Writers on Film
Amy Raphael on Mike Leigh
Season 1, Ep. 24
Amy Raphael has written for all the UK broadsheets and myriad magazines, includingThe Face,Esquireand theRadio Times. Her first book,Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rockwas published in 1995 and an updated version,A Seat at the Table: Women on the Frontline of Music, was published in 2019.A Game of Two Halves: Famous Football Fans Meet Their Heroes, with forewords by both Gary Lineker and Raheem Sterling, raised money for UNCHR. She co-wrote Steve Coogan’s autobiographyEasily Distractedand worked with David Hare on his memoir,The Blue Touch Paper. Her second middle-grade novel,The Ship of Cloud and Stars, will be published in January 2022.Danny Boyle in Conversation with Amy Raphaelwas published 2013 andMike Leigh on Mike Leighwas originally published in 2008.
Lynne Sachs: Portrait of a Filmmaker Who
Season 1, Ep. 23
John Bleasdale talks to Lynne Sachs, the Memphis born, Brooklyn based filmmaker on the eve of a season of her works being streamed on the Criterion Channel. Since the 1980s, Sachs has created cinematic works that defy genre through the use of hybrid forms and collaboration, incorporating elements of the essay film, collage, performance, documentary and poetry. Her films explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences.With each project, sheinvestigates the implicit connection between the body, the camera, and the materiality of film itself.Over her career, Sachs has been awarded support from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NYFA, and Jerome Foundation. Sachs has made40films (includingTip of My Tongue,Your Day is My Night,Investigation of a Flame,andWhich Way is East). Her films have screened at the Museum of Modern Art, Wexner Center, the Walker, the Getty, New York Film Festival, and Sundance. In 2021, Edison Film Festival and Prismatic Ground Film Festival at Maysles Documentary Center awarded Sachs for her body of work.Sachs is also deeply engaged with poetry. In 2019, Tender Buttons Press published her first bookYear by Year Poems.In 2020 and 2021, she taught film and poetry workshops at Beyond Baroque, Flowchart Foundation, San Francisco Public Library, and Hunter.www.lynnesachs.comAfter comprehensive career retrospectives at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020 and the Museum of the Moving Image in 2021, theCriterion Channel isdelighted to announce that director Lynne Sachs’ films will join the Channel in October 2021 along with a newly recorded director interview exploring her works. Sachs will be making her the Criterion Channel debut withseven earlier works followed by her latest feature,Film About a Father Who, recently released theatrically by Cinema Guild andreceiving its exclusive streaming premiere with the Criterion Channel.
Sam Wasson gives Chinatown The Big Goodbye
Season 1, Ep. 22
L.A. native Sam Wasson studied Film at Wesleyan University and at the USC School of Cinematic Arts before publishing his first book,A Splurch in the Kisser: The Movies of Blake Edwards, which film critic Andrew Sarris deemed “the critical resurrection of Blake Edwards."In 2010, Wasson's Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Womanbecame a New York and Los Angeles Times Best Seller. The book has been translated into over a dozen languages, and was named by Entertainment Weekly one of the best pop-culture books of all time.Paul on Mazursky, Wasson’s 2011 book of conversations with the legendary writer-director of Bob & Carol & Ted & Aliceand Down and Out in Beverly Hills, moved director Quentin Tarantino to declare Paul Mazursky "one of the great writer-directors of cinema.”Fosse, Wasson’s award-winning 2013 biography of the legendary director-choreographer, appeared on over a half-dozen Best of the Year lists and was called “one of the most eloquent showbiz accounts in years” by the Chicago Tribune. In conjunction with the Paley Center for Media, Wasson unearthed "Seasons of Youth," a lost 1961 Fosse television special, now publicly available at the Paley Center's archives in New York and Los Angeles.In addition to his work as an author, Wasson has written for numerous publications including The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker. He’s served as a consultant for The National Comedy Center in New York and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, was a Visiting Professor of Film at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and Emerson College in Los Angeles. As panelist and lecturer Wasson has appeared all over the world, from the 92nd Street Y in New York to The Second City in Chicago and the Rome International Film Festival, and has been a featured guest on CNN, BBC, Fox, ABC, NPR, and for The Criterion Collection.In 2017, The New York Times called Wasson's latest book,Improv Nation: How We Made A Great American Art, "one of the most important stories in American popular culture."His latest book, The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood, was a New York Times Best Seller. “Sam Wasson’s deep dig into the making of the film,” Janet Maslin wrote, “is a work of exquisite precision. It’s about much more than a movie. It’s about the glorious lost Hollywood in which that 1974 movie was born.”
