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20090206

Francine Stock talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley about his own adaptation of his stage drama Doubt, which stars Meryl Streep as a nun who harbours suspicions about a priest who teaches in the Catholic school where she works.

Francine Stock talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley.

20090213

Francine Stock talks to Bruce Robinson, the writer and director of cult favourite Withnail and I, as he prepares to make his first movie for 17 years, The Rum Diary.

Francine Stock talks to Bruce Robinson as he prepares to make his first movie for 17 years

20090220

Francine Stock talks to Sacha Gervasi, the director of Anvil, a new documentary about an old Canadian heavy metal band that is already attracting a cult audience.

Francine Stock talks to Sacha Gervasi, the director of Anvil.

20090227

Francine Stock talks to Clive Owen, the star of The International, a thriller set in the world of banking and money laundering.

Francine Stock talks to Clive Owen, the star of The International.

20090306

Francine Stock talks to Julian Fellowes, the actor and Oscar-winning writer of Gosford Park, about his latest script, Young Victoria.

Plus director Ole Christian Madsen talks about his popular but controversial war movie, Flame and Citron, which investigates the role of the Resistance movement against the Nazi occupation of Denmark.

Francine Stock talks to Julian Fellowes about his latest script, Young Victoria.

20090313

Francine Stock talks to Julia Roberts about her new espionage comedy, Duplicity.

Plus Shirley Anne Field recalls her role in the ground-breaking 1960 British movie, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

20090327

Francine Stock talks to Colin Firth about his new film Genova, a ghost story with a twist directed by Michael Winterbottom.

Plus Rupert Wyatt, director of The Escapist, discusses the work of Jean-Pierre Melville and its influence on his prison drama.

Francine Stock talks to Colin Firth about his new film, Genova.

20090410

Francine Stock talks to poet, publisher, painter, photographer and actor Viggo Mortensen, star of Lord of the Rings, about his new drama, Good.

She also hears from the director of award-winning Swedish teen vampire movie, Let the Right One In, who reveals the secrets of his gory sound effects.

Francine Stock talks to poet, publisher, painter and film actor Viggo Mortensen.

20090417

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the French New Wave, Francine Stock talks to Stephen Frears, director of Dangerous Liaisons and My Beautiful Laundrette, and Get Carter creator Mike Hodges about their first time with the films of Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut.

Francine Stock celebrates the 50th anniversary of the French New Wave.

20090501

Francine Stock talks to Michael Caine, who reveals the reason why his wife banned their daughter from seeing his new film, Is Anybody There? The star of Get Carter, Alfie and The Italian Job also admits that he partly based his character on an old friend.

British director Terence Davies waxes lyrical about the Alistair Sim comedy, The Happiest Days Of Your Life.

Michael Caine reveals why his wife banned their daughter from seeing his new film.

20090508

Francine Stock talks to the creator of Lost, JJ Abrams, about his big-screen revival of Star Trek, which stars Simon Pegg as Scotty.

Stephen Wolley, the producer of The Crying Game and The Company of Wolves, discusses his unlikely new release - a documentary about the Eurovision Song Contest for children called Sounds Like Teen Spirit.

Francine Stock talks to the creator of Lost, JJ Abrams, about his revival of Star Trek.

20090522

Willem Dafoe talks about Antichrist, the new Lars Von Trier film in which he stars and which was booed by the audience at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

The star of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ and David Lynch's Wild at Heart reveals why he likes to get into a director's head.

The work of Claude Chabrol is discussed by two of his stars, Ludivine Sagnier and Sandrine Bonnaire.

Mike Hodges, the director of Get Carter and Croupier, discusses one of his favourite films, Max Ophuls's Lola Montes.

Willem Dafoe talks about Antichrist, which was booed at its premiere at Cannes.

20090605

Francine Stock talks to Hollywood star Dustin Hoffman.

Francine Stock talks to Dustin Hoffman

20090612

Francine Stock talks to Ken Loach about working with Eric Cantona on his new film, Looking for Eric.

Francine Stock talks to Ken Loach about working with Eric Cantona on Looking for Eric.

20090619

Two fans of Errol Flynn cross swords over the actor's best movie in the week of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Directors Nic Roeg, Franc Roddam and Don Boyd discuss their work on Aria, a collection of short operatic movies made in 1987 and released on DVD for the first time.

Two fans of Errol Flynn cross swords over the actor's best movie.

20090626

Francine Stock dips into The Pool of London, a classic British noir made in 1951 and released on DVD for the first time.

She talks to its star, Caribbean actor Earl Cameron, about his debut and subsequent career.

Francine Stock dips into The Pool of London, a classic British noir made in 1951.

20090703

Francine Stock talks to Michael Mann about his gangster epic, Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp.

Michael Powell's widow, Thelma Schoonmaker, discusses her husband's classic The Red Shoes, which she and Martin Scorsese have just restored to its former glory.

Francine Stock talks to Michael Mann about his gangster epic, Public Enemies.

20090710

Francine Stock talks to Rebecca Miller about her latest film, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.

Francine Stock talks to Rebecca Miller about her new film, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.

20090717

Francine Stock talks to Lars Von Trier about his controversial film Antichrist, which was booed at its premiere in Cannes.

Francine Stock talks to Lars Von Trier about his controversial film Antichrist.

20090724

Matthew Sweet talks to Sylvia Syms about her career, including roles that range from Ice Cold in Alex to The Queen.

Writer, actor and League of Gentlemen member Mark Gatiss presents the first part of his alternative guide to British cinema.

Matthew Sweet talks to Sylvia Syms about her career.

20090731

Matthew Sweet talks to Vincent Cassel about Mesrine, in which he stars as France's public enemy number one Jacques Mesrine.

David Warner looks back on Cassel's career, including roles in Morgan, A Suitable Case for Treatment, Straw Dogs and The Omen.

Matthew Sweet talks to Vincent Cassel about Mesrine.

20090807

Matthew Sweet talks to father and son Freddie and Toby Jones about their careers in the British film industry.

As well as appearing in numerous horror movies in the early 1970s, Freddie starred in And The Ship Sails On for Federico Fellini and had some memorable roles for David Lynch, including The Elephant Man and Dune.

Toby started out in roles such as 'Man at Bar' in Mike Leigh's Naked and recently starred as Truman Capote in Infamous.

Matthew Sweet talks to father and son Freddie and Toby Jones about their film careers.

20090814

Matthew Sweet talks to Christoph Walz, who won the best acting prize at Cannes this year for his role as a Nazi officer in Quentin Tarantino's war movie Inglourious Basterds.

League of Gentlemen member Mark Gatiss presents part four of his alternative guide to British cinema.

Matthew Sweet talks to actor Christoph Walz.

20090821

Matthew Sweet talks to Pedro Almodovar about his new film, Broken Embraces.

20090828

Matthew Sweet talks to Peter Capaldi about In The Loop, which is being released on DVD.

20090904

Francine Stock talks to Janet Suzman about the 1972 movie A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, which has finally been released on DVD.

Award-winning actor Michael Fassbender discusses his career, from Hunger to Inglourious Basterds to Fish Tank.

Francine Stock talks to Janet Suzman about the 1972 movie A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

20090911

Francine Stock talks to writer and director Nora Ephron about her latest film Julie and Julia, and a career that includes When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.

Francine Stock talks to Nora Ephron about her latest film Julie and Julia.

20091002

Francine Stock talks to French film-maker Agnes Varda about her career, from the French New Wave to her latest documentary, The Beaches of Agnes.

Francine Stock talks to French film-maker Agnes Varda about her career.

20091009

Francine Stock talks to a schoolteacher from Reading, Peter Strickland, about his revenge tragedy Katalin Varga, which was shot in Transylvania and in Hungarian, a language he doesn't even speak.

Schoolteacher Peter Strickland discusses his revenge tragedy Katalin Varga.

20091016

Francine Stock presents a special edition of the programme with Terry Gilliam.

20091023

Francine Stock talks to director John Landis about his cult horror comedy An American Werewolf in London, which is being re-released in cinemas.

Francine Stock talks to director John Landis about An American Werewolf in London.

20091030

Francine Stock talks to Nick Hornby about his adaptation of Lynn Barber's memoir, An Education.

Nick Hornby discusses his adaptation of Lynn Barber's memoir, An Education.

20091106

Francine Stock talks to Matthew Sweet as he continues his campaign to rewrite the history of British cinema and bring to light some neglected classics.

Plus, Portuguese director Pedro Costa talks about his trilogy of films set in a Lisbon slum, starring some of its residents.

Matthew Sweet discusses his campaign to rewrite the history of British cinema.

20091113

Francine Stock talks to critic Barry Norman about the directorial career of his father, Leslie Norman.

Critic Barry Norman discusses the directorial career of his father, Leslie Norman.

20091120

Francine Stock talks to Joel and Ethan Coen about their new film, A Serious Man.

20091127

Francine Stock talks to Ken Russell about his adventures in motion pictures.

20091204

Francine Stock talks to Ocean's 11 director Steven Soderbergh about his latest release, The Girlfriend Experience.

Francine Stock talks to Ocean's 11 director Steven Soderbergh about his latest release.

20100101

Francine Stock talks to Julia Roberts, Danny Boyle, Mickey Rourke, JJ Abrams, Duncan Jones, Jenny Lumet, Rebecca Hall, Nora Ephron, Lars Von Trier, Kathryn Bigelow, Tomas Alfredson, Ken Loach, Peter Morgan, Earl Cameron and Neil Brand in a special edition of the programme.

Francine Stock talks to Julia Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Danny Boyle and others.

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Francine Stock talks to Lord Of The Rings star Andy Serkis about playing singer Ian Dury.

Francine Stock talks to Lord Of The Rings star Andy Serkis about playing singer Ian Dury in a new biopic, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

Director John Hillcoat discusses the challenges of adapting Cormac McCarthy's award-winning novel The Road

Writer and director James Dearden looks back at the career of his father Basil Dearden, the film-maker responsible for Victim, The League Of Gentlemen and The Blue Lamp.

Francine Stock talks to director John Hillcoat about his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

Andy Serkis reveals what it was like to play Ian Dury in the biopic Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, and Fatal Attraction writer James Dearden remembers the work of his father Basil Dearden, the film-maker responsible for Victim, The League Of Gentlemen and Pool Of London.

Director John Hillcoat discusses his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

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Andrea Arnold on Fish Tank. Jonathan Coe on a neglected British gem.

Director Andrea Arnold discusses her controversial drama Fish Tank and how she discovered her star on a station platform having an argument with her boyfriend.

Novelist Jonathan Coe and historian Matthew Sweet mull over the qualities of forgotten British melodrama They Were Sisters.

Jacques Audiard tackles crime and punishment in his prison drama A Prophet.

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Noel Clarke counts down to his latest movie. Park Chan Wook on vampires and religion.

Noel Clarke counts down to his latest movie 4-3-2-1 and reveals why he never intended to make his last film Adulthood, which topped the British box office charts.

Old Boy director Park Chan Wook discusses vampires, religion and guilt, all of which play a major part in his new horror film Thirst.

Professor Roger Luckhurst visits District 9, the science fiction allegory about apartheid.

Colin Shindler presents the film news from 1960.

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Director Lee Daniels on Precious, Oprah Winfrey and Mariah Carey.

Director Lee Daniels discusses his award-winning drama about a 400-pound African-American girl, Precious. He also reveals why Mariah Carey ended up in a role intended for Dame Helen Mirren and the support he was offered by Oprah Winfrey.

Havana Marking goes behind the scenes of the Afghan version of Pop Idol and reveals why one of the contestants received death threats and has gone into hiding.

Film-maker and critic Mark Cousins waxes lyrical about Ozu.

Neil Brand tells us the score about the work of composer Ron Goodwin.

20100205

Francine Stock talks to Morgan Freeman about his role as Nelson Mandela in Invictus.

20100312

Francine Stock talks to director Paul Greengrass about Green Zone, his latest collaboration with Matt Damon.

Francine Stock talks to director Paul Greengrass about Green Zone.

20100319

Francine Stock talks to Gurinder Chadha and Sanjeev Bhaskar about It's A Wonderful Afterlife and how it reflects a new Ealing.

Gurinder Chadha and Sanjeev Bhaskar discuss It's A Wonderful Afterlife.

20100430

Francine Stock talks to actor Eddie Marsan about working with Mike Leigh and Martin Scorsese, and about his new thriller, The Disappearance Of Alice Creed

Terence Stamp reveals why being sacked by one legendary Italian director helped him get a job with another.

Three community cinemas around the country offer advice on how to start your own film society.

Orson Welles and a false nose are the stars of Jane Eyre, which is released for the first time on DVD. Jane Graham reviews this 1944 production.

20100604

Francine Stock travels to Barra, the setting for Whisky Galore, and visits The Screen Machine, the articulated lorry that's also a cinema.

Francine Stock visits The Screen Machine, the articulated lorry that's also a cinema.

20100625

Francine Stock presents a special edition from The Edinburgh Film Festival with Stephen Frears and Mike Hodges.

Francine Stock presents a special edition from The Edinburgh Film Festival.

20100806

Matthew Sweet talks to actor Alfred Molina

20100820

Neil Brand traces the roots of the horror movie from the silent era.

20100924

Francine Stock talks to film star and acclaimed director Ben Affleck about his new feature The Town.

Francine Stock talks to film star and director Ben Affleck about his new feature The Town.

20101008

Francine Stock talks to Oliver Stone about his return to Wall Street for his credit-crunch sequel, Money Never Sleeps.

Rhys Ifans reveals why he was worried about ruining the life of his friend Howard Marks by starring in a film of his life

Tim Hetherington, the director of Restrepo, discusses his fly-on-the-wall documentary about American soldiers in Afghanistan

Critic Pasquale Iannone surveys two new films about Italian politics, past and present.

Francine Stock talks to Oliver Stone about his return to Wall Street.

20101015

The Full Monty and Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy, 24 Hour Party People and Welcome To Sarajevo scribe Frank Cottrell Boyce, and Tamara Drewe adapter Moira Buffini reveal some secrets of screenwriting.

Neil Brand joins Francine Stock to play and discuss the work of composer Max Steiner, famous for Casablanca and Gone With The Wind

Matthew Sweet pays tribute to Barry Evans, the likely lad of British cinema and television in the 1970s

Kim Newman ventures into The Night Of The Demon, the classic horror movie finally being released on DVD this week.

Frank Cottrell Boyce, Simon Beaufoy and Moira Buffini on the secrets of screenwriting.

20101022

Francine Stock hosts a discussion with three screenwriters, including The Full Monty and Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy, Hilary And Jackie writer Frank Cottrell Boyce and Moira Buffini, who adapted Tamara Drewe and Jane Eyre for the big screen

Archivist and director Kevin Brownlow discusses his honorary Oscar which he will receive next month

Nigel Floyd on the award-winning Possession with Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani

Colin Shindler turns back the clock and reveals what critics really thought of Saturday Night And Sunday Morning.

Screenwriting secrets and tales of ordinary madness in Possession.

20101105

In an extended interview, Francine Stock talks to Mike Leigh about his latest drama, Another Year

Actress Phyllida Law remembers the work of her husband Eric Thompson and the Magic Roundabout spin-off movie, Dougal And The Blue Cat, which is released on DVD for the very first time

Director Matt Reeves discusses his reasons for making an American version of the critically acclaimed Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In.

In an extended interview, Francine Stock talks to Mike Leigh about Another Year.

20101112

Ralph Fiennes on what every good villain needs, as he reprises his role of Harry Potter bad guy, Lord Voldemort.

Francine Stock talks to Gruff Rhys, lead singer of The Super Furry Animals, about his Patagonian odyssey in Separado

The first in a new series about the digital revolution and the rise of community cinemas across the country, as Niki Bedi meets some local heroes nominated by listeners.

Michael Armstrong has been working the projector at The Regal in Wymondham for almost 50 years and has constructed a miniature version of the cinema at his home.

Agnes Poirier discusses the renaissance of controversial French icon Gerard Depardieu.

Ralph Fiennes on villains and the rise of community cinemas.

20101119

Francine Stock talks to director Anton Corbijn about his new film, The American, starring George Clooney as a hired gun who comes out of hiding for one last job.

The second in our series of reports about the digital revolution and the rise of community cinemas across the country.

This week, Niki Bedi travels to Aberfeldy in Scotland, to meet the people behind the Heartland film society.

Director Fernando Trueba and designer Javier Mariscal discuss Chico and Rita, a musical celebration of Cuba during the late '40s and early '50s.

This week marks the centenary of the Mexican Revolution.

Christopher Frayling give us a quick guide to the revolt on film from Viva Villa! to The Professionals.

Producer: Craig Smith.

Director Anton Corbijn discusses his new film, The American, starring George Clooney.

20101126

Oscar winning British producer Graham King discusses his adventures in Hollywood and his working relationship with Martin Scorsese.

The writer of Of Gods And Men discusses the real-life drama behind his film about the conflict between North African monks and Islamist terrorists

Nikki Bedi's tour of Britain's community cinemas continues at The Star And Shadow in Newcastle, which is staffed entirely by volunteers

Colin Shindler reveals what British critics thought of Elvis's 1960 effort G.I.

Blues and why they wanted to return to sender.

Oscar winning British producer Graham King discusses his adventures in Hollywood.

20110107

Francine Stock talks to Helena Bonham Carter about playing the Queen Mother in The King's Speech and why she was like "marshmallow made with a welding machine".

