How a Low Budget Movie From Senegal Influenced Beyoncé
With Antonia Quirke
Touki Bouki, a low budget movie from Senegal made in 1973, had a new lease of life when Beyoncé and Jay-Z paid homage to it in a famous publicity still. Gaylene Gould explains what happened and why it made it such a huge impact.
Actor and coach Denis Lawson reveals how he helped his nephew Ewan McGregor to learn the rules of screen acting with a pair of socks.
On the 25th anniversary of its release, Antonia visits the beach where Il Postino was filmed and hears from a local hotelier who tells her about the making of the film from the locals' point of view.
How Jaws Changed My Life
With Antonia Quirke.
Shark expert Gareth Fraser explains how his life was changed by watching Jaws at a very tender age.
Director Jim Jarmusch presents his guide to zombie movies and explains why his latest film The Dead Don't Die owes a debt of gratitude to George A Romero's Night Of The Living Dead and Dawn Of The Dead.
Neil Brand reveals why Alfred Hitchcock sacked Pink Panther composer Henry Mancini from his thriller Frenzy and replaced him with a composer best known for his war movies.
Don't Look Now
With Antonia Quirke.
Cinematographer Tony Richmond talks about Don't Look Now and reveals the truth behind one of cinema's most famous sex scenes: did Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland really make love on camera, or did they fake it ?
Literary journalist Alex Clark enters the fray in Pitch Battle, as she pitches a movie version of Potterism, a satire about a powerful media tycoon and his family, written in 1920. Listening to the pitch are a fearsome squad of industry insiders - Lizzie Francke of the BFI, Picturehouse's Clare Binns and development consultant Rowan Woods, who deliver their verdict in no uncertain terms.
With Francine Stock.
Danny Boyle talks about The Beatles' documentary Let It Be, which was the inspiration for his new film Yesterday. Danny discusses The Beatles, plagiarism, nostalgia, litigation and why he once pitched a movie as Trainspotting Meets Amelie.
Midnight Sun Film Festival
Antonia Quirke and Caitlin Benedict visit the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Lapland, where the sun shines for 24 hours in summer and films are shown every hour of the day. There they speak to Iranian exiles Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Marzieh Meshkini, Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, French auteur Arnaud Desplechin and Mark Jenkin from Cornwall.
Along the way, they meet the people who make the festival possible, the volunteers, and find out why all the directors are expected to get into a sauna and go skinny dipping.