55 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 • 54 Ratings

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

    Ep 55: Behind the scenes of Luxor with director Zeina Durra and cinematographer Zelmira Gainza

    Ep 55: Behind the scenes of Luxor with director Zeina Durra and cinematographer Zelmira Gainza

    Luxor stars Andrea Riseborough as a British aid worker navigating the Egyptian city as she meets her ex-boyfriend and struggles from recent traumas. Writer-director Zeina Durra (The Imperialists Are Still Alive!) and our first ever cinematographer guest Zelmira Gainza chat to Anna about their film. The friends talk Anna through their careers so far, from their Fame-like experiences at NYU, to the challenges they’ve faced as women in executive roles on film sets. Turning to Luxor, Zeina reveals what it was like to work with actor Andrea Riseborough, and Zelmira gives a fascinating insight into her role as DOP.

    Delving further into Luxor, Anna and critic Leslie Felperin celebrate how the film creates a sense of place and pulls us in with its mysteries, brilliant performances and playfulness. They then move on to two more new releases. First they discuss the jazzy upcoming family animation Soul and praise Disney-Pixar’s original and earnest storytelling. Finally, they look at the inspiring new documentary I Am Belmaya.

    What they’ve been watching:

    Zeina: Mangrove, The Queen’s Gambit, The Crown

    Zelmira: Chaos, Star Wars

    Leslie: The Crown, The Undoing, Brave New World, The Nest (2020)

    Anna: The Third Day

    Other mentions: Fame, The Princess and the Frog (2009), Joanna Hogg’s films, Inside Out

    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: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXvkgGofjDzj5mCFL89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7z

    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Producer: Jane Long. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Intern: Elliana Jay.

    • 47 min
    Ep 54: Phantoms and Feminism with Truth Seekers stars Susan Wokoma and Emma D'Arcy

    Ep 54: Phantoms and Feminism with Truth Seekers stars Susan Wokoma and Emma D'Arcy

    This episode dives into Truth Seekers, the new paranormal Prime Video series and latest collaborative effort of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Anna Smith talks to its two female stars: Susan Wokoma (Helen) and Emma D’Arcy (Astrid).

    First, Susan (Chewing Gum, Year of the Rabbit) tells Anna how she prepared for the role of Helen and enthusiastically recalls what it was like to work with comic icons Simon and Nick. She further talks about discussing representation on set and celebrates the process of ageing in women. Stay tuned as Susan shares her very own spectral sighting…

    Next up, Emma (Hanna, Misbehaviour) delves into Astrid’s mentality and tells Anna about a particular onset mishap. Discussing the nostalgic movies referenced in Truth Seekers, they consider whether there has been an improvement in the way that horror movies treat their female characters. Finally, Emma talks gun-wielding in Prime Video series Hanna and shares her personal connection to the spiritual world.

    Film and TV Recommendations:

    Susan: La Haine, Pose

    Emma: The Sopranos, True Blood, I May Destroy You, the Coen brothers films, and anything with Frances McDormand!

    Anna: For Sama, Love Child

    Other mentions: Spaced (on Prime Video), The Cornetto Trilogy (watch all 3 movies on Prime Video), Chewing Gum, Year of the Rabbit, Hereditary, Midsommar (on Prime Video), Prime Suspect, The Exorcist, Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    This episode is in partnership with Amazon Prime Video.

    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: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXvkgGofjDzj5mCFL89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7z

    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Producer: Jane Long. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Intern: Elliana Jay.

    • 40 min
    Ep 53: Women in horror with Veena Sud and Mireille Enos + critic Kayleigh Donaldson

    Ep 53: Women in horror with Veena Sud and Mireille Enos + critic Kayleigh Donaldson

    Anna invites writer-director Veena Sud (The Killing, Seven Seconds) and actor Mireille Enos to discuss The Lie, part of Amazon Prime Video’s Welcome To The Blumhouse series. Shot in the snowy suburbs of Toronto, this unsettling crime-drama shows a young girl’s terrible secret unravel in horrifying ways. Beware of minor spoilers.

    Veena talks to Anna about what drew her to adapting The Lie, and why it was important to address social issues such as the sexualisation of women and racial profiling. She further speaks to the importance of diversity in positions of power in filmmaking and criticism. Veena also produces some fantastic film recommendations for Halloween, including Night of the Living Dead and It Follows.

    Mireille talks about playing Rebecca, the mother of Kayla (Joey King), and speaks highly of Veena’s directorial skills. She also revisits her roles in Hanna and The Killing, both also available to watch on Prime Video now. Keep listening to hear Mireille’s own terrible secret about horror movies…

    Finally, critic Kayleigh Donaldson shares her thoughts on the Suspiria remake, American Psycho, and Midsommar – all on Amazon Prime Video now. They also talk about the recent female-focused horror releases Saint Maud, Carmilla, Relic and Cordelia. Finally, Kayleigh recommends Carnival of Souls (1962) and the works of Ida Lupino, and suggests checking out the horror streaming service Shudder on Amazon.

    Other movie mentions: Seven Seconds (2018), Fright Night, The Witches (2020), The Captive (2014).

    This episode is in partnership with Amazon Prime Video.

    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: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXvkgGofjDzj5mCFL89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7z

    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Producer: Jane Long. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Intern: Elliana Jay.

