The Final Cut - Program podcast

The Final Cut - Program podcast


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


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?

Star Trek Beyond, Love and Friendship  

This week Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin, actors Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto discuss the Starship Enterprise’s new adventures in deep space. Plus Whit Stillman discusses his Jane Austen adaptation Love and Friendship.

Ghostbusters, John Waters on Boom!, Elizabeth Taylor  

Guest critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reviews the new Ghostbusters. Plus British sociologist Ellis Cashmore explains why Elizabeth Taylor was the first celebrity of the modern era and American cult director John Waters defends Taylor's biggest flop, Boom!.

MIFF Artistic Director Michelle Carey discusses the 2016 program  

The Melbourne International Film Festival turns 65 this year, and artistic director Michelle Carey, in her sixth year at the helm, picks through some of the highlights.

Three, Measure of a Man, Paul Cox  

Guest critic Shelly Kraicer discusses Three, the new police thriller from Hong Kong master Johnnie To, plus a review of French social drama Measure of a Man and remembering Paul Cox.

Aquarius, Independence Day: Resurgence, Everybody Wants Some!!, Mustang  

This week three very different directors discuss the politics in their films. Independence Day: Resurgence’s Roland Emmerich, Mustang’s Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Aquarius’s Kleber Mendonça Filho. Plus a review of Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!

Sydney Film Festival critics' round table  

This week, a round table critics discussion on the highlights of the Sydney Film Festival.

Goldstone, Sonita  

Filmmaker Ivan Sen discusses his new film Goldstone, chosen to open this year’s Sydney Film Festival. Plus an interview with festival guest Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, the Iranian director of the documentary Sonita, about an Afghani female rapper.

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