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A biweekly (during seasons) podcast about socially progressive movies that matter.

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Upending the canon to be more inclusive by spotlighting and diving deep into international and independent films by and about women, Indigenous People, LGBTQ+ people, and other marginalized groups. Find multiple episodes on the films of Kelly Reichardt, Céline Sciamma, Andrew Haigh, and Joachim Trier.

COMING SOON: A season on Abortion on Screen (Fall 2023)

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    • 4.9 • 21 Ratings

A biweekly (during seasons) podcast about socially progressive movies that matter.

Become a member to access the full (200+ episode) podcast archive and get early access to new episodes: http://seventh-row.com/join

Upending the canon to be more inclusive by spotlighting and diving deep into international and independent films by and about women, Indigenous People, LGBTQ+ people, and other marginalized groups. Find multiple episodes on the films of Kelly Reichardt, Céline Sciamma, Andrew Haigh, and Joachim Trier.

COMING SOON: A season on Abortion on Screen (Fall 2023)

    Ghostlight: An interview with Kelly O'Sullivan and Alex Thompson

    Ghostlight: An interview with Kelly O'Sullivan and Alex Thompson

    Alex Heeney interviews co-directors Alex Thompson and Kelly O’Sullivan whose new film Ghostlight was a hit at Sundance. Ghostlight is the story of middle-aged construction worker Dan (Ian Keiser) who discovers that theatre and Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet are excellent outlets for working through his complicated feelings of grief, guilt, and anger.
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    Show Notes
    Read Lindsay Pugh's interview with Alex Thompson and Kelly O'Sullivan on Saint Frances Listen to our podcast on abortion on film featuring Saint Frances Listen to the 21st Folio Shakespeare Podcast Related Episodes - Shakespeare on film
    Bonus Episode 24: Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing (excerpt) Bonus Episode 22: Joel Coen's The Tragedy of Macbeth (excerpt) Ep. 124: Olivia Vinall on performing Shakespeare Bonus Episode 17: Saoirse Ronan and James McArdle in The Tragedy of Macbeth at the Almeida Theatre (excerpt) Get the Spotify playlist of these episodes.
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    • 11 min
    137. Luca Guadagnino's Challengers with Andrew Kendall

    137. Luca Guadagnino's Challengers with Andrew Kendall

    In this episode, we discuss Luca Guadagnino’s new film Challengers (2024), which stars Zendaya, Mike Faist, and Seventh Row favourite Josh O’Connor as competitive tennis players and romantic rivals. 
    Film critic and Katherine Hepburn obsessive Andrew Kendall joins host Alex Heeney for the episode. We are both Josh O’Connor super-fans and liked the film. But we had a lot of issues with it. We discuss why we can’t stop thinking about it and where it disappoints. 
    Get your copy of Alex’s book on Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name.
    Get your copy of Alex’s book on Francis Lee’s film God’s Own Country, which stars Josh O’Connor in his breakout role.
    Get both books with our 35% discounted bundle here.
    For detailed show notes,  click here. There is also an AI-generated transcript available on our website.
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    On this episode:
    0:00 Intro to Challengers and why we’re talking about the film (Josh O’Connor and Luca Guadagnino)
    6:04 Why can’t we stop thinking about the film even though we had issues with it? What’s all the fuss about?
    13:40 Tennis serves as an extended metaphor and a structure of the film and informs the film’s grammar
    26:15 Missing scenes and character development
    56:49 The film fails to recognize momentous occasions and how this relates to the way the film was shot
    1:00:00 How Luca Guadagnino’s direction rescues weaknesses in the script and performances
    1:20:00 Will Challengers still matter by the end of the year or years from now?
    1:23:00 Where you can find us, related episodes, coming soon on the podcast
    Show Notes
    Purchase a copy of Alex’s ebook Call Me by Your Name: A Special Issue
    Purchase a copy of Alex’s ebook God’s Own Country: A Special Issue
    Read Andrew’s review of Challengers for Stabroek News
    Read Seventh Row’s Special Issue on A Bigger Splash
    Read Alex’s piece on Josh O’Connor’s performances in Emma. and Hope Gap

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    Get the Spotify Playlist of FREE related episodes.
    Ep. 110: Weekend and End of the Century 
    Ep. 115: Revisiting The English Patient 25 Years Later with Andrew Kendall
    Ep. 33: Comparing Emma Adaptations, including Emma. starring Josh O’Connor (Members Only)
    Ep. 28: 1917 and Jarhead: Sam Mendes’ war films (Members Only)
    Ep. 66 Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country and Ammonite 
    Ep. 71: The Crown Season 4 
    Ep. 4: Suspiria and Luca Guadagnino’s violent bodies (Members Only)
    Ep. 94: Looking HBO with Andrew Kendall (Members Only)
    More episodes featuring Andrew Kendall
    Ep. 115: Revisiting The English Patient 25 Years Later (Members Only)
    Ep. 82: Quo Vadis, Aida and Our Lady of the Nile: Genocide on Film (Members Only)
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    Discover all episodes featuring Andrew Kendall.
    Coming Soon: Abortion on Film Season
    In this six-episode season, we discuss how socially progressive depictions of abortion on film have changed and developed since the 1950s. The season will start airing publicly in late May, but you can listen to the entire season today as a member!
    Find out more about the Abortion on Film season
    Become a member to listen to the entire season today! We will begin airing the show to the public in the coming weeks.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Nowhere Special with James Norton and Uberto Pasolini

