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Comedian, rapper and all-round sensation Michael Dapaah (aka Big Shaq) joins Karen Gabay (BBC radio host and TV producer) to discuss how he gets his message to the masses: whether communicating with his 1.4million Instagram followers, the 325 million viewers of his viral music video Man’s Not Hot, or the hundreds of thousands of fans who tune into …
 
In 2018, the UK’s Ministry of Loneliness was installed to combat the issue of isolation. Generation Z has been singled out as ‘the loneliest generation’, with social media’s effects often receiving the blame. Chaired by mental health expert and academic Dr Chris Blackmore from the University of Sheffield, a panel of filmmakers from the 2019 program…
 
UK film policy is almost entirely geared towards fiction, while the unique challenges facing the documentary sector are overlooked. It’s high-time the UK had a bespoke policy framework to support its documentary makers. What kinds of interventions are needed? How should they be developed? This session invites panelists and audience members alike to…
 
So you’ve got brilliant, hard-won access, now what? With fiercer competition for audiences, it’s what you do with that access that’s all important. We explore the ingredients needed for a hit series – from the inspiration behind the idea, to innovative approaches to storytelling. What are the secrets of turning access into a returnable brand, deliv…
 
This session from Doc/Fest 2019 explores the resurgence of archive and testimony in history filmmaking, with a panel of producers and contributors from some of the BBC’s most successful projects. The panellists discuss the opportunities afforded by the interplay between archive and testimony; why this mode of storytelling is back in full force and …
 
How do documentary filmmakers tackle the most taboo of subjects and tell stories that can’t be shared openly, while respecting the ethical, legal and personal sensitivities of the people involved? This session from Doc/Fest 2019 explores radical and hybrid formats in bringing such subjects to screen, and the innovative techniques used by directors …
 
Highlighting their priorities, leading commissioners talk about forthcoming commissioning opportunities as they take part in Doc/Fest's version of Question Time. Commenting on recent successes, they discuss the changing landscape, the renewed focus on diversity and how producers can keep innovating for their channels. With a spotlight on relationsh…
 
Pursuing a career in Film or TV can be a daunting experience, and in the early stages of doing so it’s easy to feel that those around us find success with impossible ease. A panel of Film and TV professionals explore the highs and lows of their own journeys into the industry, offering insights from their experiences and discuss overcoming the obsta…
 
With everything solid melting into air, and the documentary landscape never more varied and complex, this panel asks leading commissioners, funders & distributors: how do independent filmmakers get creative feature length documentary work made and seen today? In a panel from Doc/Fest 2019 filmmaker Rajesh Thind (Pindu Productions) talks to some of …
 
We explore the craft of directing through films that focus on a central character. Taking us deep into their films and filmic method, 2 directors explore approaches to character, the relationship at work, and what happens if it goes wrong? Chaired by Krishan Arora (SBS) and featuring Jeanie Finlay (Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth) and Tim Travers …
 
In 2018, socio-economic inequality in the television and film industry became National news, when the Panic! report revealed that the industry was becoming less welcoming to talent from working class backgrounds. Much lip-service was paid to improving access in the months that followed, but what has really changed in a year? Our panel of filmmakers…
 
Since forming the seminal hip-hop group London Posse in 1987, Rodney P has been widely regarded as the Godfather of British hip-hop, and has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Omar, Roni Size, Nitin Sawhney and Björk. More recently Rodney has authored a number of documentaries exploring both British and global music culture, inc…
 
In twenty years of directing documentaries for Channel 4 and the BBC, Paddy Wivell has made a name for himself for the seemingly effortless and compassionate way he connects with his subjects, from African tribes to Orthodox Jews and psychiatric inpatients in Bafta award-winning Bedlam. Described by The Times as “a filmmaker of such exceptional tal…
 
Chidera Eggerue preaches her messages of self-love and body positivity to thousands on her blog, The Slumflower, and with hugely successful campaigns like #saggyboobsmatter. Her 2018 debut book, What a Time to be Alone, quickly became a top 10 best-seller and her second book, Scribble Yourself Feminist – a collaboration with illustrator Manjit Thap…
 
The Academy Award and multi BAFTA-winning filmmaker, Asif Kapadia, elevated the art of archive documentaries with Amy and Senna, films which were both critically acclaimed and box office hits. His latest film Diego Maradona, explores the life of one of the world’s most iconic sportsmen. In conversation with Mariayah Kaderbhai, Head of Programmes at…
 
Having cut his teeth on the investigative documentary strand World in Action, known for its forceful and unorthodox journalistic approach, Paul Greengrass has become one of the world’s most popular filmmakers. His films, which often explore real-world anxieties and confront both social and political issues, include 22 July, three of the Jason Bourn…
 
