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OH NO WHITE MAN PRIVILEGE ALERT! Correct, this is an episode about a TV show produced by a white, straight, male showrunner, BUT it's different, we promise. The Premise is a new comedy anthology on Disney+ (shocking) looking at our pre-conceive
We're back! And here with a look at the new age of Hard Sci-Fi. Is it new? Is it good? Is it female-friendly? How hard, is hard?  We answer all these questions and a whole lot more in the episode focused on Denis Villeneuve's new movie and Appl
We invite back the delightful and witty Courtney Hodgkiss (https://twitter.com/courtneyishere) to talk movies that are so awe-inspiring, breathtaking, maddening and emotional that you can't stop yourself shouting about them to anyone who'll lis
You're minding your own business, watching classic movies, movies that won Best Picture at the Oscars, and then you stop, and think...does this film glamourise child prostitution?! Nick and Contrarah take a look at three classic films from yest
We are back in the cinema with a big, bold action movie that celebrates sound and champions hearing loss - A Quiet Place: Part 2.  Join Contrarah for an episode about what the film represents, if it's any good and how Millicent Simmonds is its
This episode delves into Hollywood history and the fascinating back story surrounding the 1977 Oscar-winning movie Julia. Based on the memoirs of playwright Lillian Hellman and starring Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave, Julia is a strange and th
Filmmaker Ella Greenwood packed in a lot in the last couple of years. She made an award-winning short film about her struggles with teenage mental health issues (Faulty Roots), she made an animated film to bring those discussion topics to a you
Ah 2020, a great year for health, positivity, movies.... in the immortal words of Thor, is it, though?  Contrarah researched what movies we went to see at the cinema and on streaming services, and some interesting trends emerged.  Did we choose
This is a real treat of an episode for anyone wanting tips on how to find work in cinema, and for anyone who loves Paris (that's everyone, surely?) Contrarah is joined by director, actress, writer and film festival producer Jenna Suru to talk a
Now that we have your attention... In honour of (and a little bit in spite of) IWD we made an episode about the women who inspire us  - every day - across the arts. Contrarah asked filmmakers Becky Lima-Matthews (Becky-matthews.com) and Jen Fra
To celebrate and commemorate LGBTQ History Month (in the UK) we take a look at lesbian cinema, focusing on movies that put gay relationships front and centre. Join Contrarah and Nick as they discuss what's good and bad about films made in the 1
We turn our attention to Wandavision, the mystery box show that everyone is talking about and nobody fully understands. If you have a passing interest in the new Disney+ show but don't have the energy to find out what's happening, let Contrarah
Welcome to a new era...of (hopefully) better, kinder government.  The film industry has seen its fair share of political scandal and Contrarah wonders if we can learn lessons from movies, especially those made many years ago. We discuss 5 movie
2021! A new year and a renewed opportunity to get excited about the Academy Awards! Kinda... Soon the Academy will be implementing a new set of diversity and inclusion rules, which can't come soon enough.  Kristin Janssen - podcast host of So..
This is part 3 of a now 4-part series (screw chronology) because Mank is a movie with so many layers it demands its own episode!  While David Fincher is definitely not the greatest closet feminist of all time, Mank says a lot about Hollywood hi
Yeah, yeah 2020 is a living hellscape...but...is it though?   The prestige TV world is booming and this year we were able to enjoy some of the best shows around. Also, we could finally concentrate on listening to the music behind these big show
In Part 2 of this series, we're still to determine whether David Fincher is the greatest closet feminist of all time?  In this period Fincher starts to utilise a range of female characters, takes a view on disability and even hires some (read:
Is David Fincher the greatest hidden feminist of all time? Unlikely, but his movies appeal to all of our darker desires. Join us on a poorly lit but beautifully sounding journey through the director's back catalogue, and then decide for yoursel
This episode is devoted to the superhuman acting capabilities of Cush Jumbo. It's also a teaser for our London Film Festival 2020 coverage - this year's festival is full of thought-provoking movies made by filmmakers with something to say. Clip
We have a legal theme for this episode, asking: how is the law serving women on screen?  Contrarah analyses a new Netflix show that might be doing more harm than good, followed by a quick retrospective of a legal titan. You want to lay down the
You know when you feel all the feelings, including thinking two alternative beliefs at the same time? Like.... Me: I hate this show, it's so trashy/horrifying/boring! Also me: I love this show it's the best ever, I can't look away!! That's what
A special bonus episode about the film that is going to 'save cinema'. Contrarah has braved TENET twice so she and Nick (a one-time slightly confused viewer) review and breakdown Christopher Nolan's latest complex and controversial spy caper. 
While we work on season 3, let's look at some things we love, and some that we loathe. In this episode: reading matter!
While we work on season 3, let's look at some things we love, and some that we loathe...
Half-way through the year 2020 and who knows how far into the devilish reign of COVID-19, Contrarah asks if we're getting film fatigue? She and notorious series-hater Nick debate project length, subject and what two decades can do to our percep
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