    Nowhere Special with James Norton and Uberto Pasolini

    Director Uberto Pasolini and James Norton discuss avoiding sentimentality and collaborating on their film Nowhere Special (2020). 
    Seventh Row Host Alex Heeney interviews them and offers her take on why this heartwarming and heartbreaking tearjerker is worth your time.
    James Norton plays John, a 35-year-old window cleaner and single dad who is dying of an unspecified disease. To prepare for the future, he searches for adoptive parents to care for his three-year-old son Michael after he dies. The film is about the relationship between father and son and its mundanities, how we care for and protect our children, and how the pair learn to cope with their reality. It's tender and warm, and James Norton is great.
    Nowhere Special is out in US cinemas today. It's streaming on BBC iPlayer on the UK. 
    For detailed show notes, visit: https://seventh-row.com/2024/04/26/ep-136-nowhere-special-interview-james-norton-uberto-pasolini/
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    On this episode:
    0:00-10:49 Introduction to the film 10:49-29:22 Interview with James Norton and Uberto Pasolini 29:22-31:06 Related episodes, announcements Related Episodes:
    Ep. 85: The films of Naomi Kawase, featuring True Mothers Bonus 19: Who is the poshest actor in Britain? Coming Soon: Abortion on Film Season
    In this six-episode season, we discuss how socially progressive depictions of abortion on film have changed and developed since the 1950s. We’re putting the finishing touches on the season now, and hoping to have it out in about a month’s time. 
    Find out more about the Abortion on Film season
    Become a member to listen to the entire season today! We will begin airing the show to the public in the coming weeks.

    • 34 min
    Promising Young Woman + The Assistant: Rape culture on film in 2020 (Redux)

    Promising Young Woman + The Assistant: Rape culture on film in 2020 (Redux)

    Emerald Fennell's new film, Saltburn, comes out today, so we're re-releasing our 2021 episode about two very different depictions of rape culture from 2020: Fennell's revenge thriller Promising Young Woman and Kitty Green's The Assistant, a portrait of a young woman working in a misogynistic office environment. This is a landmark episode of the podcast, which kickstarted a series of episodes on rape culture on film.
    This episode features Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney, Executive Editor Orla Smith, and special guest Lindsay Pugh.
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    For detailed show notes, visit: https://seventh-row.com/2021/01/06/ep-73-explorations-of-rape-culture-in-promising-young-woman-and-the-assistant/
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    Related episodes:
    Ep. 86 (Members Only): Una & Slalom: Depictions of childhood sexual assault  Ep. 92 (Members Only): Sugar Daddy and An Easy Girl: Commidfying women Ep. 132 (Free): Sarah Polley's Women Talking Coming Soon: Abortion on Film Season
    In this six-episode season, we discuss how socially progressive depictions of abortion on film have changed and developed since the 1950s. We’re putting the finishing touches on the season now, and hoping to have it out in about a month’s time. 
    Members get early access to the Abortion on Film season! Once the season starts, we’ll be releasing new episodes every two weeks, but members will get the first three episodes immediately, and early access to the remaining episodes. Become a member.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Creative Nonfiction #5: Penny Lane on Confessions of a Good Samaritan and making a self-portrait

    Creative Nonfiction #5: Penny Lane on Confessions of a Good Samaritan and making a self-portrait

