The Final Cut - Program podcast

The Final Cut - Program podcast


One single audio file of the whole program - good for continuous listening.


RN Summer Highlights: Jennifer Peedom  

Australian documentary maker Jennifer Peedom talks about her Mt Everest documentary Sherpa.

RN Summer Highlights: Terence Davies and Ciro Guerra  

Veteran British director Terence Davies discusses Sunset Song and first time Colombian director Ciro Guerra discusses Embrace of the Serpent.

RN Summer Highlights: Bill Mechanic and Michael Rowe  

Hacksaw Ridge producer and former Fox Studios CEO Bill Mechanic discusses working with Mel Gibson and greenlighting Titanic. Mexico-based Australian director Michael Rowe discusses his new film Early Winter.

Rn Summer Highlights: SFF critics panel  

This week, a round table critics discussion on the highlights of the Sydney Film Festival. Guests are UNSW film scholar Jane Mills, co-editor of 4:3 online film journal Conor Bateman and critic Luke Goodsell.

Summer Movies Panel - the sequel  

The second instalment of the critics round table on what to see and what to avoid this Summer at the movies.

Summer Movies Panel - part 1  

A film critics round table previewing the holiday season at the movies, from Rogue One to La La Land, Jackie and beyond...

Office Christmas Party, VOD Panel  

VOD or video on demand is to the 21st century what the VHS and DVD were to the late 20th. A panel of experts discusses the diverse range of streaming platforms for cinephiles, and where to see the best films from Hollywood to the avant-garde. Also, the big Hollywood comedy of the festive season: Office Christmas Party.

The Legend of Ben Hall, Mad Dog Morgan, Asia Pacific Screen Awards  

Australians have always made bushranger films, this week the verdict on the latest, The Legend of Ben Hall, and revisiting the 1970s classic Mad Dog Morgan. Plus a wrap of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

The Founder, The Fencer, Ruin  

John Lee Hancock discusses his film about McDonalds founder Ray Kroc, Klaus Härö speaks about his tribute to Stalinist era Estonian fencer Endel Nelis. Plus, a review of Australian gem Ruin, on a limited release with filmmaker Q&As around the country.

Four films to lure you back to the cinema  

Ken Loach discusses his Cannes winner I, Daniel Blake about an unemployed man with a heart condition fighting the welfare bureaucracy supposed to help him, and what it says about a broader malaise in the West. Plus reviews of Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Palestinian music documentary A Magical Substance Flows Into Me and Chinese political satire I Am Not Madam Bovary.

Arrival, Nocturnal Animals, Bruna Papandrea  

Hollywood-based Australian producer of Wild and Gone Girl Bruna Papandrea discusses her upcoming HBO series, plus how she set up a production company with Reece Witherspoon to make films by and about women. Plus, Amy Adams stars in the Alien encounter film Arrival and the psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals.

Hacksaw Ridge, The Light Between Oceans  

Hacksaw Ridge producer Bill Mechanic discusses working with Mel Gibson again and his time as CEO of Fox in the 1990s. Plus how The Light Between Oceans glows, but only faintly.

Elle, American Honey  

Paul Verhoeven's psychological thriller about rape Elle is one of the most fascinating films of the year. Plus director Andrea Arnold discusses her stunning new film about love, America and capitalism - American Honey.

Boys in the Trees, Shin Godzilla  

Meet Nicholas Verso, the Australian director behind Boys in the Trees, a coming of age Halloween film set in Adelaide in 1997. Plus Japan cinema expert Philip Brophy reveals how Westerners don’t get Godzilla, and explains the biting political critique at the heart of the new Japanese movie Shin Godzilla.

Julieta, Joe Cinque's Consolation  

Director Sotiris Dounoukos discusses the ethics of voyeurism and spectatorship in his adaptation of Helen Garner’s true crime novel Joe Cinque’s Consolation. Plus guest critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reviews Pedro Almodóvar's Julieta.

Julieta, Joe Cinque's Consolation  

Director Sotiris Dounoukos discusses the ethics of voyeurism and spectatorship in his adaptation of Helen Garner’s true crime novel Joe Cinque’s Consolation. Plus guest critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reviews Pedro Almodóvar's Julieta.

The Girl on the Train, Deepwater Horizon, Museum Films  

An adaptation of a bestselling thriller and a real life disaster hit screens this week - The Girl On The Train and Deepwater Horizon. Plus guest critic Alex Munt looks at the growing genre of ‘Museum Films’ and the new hybrid doco about the Nazi occupation of the Louvre, Francofonia.

Magnificent 7, Early Winter, Life Animated  

The Magnificent Seven ride again! Plus an interview with the Australian born, Mexico based director Michael Rowe about his French Canadian drama Early Winter. And the director of Life, Animated, discusses how a boy with autism learned to communicate via Disney films.

Snowden, Indian Cinema, Robert Mapplethorpe  

How did Oliver Stone make the Edward Snowden story so dull? Plus, discussing India’s rich cinematic tradition beyond Bollywood, and a new documentary about controversial American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Bridget Jones's Baby, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Spin Out  

Love is in the air this week. Renée Zellweger returns to her most iconic role as Bridget Jones and an Australian film tries to find the comedy (and romance) in a Bachelor and Spinsters' Ball. Plus, revisiting a 1970s Fassbinder classic whose themes of xenophobia and compassion are as relevant as ever - 'Ali: Fear Eats The Soul'.

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