and The Menopause on Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday 2nd May 2022, and afterwards on All4.

    Other films mentioned: The Lost Daughter; Nomadland; After Love.
    Become a patron of Girls on Film on Patreon here: www.patreon.com/girlsonfilmpodcast Follow us on socials: www.instagram.com/girlsonfilm_podcast/ www.facebook.com/girlsonfilmpodcast www.twitter.com/GirlsOnFilm_Pod 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. Host: Anna Smith. Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio Producer: Benjamin Cook. Assistant Producer: Shanaiya Pithiya. House band: MX Tyrants.

    • 31 min
    Ep 117: Audrey Diwan discusses her film Happening + Orla O'Connor talks about reproductive rights

    Ep 117: Audrey Diwan discusses her film Happening + Orla O'Connor talks about reproductive rights

    A pregnant student seeks an abortion in 1960s France in the compelling new drama Happening. Audrey Diwan's stunning film is an immersive insight into life at the time, as young women explore their sexuality but are repressed by a law that bans abortion and, as our heroine puts it "turns them into housewives.” Director Audrey Diwan joins host Anna Smith to discuss the film starring Anamaria Vartolomei. She explains why she was keen to adapt the text by Annie Ernaux, based on a true story, and how the orgasm scene was inspired by one of her own experiences. She discusses the modern day relevance of the topic and also how her gaze is informed by many aspects including her gender.
    Next, Anna is joined by Orla O'Connor, who was listed as one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People for her work on the Together For Yes campaign. Orla is a passionate feminist and incredible speaker who heads up the National Women's Council in Ireland, and gives a wonderful insight into the ongoing fight for reproductive rights. She also gives her personal response to Happening, and explains the importance of film in raising awareness about access to legal abortion.
    Happening is in UK and Irish cinemas from April 22nd 2022. Go to www.happeningfilm.com.
    This episode is in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, supported by the BFI Audience Award.
    Become a patron of Girls on Film on Patreon here: www.patreon.com/girlsonfilmpodcast
    Follow us on socials: www.instagram.com/girlsonfilm_podcast/ www.facebook.com/girlsonfilmpodcast www.twitter.com/GirlsOnFilm_Pod 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. Host: Anna Smith. Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio Producer: Emma Butt. Assistant Producer: Shanaiya Pithiya. House band: MX Tyrants.

    • 28 min
    Ep 116: Ruth Wilson & Harry Wootliff on True Things + Murina + Film criticism in the era of #MeToo

    Ep 116: Ruth Wilson & Harry Wootliff on True Things + Murina + Film criticism in the era of #MeToo

    Actor-producer Ruth Wilson speaks out about sex scenes, complex female characters and working with women in an exclusive interview for her new film True Things. Writer-director Harry Wootliff joins her and Anna for a lively, in-depth chat about the sensual drama, co starring Tom Burke as an ex convict who has an ambiguous relationship with Wilson’s Kate. They talk about the source novel and building a character who felt fresh, new, contradictory and relatable - and about communicating the heart-stopping excitement and uncertainties of a new sexual connection. Ruth discusses the discomfort that can arise from intimate scenes, and praises working with Harry and an intimacy co-ordinator on True Things.
    Next up, British critic Wendy Lloyd reveals the results of her extensive research into criticism in the age of #MeToo #BLM and #TimesUp. Having spoken to many critics in power, she discusses uncovering complex reactions to diversity in film reviewing - and how films such as Promising Young Woman and Red Sparrow presented a challenge to writers.
    Finally, Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic joins Anna to describe the gender dynamics in Croatian culture that inspired her coming of age film Murina. She also shares how Martin Scorsese worked with her as Executive Producer, and hints at details of her next film set in New York.
    True Things is in UK cinemas now and Murina is in UK cinemas from April 8th 2022.
    Become a patron of Girls on Film on Patreon here: www.patreon.com/girlsonfilmpodcast Follow us on socials: www.instagram.com/girlsonfilm_podcast/ www.facebook.com/girlsonfilmpodcast www.twitter.com/GirlsOnFilm_Pod www.twitter.com/annasmithjourno
    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Host: Anna Smith. Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold. Principal Partners: Vanessa Smith and Peter Brewer. Audio Producer: Emma Butt. Assistant Producer: Shanaiya Pithiya. House band: MX Tyrants.

