Interviews and discussion about the latest high quality and independent film releases from Curzon Cinemas in the UK
Interviews and discussion about the latest high quality and independent film releases from Curzon Cinemas in the UK
BACURAU Q&A | The Curzon Film Podcast feat. Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
Kleber Mendonça Filho, the director of Aquarius, and collaborator Juliano Dornelles have come up with a politically loaded riff on The Most Dangerous Game scenario. It’s a thrilling blend of genre thrills and shocks, and smart satire. Bacurau, a settlement in rural Brazil, is shaken by its matriarch’s death. But something strange is happening, the water supply has been cut off, and the village has disappeared from satellite maps completely.
Under threat from an unknown enemy, Bacurau braces itself for a brutal fight for survival.
We hosted writer-director pair Kleber Mendoh-sa Feelyo and Juliano Dornales for a Q&A at Curzon Bloomsbury, where they spoke to Observer and Curzon Magazine contributor Wendy Ide about the films 10 year journey to the screen, its international inspirations and their 11000km search for the perfect small town…. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE | The Curzon Film Podcast feat. Céline Sciamma
We’re in love. It started with a Water Lilies in 2007. Our love grew stronger with Tomboy in 2011. We were devoted by the time Girlhood came around in 2014. And now, well, we scarcely know what to do with ourselves.
This month we’ve dedicated an entire episode of our podcast to Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the film that has set the roof alight with all those fire emojis. Twitter is burning! Sciamma’s fourth film as a director took Cannes by storm back in 2019, earning standing ovations and taking home the Queer Palme. Earlier this year it was nominated at the BAFTAs, having already stolen our hearts.
Over the course of the show, you’ll get expert insights on Céline Sciamma’s career up to this point. We’ll hear from the director herself all about the inspiration for the film, the title and that stunning choral number. Modern day portrait artist, Nina Mae Fowler, tells us about the reality of portraiture. And we find out from academic Jennie Batchelor just what it was like for women artists in the 18th century.
The podcast is hosted by Steph Watts. It is produced by Ryan Hewitt and Jake Cunningham, edited by Mark Towers, and scripted by Jake Cunningham and Steph Watts. With thanks to all of our contributors, and a special thanks to Kelly Powell, Louisa Maycock and Irene Musumeci.
WITH THANKS TO OUR SPECIAL GUESTS:
Céline Sciamma is a French filmmaker, a director and writer. To date she has directed four films: Water Lilies, Tomboy, Girlhood and Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and she wrote the screenplay for award-winning animation, My Life as a Courgette.
Tricia Tuttle is Director of Festivals for the BFI. Tuttle’s appointment as Artistic Director BFI London Film Festival follows her role as interim Artistic Director in 2018 and five successful years as Deputy Head of Festivals at BFI, including BFI Flare and BFI London Film Festival. She is also a huge champion of Céline Sciamma.
Nina Mae Fowler
Nina Mae Fowler is known for her sumptuously detailed, large-scale drawings and installations which interrogate themes of celebrity, beauty, power and sexuality. Also an established portrait artist her sitters have included the biographer Dame Hermione Lee, biologist Richard Dawkins and ballet dancer Carlos Acosta (for which she was shortlisted for the BP Portrait prize in 2008).
Most recently, The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a major new commission by the artist entitled ‘Luminary Drawings’. The series comprises nine portraits of leading British Film Directors which now form part of the museum's permanent collection, including Sam Mendes, Ken Loach, Amma Asante and Sally Potter.
Fowler’s work has won widespread acclaim. It is featured in numerous collections of international significance and in 2015 a monograph of her work entitled ‘Nina Mae Fowler: Measuring Elvis’ was published by Cob Gallery, London. The book features a commentary from an array of cultural luminaries including the curator Sandy Nairne and the playwright Polly Stenham.
Lucy Dahlsen is a curator based in London and former Associate Curator of 20th century and contemporary portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery. Recent exhibitions she has curated include solo presentations of the artists Elizabeth Peyton and Njideka Akunyili Crosby.
Jennie Batchelor is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at Kent University, publishing in the long eighteenth century with a focus primarily on women's writing, authorship and anonymity, periodicals and women’s magazines, representations of gender, work, sexuality and the body, book history, material culture studies and the eighteenth-century charity movement.
She is the author of two monographs and co-editor of four essay collections. Her most recent book (with Nush Powell), Women’
THE PARASITE Q&A | The Curzon Film Podcast feat. Edgar Wright & Bong Joon Ho
Beware, there's spoilers ahead!
Bong Joon Ho's PARASITE is the film that keeps on giving. To complement our " rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">deep dive into the #BongHive, we have a very special bonus episode featuring Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Baby Driver's Edgar Wright in conversation with the Academy Award-winning Director Bong.
This Q&A was recorded at Curzon Bloomsbury, before the PARASITE mania hit UK shores. Since recording, the film has made history by winning multiple awards breaking multiple box office records. The PARASITE isn't finished with us yet! Tune in for two friends, peers and fans discussing the most exciting film in cinemas now.
