The Final Cut - Program podcast

The Final Cut - Program podcast


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


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.

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'.

Sully, Captain Fantastic, Girl Asleep  

This week Clint Eastwood’s air crash drama Sully proves that at 86 years young he’s one of the best directors working in Hollywood today. Plus director Matt Ross discusses his film about a left wing homeschooling dad, Captain Fantastic, and the verdict on the surreal Australian coming of age drama Girl Asleep.

Blood Father, Sunset Song, The Royal Road  

Mel Gibson is back, playing an action hero in the revenge movie Blood Father, but does his off screen baggage and on screen saggage help or hinder? Plus Liverpudlian filmmaker Terence Davies discusses Sunset Song, his latest film about poor Scottish farmers, and the creative tensions running through his work. Also, a new essay film about California, The Royal Road, blends American history, personal desire and cinephilia into an intoxicating package.

David Brent, Stand By Me, Cinephilia Panel  

This week, the verdict on David Brent: Life On The Road, which sees the Slough salesman gamble his life savings to have a crack at rock and roll stardom. Plus, remembering Rob Reiner's coming of age classic Stand By Me 30 years on and a panel discussion on the state of cinephilia recorded at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Tickled, Indignation  

New Zealand filmmaker David Farrier discusses his bizarre journey down the wormhole of online 'competitive endurance tickling' in his documentary Tickled, plus American screenwriter, producer and director James Schamus talks about adapting Philip Roth for his directorial debut Indignation.

Truman, Louder Than Bombs, Down Under  

Spanish director Cesc Gay discusses his buddy movie about dying, Truman. Norwegian Joachim Trier talks about grieving families in Louder Than Bombs. Plus, the Cronulla Riots comedy Down Under.

Suicide Squad, Hitchcock/Truffaut, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie  

Suicide Squad is dead on arrival, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is disappointing, but Hitchcock/Truffuat illustrates an enduring legacy.

Embrace of the Serpent, Jerry Lewis at MIFF, Jason Bourne  

Colombian director Ciro Guerra discusses his psychedelic jungle odyssey Embrace of the Serpent, critic and author Chris Fujiwara reflects on the mastery of Jerry Lewis ahead of a retrospective at the Melbourne International Film Festival, plus Jason Bourne is back - should he have stayed away?

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