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The Film Programme

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The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world


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Emma Thompson
With Antonia Quirke Emma Thompson has written 6 films in which she also stars. Last Christmas is the latest. She explains why she sometimes has to bite her tongue when actors deliver her lines in ways that she hadn't quite imagined. Neil Brand reveals how the ground-breaking score to cult classic Forbidden Planet was a last minute replacement and why the original composer decided to destroy his rejected score. "Apocalypse Now meets Pygmalion". Matthew Sweet pitches a long forgotten science fiction novel to film industry experts Lizzie Francke, Rowan Woods and Clare Binns.
Werner Herzog
With Antonia Quirke. Werner Herzog talks about meeting Mikhail Gorbachev and reflects on the cinema of awe, his grudge with Gunter Grass, and drunken slugs. Writer Paul Laverty discusses the research he did into the gig economy for Sorry We Missed You and what horrified him the most. Script supervisor Angela Allen divulges some secrets from the set of John Huston's Moby Dick.
Rebecca O'Brien
With Francine Stock. Producer Rebecca O'Brien, who has collaborated with Ken Loach on 19 films, discusses the movie that inspired her to join the industry - The Conversation. While watching Francis Ford Coppola's conspiracy thriller in 1974, the thought never entered Rebecca's mind that "a young woman could have anything to do with making a film." She reveals how she went on to become the producer of two Palme D'Or winners at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Jul 29th, 2011
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Nov 7th, 2019
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