In anticipation of Radio 4's film season, the Film Programme is asking its listeners to keep a diary of their film-viewing during the month of January to get a snap-shot of how we watch movies in the 21st century

Actor Diego Luna discusses his directorial debut Abel, which broke box-office records in his native Mexico

Neil Brand begins a new series in which he demonstrates the unusual ways that film music can paint pictures in our heads.

Francine Stock talks to Helena Bonham Carter about The King's Speech.

20110114

Francine Stock looks ahead to Radio 4's Film Season, asking for listeners' diaries of their movie watching habits over January.

The result will be a snapshot of the nation's viewing preferences - where we watch films (on television, computer or in the cinema) and on what format - DVD or download.

Francine will try to find out if the digital revolution has finally arrived or is it just a media myth, and to discern what we are watching, whether its new releases or old favourites.

Plus, Francine will be publishing a record of her own viewing habits via Twitter during the season.

Francine talks to award contenders Darren Aronofsky and Ryan Gosling, director of Black Swan and star of Blue Valentine respectively.

Plus, actor/director Peter Mullan discusses NEDS, which stands for Non-Educated Delinquents.

Francine Stock talks to award contenders Darren Aronofsky and Ryan Gosling.

20110121

Inspired by stories of listeners staging their own site-specific screenings, Francine Stock tries to set up her own pop-up cinema.

Along the way, Francine asks the help of various experts and societies about what you really need to organise a cinematic happening.

But of course, what she needs most is a director who's willing to show their film and take part in the event.

Will Ken Loach, the new patron of the British Federation Of Film Societies, be her knight in shining armour ?

Francine Stock tries to set up her own pop-up cinema, enlisting the help of Ken Loach.

20110128

Francine Stock talks to actors Donald Sutherland and Paul Giamatti.

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Francine Stock meets with Dame Helen Mirren who stars in Rowan Joffe's adaptation of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock, set in the 1960s era of mods and rockers.

Director Stephen Frears discusses his love of Howard Hawks and focuses on Only Angels Have Wings from 1939, starring Cary Grant and Rita Hayworth.

Critic Nigel Floyd considers two films from the 1960s - Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment and A Blonde in Love - both from Czech-born directors, Karel Reisz and Milos Forman.

John Cameron Mitchell - director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus - talks about his latest, Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a couple coming to terms with the loss of a child.

Producer: Craig Smith.

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20110211

Francine Stock talks to Hailee Steinfeld the young actress who stars with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon in The Coen Brothers' remake of True Grit. Sir Christopher Frayling is also on hand to give an assessment of the modern Western.

Keira Knightley discusses her role in the adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go.

Author Jonathan Coe looks at the career of Japanese filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi, seen as one of the first 'feminist' directors.

Director David O. Russell talks family politics in real-life boxing tale The Fighter.

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20110218

Francine Stock meets Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to discuss Paul. A homage to the sci-fi films of their childhood, the film sees the pair embark on a road trip across America where they meet a real life alien.

Neil Brand is here to give a musical guide through the world of dreams in film.

Iranian director Rafi Pitts discusses The Hunter, a metaphorical meditation on the current political situation of his home country.

Liverpudlian Geoff Woodbridge is a big fan of horror films. He's just watched one a day for the last year. He explains why and picks out a couple of favourites.

Producer: Craig Smith.

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20110225

The awards season reaches its grand finale this Sunday with the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and Francine Stock is here with an indispensable guide to this year's crop of films hoping for Oscar glory. With contributions from, amongst others, Darren Aronofsky, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter and Mike Leigh.

Film critic Adam Smith will explain why he won't be glued to the television late in to Sunday night.

Australian director David Michod discusses his accomplished first feature Animal Kingdom, a family crime drama set in Melbourne, and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance film festival last year.

Producer: Craig Smith.

20110520

From Avatar to Zoolander - the A-Z of film with Francine Stock

Producer: Zahid Warley.

20110603

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

20110715

As the Hogwarts Express prepares to chug off into the sunset Francine Stock reflects on the legacy of Harry Potter. There's an interview with David Yates, who directed the last four films in the series and you can hear some of the distinguished British actors who've given the films much of their savour. Francine will also be talking to Aidan Gillen about his role in Treacle Jnr - the new film by the much lauded independent director, Jamie Thraves who remortgaged his home to fund the feature. And Jane Asher shares her thoughts about starring in Skolimowski's cult classic, Deep End. We'll also be hearing about Martin Scorsese's programme of films for the Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall, plans to screen The Great Dictator at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and the Lexi Cinema's Nomad project which among other things will bring Fitzcarraldo to the Serpentine this summer.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Francine Stock waves goodbye to Harry Potter and welcomes Jane Asher and Aidan Gillen.

20110819

With Francine Stock.

Film programme looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

Francine Stock explores the world of film.

20111007

Francine Stock travels to Manhattan for an extended interview with the supreme exponent of screen neurosis in the 1970s and beyond, Woody Allen, currently enjoying his biggest box office success in years with Midnight in Paris.

Producer: Craig Smith.

Francine Stock travels to New York to meet Woody Allen.

20111104

With Francine Stock.

20111110

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

20111117

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

20111208

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

20111215

What's going on in the world of film.

20111229

Francine Stock is joined by historian Ian Christie and film composer Neil Brand to explore the enduring appeal of the silent era.

Tipped for Oscar success and opening this week in the UK, The Artist is a film with almost no dialogue and which chronicles the transition from silent to talkies. We hear from its director Michel Hazanavicius.

As a child actor Diana Serra Carey appeared in hundreds of shorts and features between 1920 and 1924 as 'Baby Peggy'. Now 93 she looks back as one of the last surviving stars of the era.

Producer: Craig Smith.

Francine Stock and guests explore the enduring appeal of silent film.

20120105

Francine Stock talks to Olivia Colman about playing opposite Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady and discusses teenage pregnancy, lost daughters and redemption with Rodrigo Garcia the director of Mother and Child, starring Annette Benning.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Francine Stock talks to Olivia Colman about playing Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

20120112

Francine Stock weighs up the week's two big releases -- Steven Spielberg's War Horse and Steve McQueen's Shame. Spielberg is already being tipped for an Oscar and McQueen has been gathering plaudits from all over the world for his film which features Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender in a study of sex addiction.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Stock talks to Steve McQueen about Shame his new film about sex addiction.

20120308

Francine Stock and guests with the latest from the world of film.

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Francine Stock meets with Charlize Theron to discuss her role in two films out this week - Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman.

It's been one of the most hyped films of the year, but does Ridley Scott's Prometheus deliver? Critic Tim Robey is here with his verdict.

Neil Brand is behind the piano to study the use of music in films based on fairy tales.

Tom Lawes, owner of the Electric Cinema in Birmingham, has made a documentary called The Last Projectionist. He discusses the dying trade of the 35mm projectionist.

Producer Craig Smith.

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Simon Pegg talks to Matthew Sweet about his latest film and gets serious about comedy.

Simon Pegg talks to Matthew Sweet about his latest comedy, A Fantastic Fear of Everything. Producer Stephen Woolley and Catherine Bray of FilmFour join them to celebrate British humour in film - how much does what makes us laugh define who we are as a nation? And why do American audiences still look to British performers to provide them with some element they can't quite manage to grow at home?

From Chaplin to Carry On, from Monty Phython to Sacha Baron Cohen - we look at the fine comic tradition that Simon Pegg embodies.

Producer: David Braithwaite.

The latest news from the world of film.

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Francine Stock talks to Steven Soderbergh about his latest film, Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, as male strippers in Miami. He also discusses the reasons why he's quitting the film business.

Three generations of film critics - Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian, blogger Charlie Lyne, and student Hattie Soper - discuss the changing nature of their work.

The film Margaret, starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo, received rave reviews upon its release last year, but only played at one cinema in central London. As it's released on DVD, the director Kenneth Lonnergan talks about the difficulties in making the film, and why it received such a limited run.

Producer: Craig Smith.

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Francine Stock talks to Christopher Nolan about The Dark Knight Rises.

Nigel Havers recalls Chariots of Fire, while film composer Neil Brand deconstructs that famous Vangelis score.

Writer Iain Sinclair and artist Andrew Kotting discuss their pedalo odyssey, Swandown.

Producer: Craig Smith.

The latest news from the world of film.

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What have we been watching in 2012? Francine Stock and guests discuss.

New figures show that UK cinema ticket sales increased again last year, by 61% in the past decade. What have we been watching in 2012? Francine Stock discusses with industry analyst Charles Gant and cinema owner/manger Kevin Markwick. Plus your favourite films.

Industrial devastation becomes a thing of beauty in Antonioni's Red Desert from 1964. Director Mike Hodges, who made Get Carter, appreciates Antonioni's striking use of colour.

And the search for Sugarman, a new documentary about a mysterious singer-songwriter from the 1970s who unwittingly wrote an anthem for the anti-apartheid movement.

Producer: Craig Smith.

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Matthew Sweet and guests look back at the film career of Ivor Novello.

Matthew Sweet and guests look back at the film career of Ivor Novello, one of the most popular British entertainers of the 20th century. With contributions from actor Simon Callow, composer Neil Brand, academic Lawrence Napper, and former criminal Frankie Fraser.

Producer: Craig Smith.

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Matthew Sweet chats with Jeremy Renner about his role as the lead in The Bourne Legacy.

Matthew Sweet meets with Jeremy Renner to discuss his role as the lead in The Bourne Legacy.

We take a trip back in time with Austin Vince from The Adventure Travel Film Festival.

Academic Melanie Williams champions an early kitchen sink drama from 1957, Woman in a Dressing Gown.

And Mark Gatiss is back for the summer to pick 4 of his favourite biopics - first up, Lewis Gilbert's Carve Her Name With Pride, starring Virginia Mckenna.

Producer: Craig Smith.

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Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger on male masculinity and 19th century poetry.

Matthew Sweet meets with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger to talk action heroes, male masculinity, and 19th century poetry.

Star of The Birds and Marnie, Tippi Hedren, discusses her troubled relationship with Alfred Hitchcock.

And Mark Gatiss selects another of his favourite biopics - Stephen Frear's Prick Up Your Ears, a study of playwright Joe Orton and his doomed relationship with his lover, Kenneth Halliwell.

Producer: Craig Smith.

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James Marsh on Shadow Dancer, Bart Layton on The Imposter, and Mark Gatiss on Cole Porter.

Matthew Sweet meets with director James Marsh to discuss his IRA drama Shadow Dancer, starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough.

Northern Ireland correspondent for the Independent newspaper David Mckittrick looks at the portrayal of the IRA on film.

Mark Gatiss continues his selection of biopics - this week, Carey Grant as Cole Porter in Night and Day.

Director Bart Layton on his compelling drama-doc The Imposter, which tells the story of a Frenchman who convinces a Texan family he is their son who has been missing for several years.

Producer: Craig Smith.

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Matthew Sweet meets actor Toby Jones about the weird world of the Berberian Sound Studio.

Matthew Sweet meets with actor Toby Jones to discuss the weird word of the Berberian Sound studio, director Peter Strickland's love letter to Italian horror films of the 1970s. How do you make money from a British film? Producers Lisa Marie Russo and Matthew Justice discuss. Plus, Mark Gatiss rounds off his selection of favourite biopics with Gods and Monsters, starring Ian Mckellan as director James Whale.

Producer: Craig Smith.

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Joe Wright on Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightly and Jude Law.

Francine Stock talks to Joe Wright about "Anna Karenina" - adapted for the screen by Tom Stoppard and starring Keira Knightly, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Sandra Hebron discusses the numerous screen adaptations of Tolstoy's epic novel, including Clarence Brown's 1935 version starring Greta Garbo and Frederic March, and the Alexander Korda picture produced in 1948 with Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson and Kieron Moore.

John Hillcoat and Nick Cave discuss Lawless. Lawless is directed by John Hillcoat (his previous works include The Road and The Proposition) and Nick Cave adapted the screenplay from Matt Bondurant's book "The Wettest Country In The World", a fictional account of the exploits of his paternal grandfather. Nick Cave also composed the music with Warren Ellis.

Portugese film director Miguel Gomes discusses his third feature film, "Tabu", a film which probes Portugal's colonial past through the medium of cinema - with reference to Murnau's 1931 film Tabu, A Story of the South Seas.

Producer: Hilary Dunn.

20120913

In a programme specially recorded at Toronto International Film Festival, Francine Stock reports back on the best, the most expensive, the most moving and the maddest of the nearly 300 films on show.

She speaks to Roger Michell about his latest film, Hyde Park on Hudson, set in 1939 as the first British monarch to visit the US (Sam West as King George VI) arrives at the president's upstate New York country house (Bill Murray as FDR).

Jack Kerouac's iconic novel On The Road finally makes it to the screen, and director Walter Salles explains how he set about filming it.

Artistic director Cameron Bailey outlines the scale and scope of the Toronto festival, and the highlights are discussed and debated by Clare Binns and Tim Robey.

And Francine catches up with Terence Stamp, soon to be seen in a new film alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Song for Marion.

Producer: Craig Smith.

20120920

Francine Stock discuses prototype vibrators with Jonathan Pryce, star of Hysteria.

Critic Adam Smith reassesses Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes A Woman Under The Influence.

Oliver Stone's Savages sees Benicio del Toro in a familiar role as the bad-ass Mexican; he discusses Hispanic stereotypes.

And an oddity from North Korea - Comrade Kin Goes Flying - the first ever UK/Belgian/North Korean co-production.

Producer: Craig Smith.

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The latest news from the world of film.

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The latest news from the world of film.

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Veteran actor Martin Landau discusses his role as the wise - if sinister - science teacher in Tim Burton's retro-fable Frankenweenie.

Author Michael Morpurgo reflects on the two very different screen treatments of his books, War Horse and Private Peaceful.

We reveal the winner of the first Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize, intended to encourage more and better scripts about science.

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the team behind Little Miss Sunshine, discuss their new film Ruby Sparks, about a novelist whose fictional creation comes to life.

Producer: Craig Smith.

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The latest news from the world of film.

Matthew Sweet talks to Tom Tykwer, one of the directors of the much-anticipated film Cloud Atlas. The actress Olga Kurylenko discusses her role in the latest offering from director Terrence Malick, To The Wonder. And the composer Neil Brand is at the piano to delve into the scores of children's films from classics like Mary Poppins to more recent films like Happy Feet and Frankenweenie. Producer: Elaine Lester.

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The latest news from the world of film, with Francine Stock.

The latest news from the world of film.

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The latest news from the world of film.

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The latest news from the world of film.

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The latest news from the world of film.

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Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

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Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

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Nicole Kidman talks to Francine Stock about her new thriller Before I Go to Sleep.

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Nick Cave discusses his documentary 20,000 Days on Earth with Francine Stock.

Nick Cave discusses a documentary on his life and work 20,000 Days On Earth, which casually mixes fact with fiction.

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Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

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Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

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With Francine Stock. In The Story of the Sound Effect, Ben Burtt discusses the light sabre

Francine Stock presents a new series running throughout The Film Programme for the next two months- The Story Of The Sound Effect. To mark the BFI's season Days Of Fear And Wonder, the programme will hear from the people who created some of the most famous sound effects in the history of science fiction cinema. This week, Ben Burtt on the light sabre.

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Francine Stock presents a new series running throughout The Film Programme for the next two months- The Story Of The Sound Effect. To mark the BFI's season Days Of Fear And Wonder, the programme will hear from the people who created some of the most famous sound effects in the history of science fiction cinema. This week, Randy Thom on Harry Potter.

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Francine Stock presents a new series running throughout The Film Programme for the next two months- The Story Of The Sound Effect. To mark the BFI's season Days Of Fear And Wonder, the programme will hear from the people who created some of the most famous sound effects in the history of science fiction cinema. This week, Ben Burtt on Darth Vader.

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Francine Stock presents a new series running throughout The Film Programme for the next two months- The Story Of The Sound Effect. To mark the BFI's season Days Of Fear And Wonder, the programme will hear from the people who created some of the most famous sound effects in the history of science fiction cinema. This week, Ben Burtt on the Ewoks.

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Francine Stock presents a new series running throughout The Film Programme for the next two months- The Story Of The Sound Effect. To mark the BFI's season Days Of Fear And Wonder, the programme will hear from the people who created some of the most famous sound effects in the history of science fiction cinema. This week, Ben Burtt on the voice of E.T.

20141218

With Francine Stock.

Angelina Jolie reveals why she's planning to give up acting to concentrate on writing and directing. And why her latest film Unbroken is based on the life of her neighbour, an Olympic athlete who was taken prisoner by the Japanese army during World War II.

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With Francine Stock.

Director James Marsh on his Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything.

Batman star Michael Keaton on Birdman.

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The latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

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The latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

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The latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

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The latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

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Radio 4's weekly look at the world of film.

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Radio 4's weekly look at the world of film.

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02/02/201220120205

Francine Stock and guests with the latest from the world of film.

02/04/201020100404

Screenwriter Colin Shindler investigates the British film studios that time forgot with the help of director Michael Winner.

He returns to the era of the British B movie and the world of quota quickies, over-sized apes and devil girls from Mars.

Colin Shindler investigates the British film studios that time forgot.

02/07/201020100704

Francine Stock reports on the townspeople who saved their local cinema in the Gloucestershire town of Wotton-under-Edge, which is almost entirely run by volunteers.

Actor Jason Isaacs on going from the mega budget blockbuster Harry Potter series to the self-financed comedy Skeletons, which won the prize for best British film at the Edinburgh film festival this week

Two of France's hottest talents, actor Romain Duris and director Claire Denis, discuss their new films - Heartbreaker, which was a phenomena at the national box-office, and the widely feted White Material

Kevin Markwick, owner of The Uckfield Picturehouse, reports back from this year's Cinema Expo convention, which gave industry insiders a glimpse of things to come, from 3-D glasses washers to the latest blockbusters.

