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20030412

Jim White interviews Sliding Doors director Peter Howitt, whose new film, Johnny ENGLISH, is a spoof spy thriller starring Rowan Atkinson. Also reviewed is a new Spanish film, Intacto.

20030412

Jim White interviews Sliding Doors director Peter Howitt, whose new film, Johnny ENGLISH, is a spoof spy thriller starring Rowan Atkinson. Also reviewed is a new Spanish film, Intacto.

20030426

The director Joel Schumacher likes to keep busy, this weekend seeing the release of Phone Booth, and Veronica Guerin due out in the summer, with Phantom Of The Opera waiting in the wings for next year. Jim White talks to him and looks ahead to a busy week of releases, including Spike Lee's 25th Hour.

20030426

The director Joel Schumacher likes to keep busy, this weekend seeing the release of Phone Booth, and Veronica Guerin due out in the summer, with Phantom Of The Opera waiting in the wings for next year. Jim White talks to him and looks ahead to a busy week of releases, including Spike Lee's 25th Hour.

20030628

Jim White recalls the gangster epic Once upon a Time in America and reviews the new Charlie's Angels film.

20030628

Jim White recalls the gangster epic Once upon a Time in America and reviews the new Charlie's Angels film.

20030719

Good Bye Lenin! recently became the most successful German film ever, overtaking Harry Potter in box office takings and attracting 3.5 million cinemagoers in one month. Jim White talks to the director Wolfgang Becker about the film's remarkable success and about the latest developments in German cinema.

20030719

Good Bye Lenin! recently became the most successful German film ever, overtaking Harry Potter in box office takings and attracting 3.5 million cinemagoers in one month. Jim White talks to the director Wolfgang Becker about the film's remarkable success and about the latest developments in German cinema.

20030906

Jim White presents the weekly guide to the film world.

20030906

Jim White presents the weekly guide to the film world.

20030920

The star of The Italian Job in 1969 was the original Mini Cooper, which was superseded by a slicker, beefed-up version for the 21st Century. The new remake of the film uses the fancy new cars, but is the film itself going to prove as successful as the Mini makeover? Jim White talks to the makers of the film, and to that seasoned double-act Ismail Merchant and James Ivory.

20030920

The star of The Italian Job in 1969 was the original Mini Cooper, which was superseded by a slicker, beefed-up version for the 21st Century. The new remake of the film uses the fancy new cars, but is the film itself going to prove as successful as the Mini makeover? Jim White talks to the makers of the film, and to that seasoned double-act Ismail Merchant and James Ivory.

20030927

Finding Nemo is a new Walt Disney/Pixar feature which tells the comic tale two fish, Marlin, a clown fish, and his only son, Nemo, who is taken from their Great Barrier Reef home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist's office overlooking Sidney Harbour. Jim White talks to the writer and co-director, Andrew Stanton about the art of animation Pixar-style. Also on the programme, Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton on their performances in 'Young Adam', a film adaptation of Alexander Trocchi's novel, set on a coal barge in 1950s GLASGOW.

20030927

Finding Nemo is a new Walt Disney/Pixar feature which tells the comic tale two fish, Marlin, a clown fish, and his only son, Nemo, who is taken from their Great Barrier Reef home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist's office overlooking Sidney Harbour. Jim White talks to the writer and co-director, Andrew Stanton about the art of animation Pixar-style. Also on the programme, Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton on their performances in 'Young Adam', a film adaptation of Alexander Trocchi's novel, set on a coal barge in 1950s GLASGOW.

20040214

Writer-director Peter Hedges's Pieces of April is a bittersweet comedy set in NEW YORK about the eponymous April, estranged problem child of a suburban family who attempts a reconciliation by inviting her parents and siblings to a Thanksgiving dinner - hampered by a certain lack of culinary skill and a dodgy oven. The film was shot in just three weeks for $200,000. Jim White explores the art of making films on a shoestring budget. Also, with the release of a new British comedy, 'Sex Lives of the Potato Man' with Johnny Vegas, what is this obsession the British have with smut?

20040214

Writer-director Peter Hedges's Pieces of April is a bittersweet comedy set in NEW YORK about the eponymous April, estranged problem child of a suburban family who attempts a reconciliation by inviting her parents and siblings to a Thanksgiving dinner - hampered by a certain lack of culinary skill and a dodgy oven. The film was shot in just three weeks for $200,000. Jim White explores the art of making films on a shoestring budget. Also, with the release of a new British comedy, 'Sex Lives of the Potato Man' with Johnny Vegas, what is this obsession the British have with smut?

20040313

A look at the making of Grand Theft Parsons, based on the true story of the bizarre events that followed the death from a drugs overdose of the country-rock legend, Gram Parsons. Shortly before he died Parsons made a pact with his friend and road manager, Phil Kaufman, played by Jackass star Johnny Knoxville, that if one of them died, the other would cremate his body in the Joshua Tree National Park. Part road movie, part buddy film, Grand Theft Parsons is the story of what happened next.

20040313

A look at the making of Grand Theft Parsons, based on the true story of the bizarre events that followed the death from a drugs overdose of the country-rock legend, Gram Parsons. Shortly before he died Parsons made a pact with his friend and road manager, Phil Kaufman, played by Jackass star Johnny Knoxville, that if one of them died, the other would cremate his body in the Joshua Tree National Park. Part road movie, part buddy film, Grand Theft Parsons is the story of what happened next.

20040508

As Bon Voyage, a new French farce set at the start of World War II, makes its way to our shores, Jim White profiles the career of its leading man, perhaps one of cinema's most ungainly sex symbols, Gerard Depardieu. And with the up and coming release of Meg Ryan's new film Against the Ropes, based on the true story of Jackie Kallen, a Jewish woman from Detroit who went on to become a big-time boxing manager, a look through the boxing films arcHIVe.

