172 episodes

Girls On Film is a film review podcast from a female perspective, hosted by film critic and broadcaster Anna Smith and produced by co-founder Hedda Archbold at HLA Agency

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    • TV & Film
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Girls On Film is a film review podcast from a female perspective, hosted by film critic and broadcaster Anna Smith and produced by co-founder Hedda Archbold at HLA Agency

    Ep 172: Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley and more join us for a Wicked Little Letters exclusive

    Ep 172: Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley and more join us for a Wicked Little Letters exclusive

    This episode features the tenth Oscar winner to appear on Girls On Film. Anna Smith hears from Academy Award winner Olivia Colman who stars opposite Jessie Buckley and Anjana Vasan in the black comedy Wicked Little Letters. She also speaks to the film’s director, Thea Sharrock, and historical consultant Emily Cockayne about bringing this remarkable true story to the big screen.

    The film follows two neighbours: conservative local Edith Swan (played by Olivia Colman) and rowdy Irish migrant Rose Gooding (played by Jessie Buckley). When Edith and fellow residents begin to receive the letters, foul-mouthed Rose is charged with the crime. Anjana Vasan plays Police Officer Gladys Moss, who suspects that Rose may not be the culprit after all…

    Firstly, Anna speaks with Anjana and Thea about balancing the comedy with some of the more poignant moments in the film. They discuss Anjana’s character Gladys Moss, who is based on the first woman Police Officer in Sussex, and talk about the contemporary relevance of poison pen letters.

    Next up Anna hears from historical consultant Emily Cockayne, whose book Cheek By Jowl: A History of Neighbours details some of the scandal caused by the Littlehampton case in the 1920s.

    Finally, Anna is joined by the two stars of the film, Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckely, who recall their delight in receiving Jonny Sweet’s script. Olivia talks about her background in comedy, and the pair give an insight into the set of Wicked Little Letters when they discuss their musical collaboration.

    WICKED LITTLE LETTERS is released in UK and Irish cinemas on 23 February 2024.

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    Host: Anna Smith
    Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold
    Producer: Charlotte Matheson
    Audio editor: Benjamin Cook
    House band: MX Tyrants
    Thanks to our partners for this episode STUDIOCANAL

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    • 44 min
    Ep 171: Intimacy Coordinator Ita O’Brien talks about sex in Saltburn, Poor Things, Fair Play & more

    Ep 171: Intimacy Coordinator Ita O’Brien talks about sex in Saltburn, Poor Things, Fair Play & more

    As we post this episode, we’re coming up to the third annual Girls On Film Awards 2024. They take place on Tuesday 20 February 2024 at Regent Street Cinema in London. We’ll celebrate the brilliant work made by women in film and will be joined by nominees, industry supporters and listeners.


    We give awards in 12 categories, and the undisputed climax of the night will be the award for the category 'Female Orgasm on Screen, sponsored by Intimacy On Set' for the second year running. In this episode, Intimacy On Set founder Ita O’Brien talks with Hedda Lornie Archbold, Girls On Film co-founder, about the four nominated films in this category: Fair Play, Joy Ride, Poor Things and Saltburn, as well as about some of the other notable films of the past year.

    Ita O'Brien is an Intimacy Coordinator and Movement Director for film, television, and theatre. Since 2014, she has been developing best practice when working with intimacy, scenes with sexual content, and nudity in film, TV, and theatre. Ita pioneered the role of Intimacy Coordinator, which is being adopted in leading production houses, including HBO, Netflix, and the BBC. Ita founded Intimacy on Set to provide trained, professional Intimacy Coordinators to the industry.

    Also in this episode, Anna Smith recommends some great films by women filmmakers in the run up to International Women’s Day 2024.

    Films mentioned in this episode:
    Men Up
    Saltburn
    Poor Things
    Fair Play
    Joy Ride
    How To Have Sex
    Barbie
    Oppenheimer
    Memory
    Four Daughters
    Copa 71
    Origin

    Operas mentioned in this episode:
    Anthony and Cleopatra

    Television series mentioned in this episode:
    Bridgerton
    Brave New World

    Men Up is on BBC iPlayer
    Fair Play is on Netflix
    Joy Ride is streaming platforms including Apple TV.
    Saltburn is on Prime Video
    Poor Things is on streaming platforms including Prime Video and Apple TV from 27 February 2024.


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    Host: Anna Smith
    Producer: Hedda Lornie Archbold
    Audio editor: Emma Butt
    House band: MX Tyrants
    This episode is in partnership with Intimacy On Set

    © HLA Agency

    • 39 min
    Ep 170: Oscar-nominees Annette Bening and Jodie Foster star in Nyad: we discuss the film’s themes

    Ep 170: Oscar-nominees Annette Bening and Jodie Foster star in Nyad: we discuss the film’s themes

    In today’s episode, Anna Smith talks to members of the the Girls On Film community about Nyad, starring Annette Bening and Jodie Foster, which tells the remarkable true story of athlete Diana Nyad.

    An athlete turned journalist, Diana Nyad made an incredible vow when she turned 60. She was determined to become the first person to swim 110 miles from Cuba to Florida, without a shark cage. She was supported by a team including her best friend and coach Bonnie Stoll.

    Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, the film has a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Annette Bening as Diana, and Supporting Actress for Jodie Foster as Bonnie. The bond between Diana and Bonnie is beautifully depicted, whether they are sharing witty banter, second guessing each other or finding their strong friendship tested by Diana’s relentless and risky ambition. It’s the reason that Nyad is nominated for the Female Friendship on Screen award at the 2024 Girls On Film Awards.


