The Final Cut - Program podcast

The Final Cut - Program podcast


The Final Cut is your guide to films worth talking about, big and small—from Hollywood blockbusters to the outer reaches of world cinema.


It, Twin Peaks, Namatjira Project, That's Not Me  

This week, a round table discussion on the finale of Twin Peaks, which came to its breathtaking conclusion on Australian pay TV earlier in the week. Some small Australian films releasing this week that are worth checking out, and Andres Musichietti’s new adaptation of the Stephen King horror, It.

The Round Table: Twin Peaks  

The first installment of a semi-regular audio extra of round table critics discussions.

Ali's Wedding, God's Own Country  

Set in suburban Melbourne's working class Shia community, Ali's Wedding takes a look at love in a very different setting for an Australian film. Plus, an interview with the Yorkshire based filmmaker Francis Lee, who’s coming of age romance about a young farmer who falls in love with a Romanian worker is a profound Brexit statement.

The Lost City of Z, American Made, Killing Ground  

James Gray's The Lost City of Z is a grand, colonial adventure starring Charlie Hunnam as early 20th century British surveyor Percy Fawcett, who made several expeditions into the Amazon. Tom Cruise has reunited with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman in the film American Made, and a new Australian outback thriller about some very unhappy campers.

Top of the Lake: China Girl - a critics' round table discussion  

Themes of motherhood, misogyny and surrogacy are ever present in the latest season of Jane Campion's Top of the Lake.

Logan Lucky, Luc Besson and an Iranian TV phenomenon  

An interview with French film director Luc Besson about his latest film, a sci-fi thriller starring Cara Delevigne. Plus, Steven Soderbergh has come out of retirement with a heartfelt heist movie, and an Iranian TV hit.

Studio Ghibli celebration, Atomic Blonde, The Trip to Spain  

Why do the animated films about aviator pigs, talking sea creatures and flying houses from Japan’s Studio Ghibli manage to cast such a powerful spell? Plus, reviews of The Trip to Spain and Atomic Blonde.

War for the Planet of the Apes, women in focus at MIFF and Kiki, Love to Love  

The third instalment of the Planet of the Apes franchise is more of a thoughtful film than you might expect. The artistic director of the Melbourne International Film Festival talks through some of her highlights from this year's program which puts female directors in the spotlight, plus, the Spanish remake of the Australian sex comedy The Little Death.  

Dunkirk, Paris Can Wait, George Romero  

Eleanor Coppola’s husband Francis is one of the most celebrated directors of his generation, her children Sofia and Roman have also received critical acclaim as filmmakers. What made her, at 80, decide to join them? Hear her discuss her debut narrative feature, Paris Can Wait. Plus a review of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, and an interview from the archives with horror master George Romero, who died this week.

The Beguiled, A Ghost Story, The Cremator and Baby Driver  

Sofia Coppola's atmospheric remake of The Beguiled is unsurprisingly defined by her attentiveness to the feminine gaze. Director David Lowery discusses his post-horror film A Ghost Story, starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, and a discussion on Juraj Herz's surrealist horror masterpiece from 1969, The Cremator.

Spider-Man: Homecoming, Philippe Grandrieux's Unrest, It Comes At Night  

Spiderman: Homecoming marks the third reboot of the webbed-crusader franchise so far this century. Why does Sony keep tinkering with the superhero, and does it get it right this time? Meanwhile film critic Greg Hainge discusses his new book on French filmmaker Philippe Grandrieux, "one of cinema's only living true radicals", ahead of a world exclusive screening of the director's video installation Unrest this weekend at GOMA in Brisbane.

Okja and Lady Macbeth  

South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho discusses his new film Okja, a rollicking Netflix adventure about corporate greed starring Tilda Swinton. Plus, an interview with Australian cinematographer Ari Wegner who shot Lady Macbeth, the debut feature from British director William Oldroyd, based on the Russian novel Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk.

Una, A Quiet Passion, On Body and Soul  

Ben Mendelsohn discusses playing a paedophile in the psychological thriller Una, the debut feature from Australian playwright turned director Benedict Andrews. British director Terence Davies discusses A Quiet Passion, his biopic of American poet Emily Dickinson, and the Hungarian director of the Sydney Film Festival winner On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi, explains why she set a love story in an abattoir.

A critics round table on the Sydney Film Festival  

This week a critics round table on the Sydney Film Festival, where this year themes of race are prominent in the competition in films like Warwick Thornton’s documentary about the Southern Cross We Don’t Need a Map, and two old masters return with stories about Europe and the refugee crisis, Michael Haneke and Aki Kaurismaki.

Churchill, My Cousin Rachel, Wolf and Sheep  

This week Scottish actor Brian Cox on playing Britain’s wartime leader in the biopic Churchill and Notting Hill director Roger Michell discusses what drew him to his wily new thriller starring Rachel Weisz, My Cousin Rachel. Plus, the Sydney Film Festival kicks off, and Afghani director Shahrbanoo Sadat discusses her debut feature competing for the Sydney Film Prize, Wolf and Sheep.

Wonder Woman, Neruda, Hounds of Love and War Machine. Plus, American film critic Dana Stevens  

Wonder Woman strides into cinemas this week amidst positive reviews. But guest critic Sarinah Masukor thinks there's a lot missing from the long awaited adaptation - sex for starters. Plus - Australia's torture porn obsession.

Twin Peaks  

So far it’s a mesmerizing array of plot threads with only a vague promise of reconciliation between them. What could it all mean, and how does Lynch's vision hold up in the Golden Age of television?

Jack Thompson in Don't Tell, The City of Ladies, John Wick: Chapter 2  

A high profile Royal Commission with an unprecedented remit has been investigating crimes in schools, churches and youth organisations for the past several years and is approaching its conclusion in December. This week, a new film dramatises a key court case that helped inspire this current push for justice and you’ll hear from one of the cast, veteran actor Jack Thompson who plays a barrister in the film. Plus, stepping out of the cinema and into the art gallery to speak to a video artist who’s using an algorithm to tell stories with fascinating results, and a new action movie with Keanu Reeves.

Alien: Covenant, Sydney Film Festival  

The new Alien movie delves deeper into the origins of those chest bursting lizard menaces than any other movie in the franchise, but does the mystery and simple horror of the original get lost in Ridley Scott's ambitious origin story? Plus, Sydney Film Festival has launched its program and artistic director Nashen Moodley discusses the highlights.

Get Out and Brisbane Backdown  

How a twisted portrait of racism and white privilege has captured America’s imagination — plus, the Brisbane Film Festival is no more.

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