The Final Cut - Program podcast

The Final Cut - Program podcast


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


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.

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.

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