    In partnership with Netflix we arranged a special Girls On Film screening of Nyad, the feature written by Julia Cox, adapted from the memoir Find A Way by Diana Nyad. We invited some of the Girls On Film community to watch this extraordinary true story on the big screen, followed by a discussion about some of the themes of the film, including friendships between women, achieving your goals no matter what your age, and the great pleasure of seeing the story of two complex, older lesbian characters on screen in mainstream cinema.


    Thanks to our partners for this episode, Netflix UK


    Other films mentioned in this episode are:
    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
    Blindsight
    Booksmart
    Chariots of Fire
    Free Solo
    Girl Picture
    How to Have Sex
    A League of Their Own
    Polite Society
    The Rescue
    She Said
    The Silent Twins
    The Swimmers
    Thelma and Louise
    The Woman King


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    Girls On Film is an HLA production.

    Host: Anna Smith
    Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold
    Producer: Charlotte Matheson
    Audio editor: Emma Butt
    House band: MX Tyrants

    © HLA Agency

    • 25 min
    Ep 169: Mr & Mrs Smith creator Francesca Sloane on women writers & subverting Bond Girl tropes

    Ep 169: Mr & Mrs Smith creator Francesca Sloane on women writers & subverting Bond Girl tropes

    In this episode of Girls On Film, Anna Smith talks to the creator and showrunner of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Francesca Sloane.

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a series inspired by the 2005 film by Doug Liman and Simon Kinberg. It stars Maya Erskine and Donald Glover as two lonely strangers who land jobs working for a mysterious spy agency, and are given new identities in an arranged marriage as Mr. and Mrs. John and Jane Smith. The eight-part series explores their relationship as they take on each new mission, with an all-star supporting cast including Parker Posey, Paul Dano, Sharon Horgan, Michaela Coel and more.

    In this conversation, Francesca discusses the conception of Mr. & Mrs. Smith and how she moved from being offered jobs ‘cleaning in her underwear’ in LA to being the showrunner of this series. She speaks to Anna about subverting gender roles in this reimagining of the 2005 film starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and turning Donald Glover into a ‘Bond Girl’ figure. She also talks about the unique experience of leading a writing room made up exclusively of women of colour, and how the plot of the series came to interrogate questions of race and visibility.

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith is available on Prime Video now.

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    Girls On Film is an HLA production.

    Host: Anna Smith
    Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold
    Producer: Charlotte Matheson
    Audio editor: Emma Butt
    House band: MX Tyrants
    This episode is in partnership with Prime Video

    • 22 min
    Ep 168: Lily Gladstone talks about her Oscar-nominated performance in Killers of the Flower Moon

    Ep 168: Lily Gladstone talks about her Oscar-nominated performance in Killers of the Flower Moon

    Best actress Oscar nominee Lily Gladstone joins Anna to discuss her powerful performance in Martin Scorsese’s American chronicle crime thriller Killers of the Flower Moon, now streaming globally on Apple TV+.

    Gladstone’s Mollie Kyle is an Osage Native American, and heir to the oil-rich, Osage-owned land in 1920s Oklahoma that white settlers are desperate to get their hands on. By turns richly emotional and crackling with humour, her nuanced portrayal foregrounds the story of Mollie and her fellow women in the community as an integral part of the film. Making history as the first Native American woman to receive a best actress nomination, Lily’s performance is a powerful testament to the suffering of the Osage women, and their incredible strength in the face of it.

    She joined Anna after a screening of the film in Soho’s Ham Yard Hotel, where she shared the depth of her preparation for the role, from spending time with the real Mollie’s family to wearing a 100-year-old Osage blanket as part of her costume. She talks working with Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese – now the most nominated living director in Oscars history. Praising his skill and sensitivity in telling the story of Killers of the Flower Moon, she also makes a call to support Native American filmmakers bringing their own narratives to the screen – and answers questions from our audience.

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    Host: Anna Smith
    Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold
    Producer: Heather Dempsey
    Assistant Producer: Charlotte Matheson
    Audio editor: Jack Howard
    House band: MX Tyrants
    Photographer: Julie Edwards
    This episode is in partnership with Apple Original Films and Killers of the Flower Moon

    • 27 min
    Ep 167: Carey Mulligan talks about Maestro at a special screening on Oscar nominations day 2024

    Ep 167: Carey Mulligan talks about Maestro at a special screening on Oscar nominations day 2024

    Oscar and BAFTA nominee Carey Mulligan returns to Girls On Film for a very special episode celebrating her performance in the towering epic Maestro, currently on Netflix. Carey plays Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein, opposite director Bradley Cooper as composer Leonard Bernstein, and her performance is spellbinding. She joined host Anna Smith after a screening of Maestro in London on 23rd January 2024 - the very day she was announced as a nominee for the Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role. This exclusive recording sees Carey sharing her thoughts on preparing for this complex role, working with Bradley Cooper and the incredible craft departments such as Hair and Make-Up. Recalling Carey’s first appearance on episode 3 of Girls On Film, Anna and Carey spoke frankly about how things have progressed for women in film, and how much has changed since we launched the podcast. You can also hear Carey answering questions from our audience of Girls On Film listeners.


    Other films mentioned in this episode:

    Promising Young Woman (dir. Emerald Fennell)
    She Said (dir. Maria Schrader)


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    Watch Girls On Film on the BFI’s YouTube channel:
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    Girls On Film is an HLA production.

    Host: Anna Smith
    Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold
    Assistant Producer: Charlotte Matheson
    Audio editor: Jack Howard
    Live sound recordist: Cam Griffiths

    House band: MX Tyrants
    This episode is in partnership with Netflix

    Photo: Julie Edwards Photography

    © HLA Agency

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Heavenlyce ,

I look forward to this

Every episode inspires me to watch more films, learn about what goes in to making films and hearing from many fascinating and talented women

sallismith1 ,

a little redundant

looking for something more fresh on this topic.

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