A report on the townspeople who saved their local cinema in Wotton-under-Edge.

02/10/200920091004

The grandmother of the French New Wave, Agnes Varda, on her life with Jacques Demy.

The film version of The Battle Of Britain remembered by two men who risked their lives filming the epic dog-fights.

The first instalment of Matthew Sweet's guide to forgotten British gems,There Ain't No Justice, directed by doomed film-maker Pen Tennyson.

The grandmother of the French New Wave, Agnes Varda, and The Battle Of Britain remembered.

03/05/20122012050320120506

Fifty years on, Sir Tom Courtenay looks back at The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Fifty years on, Sir Tom Courtenay in conversation with presenter Francine Stock looks back at his first film role in Tony Richardson's The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

Neil Brand is behind the piano to study the music of the British New Wave.

Critic Sandra Hebron discusses two psychological dramas of a different kind - Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, and Dirk Bogarde in Reiner Fassbinder's Despair.

Producer: Craig Smith.

03/05/201220120506

Fifty years on, Sir Tom Courtenay in conversation with presenter Francine Stock looks back at his first film role in Tony Richardson's The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

Neil Brand is behind the piano to study the music of the British New Wave.

Critic Sandra Hebron discusses two psychological dramas of a different kind - Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, and Dirk Bogarde in Reiner Fassbinder's Despair.

Producer: Craig Smith.

Fifty years on, Sir Tom Courtenay looks back at The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

03/06/201120110605

Documentaries are in vogue.

From Man on Wire to the fillms of Michael Moore they've captured our hearts and our minds.

In this week's edition of The Film Programme Francine Stock examines the very latest and very best of the current releases such as Asif Kapadia's much lauded Senna and Jerry Rothwell's subtle account of the family in the age of the sperm bank, Donor Unknown.

The BBC's Storyville's editor, Nick Fraser, will be paying tirbute to two acknowledged masters, the Maysles Brothers , whose work includes the iconic, Gimme Shelter and the beautiful and affecting portrait of down-at-heel American aristocracy, Grey Gardens.And to round things off Charlie Phillips, one of the organisers of the Sheffield Documentary Festival and the director, Emily James discuss crowd funding -- a business model that's revolutionising the genre.

Producer Zahid Warley.

Ayrton Senna,sperm donors and American aristocrats- Francine Stock ponders the documentary

03/07/200920090705

Director Michael Mann discusses his gangster movie Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger.

Thelma Schoonmaker talks about the resoration of The Red Shoes, which was directed by her husband Michael Powell.

Plus Taxi Driver writer Paul Schrader on the art of screenwriting.

Director Michael Mann discusses Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger.

04/02/201120110206

Francine Stock talks to Helen Mirren and Sam Riley about Brighton Rock.

04/03/201120110306

Francine Stock talks to Marc Evans about his film set in a Welsh colony in Patagonia.

04/06/201020100606

Francine Stock travels to the Scottish island of Barra, the setting for Whisky Galore, and visits The Screen Machine, the articulated lorry that's also a cinema.

It's part of a quiet revolution that's happening across the British Isles.

As local post offices and pubs are shutting down, the travelling cinema has become a focus for the community, and Francine visits Flicks In The Sticks which brings movies to village halls along the Welsh borders.

Francine Stock visits The Screen Machine, the articulated lorry that's also a cinema.

04/09/200920090906

Director Marc Webb discusses his film, 500 Days of Summer, a romantic comedy that stands romantic ideals on its head.

Actor Janet Suzman remembers her role in the jagged-edged 1960s drama A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, newly released on DVD.

She also reveals the unconventional casting technique for her starring role in the film Nicolas and Alexandra.

Plus an interview with Michael Fassbender, an an actor who gives versatility a new dimension and who appears in radically contrasting films: Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Andrea Arnold's controversial movie Fish Tank.

Francine Stock talks to Janet Suzman about the 1972 movie A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

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05/01/201220120108

Francine Stock talks to Olivia Colman about playing Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

05/02/201020100207

Morgan Freeman tells Francine Stock about the research he did to play Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's drama, Invictus, about the Rugby World Cup in South Africa.

Director Cary Fukunaga reveals what happened when he rode the trains from South to North America with hundreds of illegal immigrants for his thriller Sin Nombre.

La Grande Vadrouille was the most succesful film in French cinemas until the release of Titanic, and is still phenomenally popular whenever it's shown on television.

Ginette Vincendeau explains why this 1966 war comedy with Terry-Thomas is so well loved across the Channel.

Jane Graham reports on the state of film distribution in Britain and why the best-reviewed movies are often the most difficult to see.

Morgan Freeman on playing Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus.

05/03/201020100307

Leonardo DiCaprio tells Francine Stock about the details of his working relationship with Martin Scorsese.

Neil Brand tells us the score about composer Miklos Rozsa.

Andrew Collins traces the family tree of Fantastic Mr Fox.

Mia Hansen Love discusses the state of the French film industry and why it led one producer to commit suicide.

Leonardo DiCaprio: Martin Scorsese and me.

Francine Stock talks to Leonardo DiCaprio about collaborating with Martin Scorsese

05/08/201120110807

Matthew Sweet investigates the world of film, which this week includes Project Nim.

06/02/200920090208

Francine Stock talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley.

06/03/200920090308

Francine Stock talks to Julian Fellowes, the actor and Oscar-winning writer of Gosford Park, about his latest script, Young Victoria.

Plus director Ole Christian Madsen talks about his popular but controversial war movie, Flame and Citron, which investigates the role of the Resistance movement against the Nazi occupation of Denmark.

Francine Stock talks to Julian Fellowes about his latest script, Young Victoria.

07/08/2009 *20090809

Father and son Freddie and Toby Jones talk to Matthew Sweet about the art of being a character actor, from The Elephant Man to Harry Potter.

Mark Gatiss presents his alternative guide to British cinema.

Jane Graham on what makes an evil organisation tick.

Father and son Freddie And Toby Jones on the art of being a character actor.

07/10/201120111009

Francine Stock travels to New York to meet Woody Allen.

08/04/201120110410

The latest news and names from the world of film.

08/05/200920090510

JJ Abrams boldly goes back to the future with the Star Trek prequel, starring Kirk and Spock as you've never seen them before.

Behind the scenes of Junior Eurovision with Sounds Like Teen Spirit.

When Jean-Luc met Mick and Keith - Godard and The Rolling Stones and the making of Sympathy For The Devil.

Henry Selick on the dark materials of his Neil Gaiman adaptation Coraline.

Francine Stock talks to the creator of Lost, JJ Abrams, about his revival of Star Trek.

08/10/201020101010

Francine Stock talks to Oliver Stone about his return to Wall Street.

08/12/201120111211

Truth - as they say - is stranger than fiction.

Mike Cahill's science fiction morality tale, Another Earth, came out this week just days after it emerged that scientists had found Kepler 22b - a planet which, it seems, may share many of the attributes of our own bluey green globe.

Francine Stock has been talking to Mike about coincidence, the genesis of his film and, of course, the multiverse.

She's also taken a trip to the parallel world of American politics with Nick Broomfield to discuss his new documentary, Sarah Palin - You Betcha! and delved into the murky realm of Ben Wheatley's hit horror film, Kill List.

And to dispel any notion of idleness she put herself through the initiation ceremony for Secret Cinema - a new and playful way of screening films which draws you in through carefully calculated mystery and makes you an actor as much as a spectator.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Nick Broomfield, Ben Wheatley and Mike Cahill talk to Francine Stock about their new films

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Francine Stock and guests with the latest from the world of film.

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Francine Stock with what's going on in the world of film this week.

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Francine Stock talks to poet, publisher, painter, photographer and actor Viggo Mortensen, star of Lord of the Rings, about his new drama, Good.

She also hears from the director of award-winning Swedish teen vampire movie, Let the Right One In, who reveals the secrets of his gory sound effects.

Francine Stock talks to poet, publisher, painter and film actor Viggo Mortensen.

10/07/200920090712

Behind the scenes of Blade Runner and The Deer Hunter with producer Michael Deeley.

Composer Neil Brand tells us the score about Vangelis's theme for Ridley Scott's cult science fiction opus.

Novelist, screenwriter, director and painter Rebecca Miller discusses her film career, her collaboration with husband Daniel Day-Lewis and life as the daughter of Arthur Miller.

Behind the scenes of Blade Runner with producer Michael Deeley.

10/11/201120111113

The Film Programme this week features ill -fated romance, outer space and excessive drinking.

So something for everyone! Francine Stock talks to Withnail's creator, Bruce Robinson about his return to directing with The Rum Diary starring Johnny Depp; Errol Morris will be discussing his new documentary --Tabloid -- about Joyce McKinney the former beauty queen known to some readers and newspaper editors in the Seventies as the woman at the centre of the sex in chains scandal;and Fish Tank's director Andrea Arnold explains her involvement with Wuthering Heights.

Then to round it all off the critic Nigel Floyd revisits the cult science fiction film, Silent Running which gave Bruce Dern his first lead role as a kind of cosmic gardener.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Presenter FRANCINE STOCK.

Francine Stock talks to Bruce Robinson about his return to directing with The Rum Diary.

11/02/201120110213

Francine Stock talks to Hailee Steinfeld the young actress who stars with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon in The Coen Brothers' remake of True Grit.

Sir Christopher Frayling is also on hand to give an assessment of the modern Western.

Keira Knightely discusses her role in the adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go.

Author Jonathan Coe looks at the career of Japanese filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi, seen as one of the first 'feminist' directors.

Director David O.

Russell talks family politics in real-life boxing tale The Fighter.

Francine Stock talks to Hailee Steinfeld the young star of True Grit.

11/03/201120110313

Francine Stock with the latest news and names from the world of film.

11/06/201020100613

Francine Stock talks to Sir Alan Parker and Lord David Puttnam about their first film together and about the subsequent partnership that produced Bugsy Malone and Midnight Express

Dr Peter Byrne gives us his diagnosis of neurotic males in American cinema from Woody Allen to Ben Stiller

Colin Shindler sends a dispatch from June 1960.

Francine Stock talks to Sir Alan Parker and Lord David Puttnam.

11/09/2009 *20090913

When Harry Met Sally creator Nora Ephron discusses her biopic of America's first celebrity chef, Julia Child.

Julie And Julia, starring Meryl Streep, shows how the housewife superstar got America cooking.

Ephron reveals the effect that Child had on her own life and lets us in on a secret about writing romantic comedies.

Nora Ephron discusses her biopic of America's first celebrity chef, Julia Child.

12/01/201220120115

Stock talks to Steve McQueen about Shame his new film about sex addiction.

12/02/201020100214

The Last King Of Scotland star James Mcavoy talks Tolstoy, sneezing garden gnomes and his latest film, The Last Station.

Fashion guru Tom Ford discusses the links between designing clothes and directing film, and why he spent his own money to finance his debut film, A Single Man.

Matthew Sweet picks another neglected British gem, I See A Dark Stranger.

Anil Sinanan discusses the crossover between Bollywood and Hollywod and the latest example of this growing trend, My Name Is Khan.

James Mcavoy talks Tolstoy; Tom Ford on the links between designing and directing.

12/04/201220120415

Francine Stock and guests with the latest from the world of film.

12/06/200920090614

Francine Stock talks to Ken Loach about working with Eric Cantona on his new film, Looking for Eric.

Francine Stock talks to Ken Loach about working with Eric Cantona on Looking for Eric.

12/08/201120110814

Matthew Sweet explores the world of film.

13/02/200920090215

Francine Stock talks to Bruce Robinson as he prepares to make his first movie for 17 years

13/03/200920090315

Francine Stock talks to Julia Roberts about her new espionage comedy, Duplicity.

13/05/201120110515

From multiplex to art house - Francine Stock investigates the world of film.

13/08/201020100815

The League Of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss continues his series on British character actors.

14/08/200920090816

British actress Jean Kent on James Mason, Stewart Granger and why Marilyn Monroe was a bit grubby.

Christoph Walz reveals why he turned down every Nazi officer role he has been offered, except for one Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

Mark Gatiss picks a neglected classic from the 1960s.

Critic Jane Graham enters the fourth dimension with The Time Traveler's Wife.

Jean Kent on James Mason, Stewart Granger and why Marilyn Monroe was a bit grubby.

14/10/201120111016

Francine Stock shines a spotlight on American cinema from 1971.

15/01/201020100117

Francine Stock talks to Andrea Arnold about her award-winning Fish Tank.

15/03/201220120318

Francine Stock meets with Mark Wahlberg to discuss his new film, Contraband, his love of European thrillers, and why his criminal record has helped his acting career.

Polish director Agnieszka Holland discusses her new film, In Darkness, a real-life tale of a group of Jews who hid from the Nazis in the sewers of Lvov, in Poland.

And a celebration of the late director Ken Russell, as Kim Newman reviews a new cut of The Devils, and from behind the piano Neil Brand deconstructs Russell's use of music in his films from Gustav Mahler to The Who.

Producer: Craig Smith.

Francine Stock meets with Mark Wahlberg to discuss his new film Contraband.

Francine Stock and guests with the latest from the world of film.

15/05/200920090517

Charlie Kaufman on his vision for his new film, Synecdoche, New York, a mind-bending nightmarish mixture of dream and reality starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Samantha Morton.

Counterculture film maker Kenneth Anger talks about his career and his association with other cultural provocateurs The Rolling Stones.

And film historian Matthew Sweet reviews the clasic film The Seventh Veil, starring James Mason, as it is released on DVD.

Francine Stock talks to Charlie Kaufman about his directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York.

15/07/201120110717

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

15/10/201020101017

Frank Cottrell Boyce, Simon Beaufoy and Moira Buffini on the secrets of screenwriting.

17/04/200920090419

Francine Stock celebrates the 50th anniversary of the French New Wave.

17/06/201120110619

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

17/07/200920090719

Lars Von Trier defends his controversial drama Antichrist, which was booed at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Duncan Jones talks about his space drama Moon, 70s science fiction, and life with his father David Bowie.

Sir Christopher Frayling reviews a Marlene Dietrich documentary and Kissese director Lance Daly reveals the difficulties of working with child actors.

Francine Stock talks to Lars Von Trier about his controversial film Antichrist.

17/09/201020100919

Francine Stock talks to Stephen Woolley, producer of The Crying Game and Mona Lisa on the set of his latest drama, Made In Dagenham, which was inspired by an edition of the Radio 4 programme The Reunion.

Director Debra Granik takes us on a virtual tour of the Ozark Mountains in the American heartland, the setting for her new film, Winter's Bone.

And there's news of an unofficial national sport that once swept the nation - Spot Sam Kydd, a popular game featuring one of Britain's best loved character actors.

Francine Stock talks to Stephen Woolley, producer of The Crying Game and Made In Dagenham.

18/02/201120110220

Francine Stock meets Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to discuss Paul.

A homage to the sci-fi films of their childhood, the film sees the pair embark on a road trip across America where they meet a real life alien.

Neil Brand is here to give a musical guide through the world of dreams in film.

Iranian director Rafi Pitts discusses The Hunter, a metaphorical meditation on the current political situation of his home country.

Liverpudlian Geoff Woodbridge is a big fan of horror films.

He's just watched one a day for the last year.

He explains why and picks out a couple of favourites.

Producer: Craig Smith.

Francine Stock talks to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost about their new film Paul.

18/03/201120110320

The latest news and names from the world of film.

18/06/201020100620

Francine Stock talks to the actress Rebecca Hall, about her latest role in Nicole Holofcener's new film, Please Give.

Neil Brand deconstructs the man with the golden theme tune, John Barry.

The Palestinian director Scandar Copti and his Israeli counterpart Yaron Shani discuss their Oscar-nominated film, Ajami, set in the religiously-divided, and crime-ridden neighbourhood of Jaffa, Tel Aviv.

A guide to the fast-growing world of instant online film rentals - where to find them, how it works and what the future holds.

Rebecca Hall talks to Francine Stock about her latest film, Please Give.

18/09/200920090920

Francine Stock interviews actor Paul Bettany and director Sam Mendes about their latest projects.

Actor Paul Bettany and director Sam Mendes discuss their latest projects.

19/01/201220120122

Francine Stock talks to Ralph Fiennes about directing Coriolanus.

19/03/201020100321

Francine Stock travels to Ealing studios to visit the set of Gurinder Chadha's new film, It's a Wonderful Afterlife.

Australian Aboriginal director Warwick Thornton on his debut film Samson and Delilah.

A tour of the oldest working cinema in the UK, The Electric in Birmingham.

Colin Shindler looks back at a key year in British cinema, 1960, which saw the release of films such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Peeping Tom.

Gurinder Chadha discusses her new film, It's A Wonderful Afterlife.

19/04/201220120422

Francine Stock presents the latest news from the world of film.

19/06/200920090621

Francine Stock talks to Nic Roeg and Quadrophenia director Franc Roddam about opera, cinema and Aria, a portmanteau of short films orchestrated by producer Don Boyd.

Poet Clive Wilmer and Professor Jeffrey Richards cross swords over their favourite Errol Flynn swashbuckler.

Derek Malcolm surveys the career of legendary Polish director Andrzej Wajda.

Francine Stock talks to Nic Roeg and Franc Roddam about opera, cinema and Aria.

19/11/201020101121

Director Anton Corbijn discusses his new film, The American, starring George Clooney.

20/02/200920090222

Francine Stock talks to Sacha Gervasi, the director of Anvil.

20/03/200920090322

Francine Stock talks to Michael Sheen about playing Brian Clough in The Damned United.