20040508

As Bon Voyage, a new French farce set at the start of World War II, makes its way to our shores, Jim White profiles the career of its leading man, perhaps one of cinema's most ungainly sex symbols, Gerard Depardieu. And with the up and coming release of Meg Ryan's new film Against the Ropes, based on the true story of Jackie Kallen, a Jewish woman from Detroit who went on to become a big-time boxing manager, a look through the boxing films arcHIVe.

20040605

Between 1939 and 1945, cinema box office receipts in Britain tripled.

As war dragged on, audiences who had once queued up for patriotic, morale-boosting classics like In Which We Serve were now spending their precious money on escapism and entertainment. And Hollywood knew how to provide it.

By 1944 cinema had become a major social phenomenon. But as Jim White discovers, cinema was not simply reflecting the great changes taking place in British society - it had itself become a major force for change.

20040605

Between 1939 and 1945, cinema box office receipts in Britain tripled.

As war dragged on, audiences who had once queued up for patriotic, morale-boosting classics like In Which We Serve were now spending their precious money on escapism and entertainment. And Hollywood knew how to provide it.

By 1944 cinema had become a major social phenomenon. But as Jim White discovers, cinema was not simply reflecting the great changes taking place in British society - it had itself become a major force for change.

57th Edinburgh International Film Festival20030823

Never mind the 20,000 other events happening all around. Jim White keeps his attention sharply focused on the main event, the 57th Edinburgh International Film Festival. The big names will be flying in, but where does Edinburgh rate on the global festivalometer?

57th Edinburgh International Film Festival20030823

Never mind the 20,000 other events happening all around. Jim White keeps his attention sharply focused on the main event, the 57th Edinburgh International Film Festival. The big names will be flying in, but where does Edinburgh rate on the global festivalometer?

75th Anniversary Of The First All-talking Feature Film20030705

To mark the 75th anniversary of the first all-talking feature film, Lights Of NEW YORK, Jim White looks back at the transition from silent to sound. Also on the programme, why are cinemas so loud?

75th Anniversary Of The First All-talking Feature Film20030705

To mark the 75th anniversary of the first all-talking feature film, Lights Of NEW YORK, Jim White looks back at the transition from silent to sound. Also on the programme, why are cinemas so loud?

Alexander Mackendrick20040619

With the up and coming release of the Coen brothers' version one of the blackest of Ealing comedies, 'The Ladykillers' starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Sweet profiles the director of the 1955 classic with Alec Guinness, Alexander Mackendrick , one of the most distinguished film-makers to emerge from the British film industry.

Alexander Mackendrick20040619

With the up and coming release of the Coen brothers' version one of the blackest of Ealing comedies, 'The Ladykillers' starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Sweet profiles the director of the 1955 classic with Alec Guinness, Alexander Mackendrick , one of the most distinguished film-makers to emerge from the British film industry.

Bob Hope20030524

As one of the world's most recognized and adored entertainers, Bob Hope, celebrates his 100th birthday, Jim White takes a look at his 80 year long career as a comic film actor, the highlight being the series of 'Road' films he made with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour from 1940-1962. And with the release of the new film, Bringing Down The House, the focus shifts to the celluloid career of another comic who successfully made the transition from zany stand-up to ridiculous film comedies, Steve Martin.

Bob Hope20030524

As one of the world's most recognized and adored entertainers, Bob Hope, celebrates his 100th birthday, Jim White takes a look at his 80 year long career as a comic film actor, the highlight being the series of 'Road' films he made with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour from 1940-1962. And with the release of the new film, Bringing Down The House, the focus shifts to the celluloid career of another comic who successfully made the transition from zany stand-up to ridiculous film comedies, Steve Martin.

Body Swapping20030517

Jim White explores the strange phenomenon of body-swapping in the movies.

Body Swapping20030517

Jim White explores the strange phenomenon of body-swapping in the movies.

Bollywood Queen20031011

A contemporary British musical comedy set in LONDON, Bollywood Queen is about to hit the big screen using Bollywood production values and storyline. But will a Bollywood-style movie have greater appeal than the real McCoy? Jim White gauges the reaction and looks ahead to another busy week of releases, including, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen starring Sean Connery

Bollywood Queen20031011

A contemporary British musical comedy set in LONDON, Bollywood Queen is about to hit the big screen using Bollywood production values and storyline. But will a Bollywood-style movie have greater appeal than the real McCoy? Jim White gauges the reaction and looks ahead to another busy week of releases, including, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen starring Sean Connery

Carry On20030510

Love them or hate them, Carry On films are part of our national heritage and to mark the release of a special edition of films on VHS, Back Row looks at what you can be deduced about British social history from the Carry On catalogue.

Carry On20030510

Love them or hate them, Carry On films are part of our national heritage and to mark the release of a special edition of films on VHS, Back Row looks at what you can be deduced about British social history from the Carry On catalogue.

Ray Harryhausen20030503

Racquel Welch fought his pterodactyls in One Million Years BC, and who can forget the skeleton fight in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad in 1958? Jim White meets the master of stop-motion animation, 83 year-old Ray Harryhausen. And, be afraid, be slightly afraid - why are horror films just not scary any more?

Ray Harryhausen20030503

Racquel Welch fought his pterodactyls in One Million Years BC, and who can forget the skeleton fight in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad in 1958? Jim White meets the master of stop-motion animation, 83 year-old Ray Harryhausen. And, be afraid, be slightly afraid - why are horror films just not scary any more?