PARASITE is playing in cinemas around the country. We strongly recommend watching the film before you listen to this podcast. If you haven't done already, check out our " rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">deep dive PARASITE special, featuring more from Bong Joon Ho, his friend and collaborator Tilda Swinton, the founders of the #BongHive and much more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
PARASITE | The Curzon Film Podcast feat. Bong Joon Ho + Tilda Swinton
We’ve dedicated an entire episode to the film that, for many many months, has been infecting audiences more than any other. Created by South Korean director Bong Joon Ho, since its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019, Parasite has spread its way to box office success, BAFTA nominations and even a nomination for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Over the course of the show, you’ll get expert insights on Bong Joon Ho’s career up to this point, we’ll hear from the people behind the frenzied #BONGHIVE fangroup on social media, we’ve got an insider on insiders here to tell us about the art of the Parasite con, and we’re luckily enough to bring you a conversation between Director Bong and one of his great friends and collaborators, Tilda Swinton.
The podcast is hosted, scripted and produced by regular Curzon Podcaster, Jake Cunningham.
It is edited by Mark Towers, and produced by Ryan Hewitt.
With thanks to our special guests:
Bong Joon Ho
Director Bong has quickly become one of favourite people. Parasite is his seventh feature film, preceded in reverse order by Okja, Snowpiercer, Mother, The Host, Memories of Murder and Barking Dogs Never Bite.
No introduction necessary. Tilda Swinton is one of the finest actors working today. Her collaborations with Bong Joon Ho include Snowpiercer and Okja, and she is a total queen.
Film journalist for Empire Magazine.
Tony Rayns is a film critic, commentator, festival programmer and screenwriter. He has written extensively for Sight & Sound, and its predecessor the Monthly Film Bulletin, and previously contributed to Time Out and Melody Maker.
One of the world’s leading experts on Asian cinema, he coordinated the Dragons and Tigers competition for Asian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival 1988-2006 and has provided many DVD commentaries and English subtitle translations for films from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Thailand.
He has written books about Seijun Suzuki, Wong Kar-wai and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and has been awarded the Foreign Ministry of Japan’s Commendation for services to Japanese cinema.
Maria Konnikova is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Confidence Game, winner of the 2016 Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, an Anthony and Agatha Award finalist. Her new book, The Biggest Bluff, will be out from Penguin Press on June 23, 2020.
Maria is a regularly contributing writer for The New Yorker whose writing has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Excellence in Science Journalism Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. While researching The Biggest Bluff, Maria became an international poker champion and the winner of over $300,000 in tournament earnings—and inadvertently turned into a professional poker player.
Maria’s writing has been featured in Best American Science and Nature Writing and has been translated into over twenty languages. Maria also hosts the podcast The Grift from Panoply Media, a show that explores con artists and the lives they ruin, and is currently a visiting fellow at NYU’s School of Journalism. Her podcasting work earned her a National Magazine Award nomination in 2019. She graduated from Harvard University and received her PhD in psychology from Columbia University.
Find out more about Maria at her website www.mariakonnikova.com
Film critic and #BONGHIVE founding member. Contributing writer at GQ. other publications include i-D, Little White Lies and The Skinny.
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THE LIGHTHOUSE | feat. Willem Dafoe & Robert Eggers
This week we ask the question 'How long have we been on this rock? Five weeks? Two days? Where are we?' as Willem Dafoe and Robert Eggers join us to spill their beans about their new indescribable not-quite horror film The Lighthouse. Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe are left alone on a grim deserted island to tend to a lighthouse in 1890's New England. As tensions rise between the two men, the boundaries between fantasy and reality begin to blur... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
WAVES | feat. Trey Edward Shults
This week we're joined by the writer-director of Waves, Trey Edward Shults. Waves stars Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Tyler, and 18 year old under pressure to excel from his domineering father, played by Sterling K. Brown. When an injury threatens Tyler's future career, he goes off the rails, and his family struggle to deal with the consequences. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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I perservered with this for a few months hoping it would get better but in the end and especially after the appalling interview with Claire Denis in the episode from 10 May 2019 I finally stopped listening and ended my subscription.
Some of the discussions of films were interesting and informative but all too often they tended toward smug metropolitan elitism and assumed a knowledge of art house film that very few outside of full time professional critics would have. I don't expect to be talked down to but equally I would like some background and insight on many of the films and directors under discussion. They also almost never talked even in passing about mainstream film and its impact and influence and vice versa on the more niche movie making under discussion here.
But in the end what drove me away where the dreadfully ill prepared and at times juvenile interviews with some of the great names of world cinema. I mentioned the particualrly bad interview with Claire Denis but it was by no means the first, another egregiously embarrsing and awful interview was the one with the genius that is Barry Jenkins - fawning, ignorant and incoherent, as with Ms Denis you could hearthe incredulity in Mr Jenkins' voice at the banality of the questions.
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I’m so glad these funny, passionate, young buffs are getting the featured slots and airtime they deserve. Really appreciate their discussion and take on the latest films. A must listen for millennial film-goers. Keep up the good work team!
Helps me pick what to watch!
With so many options at the cinema these days, my husband and I use this show as a helping hand in deciding what to watch. Love the interviews, Christina Lamb in particular. Think we’ll probably see A Private War rather than the King Arthur film, but maybe that’s one for when the grandchildren come round!