20/08/201020100822

Neil Brand traces the roots of the horror movie from the silent era.

2001: A Space Odyssey Special2014112720141130 (R4)

As 2001: A Space Odyssey is re-released in cinemas, Francine Stock presents a special edition on Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece.

'My God, it's Full of Stars' were the last words of Dave Bowman before he journeyed through the Stargate, according to writer Arthur C. Clarke but it's an apt description for this edition of The Film Programme. Francine journeys through time and space to uncover the mysteries of this 1968 classic. Searching for the mind of H.A.L. and lost alien worlds among the delights of the Stanley Kubrick Archive at London's University of the Arts. Joining Francine on her voyage of discovery are 2001 chronicler Piers Bizony, former urbane spaceman Keir Dullea and the woman who built the moon! Other voices include production designer Harry Lange, make-up genius Stuart Freeborn, editor Ray Lovejoy, all now so much stardust, as well as those of lead ape 'Moonwatcher' (Dan Richter) & Stargate deviser Douglas Trumbull. Open the Pod Bay Doors HAL!

Producer

Mark Burman.

2001: A Space Odyssey Special2014112720141130 (R4)

As 2001: A Space Odyssey is re-released in cinemas, Francine Stock presents a special edition on Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece.

'My God, it's Full of Stars' were the last words of Dave Bowman before he journeyed through the Stargate, according to writer Arthur C. Clarke but it's an apt description for this edition of The Film Programme. Francine journeys through time and space to uncover the mysteries of this 1968 classic. Searching for the mind of H.A.L. and lost alien worlds among the delights of the Stanley Kubrick Archive at London's University of the Arts. Joining Francine on her voyage of discovery are 2001 chronicler Piers Bizony, former urbane spaceman Keir Dullea and the woman who built the moon! Other voices include production designer Harry Lange, make-up genius Stuart Freeborn, editor Ray Lovejoy, all now so much stardust, as well as those of lead ape 'Moonwatcher' (Dan Richter) & Stargate deviser Douglas Trumbull. Open the Pod Bay Doors HAL!

Producer

Mark Burman.

2001: A Space Odyssey Special2014112720141130 (R4)

As 2001: A Space Odyssey is re-released in cinemas, Francine Stock presents a special edition on Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece.

'My God, it's Full of Stars' were the last words of Dave Bowman before he journeyed through the Stargate, according to writer Arthur C. Clarke but it's an apt description for this edition of The Film Programme. Francine journeys through time and space to uncover the mysteries of this 1968 classic. Searching for the mind of H.A.L. and lost alien worlds among the delights of the Stanley Kubrick Archive at London's University of the Arts. Joining Francine on her voyage of discovery are 2001 chronicler Piers Bizony, former urbane spaceman Keir Dullea and the woman who built the moon! Other voices include production designer Harry Lange, make-up genius Stuart Freeborn, editor Ray Lovejoy, all now so much stardust, as well as those of lead ape 'Moonwatcher' (Dan Richter) & Stargate deviser Douglas Trumbull. Open the Pod Bay Doors HAL!

Producer

Mark Burman.

2001: A Space Odyssey Special20141127

As 2001: A Space Odyssey is re-released in cinemas, Francine Stock presents a special edition on Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece.

'My God, it's Full of Stars' were the last words of Dave Bowman before he journeyed through the Stargate, according to writer Arthur C. Clarke but it's an apt description for this edition of The Film Programme. Francine journeys through time and space to uncover broadcast treasures, goes in search of HAL and loses herself in the delights of the Stanley Kubrick Archive in London's University of the Arts in the company of 2001 chronicler Piers Bizony. Joining Francine on her voyage of discovery are the voices of production designer Harry Lange, make-up genius Stuart Freeborn, editor Ray Lovejoy, all now so much stardust, as well as those urbane spacemen Keir Dullea & Gary Lockwood, Moonwatcher Dan Richter & Stargate designer Douglas Trumbull. Open the Pod Bay Doors HAL!

Producer

Mark Burman.

21/08/200920090823

Pedro Almodovar explains why he remade Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown as part of his new film, Broken Embraces.

The outlandish comedy was Pedro's breakthrough hit in the 1980s and the director describes the profound effects of turning the clock back 20 years.

97-year-old cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky looks back at a career that took him from mining documentaries to Get Carter.

Mark Gatiss buffs up another neglected gem of British cinema.

Critic Jane Graham struts her stuff on the subject of dance in the movies.

Pedro Almodovar explains why he remade Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown.

22/03/201220120325

Francine Stock meets with Jennifer Lawrence to discuss her lead role in The Hunger Games.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne discuss their new film, Kid on a Bike.

Director Andrew Haigh on his indie breakthrough hit, Weekend, about an intimate relationship between two men in Nottingham.

Actor Brian Cox does his best impression of Orson Welles and explains why he'll be performing the entire script of 'the greatest film never made', Welles's adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

Producer: Craig Smith.

Jennifer Lawrence on The Hunger Games, plus Brian Cox on Orson Welles

22/05/200920090524

Willem Dafoe talks about Antichrist, which was booed at its premiere at Cannes.

Francine Stock quizzes Rosamund Pike about her role in the adaptation of Ann Michael's novel Fugitive Pieces.

Get Carter director Mike Hodges waxes lyrical about Lola Montes, Max Ophuls' epic that was savagely cut on release in 1955 and has only just been restored to its former glory.

Francine Stock quizzes Rosamund Pike about her role in Fugitive Pieces.

22/07/201120110724

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

22/10/201020101024

Screenwriting secrets and tales of ordinary madness in Possession.

22/12/201120111225

December is a time for looking forward as well as a time for looking back and this week Francine Stock is doing a bit of both. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a glimpse of our immediate celluloid future opening as it does on Boxing Day so Francine has been talking to one of the film's stars, Daniel Craig. Stieg Larsson's story was, he says, a nice change from Bond and it gave him the chance to work with one of his heroes, the director, David Fincher.

Shift focus slightly and we find ourselves gazing deep into 2012. Charles Gant of Heat magazine and the independent cinema owner, Kevin Markwick discuss the films we'll be queuing up to see next year as well as the ones that have tickled our fancy over the past twelve months.

Then there are the cinematic moments which have made an indelible mark on the imagination of our listeners in 2011 -- everything from Melancholia to Troll Hunter! The programme finishes with a tribute to one of the great originals of British cinema, Ken Russell, who died last month at the age of 84.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Daniel Craig talks to Francine Stock about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

23/07/201020100725

The League Of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss presents the first of his favourite character actors, Ernest Thesiger, the mad scientist in The Bride Of Frankenstein

Matthew Sweet talks to one of the unsung heroines of British cinema - Angela Allen, the script supervisor who spent 30 years by the side of John Huston.

She recounts tales of dysentery and whisky drinking on the jungle set of The African Queen, of problems with Marilyn Monroe on her last movie, The Misfits, and Montgomery Clift's troubles with the bottle on Freud.

The star of The Thorn Birds television series, Rachel Ward, tells Matthew why she quit acting and Britain to become a film director in Australia

The child star of Sammy Going South, Fergus McClelland, reveals the reasons why many believed the film was jinxed.

The League Of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss presents the first of his favourite character actors

24/07/200920090726

Sylvia Syms discusses her adventures in motion pictures.

League Of Gentlemen member, writer and actor Mark Gatiss presents his alternative guide to British cinema.

Jane Graham on the the thin line between love and hate in modern romantic comedies.

Sylvia Syms: from Ice Cold In Alex to The Queen.

Mark Gatiss's guide to British cinema.

24/11/201120111127

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

25 Years Of Bbc Films2015040920150412 (R4)

Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, looks back at its 25-year history.

With Francine Stock.

The head of BBC Films, Christine Langan, looks back at the highs and lows of its 25 year history.

25/02/201120110227

The awards season reaches its grand finale this Sunday with the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and Francine Stock is here with an indispensable guide to this year's crop of films hoping for Oscar glory.

With contributions from, amongst others, Darren Aronofsky, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter and Mike Leigh.

Film critic Adam Smith will explain why he won't be glued to the television late in to Sunday night.

Australian director David Michod discusses his accomplished first feature Animal Kingdom, a family crime drama set in Melbourne, and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance film festival last year.

Producer: Craig Smith.

Ahead of Sunday's glittering ceremony, Francine Stock talks to a range of Oscar nominees.

25/03/2011

26/03/201020100328

Lewis Gilbert looks back over six decades in the film business, from directing classics such as Reach For The Sky and Alfie to three of the biggest Bond films ever: You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.

Director Roger Michell dissects Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun, an anti-war film from 1971.

Writer Tom McCarthy discusses Alfred Hitchcock's preoccupation with doubles, particularly the director's own portly image often seen as cameos in his movies.

Lewis Gilbert on directing Reach For The Sky, Alfie and three of the biggest Bond films.

26/06/200920090628

Francine Stock dips into The Pool Of London and talks to its star, 91-year-old actor Earl Cameron.

The dockland crime drama was one of the first films to tackle the subject of interracial relationships, and Earl discusses the prejudice he faced during the war.

Iain Sinclair and Matthew Sweet chart the history of the postwar crime movie, with help from another star of The Pool Of London, Leslie Phillips.

Francine Stock dips into The Pool of London and talks to 91-year-old actor Earl Cameron.

27/02/200920090301

Francine Stock talks to Clive Owen, the star of The International, a thriller set in the world of banking and money laundering.

Francine Stock talks to Clive Owen, the star of The International.

27/03/200920090329

Francine Stock talks to Colin Firth about his new film, Genova.

28/08/200920090830

Matthew Sweet talks to Peter Capaldi about In The Loop, which is being released on DVD.

28/10/201120111030

With Francine Stock.

29/01/201020100131

Director Lee Daniels discusses his award-winning drama about a 400-pound African-American girl, Precious.

He also reveals why Mariah Carey ended up in a role intended for Dame Helen Mirren and the support he was offered by Oprah Winfrey.

Havana Marking goes behind the scenes of the Afghan version of Pop Idol and reveals why one of the contestants received death threats and has gone into hiding.

Film-maker and critic Mark Cousins waxes lyrical about Ozu.

Neil Brand tells us the score about the work of composer Ron Goodwin.

Director Lee Daniels on Precious, Oprah Winfrey and Mariah Carey.

29/03/201220120401

In an extended interview, Francine Stock meets with Hugh Grant to talk about his new role as the voice of an incompetent buccaneer in the Aardman Animations 3-D stop-motion film, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. He also discusses his role in The Leveson Inquiry, and why he thinks the films of Jean Luc-Godard are pretentious nonsense.

Also on the programme, a profile of Jafar Panahi, one of Iran's most famous directors, whose latest work, This Is Not A Film, is an attempt to make a film under house arrest. We also investigate the routes around the censors taken by earlier filmmakers in other countries.

Hugh Grant on his new role, and why the films of Jean-Luc Godard are pretentious nonsense.

29/05/200920090531

Francine Stock takes a look back at the 1960s with a man who gave us some of its defining images - director Richard Lester.

He made the Beatles' films Help and Hard Day's Night and the quintessential 60s sex comedy The Knack.

But by the end of the decade, it was all very different.

And two of Lester's films - Petulia and The Bed Sitting Room - dared to say that.

Now, after years of neglect, those films are available again.

Lester revisits the 60s as they lost their swing.

Francine Stock talks to film director Richard Lester about his career.

29/07/201120110731

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

29/12/201120120101

Francine Stock and guests explore the enduring appeal of silent film.

30/04/201020100502

Francine Stock talks to actor Eddie Marsan about working with Mike Leigh and Martin Scorsese, and about his new thriller, The Disappearance Of Alice Creed

Terence Stamp reveals why being sacked by one legendary Italian director helped him get a job with another.

Three community cinemas around the country offer advice on how to start your own film society.

Orson Welles and a false nose are the stars of Jane Eyre, which is released for the first time on DVD.

Jane Graham reviews this 1944 production.

Francine Stock talks to actors Eddie Marsan and Terence Stamp.

30/07/201020100801

Oliver Stone talks to Matthew Sweet about his controversial new documentary South Of The Border.

The film, which contains a lengthy interview with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, has been accused of ducking the issue of human rights in the South American country.

Stone mounts a stout defence of his work.

League Of Gentlemen star and the co-creator of BBC's Sherlock Holmes series, Mark Gatiss, salutes another great British character actor, Martita Hunt, aka the chilling Miss Havisham in David Lean's Great Expectations.

Neil Brand traces the origins of kitchen sink realism to 1920s Germany and the silent classic People On Sunday, co-written by Billy Wilder

Matthew meets two unsung heroines of the British cinema, Margaret Matheson and Ann Scott, who have blazed a trail as film producers since the early 80s.

Oliver Stone talks to Matthew Sweet about his controversial new documentary.

31/07/200920090802

The star of La Haine, Vincent Cassell, discusses the life and death of Jacques Mesrine, France's Public Enemy Number One, the subject of his new movie.

David Warner, the star of Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment, reveals how Sam Peckinpah saved his career.

Mark Gatiss from The League Of Gentlemen continues his alternative guide to British cinema.

Jane Graham offers tips for movie mobsters on how to dress for a heist.

Vincent Cassell on France's Public Enemy Number 1.

David Warner: Peckinpah saved my career

31/12/201020110102

Francine Stock talks to Oscar winning scribe Simon Beaufoy about 127 Hours.

A Festive Edition With The Best Films Of The Year20151224

Francine Stock presents a festive edition with the best films of the year.

Actor Mark Wahlberg On Cop Thriller Broken City, Plus Richard Gere On Arbitrage2013022820130303

Francine Stock talks to Mark Wahlberg about his latest role as an ex-cop in the thriller Broken City which also stars Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Richard Gere discusses charm and corruption which both feature heavily in Arbitrage, a film about high finance, greed and adultery. Neil Bennett from Digital Arts magazine explains why there's a crisis in the visual effects industry despite films like Life of Pi, which rely on such skills, topping the Oscars list.There's discussion of the Italian film Caesar Must Die, with Shakespeare's Julius Caesar played by real-life prisoners. And Alison Abbate, producer of Frankenweenie, on her passion for stop-motion animation. Producer: Elaine Lester.

Adam Mckay On The Big Short20160121

With Francine Stock

Anchorman writer/director Adam McKay on The Big Short, a tragi-comedy about the financial crisis that hit the global markets in the mid 2000s.

Alejandro Inarritu On The Revenant2016011420160117 (R4)

With Francine Stock

The Oscar winning director of Birdman, Alejandro Inarritu discusses his western The Revenant, which tested his actors, including Leonardo Di Caprio, to their limits and was reportedly described as a living hell by members of the crew.

Director Lenny Abrahamson describes just how he made Room, a movie mainly set in a 11 x 11 foot cell.

Critic Catherine Bray assesses the runners and riders in this year's Oscars race.

The Oscar winning director of Birdman, Alejandro Inarritu discusses his western The Revenant, which tested his actors, including Leonardo Di Caprio, to their limits.

Alex Garland On Ex Machina, Liz Fraser On I'm All Right Jack, Jc Chandor On A Most Violent Year20150122

With Francine Stock.

Novelist Alex Garland discusses his directorial debut Ex Machina and tells Francine why he thinks Professor Stephen Hawking is wrong to worry that the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.

Liz Fraser is known as one of the Carry On girls, even though she only appeared in four of the series. As her film debut, I'm All Right Jack, is released on DVD, she spills the beans on stereotyping, Peter Sellers, and the unions.

Director J.C. Chandor reveals why he set his crime drama A Most Violent Year in 1981, statistically the most violent 12 months in the history of New York city.

Alex Garland On Ex Machina; Jc Chandor On A Most Violent Year20150122

With Francine Stock.

Novelist Alex Garland discusses his directorial debut Ex Machina about artificial intelligence.

Director J.C. Chandor on his crime drama A Most Violent Year.

Angelina Jolie, Danny Elfman, Kevin Macdonald, Kon-tiki2014121820141221 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

Angelina Jolie reveals why she's planning to give up acting to concentrate on directing, and describes the moment she discovered that her neighbour Louis Zamperini was an Olympic athlete and ex-prisoner of war, and what it was like showing him her film about his life, Unbroken, just before he died.

Actor Pal Sverre Hagen, known as Norwegian's Ryan Gosling, reveals what it was like to recreate Thor Heyerdahl's epic voyage across the Pacific for the film Kon-Tiki, while Thor Heyerdahl Jr reveals what he thinks is wrong with the account of his father's famous adventure.

Composer Danny Elfman and director Kevin Macdonald share their memories of their first visit to the cinema.

Anna Karina on her life and work with Godard20160128

Anna Karina On Her Life And Work With Godard2016012820160131 (R4)

Presented by Francine Stock. Anna Karina discusses her life and work with Jean-Luc Godard.

Anna Karina on her life and work with Godard20160128

Anna Karina on her life and work with Godard20160128

With Francine Stock.

Anna Karina talks about her life and work with Jean-Luc Godard - why he asked her to take her clothes off in their first meeting and how he would disappear for weeks after apparently popping out to the shop around the corner.

Stanley Tucci discusses his role in Spotlight, an Oscar nominated drama about the expose of a cover-up by the Catholic Church in Boston, and why he decided not to meet the man he was playing.

Sound designer Eugene Gearty explains how he got inside the head of Brian Wilson for the Beach Boys bio-pic Love & Mercy.

Anna Karina on her life and work with Godard20160128

With Francine Stock.

Anna Karina talks about her life and work with Jean-Luc Godard - why he asked her to take her clothes off in their first meeting and how he would disappear for weeks after apparently popping out to the shop around the corner.

