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The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world

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    • 4.2 • 216 Ratings

The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world

    The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show

    Francine Stock and Antonia Quirke co-present the final edition of The Film Programme. They discuss the future of cinema in the age of streaming, and hear from David Oyelowo, Matt Damon, Rebecca O'Brien and Sally Potter. They also reveal their favourite last scenes in the history of the movies.

    • 56 min
    Chris Menges, Local Hero

    Chris Menges, Local Hero

    With Antonia Quirke

    Oscar winning cinematographer and director Chris Menges takes us behind the scenes of Local Hero, The Mission and Kes, and reveals how he ended up in a Zanzibar prison with Michael Parkinson.

    Bait director Mark Jenkin records his last audio diary about the making of his horror movie, Enys Men, which was delayed by a year because of lockdown and was filmed during the pandemic.

    Listeners nominate their favourite final scenes and composer Neil Brand chooses his two favourite end pieces: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and Cabaret.

    Sweetheart director Marley Morrison nominates her favourite final scene - the brief encounter in Andrew Haigh's debut Weekend.

    And thank you to all of you who nominated your favourite final scene. We didn't have time to mention them all on air, so here is the complete list:

    Animal House
    Being There
    Be Kind, Rewind
    Big Night
    Billy Elliot
    Bright Star
    Cold War
    Death In Venice
    Empire Of The Sun
    Ex Machina
    400 Blows
    Goodbye Mr Chips
    Ice Cold In Alex
    James And The Giant Peach
    Local Hero
    Los Silensios
    Michael Clayton
    Midnight Run
    Monsoon Wedding
    Of Gods And Men
    O Lucky Man !
    On The Waterfront
    Pan's Labyrinth
    Pepe Le Moko
    Some Like It Hot
    System Crasher
    The Apartment
    The Battle Of Algiers
    The Deer Hunter
    The Leopard
    The Lives Of Others
    The Long Good Friday
    The Mermaid
    The Mission
    The Purple Rose Of Cairo
    The Seventh Seal
    The Silence Of The Lambs
    The Taking Of Pelham 1-2-3
    The Third Man
    The Usual Suspects
    This Is Spinal Tap
    Tunes Of Glory
    Un Coeur En Hiver
    Withnail And I

    • 34 min
    Emma Thomas: How Batman Began

    Emma Thomas: How Batman Began

    With Antonia Quirke

    Producer Emma Thomas reveals the conversation she had with partner Christopher Nolan that led to the making of Batman Begins, the film the changed the course of the superhero movie.

    Robert Shaw's son Ian takes us behind some of the scenes in Jaws that form the basis of his new play The Shark Is Broken, and explains why the famous Indianapolis speech had to be filmed twice

    In his last ever diary entry before the programme ends on September 30th, cinema owner Kevin Markwick explains why Bond movies have always been important to the survival of The Uckfield Picturehouse; this year more than ever before.

    • 27 min
    Mark Gatiss: Anthony Hopkins superfan

    Mark Gatiss: Anthony Hopkins superfan

    Mark Gatiss tells Antonia Quirke what it was like to work with his hero Anthony Hopkins on The Father, and how he persuaded him to reprise a famous scene from one of his classic films as a birthday present for fellow League Of Gentleman member Reece Shearsmith.

    Sean Barton reveals some secrets from the editing suite and how he made the audience gasp in a famous scene from Jagged Edge.

    Annette director Leos Carax explains why the star of his film about a two year old singing sensation is played by a puppet.

    • 34 min
    Maria Djurkovic

    Maria Djurkovic

    With Antonia Quirke

    You might think that fewer movies would be made during a pandemic, with continual testing and all the restrictions on social distancing. In fact, the British film industry has never been busier, and production designer Maria Djurkovic explains why that's the case.

    Script supervisor Angela Allen reveals all the unpaid jobs she did during her five decades in the film industry, from second unit director to editorial consultant to Katherine Hepburn's double in The African Queen.

    The directors of Shorta, Frederik Louis Hviid and Anders Olholm, tell Antonia why their thriller about a riot in a housing estate is very different from the typical Danish movie.

    • 27 min
    Hossein Amini on Heat

    Hossein Amini on Heat

    In the final edition of Moving Image, Francine Stock talks to Hossein Amini about the film that has obsessed him since the first time he saw it in 1995. Heat was the first film to bring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino together in the same scene and it's had an influence on the writer of Drive, The Wings Of A Dove and McMafia ever since.

    • 27 min

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216 Ratings

216 Ratings

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