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Roundtable discussions with Sight & Sound film critics exploring new movies and film trends. Currently recorded from themed film festivals on an occasional basis.

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Roundtable discussions with Sight & Sound film critics exploring new movies and film trends. Currently recorded from themed film festivals on an occasional basis.

    This year’s horror cinema, dissected: the FrightFest 2019 podcast

    This year’s horror cinema, dissected: the FrightFest 2019 podcast

    Demonic oppression was the story of this year’s UK horror film showcase – along with female survivorship, identity differences and the dangers of the internet. Hardy survivors Kim Newman, Anton Bitel and Virginie Selavy explore our latest demons in this roundtable post-mortem.

    Under discussion:

    Demonic conspiracies and satanic possession in
    👻 For We Are Many (Lawrie Brewster, Andrew Ionides, Brad Watson, Mitch Wilson, Carlos Omar De Leon, Matthan Harris, Dane Keil, Mark Logan; UK)
    👻 Porno (Keola Racela, USA)
    👻 Ready or Not (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, USA)
    👻 Daniel Isn’t Real (Adam Egypt Mortimer, USA)
    👻 The Black String (Brian Hanson, USA)

    The slipperiness of truth and safety online in
    👻 Death of a Vlogger (Graham Hughes, UK)
    👻 Deadcon (Caryn Waechter, USA)
    👻 Ghost Killers vs Bloody Mary (Fabrício Bittar, Brazil)
    👻 Halloween Party (Jay Dahl, Canada)
    👻 The Drone (Jordan Rubin, USA)

    Differences of sexuality, class and gender in
    👻 Spiral (Kurtis David Harder, Canada)
    👻 The Dark Red (Dan Bush, USA)
    👻 Satanic Panic (Chelsea Stardust, USA)
    👻 The Wind (Emma Tammi, USA)
    👻 Criminal Audition (Samuel Gridley, UK)
    👻 Why Don’t You Just Die! (Kirill Sokolov, Russia)

    Female survivors in
    👻 A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (Abner Pastoll, UK)
    👻 Feedback (Pedro C. Alonso, Spain/USA)

    Parental angst in
    👻 Freaks (Zach Lipovsky, Canada)
    👻 The Deeper You Dig (Toby Poser & John Adams, USA)
    👻 Knives and Skin (Jennifer Reeder, USA)

    The monstrous in
    👻 Rabid (Jen & Sylvia Soska, Canada)
    👻 Depraved (Larry Fessenden, USA)

    • 25 min
    Frank Sidebottom’s Money Wasting Phone Line 1

    Frank Sidebottom’s Money Wasting Phone Line 1

    To make Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story, director Steve Sullivan conducted a decades-spanning quest to uncover and understand the man behind Frank Sidebottom, the cult comic figure with the papier-maché head. On Sight & Sound’s website, he tells Leigh Singer all about it, and shares some of the material he uncovered:

    https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/features/being-frank-chris-sievey-story-frank-sidebottom-steve-sullivan-making-of-archive

    • 4 min
    The best of BFI Flare 2018

    The best of BFI Flare 2018

    Tara Brown, Keith Jarrett and Ben Walters talk through all the fun in the 2018 BFI Flare! Film Festival, from queering the South Bank and LGBTQ+ bingo cards to mainstream incursions, gay miserabilism and the marvellous indescribability of Good Manners.

    • 36 min
    Widows, Ash Is Purest White and three more highlights of the 2018 London Film Festival

    Widows, Ash Is Purest White and three more highlights of the 2018 London Film Festival

    What does Steve McQueen’s new heist thriller Widows – Sight & Sound’s November 2018 cover film and gala opener of this year’s London Film Festival – tell us about race and class? Philip Concannon, Nick James, Isabel Stevens and Kelli Weston discuss this, Chinese auteur Jia Zhang-ke’s new crime drama Ash Is Purest White, plus three more picks from this year’s festival: Sudabeh Mortezai’s Joy, Andrew Bujalski’s Support the Girls and Bi Gan’s Long Day’s Journey into Night.

    Read about our November issue: bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/november-2018-issue

    See all our London Film Festival 2018 online coverage: bfi.org.uk/sight-sound-magazine/london-film-festival-2018

    • 22 min
    Choose your poison: the FrightFest 2018 critics’ roundtable post-mortem podcast

    Choose your poison: the FrightFest 2018 critics’ roundtable post-mortem podcast

    Gaspar Noé’s closing-night Climax set the tone for a horror bonanza that went big on spiked drinks, ghosts, nuns and dollhouses. We locked Anton Bitel, Kim Newman and Virginie Selavy in a room to chew it over.

    • 26 min
    FrightFest 2017 critics’ roundtable post-mortem

    FrightFest 2017 critics’ roundtable post-mortem

    A look back at the best of last year’s FrightFest with Anton Bitel, Kim Newman and Virginie Selavy.

    • 25 min

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