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The Film Programme: Episodes

With Francine Stock. Novelist Alex Garland discusses his directorial debut Ex Machina and tells Francine why he thinks Professor Stephen Hawking is wrong to worry that the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. Liz Fraser is known as one of the Carry On girls, ...
With Francine Stock.

Arsenal fan Nick Hornby reveals what appealed to him about Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild, about her 1000 mile hike through mid America, and why he was never tempted to try the walk himself.

Jazz drumming is the unlikely subject for a movie, but Whiplash has won numerous awards in ...
With Francine Stock.

Into The Woods stars James Corden and Emily Blunt discusses what it was like to sing on screen for the first time.

Director Bennett Miller reveals the reasons he cast Steve Carrell against type as a multi-millionaire who sponsored an American Olympic wrestling team with tragic ...
With Francine Stock.

Batman star Michael Keaton discusses the similarities between his career and that of his character in Birdman, an actor making a come-back after finding fame playing a winged super-hero.

Director James Marsh reveals what Stephen Hawking really thought of his bio-pic The Theory ...
The Film Programme’s Francine Stock and Adam Rutherford from BBC Inside Science join forces for a special Christmas day programme celebrating science in the movies. Francine meets Paul Franklin, the special effects wizard behind blockbuster Interstellar, and discovers how he worked with theoretical ...
With Francine Stock.

Angelina Jolie reveals why she's planning to give up acting to concentrate on directing, and describes the moment she discovered that her neighbour Louis Zamperini was an Olympic athlete and ex-prisoner of war, and what it was like showing him her film about his life, Unbroken, ...
With Francine Stock

Composer Danny Elfman talks about his long collaboration with director Tim Burton that's included Batman and Alice In Wonderland.

Nick Hornby recites all of the lyrics to the ABC's Minors Song, the theme tune to a kids club that showed cartoons and the work of the Children's Film ...
With Francine Stock. Director Kevin Macdonald on Jude Law's Scottish accent in his submarine drama Black Sea. And how geo-politics caught up with a film that's partly set in Crimea.

Jason Reitman discusses the moral panic about social media in his ensemble piece Men, Women And Children. And reveals ...
As 2001: A Space Odyssey is re-released in cinemas, Francine Stock presents a special edition on Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece.

'My God, it's Full of Stars' were the last words of Dave Bowman before he journeyed through the Stargate, according to writer Arthur C. Clarke but it's an apt description ...
Francine Stock talks to Julianne Moore about her role in the new HUNGER GAMES movie, MOCKINGJAY Part 1. Director Randall Wright shares his experience of working with and making a film documentary about David Hockney and continuing The Story Of The Sound Effect series, Randy Thom talks about the importance ...
Francine Stock talks to Tommy Lee Jones about his new film THE HOMESMAN, a gritty take on the Western in which the harshness of frontier life and the impact it had on women are central to the story. She also discovers why set designer Maria Djurkovic is such a valued member of the teams in the many projects ...
Francine Stock hears from director Christopher Nolan about the tension between eco-conservatism and interplanetary pioneer spirit in his new space Blockbuster Interstellar. There's also the second part of a series featuring the sound effects experts - this time Randy Thom who added more than a little ...
British director Mike Leigh discusses his latest film Mr Turner. With a career spanning over 40 years, he tells The Film Programme why he has wanted to make a film about the artist for over 20 years, and why actor Timothy Spall was the only man for the job. In the run up to the London Korean Film Festival, ...
Director of The Babadook, Jennifer Kent explains how she used the psychological to create horror, and talks about the challenges in casting kids. Film critic Kim Newman takes a look at children in horror films, from The Innocents to The Exorcist. British actor Riz Ahmed discusses his new role in Nightcrawler ...
With Francine Stock. Fashion designer turned film producer Agnes B. discusses her directorial debut My Name Is Hmmm... and reveals her life-long affair with cinema. The head of Dream Works Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg, considers the future of animated films and looks back at a career he describes as ...
With Francine Stock. Olivier Award winning playwright Gregory Burke discusses his feature film debut '71, about a young soldier who finds himself lost in Belfast during the height of the Troubles. Peter Strickland, the acclaimed director of revenge drama Katalin Varga, reveals what happened when Bjork ...
Director David Fincher reveals how he adapted the best-selling thriller Gone Girl for the big screen and why he's not worried that seven million readers already know the plot's infamous twist. Lux Aeterna composer Clint Mansell discusses the pleasure and pain of writing for Hollywood and what he really ...
British actress Olivia Williams discusses her experiences of Hollywood and why the Tinsel Town satire Maps To The Stars is all too real. An investigation into why Italian cinema was so coy about the mafia until fairly recently. Polish director reveals why he returned to his homeland for his post-war ...
Nick Cave discusses a documentary about his life and work called 20,000 Days On Earth, which mixes fact with fiction, as film-makers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard placed the singer in a series of staged encounters and let the cameras roll. Cave explains why he wasn't entirely happy with some of the things ...
With Francine Stock. The producer of Pride, David Livingstone, discusses the film's evolution from script to screen and reveals what he thinks about his comedy being touted as the next Full Monty. A Most Wanted Man director Anton Corbijn talks about working with Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last starring ...
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