Filmmaker and ‘cosmic archaeologist' Jenn Nkiru is one of the UK’s most exciting directors, with a unique and distinctive visual style. Her films are powerful explorations of black identity including commissions for Nowness, Frieze, Gucci and Channel 4. She has also collaborated on projects with Beyonce, Jay-Z and Kamasi Washington, and was a found…
 
In 1999, Paul Thomas Anderson dazzled audiences with Magnolia, a meditation on celebrity, dysfunctional families and frogs in the San Fernando Valley. How has its mosaic structure and melodrama ages 20 years on? Join Ben, Ellisha and guest Tasha Kappler (PTA Aficionado™) as we dissect the frogs, the performances and Magnolia’s place in the canon. T…
 
Its boys boys boys as Judge Movie returns to Sheffield Doc/Fest to survey the documentary landscape, flanked by Angel of the North Rhys Handley (@RhysHandley2113), and the verbose insights of Jack King (@_jarking). But has Asif Kapadia's Diego Maradonna been blessed by the Hand of God? Is the investigative journalism on display in One Child Nation …
 
Sundance London is going off this weekend so Judge Movie grabbed some critics, camped out in a Pret, and delivered some of the hottest takes this side of Utah. But does The Farewell live up to the hype? Can Apollo 11 stick the landing? And why did so many people walk out of The Nightingale? Book tickets! https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Picture…
 
We welcomed BAFTA-winning actor Vicky McClure, star of This is England (produced by Sheffield based Warp Films), as well as Line of Duty and Broadchurch, to Sheffield Doc/Fest for the first time in 2018, to discuss her new BBC series, Vicky McClure: My Dementia Choir, produced by Curve, a deeply personal journey to discover the extent of music's po…
 
With Claire Denis' outer space epic High Life hitting UK cinemas at last, what better time to evaluate the French auteur's work and her 1999 classic, Beau Travail? With the robust support of Joseph Owen ( @josephowen30 ) on board, we dissect Denis' depiction of the body, science fiction, the post-colonial gaze... and that's before we even get to th…
 
Brian Reed (Host and co-creator of S-Town) and Richard Miron (Director/Producer of For the Birds) explore the real life mysteries and strange tales that inspired their work. Chaired by Lyndon Saunders (University of Salford). This talk was part of the 2018 Doc/Fest Exchange: Head Space programme of special talks, films and activity, with a focus on…
 
Does Vox Fux or Vox Sux? We enlisted the help of Thomas Atkinson (@Nosniktamot) of The Favourite Podcast to dissect Brady Corbet's latest, the Natalie Portman starring 21st Century portrait of pop stardom... But what exactly does it tell us about modern life? How does it match up to the recent spate of music themed filmic odysseys? And is Willem Da…
 
In 1999 Mel Gibson rose from the dead in Payback, Brian Helgeland's violent spin on Point Blank. Join Ellisha and Ben as they compare the theatrical edition to the Director's Cut, and sus out whether Mel's career has itself risen again with his reactionary new film Dragged Across Concrete! Follow us on Twitter/IG @judgemoviepod @peche_lives @ellish…
 
What was the best teen movie released in 1999? From American Pie to The Virgin Suicides to 10 Things I Hate About You we turned to the Jury (our listeners) to vote for their favourite in 1999 TEEN MOVIE MADNESS a brackets tournament hosted on our social media. We look at the actors and trends that dominated the era including Natasha Lyonne, James V…
 
From the Syrian conflict to Black Lives Matter; now more than ever there is an urgency for stories told by less represented and authentic voices emerging from affected communities. Getting access to a community not your own, to spend a few days filming on the ground, is widely considered ‘extractive’ storytelling. Can extended integration with prot…
 
Allegations against Harvey Weinstein and numerous others exposed a deeply troubling side to the film and TV industry. Following the birth of the ground-breaking anti-sexual assault and women's empowerment movements #MeToo and #TimesUp, we debate how the industry is responding. Chaired by Natasha Moore (Directors UK) with Tim Hunter (BAFTA), Jane Me…
 
Steven Soderbergh and Lem Dobbs took the gangster movie to a haunting place with The Limey. But it wasn’t a smooth collaboration, as you can tell from the candid - and at times fraught - commentary track they recorded for the DVD release of the film. Join Judge Movie as we explore both the stunning film, the infamous commentary track and the cultur…
 
One of our favourite talks from the 2018 festival: Charlotte Moore, Director of Content at the BBC, interviews public intellectual, feminist, author and television presenter Mary Beard. In her trademark accessible style, Britain's best-known classicist discusses her broadcasting career as well as her most recent book, Women & Power: A Manifesto, ha…
 
In 2017 the Grenfell Tower tragedy shook the nation: claims of gross negligence, government cuts, and lack of political action angered communities, and the demand for justice and call for change began. For many the tragedy highlighted the deep divide in society, and a local story missed by the media elite disconnected from the ‘real world’. A panel…
 