Stanley Tucci discusses his role in Spotlight, an Oscar nominated drama about the expose of a cover-up by the Catholic Church in Boston, and why he decided not to meet the man he was playing.

Sound designer Eugene Gearty explains how he got inside the head of Brian Wilson for the Beach Boys bio-pic Love & Mercy.

Anomalisa, The Witch, Women in Love20160310

Anomalisa, The Witch, Women in Love2016031020160313 (R4)

With Antonia Quirke.

Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson discuss their stop-motion comedy Anomalisa, how they made a love scene with puppets and why it took 6 months.

Cinematographer Billy Williams recalls the tensions behind the scenes of the notorious naked wrestling bout between Oliver Reed and Alan Bates in Women In Love.

Director Robert Eggers reveals the difficulties of working with a goat on his supernatural horror The Witch, and why ravens are better actors.

Ava Duvernay On Selma; Eddie Marsan On Still Life; S&m In The Cinema20150205

With Francine Stock.

Selma recounts the life of Martin Luther King for the first time on the big screen. Its director Ava DuVernay tells Francine what she thinks of the controversy in the United States about the film's portrayal of President Lyndon B Johnson, which some critics say is unfair and unbalanced.

Actor Eddie Marsan talks about the research he undertook for Still Life, in which he plays a funeral officer who has to track down the relatives of people who have died alone. And he reveals why he's refused every offer to play an East End gangster.

February is the month of S + M in the cinema, with 50 Shades Of Grey and The Duke Of Burgundy being released within weeks of each other. The Film Programme takes a strict look at the subject with director Peter Strickland.

Back To The Future, Amy, Audrey Hepburn20150702

With Francine Stock.

Back To The Future composer Alan Silvestri reveals why he's added 15 minutes of music to the original score for a new screening of Back To The Future.

The producer and editor of Amy, James Gay-Rees and Chris King, discuss the skill and ethics of editing a documentary about the life of singer Amy Winehouse, and respond to criticism about the film from her father Mitch.

Antonia Quirke visits the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition about Audrey Hepburn to see if it has changed her mind about an actress that she's always considered over-rated.

The job of Colourist is relatively new but increasingly important in the film industry, and Adam Glasman explains the tricks of his trade.

Bafta Results; Spike Jonze On Her; Grant Heslov On The Monuments Men20140216

Francine Stock brings the winners, losers and surprises of this year's BAFTA ceremony.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

Bastille Day, Flatpack Film Festival2016042120160424 (R4)

Francine Stock visits the Flatpack Festival in Birmingham and tries out Blind Cinema.

Bastille Day, Flatpack Film Festival20160421

Francine Stock visits the Flatpack Festival in Birmingham and tries out Blind Cinema, where she is blindfolded as a small child whispers in her ear, describing the action on the screen.

The director of the record-breaking Woman In Black, James Watkins explains why the release of his new film, Bastille Day, a violent thriller set in Paris, was delayed after the terrorist attacks in the French capital.

Bastille Day, Flatpack Film Festival20160421

Before Midnight; World War Z; Like Someone In Love; The Sea2013062020130623

Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and the director Richard Linklater reunite after almost a decade for Before Midnight, the third part of the Jessie and Celine story. In Before Sunrise, they meet on a train and spend all night together exploring Vienna. In Before Sunset, they meet again in Paris and wonder if they can re kindle their initial spark. Before Midnight explores their relationship as they hit their 40s. They talk to Francine Stock about their extraordinary collaboration.

As Brad Pitt's troubled project World War Z finally hits the big screen, the film critic Nigel Floyd assesses whether it can escape its torturous genesis to make a decent zombie-style film about a world-wide epidemic. Or has Pitt's production company over-reached itself?

Renowned Iranian film maker Abbas Kiarostami is back with another 'international' film, set this time in Japan. Like Someone in Love explores the life of a young university student who goes on paid dates while fending off a jealous fiance. Fari Bradley discusses its take on sex and morality.

And director Stephen Brown on how he persuaded the writer John Banville to give him the rights of the Booker Prize winning book The Sea.

Ben Affleck Is Batman20160324

With Antonia Quirke

Ben Affleck discusses the parallels between Bruce Wayne and Donald Trump in his super-hero movie Batman V Superman.

Antonia visits one of the few remaining video shops in this country, 20th Century Flicks in Bristol, which has an eleven seater cinema where you can watch one of their 19,000 films.

Alan Clarke, the controversial director of Scum, The Firm and Rita, Sue and Bob Too, is remembered by writer David Leland and actor Phil Davis who explains why he is a cult hero of British cinema and television.

Director Pablo Larrain discusses his award-winning drama The Club about a safe-house for disgraced priests, where neighbours are unaware of their crimes, until one of their victims turns up.

Ben Wheatley On A Field In England; Mark Gatiss On Tv Classics On The Big Screen2013070420130707

Sightseers director Ben Wheatley talks to Matthew Sweet about new film A Field in England.

Sightseers director Ben Wheatley talks to Matthew Sweet about his new civil war film, A Field in England which is the first UK film to be available in the cinema, on DVD and Blu Ray, on television and download simultaneously.

The writer Mark Gatiss discusses the big screen films spawned by classic TV shows from the 1960s and 70s.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

Bennett Miller On Foxcatcher2015010820150111 (R4)

Director Bennett Miller on Foxcatcher.

With Francine Stock.

Director Bennett Miller reveals the reasons he cast Steve Carrell as a multi-millionaire who sponsored an American Olympic wrestling team with tragic consequences.

Best Films Of The Year, Danny Elfman On Tim Burton, Et, Nick Hornby, The Curse Of The British Museum2014121120141214 (R4)

With Francine Stock

Composer Danny Elfman talks about his long collaboration with director Tim Burton that's included Batman and Alice In Wonderland.

Nick Hornby recites all of the lyrics to the ABC's Minors Song, the theme tune to a kids club that showed cartoons and the work of the Children's Film Foundation.

Sound designer Ben Burtt reveals just how many elements went into the making of E.T.'s voice, including a few animals, a professor, and his wife snoring in bed.

Three Film Programme experts buy each other the perfect Christmas present - a DVD of what they consider the best film of the year: Under The Skin, The Grand Budapest Hotel and 20,000 Days On Earth

The Night At The Museum trilogy, about an Egyptian curse that brings relics to life, concludes in the British museum. It's an appropriate location, because the British Museum is itself the subject of an ancient Egyptian curse, as Professor Roger Luckhurst explains.

Brief Encounter20151029

Brief Encounter2015102920151101 (R4)

Francine Stock discusses Brief Encounter.

Brief Encounter20151029

Brief Encounter20151029

To mark the 70th anniversary of Brief Encounter, Francine Stock asks why it still makes grown men and women weep despite the restrained passions, clipped accents and various parodies. She enlists the help of fans Moira Buffini, Matthew Sweet, Thomas Dixon, Neil Brand and Antonia Quirke.

Brief Encounter20151029

To mark the 70th anniversary of Brief Encounter, Francine Stock asks why it still makes grown men and women weep despite the restrained passions, clipped accents and various parodies. She enlists the help of fans Moira Buffini, Matthew Sweet, Thomas Dixon, Neil Brand and Antonia Quirke.

Can Bio-pics Be Honest?2013042520130428

Steve Coogan's discusses his latest role as the Soho entrepreneur, Paul Raymond, in The Look of Love, directed by Michael Winterbottom. He tells Francine Stock why he's attracted to characters who prove initially hard to like.

Bernie, directed by Richard Linklater, is also based on a real person and tells the story of a Texan man accused of murdering an elderly woman. Using documentary-style interviews within the feature film, it's a sympathetic portrayal by Jack Black. He explains why he was attracted to the role and his nervousness about the reaction of the real Bernie, currently serving his sentence in prison.

So how can biopics be both honest and innovative about their subjects? Film critic Hannah McGill discusses those that work and those that fail to engage.

And the actor Terence Stamp looks back at this career from Billy Budd to The Collector, Theorem and The Limey as the British Film Institute opens a retrospective on his work next week.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

The latest news from the world of film.

Cannes Festival Hits And Misses; Director Clio Barnard; Stephen Frears On Ali2013052320130526

Francine Stock on Cannes Film Festival plus directors Stephen Frears and Clio Barnard.

Francine Stock on the hits, misses and surprises of the Cannes Film Festival with Geoff Andrew of the BFI and Robbie Collin, film critic at the Daily Telegraph. Plus the British hope at Cannes, director Clio Barnard on her film The Selfish Giant, a contemporary urban fable following two young boys who collect scrap on a horse and cart. And Stephen Frears discusses his latest project Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight which is also screening in Cannes and charts the boxer's battle against conscription. Plus Olivier Assayas on nostalgia and radical politics in Something In The Air, set in France in the early 1970s.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

Cannes Festival; The Great Gatsby Premiere; Jay Bulger On Beware Of Mr Baker; Neil Brand On Spy Theme Music2013051620130519

Francine Stock on the latest from the Cannes Film Festival, including The Great Gatsby premiere with critics Catherine Bray and Jonathan Romney. Baz Luhrmann's latest spectacular has attracted mixed reviews in the US where it's just been released - so how did it go down with the Cannes crowd?

Beware of Mr Baker is an usually revealing music documentary on the life and career of the tempestuous Cream drummer Ginger Baker. The director Jay Bulger describes the lies he had to tell to get Ginger to talk to him and why the drummer broke his nose with a walking stick.

And the composer Neil Brand guides us through spy films from The 39 Steps to the Ipcress Files and JFK and explains how their scores give a clue to the secrets of their plots.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

The latest news from the world of film.

Cate Blanchett On Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine; Michael Roemer On Nothing But A Man; Denis Villeneuve On Prisoners2013092620130929

The latest news from the world of film.

Chappie, Short films, Final films, Neil Brand on Morricone20150305

Chappie, Short Films, Final Films, Neil Brand On Morricone2015030520150308 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

Neill Blomkamp, the creator of science fiction satire Chappie, tell us why we should learn to stop worrying and love Artificial Intelligence.

Neil Brand reveals why the spaghetti western would not have been the same without Ennio Morricone's memorable scores.

BAFTA winner Daisy Jacobs discusses her short film The Bigger Picture which combines animation, stop-motion, papier mache pigs and her mum's kitchen table.

As Life Of Riley, the final film from auteur Alain Resnais, is released in cinemas, critic Jonathan Romney considers the last works of other great directors.

Chiwetel Ejiofor; Frank Cottrel Boyce; Ken Loach; What Makes A Film British?2014010920140112

Francine Stock talks to Chiwetel Ejiofor about 12 Years a Slave.

Francine Stock talks to British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor about his latest role as a kidnapped free man who ends up working on a plantation in 12 Years a Slave. Directed by Steve McQueen, whose previous work includes Hunger and Shame, the film has received seven Golden Globe nominations, the most of any film this year.

Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce discusses his latest work The Railway Man, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Based on the memoir of Eric Lomx, it tells the tale of a man who survived building the railway in Burma as a prisoner of war during the Second World War and years later, sets out to find his torturer.

Chiwetel Ejiofor; Frank Cottrell Boyce; Ken Loach; What makes a film British?20140109

Danny Boyle Special; New Film Trance Plus A Reflection On His Career To Date2013032820130331

Danny Boyle looks back on his career to date and talks about his new film Trance.

Francine Stock talks to Oscar winning film director Danny Boyle about a lifetime spent making films, including his latest "Trance", a noirish art heist starring James Mcavoy and Rosario Dawson, in which a fine art auctioneer (McAvoy) joins forces with a hypnotherapist (Dawson) to recover a lost painting. It's a psychological crime drama, a glossier 21 st century take on a theme he's visited before in his work - a trio of characters locked in a hell of their own making. In this free ranging interview Boyle discusses films from Shallow Grave to Oscar winning box office hit Slumdog Millionaire to the triumph of his staging of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.Danny Boyle talks about his respect for actors and the ancient art of performance, acknowledging that the director's role is a relatively recent innovation. He also discusses the important role of sound in the evolution of cinema, how making movies for a 20 million dollar budget gives him directorial freedom and why he still has faith in the power of the big screen to attract audiences despite the vast changes heralded by the digital revolution.Danny Boyle's films include Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Millions, The Beach, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours.Producer: Hilary Dunn.

The latest news from the world of film.

Darren Aronofsky On Noah; Mark Cousins On Children And Film2014040320140406

Francine Stock talks to director Darren Aronofsky about his new film Noah.

Francine Stock talks to director Darren Aronofsky on his new film Noah. Plus Mark Cousins on A Story of Children and Film.

David Fincher on Gone Girl; Clint Mansell; George Szirtes; London Film Festival2014100220141005 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

Director David Fincher reveals how he adapted the best-selling thriller Gone Girl for the big screen and why he's not worried that seven million readers already know the plot's infamous twist.

Lux Aeterna composer Clint Mansell discusses the pleasure and pain of writing for Hollywood and what he really thinks about having his music replaced by somebody else's score.

Poet George Szirtes reviews the poetic realism of Le Jour Se Leve, written by Jacques Prevert and considered one of the masterpieces that inspired 40s film noir, with its heady mix of romanticism, cynicism and fatalism.

With 248 films in 12 days, the choice of movies in The London Film Festival may seem slightly daunting, so its director Clare Stewart offers her pick for the Radio 4 audience.

Dear White People20150709

With Francine Stock.

Director Justin Simien discusses his controversial comedy Dear White People.

Dear White People, Training animal actors, I was Julie Christie's double20150709

Dear White People, Training Animal Actors, I Was Julie Christie's Double2015070920150712 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

Director Justin Simien discusses his controversial comedy Dear White People and Priscilla Igwe of the New Black Film Collective discusses the difficulties of releasing the film in this country.

The Film Programme visits Amazing Animals, who train animals and insects, from wolves to flies, for the movies.

Listener Jan Johnson reveals how she was promoted from cabbage seller to Julie Christie's double on the set of Far From The Madding Crowd, and why it changed her life.

Corrina Antrobus of The Bechdel Test Fest picks her three DVDs of the month.

Dear White People, Training animal actors, I was Julie Christie's double20150709

Dear White People, Training animal actors, I was Julie Christie's double20150709

With Francine Stock.

Director Justin Simien discusses his controversial comedy Dear White People and Priscilla Igwe of the New Black Film Collective discusses the difficulties of releasing the film in this country.

The Film Programme visits Amazing Animals, who train animals and insects, from wolves to flies, for the movies.

Listener Jan Johnson reveals how she was promoted from cabbage seller to Julie Christie's double on the set of Far From The Madding Crowd, and why it changed her life.

Corrina Antrobus of The Bechdel Test Fest picks her three DVDs of the month.

Dear White People, Training animal actors, I was Julie Christie's double20150709

With Francine Stock.

Director Justin Simien discusses his controversial comedy Dear White People and Priscilla Igwe of the New Black Film Collective discusses the difficulties of releasing the film in this country.

The Film Programme visits Amazing Animals, who train animals and insects, from wolves to flies, for the movies.

Listener Jan Johnson reveals how she was promoted from cabbage seller to Julie Christie's double on the set of Far From The Madding Crowd, and why it changed her life.

Corrina Antrobus of The Bechdel Test Fest picks her three DVDs of the month.

Diana; Tony Gilroy And Hossein Amini; Metro Manila; Trevor Howard2013091920130922

Oliver Hirschbiegel on Diana; Hossein Amini on screenwriting; Sean Ellis on Metro Manila.

Francine Stock talks to Downfall director Oliver Birschbiegel about his controversial new film Diana, which dramatises the last two years of Princess Diana's life including her relationship with a heart surgeon. Naomi Watts takes the title role.

Tony Gilroy who penned the Bourne films and Hossein Amini, whose credits include The Wings of the Dove and Jude, discuss the art of screenwriting and adaptations, as BAFTA and the BFI open their Screenwriters lecture series.

The director Sean Ellis discusses his new thriller Metro Manila, set in the Philippines, which follows a rural family on their increasingly fraught journey to survive in the city. His film, inspired by a holiday in Manila where he witnessed an argument between two armed guards, has now been picked up to be remade around the world.

And film historian Melanie Williams marks the centenary of Trevor Howard's birth with a look back at his career including lesser known works like Outcast of the Islands from 1953 as well as classics such as Brief Encounter.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

Director Scott Cooper; Alex Gibney; Lift to the Scaffold; British indie films abroad20140130

Director Scott Cooper; Alex Gibney; Lift To The Scaffold; British Indie Films Abroad2014013020140202

Movie news with Francine Stock. Alex Gibney discusses his Lance Armstrong documentary.

Movie news with Francine Stock. Alex Gibney discusses his Lance Armstrong documentary; Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper; Lift to the Scaffold; British indie films abroad.

Eddie Redmayne2016010720160110 (R4)

Presented by Francine Stock. Eddie Redmayne discusses The Danish Girl.

With Francine Stock.

Eddie Redmayne reveals the research he undertook for The Danish Girl, a new drama about transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, and what he observed about women's body language.

Celia Johnson's daughter Lucy Fleming talks about her coda to Brief Encounter, written exclusively for The Film Programme.

Borgen writer Tobias Lindholm discusses A War, his new thriller about Danish troops serving in Afghanistan, and why that conflict has defined his generation in Denmark.

Embrace Of The Serpent; I Am Belfast20160609

Embrace Of The Serpent; I Am Belfast2016060920160612 (R4)

Film-maker Mark Cousins and composer David Holmes discuss their documentary I Am Belfast.

Embrace Of The Serpent; I Am Belfast20160609

Embrace Of The Serpent; I Am Belfast20160609

With Francine Stock.