    • 48 min
    Ep 52: Saoirse-Monica Jackson talks Derry Girls + advice for young filmmakers

    Ep 52: Saoirse-Monica Jackson talks Derry Girls + advice for young filmmakers

    Saoirse-Monica Jackson joins host Anna Smith, along with talented young filmmakers Ruby Phelan and Neeraja Raj.

    From matriarchs to mishaps, Saoirse delves into the making of Derry Girls. This coming-of-age comedy series follows teenager Erin Quinn (Saoirse) and her friends as they navigate religion and rivalries in 90s Ireland. She also praises Cinemagic as a platform for young people and delivers a hopeful message to young filmmakers and actors.

    Next, Anna chats to Ruby and Neeraja about their short films screening at Cinemagic. Ruby tells us what inspired her to make mixed-medium short The Mermaid & The Artist and advises young women to stop seeking permission. Neeraja talks about her existential musical animation Meow Or Never and her hopes to see more women of colour filmmakers.

    All of our guests recommend some fantastic films. See the titles below with details on where to watch them in the UK and US.

    Saoirse’s Picks:

    Eighth Grade (dir. Bo Burnham, 2018, UK: Now TV, US: Prime Video)

    Babyteeth (dir. Shannon Murphy, 2019, US: Hulu)

    Rocks (dir. Sarah Gavron, 2019, UK: Netflix)

    Shallow Grave (dir. Danny Boyle, 1994, UK: Britbox, US: Starz)

    Neeraja’s Picks:

    Better Days (dir. Kwok Cheung Tsang, 2019, UK & US: rent/buy online)

    Okja (dir. Bong Joon-ho, 2017, UK & US: Netflix)

    Parasite (dir. Bong Joon-ho, 2019, UK: rent/buy online, US: Hulu)

    Ruby’s Picks:

    Daisies (dir. Vera Chytilová, 1966, UK: BFI Player, US: HBO)

    The Secret Garden (dir. Agnieszka Holland, 1993, UK: Netflix, US: IMDb TV) – ahead of Sky’s 2020 adaptation!

    This episode is in partnership with Cinemagic. The 31st Belfast Cinemagic Film Festival is online throughout October. There are 150+ short films screening from the best young filmmakers from the UK/Ireland. Find out more at filmfestival.cinemagic.org.uk.

    Meow Or Never:
    https://qft.vhx.tv/cinemagic-young-filmmaker/videos/animation-2

    The Mermaid and the Artist:
    https://qft.vhx.tv/cinemagic-young-filmmaker/videos/animation-5

    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: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXvkgGofjDzj5mCFL89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7z

    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Producer: Jane Long. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Intern: Elliana Jay.

    • 44 min
    Ep 51: Black History Month Special - Queen & Slim + Farming, If Beale Street Could Talk and Time

    Ep 51: Black History Month Special - Queen & Slim + Farming, If Beale Street Could Talk and Time

    Critic and founder of The British Blacklist Akua Gyamfi and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Victoria Thomas join Anna for a lively episode celebrating Black voices in film. Focusing on the powerful Queen & Slim, they praise the diversity of Black experiences presented on screen and discuss THAT sex scene. They further commend Melina Matsoukas’ skillful direction, consider Shiona Turini’s iconic costume choices, and explore the complexity of the character Queen, as played by Jodie Turner-Smith and penned by Lena Waithe. This inspires a dive into politics, class, the importance of Black-owned film companies, and the awards season.
    Pressing on, Akua shares her intimate connection to the film Farming and Victoria finds a filmmaking masterclass in If Beale Street Could Talk. Finally, they applaud the inspiring Black woman at the centre of the upcoming documentary Time.

    Beware of moderate Queen & Slim spoilers.

    Find all these films on Amazon Prime Video now.

    Other films mentioned: The Last Tree, Thelma & Louise, Parasite, Harriet.

    This episode is partnered with Amazon Prime Video.

    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: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXvkgGofjDzj5mCFL89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7z
    Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Producer: Jane Long. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Intern: Elliana Jay.

    • 39 min
    Ep 50: Sasha Lane and Ashleigh LaThrop talk Utopia + The Handmaid's Tale & more

    Ep 50: Sasha Lane and Ashleigh LaThrop talk Utopia + The Handmaid's Tale & more

    Celebrating our 50th episode, actors Sasha Lane and Ashleigh LaThrop join the party to talk about their roles in Gillian Flynn’s Utopia, now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. An intense adaptation of Dennis Kelly’s British television series, the show follows a team of comic book fans as they try to prevent a viral pandemic. Sasha delves into the twisted psychology of her character, the infamous Jessica Hyde, and hints at the new layers that Gillian has brought to the story. Stay tuned for Sasha’s tips on how to urinate standing up.
    Next, Ashleigh LaThrop speaks to Anna about the challenges of her role as Becky, and the nerdy antics that herself and Gillian got up to on set. She also shares her experience working on The Handmaid’s Tale, expresses her love for Meryl Streep, and talks about representation on screen. Our 50th episode concludes with a special trivia competition, giving you lucky listeners the chance to win a pair of Forbidden Forest cinema tickets!

    This episode is in partnership with Amazon Prime Video.

    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. Producer: Jane Long. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey. Intern: Elliana Jay.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 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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