To cap off this trilogy of festival dispatches, Judge Ben landed in Berlin to give you the low-down on Berlinale 2019! And how low can he go? Inbetween new movies from Joanna Hogg, Agnes Varda, and Wang Xiaoshuai, he's chatted with Rhys Handley (@RhysHandley2113) and Carmen Paddock (@CarmenChloie) to get some of their opinions on the festival's off…
 
Get the skinny on the Overnight Film Festival with Ellisha Izumi and star witness Kit Ramsay. Hear about the highs and lows of Eastbourne, 35mm projection and films including Orlando, All these Sleepless Nights, Wim Wenders and more! Follow us @judgemoviepod on twitter/instagram For full show notes and links visit judgemoviepod.wordpress.com…
 
Poverty in the UK is increasing for the first time in two decades. We are seeing more people struggling to make ends meet. Does television set out accurately the complexities of living in poverty, or too crudely as either a deserving economic victim or undeserving ‘scrounger’? How can we tell more accurate stories of poverty to skeptical audiences,…
 
In 1999 The Sixth Sense topped the box office and raked in awards nominations - but how does it hold up? From Unbreakable to Glass via The Happening, join Judge Movie for a deep dive on M Night Shyamalan’s career highs and lows. Does Paul Charismatti save Lady in the Water? Are you ready for a defense of The Happening? Is the Sixth Sense ‘elevated …
 
This week, a detour! Judge Movie is in Rotterdam for the International Film Festival, where he talks with critic and programmer Paul Farrell (@InPermafrost) about the city, the cinema, and life in a small cabin on the Dutch sea. What films need to be on your radar? What does Diamantino have to say about Bexit? Does Claire Denis' latest, High Life, …
 
In this short clip we introduce: The '99 Project 1999 is celebrated as a great year for cinema, but does it stand the test of time, 20 years on? Join Judge Movie as we put the movies of ‘99 on trial and explore their legacy in our new series. Don't forget to follow us @judgemoviepod on Twitter/Instagram For full show notes and links visit judgemovi…
 
Britain's hottest young entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, founded YouTube-based SBTV in 2006 with a self-recorded grainy rap battle. Now hailed as one of the most important digital youth culture platforms, SBTV boasts over 950,000 subscribers and 600+ million views and has launched the careers of countless UK grime and hip-hop artists. On a mission to br…
 
This interactive and probing session uses the experience of a psychologist to gain insight into the art of directing actuality, the portrayal of character and examine whether we can ever get too close to the subject in documentaries. Moderated by Krishan Arora with Sean Mcallister, Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, Geoff Beattie and Stephen Arnott. Part of th…
 
Self-taught photographer and filmmaker, Khalik Allah's profoundly personal work has been described as "street opera"; visceral, haunting and honest. Having previously worked with Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep, Khalik's feature debut Field Niggas, garnered critical acclaim from the cultural press and his follow up Black Mother received its UK premier a…
 
Film and TV professionals at varying stages in their career discuss the successes (and challenges) that paved their way into the industry. With a panel made up of two BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, the Creative Producer of two award-winning feature documentaries, and a true innovator working in short-form, this panel is a must for anyone looking for adv…
 
Factual television is not an equal playing field. Women, ethnic minorities and those from a working class background are underrepresented in the industry. Apanel of commissioners and creators discuss the obstacles facing the factual industry in creating a truly diverse work force that represents and reflects Britain. Moderated by Anne Morrison with…
 
Matthew Heineman, the BAFTA- and Oscar- nominated director, is one of the most exciting documentary filmmakers working today. His films City of Ghosts and Cartel Land offered searing comment on the fight against ISIS and the war on drugs. In conversation with Mariayah Kaderbhai (BAFTA) Matthew discusses these films and his latest documentary series…
 
Concluding their London Film Festival experience, Ben and Ellisha answer the questions they posed in part 1 with thoughts on Widows, “nuclear-watt charisma” and the place of Netflix at film festivals. As well as awards speculation, there are the Judge Movie LFF Award Winners. Find out who had the best pet, the best screenplay and the best films of …
 
Ben and Ellisha are back for a special episode from the ground of London Film Festival. Tune in for highlights, gossip, and hot tips - Which British filmmaker has just made a huge comeback? How does the new Coen Brothers hold up? And what themes are emerging again and again in the films on display?Don’t forget to follow us @judgemoviepod on Twitter…
 
Are we entering a new "Golden Age" for feature documentary? Will new funding sources create a flurry of blockbuster features, or is cinema exhibition inexorably declining as audiences ‘Netflix and chill’? The rising power of SVOD platforms opens up new audiences and revenue streams, but may also be skewing the market towards over-long, sensational …
 
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