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Film Stories with Simon Brew is a podcast that looks to dig into the stories behind popular movies.From troubled productions, to rights issues, to difficulties with release to films nearly falling apart, the podcast will be looking at the stories that don't always seem apparent when watching a movie!The podcast is hosted by Simon Brew, the founder of Den Of Geek. You can find Simon at www.twitter.com/simonbrew
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Film Stories with Simon Brew Simon Brew

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 57 Ratings

Film Stories with Simon Brew is a podcast that looks to dig into the stories behind popular movies.From troubled productions, to rights issues, to difficulties with release to films nearly falling apart, the podcast will be looking at the stories that don't always seem apparent when watching a movie!The podcast is hosted by Simon Brew, the founder of Den Of Geek. You can find Simon at www.twitter.com/simonbrew
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    In conversation with Gurinder Chadha OBE: recorded live at the London Podcast Festival

    In conversation with Gurinder Chadha OBE: recorded live at the London Podcast Festival

    Recorded before a live audience in London in September 2022, this very special episode of Film Stories sees Simon in conversation with writer and director Gurinder Chadha OBE.
    They chat about her early days, how she broke into movies with I'm British But... and the wonderful Bhaji On The Beach. And then she takes us through tales of films such as Bend It Like Beckham, Angus Thongs & Perfect Snogging, Viceroy's House, What's Cookin' and Bride & Prejudice. Be sure too to keep an ear out for the audience gasp when Gurinder reveals the movie she turned down...

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Mission: Impossible III (2006) and The Birdcage (1996)

    Mission: Impossible III (2006) and The Birdcage (1996)

    In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two movies that hit at the box office - but it didn't stop one of them being regarded a commercial disappointment.
    2006's Mission: Impossible III went though a range of directors before Tom Cruise settled on giving JJ Abrams his feature directorial debut. But that decision brought with it delays, and the film's aftermath would see Cruise's deal with Paramount come to an end (temporarily).
    The Birdcage meanwhile landed on Oscar-winner Mike Nichols' plate at a point where people were beginning to feel his hit movie days were behind him. Nichols though would turn a Harrison Ford movie down in order to take this one on - and to work again with Elaine May.
    Stories of both are told in this episode.
    Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.
    Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

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    • 55 min
    Iron Man (2008) and Pacific Heights (1990)

    Iron Man (2008) and Pacific Heights (1990)

    In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a franchise-starting hit, and a modest thriller with an impressive roster of personnel.
    The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now written large into movie history - but it's often forgotten just what a risk the first Iron Man movie was. And also, that it was arguably Marvel's most tight-fisted production too.
    Pacific Heights was more modest, but did attract a legendary director, and in Michael Keaton, a man who'd just brought Batman to the big screen. Yet there were, as it turns out, behind the scenes problems on this one...
    Stories of both are told in this episode.
    Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.
    Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

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    • 54 min
    I Am Legend (2007) and There's Something About Mary (1998)

    I Am Legend (2007) and There's Something About Mary (1998)

    In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two big hit movies - but both of them took at least a decade to make it to the screen.
    In the case of I Am Legend, the latest take on the story was all ready to go in 1997 with Ridley Scott directing and Arnold Schwarzenegger starring: but not everything went to plan there. And there'd be other attempts that failed before we got the version we got.
    There's Something About Mary didn't start out as the raunchy comedy it became - but after five years sitting still in development hell, a Writers Guild Of America rule change suddenly worked to its favour.
    Stories of both are told in this episode.
    Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.
    Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

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    • 59 min
    In conversation with Jan De Bont - Flatliners, Die Hard, Speed, Twister, Black Rain, The Hunt For Red October, Roar and more

    In conversation with Jan De Bont - Flatliners, Die Hard, Speed, Twister, Black Rain, The Hunt For Red October, Roar and more

    In a special episode of Film Stories, Simon chats to Jan De Bont about his extensive movie career.
    They chat about his work as cinematographer on movies as varied as Die Hard, Flatliners, The Hunt For Red October and Black Rain. They chat too about De Bont nearly having his face fully ripped off by a wild animal while shooting Roar. And then there's his work as a director, specifically Speed and Twister.
    Flatliners has just been released by Arrow on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, and is available now.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Sixth Sense (1999) and Pixels (2015)

    The Sixth Sense (1999) and Pixels (2015)

    In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a massive film that didn't cost too much, and a box office disappointment that did.
    1999's The Sixth Sense would prove to be an absolute box office sensation: but heck. Disney wasn't happy about making it. The executive who gave the film the greenlight would ultimately lose his job, and Disney would sell off most distribution rights before it was released. But why?
    Pixels meanwhile was the last film in Adam Sandler's long-running deal with Sony Pictures, and was chosen only after the studio had turned one or two other Sandler projects down. On paper, combining classic videogame characters with a live action New York-set family feature seemed a good idea. But things did not go to plan.
    Stories of both are told in this episode.
    Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.
    Support this podcast: www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Glen Haley ,

Well researched and entertaining!

Two films covered in each podcast (total runtime under an hour.)I’ve been listening for 4 years and Simon is a wonderful storyteller. Strong research, great context on when the film was released (including other films in the top 10 at the time), and a delightful presentation. Simon is the real deal - a film writer for decades with deep knowledge and respect for how movies get made. And he’s such an entertaining speaker.

kate_s_ ,

Very Fun

A very fun and entertaining podcast mainly about the making of many famous, and some not-so-famous movies. Brew is enthusiastic, not too polished, and goes into great detail.

*c0r0n1t4* ,

This Podcast has all the bits and bobs you could want!

This podcast is very well put together. The time, effort, and attention to detail is very apparent and I think because of all of the information this is what makes this absolutely great podcast. From a young age I’ve always loved stories radio television and film and this really dives into the heart of how things are made. I’m never getting presents like the behind the scenes book of Jurassic Park this is just like that only two movies every single episode and with little snippets and behind-the-scenes information of things that I never would’ve seen discovered myself. So if you love movies and love the celebration of how they’re made and do yourself a favor an listen to this podcast.

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