    • 58 min
    Ep 115: The Girls On Film Awards 2022

    Ep 115: The Girls On Film Awards 2022

    This International Women’s Day, you are cordially invited to attend the inaugural Girls On Film Awards! This episode was recorded at a glittering ceremony at the gorgeous The Garden Cinema in March 2022, with an audience of industry luminaries. Listen in to discover who won everything from Female Friendship on Screen to the Best Female Orgasm on film - and hear speeches from some of our favourite filmmakers, including Sarah Gavron (Rocks) and Philippa Lowthorpe (Misbehaviour).
    The Girls On Film Awards reward excellence in the field of feminism, inclusion and diversity, female representation and the female gaze.
    Because the awards are in part a celebration of Girls On Film’s third anniversary, films were eligible if they were released between the launch of Girls On Film on 2 October 2018, and 4 February 2022.
    Thanks to The Garden Cinema, to principal partners Vanessa Smith and Peter Brewer and to Rémy Martin, Belle & Co and La Gioiosa Prosecco.

    Here’s where to watch the nominated films:
    FEMINIST FICTION FEATURE
    Booksmart is on BBC Iplayer until Friday 11th March and on digital internationally. The Lost Daughter is on Netflix. Portrait of a Lady on Fire is available to rent on Amazon Video and other digital platforms.
    Promising Young Woman is available to rent on Amazon Video.
    Quo Vadis, Aida? is available on Netflix.
    DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
    Cow is on Mubi. Crip Camp is on Netflix. For Sama is on All 4 and on digital internationally. Rebel Dykes is on BFI Player. Writing with Fire is available to pre-order on AppleTV for March 29th 2022.
    FEMALE FRIENDSHIP ON SCREEN
    Booksmart is on BBC Iplayer til Friday 11th March. Herself is on BFI Player. Hustlers is on Netflix. Misbehaviour on BBC iPlayer. Rocks is on Netflix and will be on wider digital platforms in the coming months.
    Ensemble Acting Babyteeth, The Farewell, Little Women and Rocks are on Netflix. Zola is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video.
    GIRLS ON FILM ALLY
    Pedro Almodovar for Parallel Mothers, in UK cinemas and will be on Premium Video on Demand from 14th March. J Blakeson for I Care A Lot, on Amazon Prime Video. Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade, to rent on Apple TV. John Krasinski for A Quiet Place Part II is on Now TV. Jordan Peele for Us, to rent on Amazon Prime Video.
    COMPOSER
    Nainita Desai. For Sama is available on All 4. The Wall: Climb for Gold is on Apple TV, Google Play and Amazon Prime Video.
    Anne Dudley. The Hustle is on Netflix.
    Hildur Guðnadóttir. Joker is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
    Morgan Kibby. Mothering Sunday is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video.
    Mica Levi. Zola is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video.
    FEMINIST PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN
    Misbehaviour is on BBC iPlayer. Mothers of the Revolution is available to rent on Apple TV. Rare Beasts is on Now TV. Rocks is on Netflix. Saint Maud is on Amazon Prime Video.
    DIVERSITY BADGE OF HONOUR
    Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You is on BBC iPlayer and on digital internationally.
    Sarah Gavron’s Rocks is on Netflix.
    Ruth Madeley’s new film When Barbara Met Alan will be on BBC iPlayer soon. Years and Years is available on BBC iPlayer and on digital internationally.
    Ashanti Omkar.
    BEST FEMALE ORGASM
    I'm Your Man is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video.
    If Beale Street Could Talk and The Miseducation of Cameron Post are available to rent on Apple TV. Portrait of a Lady on Fire is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video. Queen & Slim is on Netflix.
    Become a patron of Girls on Film on Patreon here: www.patreon.com/girlsonfilmpodcast Follow us on socials: www.instagram.com/girlsonfilm_podcast/ www.facebook.com/girlsonfilmpodcast www.twitter.com/GirlsOnFilm_Pod www.twitter.com/annasmithjourno
    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Hosts: Anna Smith and Hedda Archbold. Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio Producer: Michelle Tofi. Assistant Producer: Shanaiya Pithiya. House band: MX Tyrants. Interns: Jamie Wills and Greta Gard.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

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.

SimoZimi ,

Fantastic

Really interesting and inspiring, particularly to hearing from the composers - thanks Anna and team!

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