The Final Cut - Program podcast

The Final Cut - Program podcast


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


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 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.

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