Film-maker Mark Cousins and composer David Holmes discuss their documentary I Am Belfast and reveal why they rarely went to the cinema at the height of The Troubles.

How virtual reality puts us in the shoes of someone with epilepsy, a migrant living in the so-called Calais Jungle, and an Irishman caught up in the Easter Rising in 1916. These are three of the films nominated for the first VR awards at this week's Sheffield Documentary Festival.

The Amazon makes up almost half of Columbia and yet very much is known about the jungle in the rest of the country. Film-maker Ciro Guerra has tried to put that right with his drama Embrace Of The Serpent, and he tells Francine how he taught indigenous people to act and why his leading man is one of the last people in the world to speak his particular language.

Embrace Of The Serpent; I Am Belfast20160609

With Francine Stock.

Film-maker Mark Cousins and composer David Holmes discuss their documentary I Am Belfast and reveal why they rarely went to the cinema at the height of The Troubles.

How virtual reality puts us in the shoes of someone with epilepsy, a migrant living in the so-called Calais Jungle, and an Irishman caught up in the Easter Rising in 1916. These are three of the films nominated for the first VR awards at this week's Sheffield Documentary Festival.

The Amazon makes up almost half of Columbia and yet very much is known about the jungle in the rest of the country. Film-maker Ciro Guerra has tried to put that right with his drama Embrace Of The Serpent, and he tells Francine how he taught indigenous people to act and why his leading man is one of the last people in the world to speak his particular language.

Emma Thompson; Leviathan; Carrie2013112820131201

Francine Stock talks to Emma Thompson about Saving Mr Banks, a tale of making Mary Poppins

Francine Stock talks to Emma Thompson about Saving Mr Banks, in which she plays the author PL Travers in this story of how Disney won the rights to make the film Mary Poppins.

And a look at Stephen King horror tale and iconic film Carrie, originally directed by Brian de Palma in 1976 and now re-made by Kimberly Peirce and starring Chloe Grace Moretz.

Plus documentary makers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel on Leviathan an unconventional portrait of deep sea fishing in the North Atlantic.

Far from the Madding Crowd20150430

Far From The Madding Crowd2015043020150503 (R4)

Thomas Vinterberg discusses his latest adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd.

Far from the Madding Crowd20150430

Far from the Madding Crowd20150430

With Francine Stock

Festen director Thomas Vinterberg discusses his latest adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd.

Far from the Madding Crowd20150430

With Francine Stock

Festen director Thomas Vinterberg discusses his latest adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd.

Fifteen Seconds of Fame20150820

Fifteen Seconds of Fame2015082020150823 (R4)

Antonia Quirke hears from listeners who found 15 seconds of fame in the movies, like John Chapman whose hair can be seen in two scenes in Star Wars. Hanja Kochansky rubbed shoulders with Richard Burton in Cleopatra, while Diane Poole was picked from her school playground to take the plum part of Hayley Mills' sister in Whistle Down The Wind. Antonia visits Downham village to meet Diane and her best friend Pam Dyson, who played Pam in the movie. There's the tale of the badly behaved extra and the resident of Notting Hill who was greeted one morning by the sight of Rhys Ifans in his grey underpants on his neighbour's doorstep.

Fifteen Seconds of Fame2015082020150823 (R4)

Antonia Quirke hears from listeners who found 15 seconds of fame in the movies, like John Chapman whose hair can be seen in two scenes in Star Wars. Hanja Kochansky rubbed shoulders with Richard Burton in Cleopatra, while Diane Poole was picked from her school playground to take the plum part of Hayley Mills' sister in Whistle Down The Wind. Antonia visits Downham village to meet Diane and her best friend Pam Dyson, who played Pam in the movie. There's the tale of the badly behaved extra and the resident of Notting Hill who was greeted one morning by the sight of Rhys Ifans in his grey underpants on his neighbour's doorstep.

Film Festivals, Lotte Reiniger, Dvd Recommendations2013081520130818

With the autumn film festival circuit about to get underway, Robbie Collin talks to Notting Hill director Roger Michell about who really benefits from the peripatetic circus. And why this director said 'non' to Cannes. And the critic Jason Solomons gives the reviewer's perspective of the scene, from the thrill of the first glimpse of a masterpiece to fisticuffs at dawn.

Marina Warner and Nick Bradshaw explore the work of the influential German animator Lotte Reiniger as The Adventures of Prince Achmed, once thought destroyed in World War II, is restored and released. The 1920s groundbreaking shadow film, handcut and manipulated, draws on the Arabian Nights for its tale of exotic lands, kidnapped princesses and flying horses.

Terri Hooley the Belfast DJ and record label entrepreneur gives his reaction to Good Vibrations, a film based on his life during the 1970s punk scene. As the man who gave The Undertones their first big break, he reflects on why it was important that this story was told by local screenwriters and cast.

And with summer blockbusters squeezing out more modest releases at the multiplexes, Jason Solomons picks out the best DVD and Blu Ray releases for the films you may have missed on the big screen.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

Film Set Britain20150528

Film Set Britain2015052820150531 (R4)

With Antonia Quirke.

The Film Programme gathers listeners' memories of the day that a film crew rolled into town or took over their street. Antonia Quirke hears from Mr Turner production designer Suzie Davies who transformed a land-locked house in Hertfordshire into the painter's Thames-side residence, by the simple expedient of digging up the garden and filling it with enough water to make it look like a river. And talks to the home's owner, Gloria Thompson, about what it was like to see your manicured lawn dug up.

Antonia also visits Lyme Regis, famously used in The French Lieutenant's Woman and Persuasion, and hears from a shop-keeper who kept the Victorian facade built by an art director twenty years after the crew had left the town. The final stop of the tour is Carnforth Station, the prime location of Brief Encounter, which welcomes thousands of visitors every year to their recreation of the famous refreshment room where Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard first met.

Film Set Britain20150528

With Antonia Quirke.

The Film Programme gathers listeners' memories of the day that a film crew rolled into town or took over their street. Antonia Quirke will hear from Mr Turner production designer Suzie Davies who transformed a land-locked house in Hertfordshire into the painter's Thames-side residence, by the simple expedient of digging up the garden and filling it with enough water to make it look like a river.

Frances Ha; Birth Of A Nation; Porridge; Box Office Trends2013072520130728

Matthew Sweet talks to the writer and star of Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig. Directed by Noam Baumbach it tells the story of a friendship between two women as their lives begin to take different paths.

The Birth of a Nation was released in 1915 and has been controversial ever since, particularly for its depiction of race. It's been described as a recruitment tool for the Ku Klux Klan. As the film is re released, we discuss the influence of the film and how the Klan has been represented on the big screen since.

Analyst Charles Gant and independent cinema owner Kevin Markwick chew over the trends, hits, misses and surprises at the box office so far this year and look ahead to what the rest of 2013 has in store.

And Mark Gatiss is back with the last of his cinema spin offs from 1970s sitcoms. This week it's Porridge.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

Francine Stock Talks To Tim Roth And Steven Soderbergh2013030720130310

The director Steven Soderbergh, who made Oceans Eleven to Thirteen, Traffic and Che talks to Francine Stock about his new film Side Effects, a thriller exploring the apparent effects of taking anti depressants. The actor Tim Roth on Broken, a British film dealing with adolescence and everyday violence, which marks a memorable debut for theatre director Rufus Norris. And with the re-release of The Princess Bride, Frank Cottrell Boyce explains why he thinks it's one of the best screen plays ever written and the columnist Hadley Freeman on why it's not a film just for the girls. Also the Oscar-winning producer Andrew Ruhemann on his big break - the day Steven Spielberg came to call.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

Francine Stock talks to actor Tim Roth and director Steven Soderbergh.

Frank; Miyazaki; Lesbian Cinema2014050820140511

With Francine Stock.

Frank is the story of a singer who never takes off his over-sized papier mache head, on-stage or off. The director Lenny Abrahamson reveals why the film is only partly based on singer Frank Sidebottom, who also wore an over-sized papier mache head and had his own television programme in the 1990s.

Stacie Passon, the director of Concussion, discusses her new drama about a suburban mother who becomes a call girl for other affluent women, and shares her reservations about the celebrated gay film Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

As his last film, The Wind Rises, is released in British cinemas, The Film Programme presents a guide to the world of master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.

The Film Programme finds out how The Creepy Guys got on in the awards ceremony for Sci Fi London's 48 Hour Film Challenge.

Frank, the story of a singer with a papier mache head; a guide to Miyazaki; lesbian cinema

George A Romero; Scottish Sci-fi; James Toback; Ealing Rarities2013110720131110

Francine Stock talks to zombie godfather George A Romero about where horror lurks today.

Forty five years after the release of genre-defining Night of the Living Dead, Francine Stock talks to the director George A Romero about inventing the undead zombie and where he might unearth horror in contemporary society. Plus why he doesn't rate Stanley Kubrick as a horror director.

As Gravity is released on the big screen, with an even bigger budget, we look at the trend for Scottish sci fi in short films with young directors Jamie Stone and Mark Buchanan. They discuss the magic of space and how to do it on a shoe string.

The writer and director James Toback, known for Fingers and Bugsy among others, takes his camera on the trail for the big bucks. With actor and friend Alec Baldwin in tow, they mingle at the Cannes Film Festival, lobbying for the cash to make their proposed film Last Tango in Tikrit. Follow their efforts, often hilarious, in the resulting documentary Seduced and Abandoned. James Toback explains just how flexible you have to be before the financiers show you the money...

And Ealing studio gems, and not the well-known comedies.. Melanie Williams, from the University of East Anglia, on the overlooked films from the famous studios including Young Man's Fancy and The Feminine Touch. They're now available on DVD as part of the Ealing Studios Rarities series.

The latest news from the world of film.

Grant Heslov On The Monuments Men; Spike Jonze On Her20140213

Francine Stock talks to Grant Heslov a producer on the WW2 epic, The Monuments Men. It tells the story of the men who crossed Europe under fire to rescue works of art threatened by destruction and looting by the Nazis. It stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and John Goodman.

The writer and director Spike Jonze whose work includes Where the Wild Things Are and Being John Malkovich discusses his new film Her, a futuristic love story. Joaquin Phoenix plays a gentle, lonely man who falls in love with a computer operating system brought to life by the voice of Scarlett Johansson.

Greta Gerwig, Judd Apatow20150813

With Antonia Quirke

Greta Gerwig, writer and star of Mistress America, talks about her favourite director Mike Leigh, what it's like to write with her romantic partner Noah Baumbach and her life a teenage fencer.

Judd Apatow discusses his bad taste comedy Trainwreck.

Greta Gerwig, Judd Apatow, Open-air screenings20150813

Greta Gerwig, Judd Apatow, Open-air Screenings2015081320150816 (R4)

With Antonia Quirke

Greta Gerwig, writer and star of Mistress America, talks about what it's like to write with her romantic partner Noah Baumbach and her life as a teenage fencer and dancer.

Judd Apatow discusses his bad taste comedy Trainwreck and why Hollywood has a problem with potty-mouthed, sexually unfettered women

As someone whose ideal cinematic experience is watching a movie in an empty auditorium on a Tuesday afternoon, Antonia has never understood the appeal of the outdoor screening. So to find out just what all the fuss is about, she braves an open air showing of Withnail And I with critic Tim Robey.

Harvey Weinstein; Xmas Gifts From The Film World2013121220131215

Francine Stock talks to legendary film producer Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax.

Francine Stock talks to legendary film producer and co founder of Miramax films Harvey Weinstein, about his life in films, including his most recent release Mandela. Plus a pick of the best Christmas gifts from the film world with Catherine Bray and Jason Solomons. And as we enter the "award season" critic Tim Robey discusses the Golden Globe nominations.

Helen Mirren On Hitchcock; Alan Parker On His Bafta Honour2013020720130210

New BAFTA Fellow Alan Parker looks back at his career, plus Helen Mirren on Hitchcock.

The director Sir Alan Parker celebrates becoming a BAFTA Academy Fellow and looks back at his career with Francine Stock. He discusses his most well-known films including Bugsy Malone, The Commitments and Evita and speaks frankly of his concerns for the future of British film. Helen Mirren gives an insight into the little-known influence of Alma Reville, Hitchcock's wife, whom she plays in Hitchcock. The Oscar-nominated production designer Eve Stewart describes how she brought C19th Paris to the big screen in Les Miserables and gives a sneak preview of her latest project - muppet nuptials. And critic Sandra Hebron on some of this week's international releases; the German film Barbara out on DVD and the cinema release of the film No, set in Chile and starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

How I Pitched To Steven Spielberg, And Barbara Broccoli On Life Beyond Bond2015111920151122 (R4)

Matt Charman on pitching to Spielberg, and Barbara Broccoli on life beyond Bond.

With Francine Stock

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli explains why she's just produced a film called Radiator, about a middle-aged man caring for his two elderly parents that was made for less than one percent of the budget of Spectre, and why not all films should be made for teenage boys.

Bridge Of Spies scribe Matt Charman reveals why he took off his clothes to pitch his Cold War spy thriller to Steven Spielberg on the phone.

A rare showing of a 13 hour French movie that was totally improvised, Out 1, is playing soon in a West End cinema. Francine is granted a private screening and reports back from her marathon viewing session - was it all worth it and more importantly, will she ever recover the feeling in her legs ?

And there's an opportunity for listeners to write their own coda to Brief Encounter - what Alec did next.

Idris Elba On Mandela; Films For 2014; Newcastle Film Club2014010220140105

Francine Stock talks to British actor Idris Elba about playing Mandela.

Francine Stock talks to Idris Elba about playing Mandela in a new film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom directed by Justin Chadwick. Elba has recently appeared in Thor: The Dark World, Pacific Rim and BBC TV detective series Luther.

Analyst Charles Gant and independent cinema owner Kevin Markwick look back at the box office highs and lows of 2013 before turning their attention to the most anticipated films of 2014 and the awards season.

And the award-winning film club in Newcastle, County Down in Northern Ireland.

Illustrating Bjork; Gregory Burke On '71; Neil Brand On The Look Of Love.2014100920141012 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

Olivier Award winning playwright Gregory Burke discusses his feature film debut '71, about a young soldier who finds himself lost in Belfast during the height of the Troubles.

Peter Strickland, the acclaimed director of revenge drama Katalin Varga, reveals what happened when Bjork asked him to film a concert on her Biophilia tour, and what it all has to do with crystals, microbes and BBC Inside Science presenter Adam Rutherford.

Pianist Neil Brand demonstrates the seduction techniques of Hollywood composers and reveals why it never pays to be too obvious.

In The House, Point Blank, Compliance2013032120130324

Francine Stock talks to director Francois Ozon about his new film In the House.

On the Film Programme this week Francine Stock talks to the director Craig Zobel about his disturbing new movie, Compliance. Based on real life events in the US, it portrays a prank call from a supposed police officer to a fast food restaurant. HIs instructions lead to violence perpetrated against a young employee. Zobel explains his fascination with people's responses to authority. The French director Francois Ozon, known for 8 Women and Swimming Pool is back with a new comedy, In The House, which portrays a curious relationship between a student and his literature teacher. The film raises questions about when voyeurism spills into active participation and blurs the lines between fact and fiction. There's debate too on whether narrative really matters in film-making with Mexican director Carlos Reygadas who discusses his film Post Tenebras Lux, a film which has split the critics despite a Best Director accolade at Cannes last year. If you don't get it the first time, you should watch it again, he insists. His previous films include Battle in Heaven and Silent Light. We also re-visit Point Blank, a cult crime film starring Lee Marvin and first released in 1967. Director John Boorman describes the making of the film including his wrangles with the studio, who at one point called in a psychiatrist. Boorman is currently the subject of a British Film Institute season which opens on 25 March. Producer Elaine Lester.

Interstellar; The Killing Fields; Sound of Harry Potter2014110620141109 (R4)

Francine Stock hears from director Christopher Nolan about the tension between eco-conservatism and interplanetary pioneer spirit in his new space Blockbuster INTERSTELLAR. There's also the second part of a series featuring the sound effects experts - this time Randy Thom who added more than a little of himself to the spells and wand-craft of the Harry Potter series, and on the 30th anniversary of its release, Lord Puttnam talks about the enduring impact of THE KILLING FIELDS, particularly in Cambodia.

Jacques Audiard20160407

With Francine Stock

Director Jacques Audiard reveals why he cast a former Tamil Tiger to star in his drama Dheepan, which won the prestigious Palme D'Or at last year's Cannes festival.

Composer Neil Brand unravels the mysteries of the score to one of the greatest openings in cinema history, Citizen Kane.

Location scout Philip Lobban explains how a key scene in a recent James Bond film was set in Surrey and Scotland simultaneously, with the help of some digital trickery.

Couple In a Hole director Tom Geens on his debut movie, which took five years to get financed and was abandoned after two days when his lead actor broke his leg, and why this turned out to be a happy accident.

Jacques Audiard2016040720160410 (R4)

Director Jacques Audiard discusses Dheepan, winner of the Cannes 2015 Palme d'Or prize.

Jacques Audiard20160407

James Dean Remembered; Whales In Cinema; Steven Knight On Locke2014041720140420

With Antonia Quirke.

Film and theatre director Sir Richard Eyre reveals how he fell in love with James Dean at first sight.

Steven Knight discusses his new thriller, Locke, which is set entirely in a car driving down the M6.

Philip Hoare, author of the award-winning Leviathan, reflects upon the representation of the whale in cinema, from Free Willy to Moby Dick,via Orca The Killer Whale

Sound editor Richard Hymns talks about the challenges of making a film without any dialogue in All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford as a yachtsman who is marooned at sea.

