Monocle 24: The Cinema Show

Monocle 24: The Cinema Show


Monocle 24’s carefully curated selection of the best in cinema. Hear from film-makers, critics and legends of the craft as we shine a spotlight on everything from revivals and the restoration of vintage cuts to European film and the role of the auteur. ‘The Cinema Show’ is brought to you in association with MUBI.


Action! 14: Venice Classics  

Meet the man in charge of restorations and revivals at this year’s 74th Venice International Film Festival. Ben Rylan sits down with Giuseppe Piccioni, jury president of the Venice Classics section, to discuss how modern audiences relate to older films.

Venice Film Festival  

From the Palazzo del Cinema we’re on location at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Ben Rylan meets festival director Alberto Barbera to find out how he reinvigorated the event and brought back its prestige. Plus: we review Darren Aronofsky horror-thriller ‘mother!’, Neapolitan animation ‘Gatta Cenerentola’, and Jane Fonda and Robert Redford’s Golden Lion lifetime achievement awards.

Action! 13: Wim Wenders and virtual reality  

Is virtual reality really cinema? The emerging medium has its detractors but legendary German film-maker Wim Wenders is not one of them. He explains why he has high hopes for a virtual cinematic future.

Making a scene  

The winner of 2017’s Cannes Critics Week, Oliver Laxe, explains how he used the stunning peaks of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains as the backdrop to his winning film ‘Mimosas’. Plus: author Richard Martin reveals why a film’s scenery often hints at its true intentions and we visit Dublin’s Light House Cinema for a look at its timely series of journalism films.

Action! 12: Michael Nyman on ‘Gattaca’  

Renowned composer Michael Nyman discusses his soundtrack to the extraordinary 1997 science-fiction film ‘Gattaca’.

How to make popcorn  

If you think preparing the world’s favourite cinema snack is a simple process then you’re in for a shock. We pay a visit to Joe & Seph’s popcorn kitchen, where flavours such as gin and tonic, French goat’s cheese and black pepper, and caramel and Belgian chocolate come to life. Plus: we hear from ‘Lady Macbeth’ costume designer Holly Waddington and countdown our top-five favourite costumes.

Action! 11: Edible Cinema  

Do you fancy a glass of gin with your screening? We meet the clever folk behind Edible Cinema, an immersive event that takes food and drink off the screen and into the hands of the audience.

The future of watching  

With both Disney and Apple focusing on exclusive streaming platforms we look at how the new world of online cinema might be repeating Hollywood history. Plus: a tribute to the screen’s original Godzilla, Haruo Nakajima, and we hear from the director of ‘Tom of Finland’, Dome Karukoski.

Action! 10: ‘A Ghost Story’  

Writer and director David Lowery discusses his extraordinary new film starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara and we tell you why, despite appearances, it might be one of the most unexpectedly moving films you’re ever likely to see.

Barry Jenkins  

Nearly six months after his sensational victory at the 2017 Academy Awards, ‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins reflects on his best-picture win and discusses the state of US culture. He also tells us why his upcoming James Baldwin adaptation is his dream project.

Action! 09: The Fighting Temeraire  

When James Bond met Q at London’s National Gallery in 2012’s ‘Skyfall’, the pair sat opposite a painting rich with symbolism. It also happens to be the UK’s favourite artwork. We visit the gallery with deputy director Susan Foister to discover the symbolism behind ‘The Fighting Temeraire’.


Put on your favourite neckerchief as we set sail on an epic tour of cinema’s most fashionable films. We hear from the director of the new documentary ‘Becoming Cary Grant’, preview Gucci’s latest galaxy-hopping campaign and reveal Monocle’s list of three must-see fashion films.

Action! 08: How to design a cinema  

Designing a luxury cinema for picky picture-goers in the age of streaming is a tricky business. Architect Takero Shimazaki shares his insights following his redesign of London’s stunning Curzon Bloomsbury art house.

Watching the city  

Join us on a city-watching tour from Istanbul to Western Australia. Ceyda Torun guides us through her delightful documentary ‘Kedi’, which tells the story of Istanbul from the perspective of its feline fanciers. Plus: ‘Hounds of Love’ writer and director Ben Young explains why he steered away from Australia’s fascination with true crime and we pay tribute zombie-genre pioneer George A Romero.

Action! 07: Designing for Tom Ford  

Meet the man who helped give “Nocturnal Animals” the unmistakable look for which its director, Tom Ford, is so well regarded. From 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton” to Ryan Murphy’s “The Normal Heart”, Shane Valentino explains how he designs for the screen.

The original picture palace  

Take a step inside America’s original picture palace. Since it hosted Hollywood’s very first motion picture premiere, the Egyptian Theatre has been attracting patrons to its exotic grandeur. And it’s now one of the few theatres able to screen nitrate film stock – discontinued in the 1950s due to its highly flammable state. Plus: 2017’s best releases so far and titles to watch out for in the months ahead.

Action! 06: How to make a Nike commercial  

Before he was making feature films Adam Smith was the creative force behind several television campaigns for brands including Nike and Adidas. He shares his thoughts on what makes an attention-grabbing TV spot.

Cinema under the stars  

We’re mixing an Aperol Spritz with some of our favourite film-makers as we embark on a tour of our favourite outdoor cinematic locations. We sit down for lunch with Paolo Sorrentino and take a tour of the sites of Rome as seen in ‘The Great Beauty’, before stopping off in Belgrade for a look at the city’s favourite outdoor screening event: Filmstreet.

Action! 05: Rooftop movies  

As a sweltering summer’s day comes to a close, Melbourne’s city rooftops are transformed into bars, restaurants and, in some cases, cinemas. Pour yourself a cocktail as we explore the Lido’s screening space under the stars.

American roadtrip  

Pack your bags! We’re taking a ride across the US to visit some of the locations behind the country’s film history. In Dallas, we take a seat in the cinema where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested shortly after the death of president John F Kennedy. Plus: how superheroes give voice to American cultural fears and the new documentary that questions popular perceptions of genetically modified food.

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