The Final Cut - Program podcast

The Final Cut - Program podcast


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


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 is does the mystery and simple horror of the original get lost in Ridley Scott's ambitious origin story? Plus the 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.

Mia Hansen-Løve's 'Things to Come' and Warren Beatty's new film  

Writer director Mia Hansen-Løve discusses this stunning portrait of late middle age crisis and her guerrilla filmmaking on the streets of Paris.

Berlin Syndrome and Raw  

Women on screen as predators and prey.

The Young Pope, Denial and Personal Shopper  

A Jesuit priest and a film critic discuss Paolo Sorrentino's new TV series The Young Pope, starring Jude Law. Plus, picks for the Easter Long Weekend: Denial and Personal Shopper.

Bill Nighy, and Francois Ozon on Frantz  

Veteran British actor Bill Nighy discusses his latest role in the wartime comedy drama Their Finest, plus French director Francois Ozon reflects on themes of grief, memory and love in his stunning Great War drama, Frantz.

NIDA's Kate Cherry and Ghost in the Shell  

In an exclusive interview, new NIDA boss Kate Cherry discusses her favourite screen actors, championing diversity and how young performers need to be trained to shut off from their characters. Plus, Ghost In The Shell, the Hollywood adaptation of the Japanese manga starring Scarlett Johansson that's attracted criticism before release for whitewashing, finally hits screens.

Land of Mine and Life  

Two directors talk about making thrillers in extraordinary settings.

The importance of old films on big screens and Loving  

The importance of old films on big screens. Plus, Loving, the powerful film that went under the Oscar's radar this year about a mixed race marriage in 1950s America starring Joel Edgerton. 

The Salesman and Kong: Skull Island  

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won the best foreign film Oscar for the second time for The Salesman, but he boycotted the ceremony in protest at Trump’s Muslim bans.

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life. Plus, Aquarius, Logan and Jasper Jones  

Legendary film critic David Stratton discusses the documentary about his life, plus Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho discusses his film about corrupt property developers that his government didn’t want the Oscars to see. Also, reviews of Logan and Jasper Jones.

Trainspotting and the Berlinale  

The Trainspotting sequel reunites director Danny Boyle with his original cast, 20 years later. The result is a surprisingly melancholy film that's reduced some reviewers to tears, so what does Boyle think the secret to triggering such emotion is? The director discusses memory, masculinity and how the past is ever present. Plus, guest critic Megan Spencer reports from the Berlinale, the most political of the big European festivals, where this year's films are a reminder of the power of intensely personal stories.

Martin Scorsese on Silence plus Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World  

Martin Scorsese discusses his new film Silence, a period drama starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver about Portuguese Jesuit priests and Christian martyrs in 17th century Japan. The veteran American director says it was the most difficult shoot to date, and reflects a lifelong obsession with Catholicism. Plus, German director Werner Herzog discusses his documentary about the internet, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World.

Hidden Figures and Fences. Plus, moviegoing in Communist Vietnam  

When actor Michael Keaton accidentally referred to Hidden Fences at the Golden Globes, he was conflating the titles of two separate films about African Americans. For some, his gaffe was a reminder of Hollywood’s poor track record celebrating filmmakers of colour, for others, it simply highlighted that this awards season, the conversation about diversity has been dominated by the wonderful Moonlight. So how do the other two ‘black’ films in Oscar contention Hidden Figures and Fences – shape up? Plus, radio producer Sheila Pham discusses her new documentary about going to the movies in Communist Vietnam, and a new app set to revolutionise the price of cinema tickets.

Manchester By The Sea, Marcello Mastroianni  

Manchester by the Sea is an American tragedy of classical proportions from acclaimed filmmaker and playwright Kenneth Lonergan. How does this story of grief reflect on the contemporary American male, and can the film separate itself from allegations of sexual harassment against lead actor Casey Affleck to woo voters at this year's Oscars? Plus, ahead of an upcoming retrospective of Marcello Mastroianni in Melbourne, a panel of guest critics casts an eye over the career of the Italian actor who excelled at being sympathetic even when behaving badly.

Moonlight and the Golden Age of Cinephilia  

Why the Best Picture Oscar should go to Moonlight. Barry Jenkin’s gay coming of age film set against the drug epidemic of the 1980s and 90s might not sound like Oscar bait, but it’s a wonderfully tender drama that could be the perfect response to last year’s #Oscarssowhite controversy. Plus, the Golden Age of Cinephilia. A panel discussion recorded at last year’s Melbourne International Film Festival discusses why it’s the best time ever to be a film lover, but the unprecedented access to films online means the choice is overwhelming. How to cope?

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.

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