Presenter: Antonia Quirke

Producer: Stephen Hughes.

Steven Knight discusses his thriller Locke, set entirely in a car driving down the M6.

James Mcavoy On Filth; Kevin Macdonald On How I Live Now; Dexter Fletcher On Sunshine On Leith2013100320131006

James McAvoy talks to Francine Stock about new film Filth, based on Irvine Welsh's novel.

The Film Programme takes on a Scottish theme and looks at how one country can produce such different styles of film.

James McAvoy talks about his latest role in the Edinburgh police corruption tale, Filth, based on Irvine Welsh's novel and reflects on how such a relatively small country should think about and run its film industry.

Dexter Fletcher discusses his musical movie based on songs of The Proclaimers - Sunshine on Leith, which is an adaptation of the stage show pioneered by Dundee Rep.

Meanwhile dark tales of love and loss from a Scottish fishing village in For Those in Peril - director Paul Wright tells Francine Stock how his own grief informed his narrative.

And Scottish director Kevin Macdonald discusses his film How I Live Now, starring Saoirse Ronan and set in England during World War III. His previous films include The Last King of Scotland and Touching The Void.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

The latest news from the world of film.

Jemaine Clement20150416

With Francine Stock.

Flight Of The Conchords' Jemaine Clement on his vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows.

Jeremy Irons On Trashed; New Pierce Brosnan Romcom Love Is All You Need2013041820130421

This week the Film Programme debates whether films can really change the world. Francine Stock talks to Jeremy Irons about his documentary Trashed which looks at global waste and discusses the feature film Promised Land, starring Matt Damon and Frances McDormand, which tackles fracking. She asks Dave Calhoun, Film Editor of Time Out and Oli Harbottle of Dogwoof films if these films with a mission bring in the audiences.

The director Susanne Bier explains why she wanted to reinvent the rom com formula with her new film, Love is All You Need, starring Pierce Brosnan.

And we hear from the actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz about his new film Rebellion, based on real events in New Caledonia in 1988 when French soldiers controversially suppressed an uprising by Kanak separatists. Kassovitz, who made the critically-acclaimed La Haine, explains why Rebellion was a labour of love which caused heated reaction when released in France.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

The latest news from the world of film.

John Lasseter20160218

The Film Programme this week explores the work of American animator and film maker John Lasseter.

Presenter Francine Stock talks to John about his moving making techniques and films including Toy Story, Frozen and his latest release Zootropolis.

John also shares his experiences of working for both Pixar Animations and for Disney.

Presenter: Francine Stock

Producer: Anna Bailey

Editor: Jereome Weatherald.

John Ridley On 12 Years A Slave2014022020140223

Francine Stock talks to John Ridley, the Oscar nominated screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave about the journey from first historic hand account to the big screen also and the portrayal of race in mainstream cinema today. Critic Jonathan Romney critiques the work of director Jim Jarmusch whos latest movie 'Only Lovers Left Alive' hits theatres this week. Award winning production designer Maria Djurkovic and film historian Kim Newman discuss the enduring appeal of the French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Dialect coaches Andrew Jack and Julia Wilson-Dickson let the Film Programme in on the tricks of their trade.

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

John Slattery; How To Train Your Dragon 2; Lilting20140807

With Francine Stock.

John Slattery, aka Roger Sterling in Mad Men, discusses his directorial debut, God's Pocket, one of the last films to star Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died earlier this year.

Lilting director Hong Khaou reveals the personal story behind his new drama about a gay man who tries to form a bond with the mother of his late partner, even though she cannot speak English and suspects that she would not have approved of their relationship.

Neil Brand tells us how to score your dragon and how music captures the experience of flight in the animated blockbuster How To Train Your Dragon 2.

One of the most frustrating experiences about watching a film is trying to find a cinema that shows it - Francine asks one of the most powerful people in the cinema industry, Clare Binns Of Picturehouse Cinemas, why the choice is so limited for so many cinema-goers.

Francine hears from listeners' experiences of being alone in a cinema, including the woman who didn't go to the toilet in case the management shut the film down.

John Waters - The Pope Of Trash20150924

With Francine Stock

The director of Hairspray and Pink Flamingos, John Waters, discusses whether shock value still has any currency.

Jonathan Glazer On Under The Skin20140313

Francine Stock talks to writer and director Jonathan Glazer about Under the Skin, an unsettling sci fi film starring Scarlett Johansson. His previous work includes Birth and Sexy Beast.

Jonathan Glazer On Under The Skin; Spinal Tap 30 Years On; Sxsw Highlights; Rome On Film2014031320140316

Francine Stock talks to writer and director Jonathan Glazer about Under the Skin, an unsettling sci fi film starring Scarlett Johansson. His previous work includes Birth and Sexy Beast. He explores the challenges of seeing the world through alien eyes.

Spinal Tap, the rock mock doc, is 30 years old and Scott Jordan Harris and Sophie Monks Kaufman debate whether it still works for a new generation.

The South By South West Festival, or SXSW, is underway in Austin Texas, covering film, music and interactive. Henry Barnes from The Guardian brings us his highlights from the festival including The Possibilities Are Endless, a documentary about the musician Edwyn Collins and his recovery from a stroke.

And Pasquale Iannone of Edinburgh University takes us on a tour of Rome on film from Fellini to Sorrentino.

Jonathan Pryce; Paul Feig; The Misfits2015060420150607 (R4)

With Antonia Quirke.

Jonathan Pryce discusses his film career as his latest movie Listen Up Philip is released.

The director of Bridesmaids, Paul Feig, on his latest comedy Spy

The Misfits was the last film for stars Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable. Continuity supervisor Angela Allen was on set the whole time and reveals some of the bad behaviour she witnessed.

With Antonia Quirke.

Jonathan Pryce discusses his film career as his latest movie Listen Up Philip is released.

The director of Bridesmaids, Paul Feig, on his latest comedy Spy

The Misfits was the last film for stars Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable. Continuity supervisor Angela Allen was on set the whole time and reveals some of the bad behaviour she witnessed.

Jonny Greenwood On There Will Be Blood20150806

With Antonia Quirke

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood discusses his score for There Will Be Blood, which he will be performing live in August. He also tells Antonia why he wouldn't like to score a Bond movie or any other blockbuster.

Antonia starts the search for people who saw Buster Keaton's tour of British theatres and music halls in 1951, and consults historian Kevin Brownlow.

Writer Nat Segnit discusses the changing voice of Al Pacino. Hoo ha !

Prop makers FBFX reveals the tricks of their trade, making armour, space suits and creature costumes for the film industry.

Jude Law On Dom Hemingway; Lee Daniels On The Butler; Vivien Leigh's Centenary2013111420131117

The latest news from the world of film.

Julianne Moore On Mockingjay Part 1, Randall Wright On Hockney And The Men Behind The Lego Movie2014112020141123 (R4)

Francine talks to Julianne Moore about the new Hunger Games movie, plus Hockney on film.

Julianne Moore on Mockingjay part 1, Randall Wright on Hockney and the men behind The Lego Movie20141120

Francine Stock talks to Julianne Moore about her role in the new HUNGER GAMES movie, MOCKINGJAY Part 1. The Director Randall Wright shares his experience of working with and making a film documentary about David Hockney and continuing The Story Of The Sound Effect series, Randy Thom talks about the importance of alien sound in CONTACT.

And with news of an extended Franchise Francine talks to Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the directors of THE LEGO MOVIE, about the success of their film, the trick of appealing to both young and old audiences and their childhood triumphs as master builders of spaceships made from plastic bricks.

Ken Loach, Nashville, Emmanuelle Seigner2014052920140601

With Antonia Quirke.

Ken Loach talks about his latest political drama Jimmy's Hall, set after the partition of Ireland when pragmatism and idealism clashed, often violently.

Emmanuelle Seigner describes working with husband Roman Polanski on Venus In Fur about the sado-masochistic relationship between an actress and a director. She explains why the film is definitely not autobiographical.

Robert Altman's classic state-of-the-nation address, Nashville, is released on DVD for the first time, almost 40 years since it was released in cinemas. The film's star Keith Carradine reveals why actors never knew when they were actually on camera and Woman In Black director James Watkins discusses the movie's influence on his career.

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

Ken Loach; Halloween Re-release; Persistence Of Vision2013102420131027

Francine Stock talks to Ken Loach about how to get the best performances from young actors

As British director Clio Barnard enjoys warm reviews of her film The Selfish Giant, about two young boys who collect scrap metal, she describes casting her two lead teenage performances. And Francine Stock talks to Ken Loach, an acknowledged influence on Barnard, about how to get the best performances from young people.

Composer Neil Brand is back at the piano, exploring the world of vampires from Nosferatu to Dracula and Buffy and explains why he thinks the blood sucker is actually just looking for love.

Scott Jordan Harris discusses why he thinks Halloween directed by John Carpenter is well worth a second look as it's released on Blu Ray 35 years on.

And documentary maker Kevin Schreck describes his new film Persistence of Vision about the best animation film never made - the 30 year odyssey by pioneering artist Richard Williams.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

The latest news from the world of film.

Kenneth Branagh, Noah Baumbach20150326

With Francine Stock.

Kenneth Branagh on Cinderella. Noah Baumbach on While We're Young.

Kenneth Branagh, Noah Baumbach, Wild Tales, Blind20150326

Kenneth Branagh, Noah Baumbach, Wild Tales, Blind2015032620150329 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

Kenneth Branagh discusses his live-action version of Cinderella and why he made the stepmother less wicked and more sympathetic, and why test audiences didn't always agree with his decision.

While We're Young director Noah Baumbach discusses mid-life crises, Ben Stiller and the enduring influence of Woody Allen.

Blind is a new movie from Norway which imagines the internal life of its blind protagonist. Director Eskil Vogt talks about the challenges of filming the imagination of a character who is losing their ability to visualise the outside world.

Wild Tales, an anthology of revenge tales, was the most popular film in its native Argentina last year, and director Damian Szifron considers the appeal of righteous anger.

Kenneth Branagh, Noah Baumbach, Wild Tales, Blind2015032620150329 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

Kenneth Branagh discusses his live-action version of Cinderella and why he made the stepmother less wicked and more sympathetic, and why test audiences didn't always agree with his decision.

While We're Young director Noah Baumbach discusses mid-life crises, Ben Stiller and the enduring influence of Woody Allen.

Blind is a new movie from Norway which imagines the internal life of its blind protagonist. Director Eskil Vogt talks about the challenges of filming the imagination of a character who is losing their ability to visualise the outside world.

Wild Tales, an anthology of revenge tales, was the most popular film in its native Argentina last year, and director Damian Szifron considers the appeal of righteous anger.

Kevin Macdonald On Jude Law, Jason Reitman, Ewoks2014120420141207 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

Director Kevin Macdonald on Jude Law's Scottish accent in his submarine drama Black Sea. And how geo-politics caught up with a film that's partly set in Crimea.

Jason Reitman discusses the moral panic about social media in his ensemble piece Men, Women And Children. And reveals his 70 year old mother's texting habits.

FX maestro Ben Burtt reveals the identity of the language that the Ewoks speak in the Star Wars saga.

Neil Brand shows us the part that music played in dramatising the final showdown between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in Return Of The Jedi.

Kevin Spacey, Fruitvale Station, Green Film-making, Bio-pics2014060520140608

With Francine Stock

Kevin Spacey talks about his documentary NOW: In The Wings On A World Stage about the making of his theatrical production of Richard III, which reunited the actor with director Sam Mendes for the first time since their Oscar winner American Beauty

Fruitvale Station, the true story of the fatal shooting of an African-American man by a police officer, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Director Ryan Coogler reveals the difficulties of making a film about such a sensitive and controversial subject.

The film industry is not well known for being eco-friendly. Single use sets, huge crews and jet-set promotional tours all create huge environmental impacts. But that's all about to change, and the programme explores the various ways that the industry is going green

As Grace Of Monaco is released in cinemas, Alex Von Tunzelmann presents a short of history of the movie star bio-pic from The Charlie Chaplin Story to My Week With Marilyn.

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

Kill Your Darlings; Nebraska; A Long Way From Home; Bifa Awards2013120520131208

Francine Stock talks to Daniel Radcliffe on playing a beat poet in Kill Your Darlings.

Francine Stock talks to Daniel Radcliffe and Dane Dehaan about Kill Your Darlings in which Radcliffe plays beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

Plus Sideways director Alexander Payne on his new film Nebraska starring Bruce Dern. Shot in black and white, it charts a father and son's road journey across the mid West to claim a non-existent sweep stake prize.

And James Fox on A Long Way From Home, a portrayal of a marriage under strain after a couple retires to the south of France.

Plus a look at the best of British film making as we examine the nominations for the British Independent Film Awards.

Le Week-end; The Fifth Estate; London Film Festival2013101020131013

Francine Stock talks to screenwriter Hanif Kureishi about Le Week-End.

Le Week-End, the latest offering from director Roger Michell, stars Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent embarking on a tempestuous marital mini-break. Francine Stock talks to screenwriter Hanif Kureishi about writing for his generation and why cinema needs to grow up.

And as hacktivist Julian Assange remains in the Ecuadorian embassy, fearing extradition, the story of the Wikileaks publication of US military documents is explored in The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl. It's partly based on a book co-authored by investigative journalist David Leigh. He was part of the Guardian newspaper team who published the leaked documents in partnership with Wikileaks. He takes a wry look at the film's version of events. Plus Tim Robey of The Telegraph gives his verdict and considers crusading journalists on film.

And as the BFI London Film Festival opens, director Clare Stewart explains how the festival hopes to bring the stars and the films to audiences beyond the capital. Plus BFI archivist Clyde Jeavons on newly discovered and beautifully restored releases, curated in the Treasures programme.

Love In The Movies2015021220150215 (R4)

Antonia Quirke presents a valentine to the cinema in a special edition about love in film.

Antonia Quirke presents a valentine to the cinema in a special edition about love in the movies. She talks to Terence Stamp, once described as the most beautiful man in the world, about what it was like to be loved from afar by millions of strangers. And she hears from Sir Richard Eyre who explains why he believes romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story is a perfect movie, and from award-winning documentary maker Kim Longinotto about Love Is All, her evocative compilation of love scenes from over a hundred years of British film history. Sharing the love are critics Jason Solomons and Angie Errigo, who reveal if they ever fell in love with someone because they reminded them of a movie star.

Luc Besson On Lucy; Dardenne Brothers; Kelly Reichardt Boxset2014082120140824

With Francine Stock.

Luc Besson discusses the neuro-science behind his latest thriller, Lucy, in which Scarlett Johansson's brain capacity increases to dangerous levels.

The Dardenne Brothers discuss their latest award winning drama Two Days, One Night, with Marion Cotillard.

Palaeontologist Jack Horner explains how he tried to make Jurassic Park as scientifically accurate as possible.

Catherine Bray reviews a box-set of the films of Kelly Reichardt, whose movies defy conventions such as conclusive endings and coherent dialogue.

Macbeth, Robbie Ryan, Greensman, Shooting Stars In 192820151001
Macbeth, Robbie Ryan, Greensman, Shooting Stars In 192820151001

With Francine Stock.

Director Justin Kurzel tells Francine why he believes that Macbeth is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Greensman is not the latest super-hero but the name of the person who dresses a set with trees and shrubbery to make the indoors look like the outdoors. Richard Payne of Living Props reveals a few trade secrets.

Cinematographer Robbie Ryan explains why the selfie is making better actors of us all.

Matthew Sweet and Bryony Dixon of the BFI take us behind the scenes of a British film studio in 1928, just as new sound technology was about to change everything.

Mark Gatiss Lines Up His Favourite Screen Detectives20140717

With Matthew Sweet.

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss discusses another of his favourite screen detectives.

Mark Gatiss, Peter Fonda, World Cup V Cinema20140703

With Matthew Sweet.

In a new series on The Film Programme, Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss reveals his favourite movie detectives, starting with Alastair Sim's lugubrious Inspector Cockrill.

Peter Fonda remembers his Easy Rider co-star Dennis Hopper and recalls their legal dispute about the authorship of the counter-culture classic.

How has the World Cup affected cinema attendances ? Clare Binns of the Picturehouse chain and independent cinema owner Kevin Markwick reveal their figures.

Antonia Quirke argues that social media has killed the movie star and blames James Franco's underpants.

Mark Gatiss; Richard Lester On The Beatles; Hercules20140724

With Matthew Sweet.

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss reveals the identity of one of his favourite screen detectives in another instalment of his series.

Hercules labours again in the form of ex-wrestler Dwayne Johnson, the latest in the long line of body builders who have played the son of Zeus. Christopher Frayling and Natalie Haynes trace the mythology from Italian cinema of the 50s and 60s, where he starred in twenty sword and sandal epics, including Hercules And The Moon Men and Hercules And The Amazon Women

Director Richard Lester reveals which of The Beatles was his favourite actor as A Hard Day's Night is released on DVD to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Antonia Quirke considers why driving and cinema were made for each other.

Mark Wahlberg And Broken City2013022820130303

Francine Stock talks to the actor Mark Wahlberg about cop thriller Broken City.

Francine Stock talks to Mark Wahlberg about his latest role as an ex-cop in the thriller Broken City which also stars Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones. And there's discussion of the Italian film Caesar Must Die, with Shakespeare's Julius Caesar played by real-life prisoners. Plus Fellini post-feminism - the DVD release of City of Women, made in 1980. Producer: Elaine Lester.