No Time to Die with Paul Duncan
Season 1, Ep. 21
John Bleasdale talks to Paul Duncan author and editor of The James Bond Archives: The ultimate companion toall things 007, covering the making of every single movie in theJames Bond franchise, fromDr. NotoNo Time To Die. Withmore than 1,007 imagesand anoral history featuring 150 members of cast and crew, this comprehensivelyupdated XXL editionwill delight fans of the most successful and longest-running film franchise in cinema history.
Season 1, Ep. 20
John Bleasdale talks to actor, producer, director and author Gabriel Byrne about his autobiography. Walking with Ghostsis the stunningly evocative memoir by Irish actor and Hollywood star, Gabriel Byrne.'Dreamy, lyrical and utterly unvarnished'–Colm TóibínAs a young boy growing up in the outskirts of Dublin, Gabriel Byrne sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home, at the edge of a rapidly encroaching city. Born to working-class parents and the eldest of six children, he harboured a childhood desire to become a priest. When he was eleven years old, Byrne found himself crossing the Irish Sea to join a seminary in England. Four years later, Byrne had been expelled and he quickly returned to his native city. There he took odd jobs as a messenger boy and a factory labourer to get by. In his spare time he visited the cinema, where he could be alone and yet part of a crowd. It was here that he could begin to imagine a life beyond the grey world of ’60s Ireland.He revelled in the theatre and poetry of Dublin’s streets, populated by characters as eccentric and remarkable as any in fiction, those who spin a yarn with acuity and wit. It was a friend who suggested Byrne join an amateur drama group, a decision that would change his life forever and launch him on an extraordinary forty-year career in film and theatre. Moving between sensual recollection of childhood in a now almost vanished Ireland and reflections on stardom in Hollywood and on Broadway, Byrne also courageously recounts his battle with addiction and the ambivalence of fame.Walking with Ghostsis by turns hilarious and heartbreaking as well as a lyrical homage to the people and landscapes that ultimately shape our destinies.‘Make no mistake about it: this is a masterpiece . . . poetic, moving and very funny’ – Colum McCann, author ofLet the Great World Spin
The Ian Nathan Vault
Season 1, Ep. 19
John Bleasdale talks to Ian Nathan, one of the UK’s best known film writers. A former editor and executive editor of Empire magazine, is the author of Alien Vault, the worldwide best-selling history of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, Quentin Tarantino: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work, a gorgeous study of the acclaimed director; studies of The Coen Brothers, Tim Burton, the adaptations of Stephen King; plus the best-selling Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth, the filmmaking history of The Lord of the Rings films. You might also have seen him on the popular Sky Arts Discovering Film and The Directors series.Follow him on Twitter: @iannathan2Visit his blog: https://iannathanblog.wordpress.com
Ti Singh is Born to Be Bad
Season 1, Ep. 18
Timon Singh is the author of Born to Be Bad and Born to Be Bad Part 2. He is also a writer and producer on the film In Search of the Last Action Heroes.
Wendy Mitchell talks dogs on film
Season 1, Ep. 17
John Bleasdale talks to Wendy Mitchell, journalist, author and editor. Wendy is a contributing editor for Screen International. She has been a staff writer and editor at Entertainment Weekly, IndieWire, and Rolling Stone and has written for The Guardian, Variety, Time Out New York, Glamour, and Billboard. She consults for the San Sebastian and Zurich film festivals. She is also the author of Citizen Canine, available from all good book outlets. This charming and adorable collection of the best cinematic dogs is sure to delight dog lovers and movie-goers alike. The Citizen Canine pack includes sixty of the bravest, cutest, and furriest pooches ever to grace the silver screen. From top-billed hounds like Lassie and Benji to comedic scene-stealers like Asta from Bringing Up Baby and Puffy from There's Something About Mary, all your favorite furry friends are here. Whether you have a canine companion or just wish you did, Citizen Canine is your perfect guide to dogs, movies, and the magical moments when they come together.
Adam Nayman's Masterworks
Season 1, Ep. 16
John Bleasdale talks about Paul Verhoeven, the Coen Brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher and film bros with Adam Nayman, author of Paul Thomas Anderson Masterworks and The Coen Brothers. Adam talks about his beginnings as film critic in Toronto. He also tells John his thoughts on the current state of film criticism, including the impact on social media on the film discourse. Adam's recommended film book is Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma and the Political Invisible by Chris Dumas.