Monday, March 17, 2014

The Spoiler Guys: 12 Years a Slave

It's a bit worrisome when you are struck speechless by a film about which you are going to record a podcast. Such was the case with 12 Years a Slave.

Fortunately my Spoiler Guys were only a Skype session away in Sydney, and ready to help put words to the pain, catharsis and cinematic triumph we had all witnessed.

Oh and there are also a few giggles to be had: mostly at Marc's violin-toting childhood, but also at my own terrible...terrible Irish accent.

Apologies in advance, especially considering it's St Patrick's Day.

To be sure (sorry) you can download the podcast on iTunes or stream via Soundcloud below:

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Film Programme: Wake in Fright

I may have only recently left my sunburnt country, but I jumped at the chance of taking a cinematic trip home with to discuss Wake in Fright with Francine Stock:
Francine Stock talks to Tilda Swinton about the much-anticipated film by Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel and why romance is particularly special to those aged under nine or over 90.
And inspired by Anderson's take on hotel life, film historian Ian Christie and critic, Kate Muir look at these citadels of glamour, alienation, opportunity and even horror.
The director Ted Kotcheff looks back at his 'lost' Oz psychological thriller Wake In Fright from 1971, now re-released, while critic Alice Tynan discusses why Australian cinema-goers at the time found its uncompromising portrayal of life in the outback hard to stomach.
And why the craft of stunt artists demands a lot of bruises, but no recognition in the mainstream awards like the Oscars
You can download the podcast here, stream via the BBC Radio 4 site here, or via Soundcloud: 

Dubliners can go and see Wake in Fright at the Irish Film Institute - and the film is also on limited UK release from March 7th.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Back in the booth

Gracious! Where have the last six months gone?

A new city. A new job. And a newly found aversion to packing boxes. So. Many. Boxes.

It's been an absolute whirlwind, but I'm having a ball! Even more so now I'm back in the booth.
Granted, media screenings are a bit tricker to make here in Dublin (evening screenings don't seem to be a thing), but that hasn't stopped me clocking some serious time in the cinema, nor kept me from my Spoiler Guys.

Yes! We're back in podcasting action with eps on The Wolf of Wall Street  and the Oscars - with more spoiler shenanigans to follow.

And speaking of recording, I am absolutely thrilled to be back on BBC Radio 4's The Film Programme this week, chatting about the Aussie classic Wake in Fright. This time the booth was in RTE (turns out I live around the corner!) rather than my fave ABC Tardis, but some things remain the same: talking cinema is too much fun.

It's good to be back!

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