    In the fifth and final episode of our Creative Nonfiction Film podcast season, Alex Heeney talks to Penny Lane about her experimentations with documentary form in Confessions of a Good Samaritan. The film is a trip inside Penny’s brain as she goes through the stressful process of anonymously donating her kidney and investigates why kidney donations are necessary. Lane weaves almost all of the techniques from her previous films (and a few more!) into Confessions of a Good Samaritan, offering a thoughtful, educational, and funny look at the complicated feelings that come with doing good in the world at some personal expense.
    Click here to read the episode show notes.
    You will also find an AI-generated transcript in the show notes.
    Useful links Visit the Creative Nonfiction Podcast homepage Discover all of our resources on the films of Joachim Trier Pre-order Existential detours: Joachim Trier's cinema of indecisions and revisions More on creative nonfiction Download a FREE excerpt from Subjective Realities here.
    Get your copy of the ebook Subjective Realities: The art of creative nonfiction film here.
    Get your copy of the ebook In their own words: Documentary Masters vol. 1
    Listen to the podcast on the ebook Subjective realities: The art of creative nonfiction film
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    As a member, you will also be supporting what we do, and helping us cover the (expensive) costs of hosting, running a website, podcast equipment, and more. This helps to ensure we can continue producing the podcast.
    Related Episodes Members Only Episodes
    Ep. 12: Penny Lane on Hail Satan? (Members' Exclusive): Penny Lane discusses her 2019 film Hail Satan Ep. 40: Dead Mothers (Members' Exclusive): We discuss Joachim Trier's Louder Than Bombs, a film that expertly gets inside the head of its thoughtful characters. We also compare it to Mouthpiece and Stories We Tell. Ep. 122: Joachim Trier's The Worst Person in the World (Free): Joachim Trier's breakout hit is also a film that is very good at getting us inside the protagonist's mind amidst an existential crisis. Free Episodes
    Ep. 105: Subjective Realities: The art of creative nonfiction film: We discuss the making of the ebook Subjective Realities and what you can expect from the book Ep. 99: Creative Nonfiction with Penny Lane and Carol Nguyen Ep. 123: Sundance 2022: Creative Nonfiction Credits Host Alex Heeney is the Editor-in-Chief of Seventh Row. Find her on Twitter @bwestcineaste.
    Email us at contact seventh row com.
    This episode was edited, produced, and recorded by Alex Heeney.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Creative Nonfiction #4: Sam Green on 32 Sounds and live documentary

    Creative Nonfiction #4: Sam Green on 32 Sounds and live documentary

    In the fourth episode of our Creative Nonfiction Film podcast season, 
    Alex Heeney talks to Sam Green about 32 Sounds and his work exploring the possibilities of his work that he describes as "live documentaries". These are part locked footage, part live performance, usually including a live band on stage performing the film's music.
    On this episode, we give some background on Sam Green's work in live documentary, talk about how A Thousand Thoughts (2018), co-directed with Joe Bini, felt like a turning point for his work in the form, and discuss what makes 32 Sounds such a wonderful and innovative film. Finally, Alex talks to Sam Green about making 32 Sounds, and more broadly about how he thinks about live documentary and why this is a space he likes working in.
    The episode features a conversation between Alex Heeney and Orla Smith about 32 Sounds and live documentary, recorded in January 2022 right after the world premiere of 32 Sounds. The interview with Sam Green was conducted via Zoom in January 2022 the day after 32 Sounds had its world (virtual) premiere at Sundance. This is an edited version of the complete conversation; the complete conversation is available on our website here.
     Click here to read the episode show notes.
    You will also find an AI-generated transcript in the show notes.
    Useful links Read Alex Heeney's full interview with Sam Green on 32 Sounds Find screenings of Sam Green's live documentaries Find screenings of 32 Sounds Read Sam Green's introduction to live documentary and Utopia in Four Movements More on creative nonfiction Download a FREE excerpt from Subjective Realities here.
    Get your copy of the ebook Subjective Realities: The art of creative nonfiction film here.
    Get your copy of the ebook In their own words: Documentary Masters vol. 1
    Listen to the podcast on the ebook Subjective realities: The art of creative nonfiction film
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    To get full access to the podcast, including episodes from past Sundance Film Festivals and past Sundance films, become a member.
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    Related Episodes Members Only Episodes
    Ep. 67: Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris and City Hall  Ep. 95: No Ordinary Man and John Ware Reclaimed: Reclaiming history in documentary (Members only) Free Episodes
    Ep. 99: Creative Nonfiction with Penny Lane and Carol Nguyen Ep. 123: Sundance 2022: Creative Nonfiction Credits Host Alex Heeney is the Editor-in-Chief of Seventh Row. Find her on Twitter @bwestcineaste.
    Email us at contact seventh row com.
    This episode was edited, produced, and recorded by Alex Heeney.

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

afields9 ,

Thoughtful film analysis

For all the hundreds of movie review podcasts out there, there are surprisingly few that consistently take interesting films and discuss them thoughtfully and in detail. This is one of those few. The hosts have somewhat different taste than I do, but that’s part of what I find useful, as many of the films they choose are ones that I liked but didn’t give the mental attention they deserved. The discussions are especially strong in terms of psychological elements and characterization, and in representing parts of the film world (eg Canadian and First Nations filmmakers) that don’t get enough critical attention.

nucuplmnjuyh ,

Ammonite, hands

Francis Lee and Kate Winslet did not need make up for the hands to look raw since Kate worked for weeks hunting for fossils in preparation for shooting. It’s in all her interviews.
Wonderful analysis, apart from this tiny detail.

LC_Dee ,

Very well done

Like many others as of late I found out about the wonderful women of Seventh Row because of their ebook on Céline Sciamma. Since purchasing that book I have indulged myself in their thoughtful and insightful conversations about film and filmmakers via their podcast and their writings. I have REALLY enjoyed their Lockdown Film School series and urge others to listen to some really fine and enlightening conversations about film. I am also enjoying learning more about Canadian film and filmmakers.

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