In a brand new podcast series from Vue, film critic James King goes behind the lens with some of the biggest and best known names in cinema and entertainment to chat about their favourite big screen moments across a range of themes including love, comedy and cinematography. Escaping to another world has never been more important — this series reignites the wonder, joy and excitement that getting lost in a great film on the big screen brings.
Culture and theatre featuring Erica Whyman
Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company Erica Whyman joins James King to discuss her favourite stage productions on the big screen.
From Romeo and Juliet to One Man, Two Guvnors, Erica talks about how big screen theatre offers the ultimate form of escapism and how her role is to ensure that audiences are engaged and surprised by theatre, ensuring that it takes them away to new places.
Erica’s big screen theatre picks:
Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet
British Museum- Pompeii
One Man, Two Guvnors
Much ado about nothing
Erica Whyman, OBE is an English Theatre Director who became the Deputy Artistic Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2013.
Music featuring Rachel Portman
What would the big screen experience be without music? In the latest episode James is joined by multi-award-winning composer Rachel Portman who discusses how a score can help carry a story. The composer of Chocolat and Emma talks about the impact music can have on how an audience experiences a specific scene as well as how she finds inspiration for the films she’s worked on.
Rachel also reveals her favourite musical moment from Psycho, which might just surprise you.
Rachels’ big screen music picks:
Catch Me If You Can
Far From The Madding Crowd
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Hidden Life
Rachel Portman, OBE is a multi-award winning composer who has written over 100 scores for film, tv and theatre.
She is best known for her work on The Cider House Rules and Chocolat.
Stunts featuring Rowley Irlam
Performing death-defying stunts for films such as Skyfall and The Bourne Ultimatum, Rowley Irlam knows all about putting his body on the line for the sake of entertainment. So who better to speak to about stunt work in this latest episode?
Rowley discusses how his career began in horse work, how fire stunts are performed and how the introduction of CGI and special effects impacts his line of work.
From the Bond films to Indiana Jones, Rowley shares some of his favourite big screen stunts with James King.
Rowley’s big screen stunts picks:
Raiders of the Lost Arc
Saving Private Ryan opening
28 Days Later
Rowley Irlam is a professional Stuntman, with all of the big roles under his belt.
Rowley has pulled off death defying stunts on films such as Skyfall, The Bourne Ultimatum and Quantum of Solace.
Love featuring Richard Curtis
Legendary screenwriter, producer and director Richard Curtis is the latest guest to join James King. In this instalment, the man behind Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral reveals his favourite love-related moments on the big screen. And no, it’s not all about romance.
Richard talks about finding love at the heart of many films in different forms, the importance of finding the right cast vs casting based on chemistry and why people shouldn’t be embarrassed about love.
Richard’s big screen love picks:
(500) Days of Summer
The Son’s Room
This is Spinal Tap
Richard Curtis, CBE is the screenwriter and director behind some of the UK’s most iconic romantic comedies - from Notting Hill to Love Actually.
Outside of film, Richard is dedicated to charity work as the co-founder of Comic Relief and Red Nose Day.
Cinematography featuring Daniel Mays
This week 1917 and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Daniel Mays joins James King to chat all things cinematography.
Daniel reflects upon his own cinematic experiences, including filming the Dunkirk scene in Atonement and how draining but important the process was, method acting and what it was like to be a part of 1917.
Daniel reveals his favourite cinematic moments including the theatricality and visual tricks used in Raging Bull.
Daniel’s big screen cinematography picks:
Nil By Mouth
Road to Perdition
Daniel Mays is an English actor who rose to fame when Mike Leigh cast him in All or Nothing and Vera Drake, roles that he claims defined him as an actor. He has gone on to star in films such as 1917, Atonement and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Comedy featuring Ellie Taylor
In this very first episode James is joined by comedian, writer, actor and self-proclaimed Steven Tyler lookalike, Ellie Taylor, to discuss her favourite big screen comedy moments and getting lost in a great film for a couple of hours.
They talk about Ellie’s love for honesty and awkwardness in comedy, from Four Weddings and a Funeral to Mrs Doubtfire, as well as the unexpected moments of hilarity in Guardians of the Galaxy and THAT dress scene in Bridesmaids.
Ellie’s big screen comedy picks:
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Guardians of the Galaxy
Ellie Taylor is an English Comedian and regular on panel shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week and The Mash Report.