Meryl Streep; Oscar Isaac; Sundance festival; National Trust film locations20140123

Meryl Streep; Oscar Isaac; Sundance Festival; National Trust Film Locations2014012320140126

Francine Stock talks to Meryl Streep about her role as vicious matriarch in August: Osage County, based on a widely-praised play by Tracy Letts. Streep has picked up a record 18th Oscar nomination for the part, starring alongside Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Juliette Lewis. The plot follows a family gathering to bury the head of the family after his suicide. Meryl describes how she revels in the freedom of playing a character without limits and discusses her next project Into the Woods, which has been filming in Richmond Park, London.

The National Trust provides a surprisingly diverse range of film locations from elf cottages to Russian love nests. Film Unit Manager Harvey Edgington shows us around, including Ham House which has featured in Anna Karenina and A Little Chaos.

Plus Oscar Isaac on playing a failing folk musician in the latest offering from the Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis. He explains why it was so important to play the music live himself and why it's never fun working with cats..

The critic Catherine Bray picks up on the highlights of the Sundance Festival which aims to promote the best of independent film making. She praises Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, The Trip to Italy the new outing from Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan as well as Skeleton Twins, starring Kristen Wiig.

Mia Wasikowska; Joanna Hogg; Neil Brand On Noah20140424

Actress Mia Wasikowska talks about acting with camels in Tracks, the true story of Robyn Davidson who walked 1700 miles across the Australian desert.

Director Joanna Hogg discusses her latest dissection of middle-class alienation in Exhibition about two artists who have to leave their dream home, a modernist house in West London.

Composer Neil Brand unpicks Clint Mansell's score for Noah and discovers the "God chord".

The Film Programme follows two teams competing in Sci-Fi London's 48 hour film challenge, in which they have to make a short movie in only two days.

Michael Douglas On Liberace, Audrey Tautou On Therese Desqueyroux2013060620130609

Francine Stock talks to Michael Douglas about his role as Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's bio-pic Behind the Candelabra, chronicling the flamboyant entertainer's 5 year relationship with Scott Thorson. The film features a starry cast, including Matt Damon as Scott Thorson and Rob Lowe as the infamous plastic surgeon Dr Startz.

Audrey Tautou talks about her eponymous role in François Mauriac's legendary 1927 novel of French provincial life, Therese Desqueyroux, in French film director Claude Miller's final film.

But how does a writer face the challenge of adapting a much loved novel for the screen? Byzantium screen writer Moira Buffini, who adapted Jane Eyre for the cinema in 2011, and Deborah Moggach, who adapted Pride and Prejudice in 2005, discuss whether the resulting film reveals much more about current society's values than the age in which the work was originally written.

Shane Meadow's new documentary "Stone Roses: Made Of Stone" is about the iconic Manchester band of the late 80's and 90's. Meadows had unprecedented access to the band for a year after their reunion in October 2011. Film critic Dave Calhoun discusses Made of Stone's contribution to the way in which British films have explored particularly British music.

Producer: Hilary Dunn

Mike Leigh, Korean Classic Cinema, Jurassic Park Sound Effects2014103020141102 (R4)

Director Mike Leigh discusses art and movie-making in his latest film Mr Turner.

British director Mike Leigh discusses his latest film Mr Turner. With a career spanning over 40 years, he tells The Film Programme why he has wanted to make a film about the artist for over 20 years, and why actor Timothy Spall was the only man for the job. In the run up to the London Korean Film Festival, Film critic Anton Bitel discusses Korean 1960 classic 'The Housemaid'. Seen as utterly shocking by cinema goers at the time, it has been rediscovered and its restoration has attracted a new audience. Francine Stock presents a new series running throughout The Film Programme for the next two months- The Story Of The Sound Effect. To mark the BFI's season Days Of Fear And Wonder, the programme will hear from the people who created some of the most famous sound effects in the history of science fiction cinema. This week, Gary Rydstrom on Jurassic Park. Continuing The Cinema Memory series, Girlhood director Celine Sciamma recalls the first film to make her cry - E.T.

Neil Jordan On Byzantium; Doctor Who 50 Years On With Bernard Cribbins, Roberta Tovey And Mark Gatiss20130606

The director Neil Jordan talks to Matthew Sweet about his new vampire film Byzantium, starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan. And cast members Bernard Cribbins and Roberta Tovey meet again 50 years after Dr Who hit the big screen. They are joined by comedian, writer and Dr Who devotee Mark Gatiss to discuss the allure of the time lord's transition to technicolour.

Neil Jordan On Byzantium; Dr Who 50 Years On; Trailers Or Spoilers?2013053020130602

Matthew Sweet talks to the director Neil Jordan about his new vampire film, Byzantium starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan. He describes how he relished the chance to meddle with vampire stereotypes and rituals. And 50 years after Dr Who appeared on TV, we look at the Dr Who films that took to the big screen in Technicolor. We hear from its stars Bernard Cribbins and Roberta Tovey and from Dr Who writer and comedian Mark Gatiss. Plus trailers - too much information? Tasters or spoilers? We trawl through some of the worst offenders with critic Andrew Pulver and The Creative Partnership trailer-maker Dave Coultas. And as the Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda wins the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival with Like Father, Like Son, Peter Bradshaw looks at his last film, I Wish, a tale of two young brothers separated by family breakdown who pin their hopes on the magic of high speed trains.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

The latest news from the world of film.

New Ryan Gosling Film The Place Beyond The Pines; Plus The Films We've Really Watched So Far In 20132013041120130414

Francine Stock talks to director Derek Cianfrance on new film The Place Beyond the Pines.

The latest news from the world of film.

Nick Hornby On Wild; Jk Simmons And Damien Chazelle On Whiplash2015011520150118 (R4)

Nick Hornby on Wild, and director Damien Chazelle on Whiplash.

With Francine Stock.

Arsenal fan Nick Hornby reveals why he seemed to be the least likely candidate to write the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild, about her 1000 mile hike through mid America, and what appealed to him about her odyssey.

Jazz drumming is the unlikely subject for a movie, but Whiplash has won numerous awards in festivals across the world. Its director Damien Chazelle and star J.K. Simmons discuss the film's unexpected success.

Nina Simone Documentary, Peter Bogdanovich, Alex Gibney2015062520150628 (R4)

Lisa Simone discusses a new documentary about her mother Nina Simone. With Francine Stock.

With Francine Stock.

Lisa Simone discusses a new and intimate documentary about her mother Nina Simone

Peter Bogdanovich talks about his old friend Orson Welles and reveals why he is finishing a film that Welles began four decades ago.

Director Alex Gibney discusses his controversial documentary about Scientology, Going Clear

Critic Scott Jordan Harris picks his DVDs of the month.

Olivia Williams; The Mafia In Italian Movies; Pawel Pawlikowski2014092520140928

Olivia Williams discusses Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars. Presented by Francine Stock.

Olivia Williams; The Mafia in Italian Movies; Pawel Pawlikowski20140925

With Francine Stock.

British actress Olivia Williams discusses her experiences of Hollywood and why the Tinsel Town satire Maps To The Stars is all too real.

An investigation into why Italian cinema was so coy about the mafia until fairly recently.

Polish director reveals why he returned to his homeland for his post-war drama Ida and how a black-and-white movie in a foreign language about a novice nun turned out to be his biggest hit.

Location manager Sue Quinn explains how she managed to get a military helicopter to land in Trafalgar Square at the personal request of Tom Cruise.

Olivier Assayas; Mad Max; Cannes20150514

With Francine Stock.

As Mad Max hits the road again, Kim Newman trawls through his favourite post-apocalyptic cliches.

Director Olivier Assayas discusses his drama Clouds Of Sils Maria, which he wrote for his friend Juliette Binoche, and reveals why he also cast Twilight star Kristen Stewart.

Critic Tim Robey and film buyer Clare Binns look forward to this year's Cannes festival.

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh makes her pick of this month's DVDs.

Only God Forgives; The Heat; My Father And The Man In Black2013080120130804

Robbie Collin talks to the director Nicolas Winding Refn about his new film Only God Forgives, a violent revenge thriller set in Bangkok, starring Ryan Gosling and Kristen Scott Thomas. It's a film that has split the critics so far.

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig discusses his new cop comedy The Heat, with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as an unlikely police partnership.

And Jonathan Holiff explores the life and secrets of his father Saul Holiff, manager of Johnny Cash. Based on a stash of audio tapes he found in storage, he explores the relationship between the two men. The result is an intriguing documentary, My Father and the Man In Black.

The latest news from the world of film.

Pacific Rim With Del Toro; Wikileaks; Mark Gatiss On Small-screen Spin-offs; Silent Film Blancanieves2013071120130714

The Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro tells Matthew Sweet about the joyful creative experience of making his summer blockbuster Pacific Rim, a film about sea monsters and super robots. After his Oscar-winning animation Pan's Labyrinth, he explains the attraction of CGI and big budgets.

As Alex Gibney's new documentary Wikileaks: We Sell Secrets is released, the film maker Roger Graef compares how the genre works on the big and small screen. Can contemporary films on events still very much unfolding really work at the movies?

And a beautiful silent film in black and white reworks Snow White. Blancanieves sets the fairytale in 1920s Seville. The director Pablo Berger and film historian Ian Christie discuss the rise of the new silent genre.

Mark Gatiss continues his series of cinema spin offs from British TV of the 70s with Are You Being Served? The sales team go on holiday to Costa Plonka...

Producer: Elaine Lester.

Mark Gatiss continues his series of cinema spin offs from British TV of the 60s and 70s with Are You Being Served? The sales team go on holiday to Costa Plonka...

The latest news from the world of film.

Pasolini by Ferrara, How to Change the World, Music for robots20150910

Pasolini by Ferrara, How to Change the World, Music for robots2015091020150913 (R4)

Abel Ferrara takes on the life and death of Pier Paolo Pasolini. With Francine Stock.

Pasolini by Ferrara, How to Change the World, Music for robots2015091020150913 (R4)

Abel Ferrara takes on the life and death of Pier Paolo Pasolini. With Francine Stock.

Pasolini by Ferrara, How to Change the World, Music for robots20150910

Pasolini by Ferrara, How to Change the World, Music for robots20150910

With Francine Stock.

Controversial director Abel Ferrara takes on the life and death of controversial director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who was murdered 40 years ago, sparking rumours of political assassination.

Jerry Rothwell discusses his documentary about the early years of Greenpeace featuring never before seen footage of early confrontations with whaling boats.

Neil Brand explains how film music for robots has evolved from avant-garde electronica to show tunes from Hello Dolly.

Set decorator Liz Griffiths explains how she found the tools to kill zombies in Shaun Of The Dead in her dad's shed.

Pasolini by Ferrara, How to Change the World, Music for robots20150910

With Francine Stock.

Controversial director Abel Ferrara takes on the life and death of controversial director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who was murdered 40 years ago, sparking rumours of political assassination.

Jerry Rothwell discusses his documentary about the early years of Greenpeace featuring never before seen footage of early confrontations with whaling boats.

Neil Brand explains how film music for robots has evolved from avant-garde electronica to show tunes from Hello Dolly.

Set decorator Liz Griffiths explains how she found the tools to kill zombies in Shaun Of The Dead in her dad's shed.

Paths Of Glory, Blue Ruin, Walerian Borowczyk2014050120140504

Christiane Kubrick on Paths Of Glory, plus Blue Ruin and the world of Walerian Borowczyk.

With Francine Stock.

Stanley Kubrick's wife Christiane reveals how they met and fell in love on the set of World War I drama Paths Of Glory, and why he was misunderstood by the British press.

The star and director of Blue Ruin, Macon Blair and Jeremy Saulnier, discuss their award-winning revenge thriller, and how the director had to dip into his own pocket, and his wife's, to get the film made.

Walerian Borowczyk is best known as the director of La Bete, a surreal fantasy that was banned in cinemas across the country in the late 70s. Before that, he was regarded as one of the greatest film-makers of his generation, and a new season at the BFI hopes to restore his reputation.

Anthony Chen, the director of Ilo Ilo, discusses his award-winning autobiographical tale about growing up in Singapore during the financial crash of the late 90s, and why Singapore audiences don't like art-house movies.

Paul Greengrass On Captain Phillips; David Gordon Green On Prince Avalanche; Robin Wright In The Congress2013101720131020

Director Paul Greengrass talks about piracy and treachery on the high seas in his new film

Director Paul Greengrass talks to Francine Stock about his latest ship-hijacking movie 'Captain Phillips' and how his family's own history on the high seas informed his film making. Actress Robin Wright talks about being immortalized by motion capture and how she felt seeing herself in cartoon form in 'The Congress'. David Gordon Green discusses his surreal comedy 'Prince Avalanche' - the story of two quirky men painting road markings in the middle of nowhere. And master of Japanese cinema Hirokazu Koreeda shares the secret to getting such brilliant performances out of children in his films.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

The latest news from the world of film.

Paul Thomas Anderson Discusses Inherent Vice20150129

With Francine Stock.

Paul Thomas Anderson discusses Inherent Vice, the first movie adaptation of a novel by reclusive writer Thomas Pynchon.

Paul Thomas Anderson on Inherent Vice; Stephen Daldry on Trash; Kids Clubs; Why we cry in films20150129

Paul Thomas Anderson on Inherent Vice; Stephen Daldry on Trash; Kids Clubs; Why we cry in films2015012920150201 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson discusses the challenges of writing Inherent Vice, the first ever movie adaptation of a novel by reclusive writer Thomas Pynchon.

Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry talks about the dangers of filming in the favelas of Rio for his caper movie Trash. And reveals why he ripped up the script and let his child actors improvise and decide their own ending.

Listeners sing word-perfect renditions of the Odeon Film Club song and ABC Minors anthem, five decades since they last sang them. They recall a paradise free from parental control, where you could to go to the toilet as often as you liked.

Francine consults neuroscientist professor Jeffrey Zacks about the reasons she cries helplessly when she watches the final moments of Louis Malle's war memoir Au Revoir Les Enfants.

Paul Thomas Anderson on Inherent Vice; Stephen Daldry on Trash; Kids Clubs; Why we cry in films2015012920150201 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson discusses the challenges of writing Inherent Vice, the first ever movie adaptation of a novel by reclusive writer Thomas Pynchon.

Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry talks about the dangers of filming in the favelas of Rio for his caper movie Trash. And reveals why he ripped up the script and let his child actors improvise and decide their own ending.

Listeners sing word-perfect renditions of the Odeon Film Club song and ABC Minors anthem, five decades since they last sang them. They recall a paradise free from parental control, where you could to go to the toilet as often as you liked.

Francine consults neuroscientist professor Jeffrey Zacks about the reasons she cries helplessly when she watches the final moments of Louis Malle's war memoir Au Revoir Les Enfants.

Paul Thomas Anderson on Inherent Vice; Stephen Daldry on Trash; Kids Clubs; Why we cry in films20150129

Paul Thomas Anderson On Inherent Vice; Stephen Daldry On Trash; Kids Clubs; Why We Cry In Films2015012920150201 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson discusses the challenges of writing Inherent Vice, the first ever movie adaptation of a novel by reclusive writer Thomas Pynchon.

Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry talks about the dangers of filming in the favelas of Rio for his caper movie Trash. And reveals why he ripped up the script and let his child actors improvise and decide their own ending.

Listeners sing word-perfect renditions of the Odeon Film Club song and ABC Minors anthem, five decades since they last sang them. They recall a paradise free from parental control, where you could to go to the toilet as often as you liked.

Francine consults neuroscientist professor Jeffrey Zacks about the reasons she cries helplessly when she watches the final moments of Louis Malle's war memoir Au Revoir Les Enfants.

Pedro Almodovar On I'm So Excited; Tom Courtenay On Billy Liar; Riz Ahmed's Big Break2013050220130505

The Spanish director Pedro Almodovar talks to Francine Stock about his raunchy new comedy I'm So Excited in which a plane with a technical fault circles the skies, hoping to find an airport to land in. According to Almodovar, it's a metaphor for the political and financial difficulties facing Spain.

Adam Leon explains why he wanted to show the grittier, real New York in his new feature Gimme The Loot about young graffiti artists. And how he deals with questions over how a white director can make a convincing film about a predominantly black scene.

The actor Tom Courtenay, seen most recently in Quartet, looks back at Billy Liar, 50 years on. Directed by John Schlesinger, and co-starring Julie Christie, the film portrays Billy, a dreamer working in an undertakers and planning escape.

And with The Reluctant Fundamentalist due for release next week, the young British actor Riz Ahmed tells the story of his big break and how he was discovered by the director Michael Winterbottom.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

Pedro Almodovar, Tom Courtenay20130502

The Spanish director Pedro Almodovar talks to Francine Stock about his raunchy new comedy I'm So Excited in which a plane with a technical fault circles the skies, hoping to find an airport to land in. According to Almodovar, it's a metaphor about the political and financial difficulties facing Spain.

And the actor Tom Courtenay looks back at Billy Liar, 50 years on. Directed by John Schlesinger, the film portrays Billy, a dreamer working in an undertakers and planning escape.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

Pete Docter On Inside Out2015072320150726 (R4)

Up director Pete Docter discusses his animation Inside Out, set inside a young girl's mind

With Francine Stock

Up director Pete Docter discusses his latest animation Inside Out, set inside a young girl's mind.

Peter Firth2015050720150510 (R4)

Interviews and analysis from the world of cinema.

Philomena; Cutie And The Boxer; Joe Eszterhas2013103120131103

Francine Stock talks to director Stephen Frears about Philomena, starring Judi Dench.

Francine Stock talks to director Stephen Frears about Philomena. Starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench, it's based on the true story of an unmarried Irish woman who was forced to give up her child for adoption by the Catholic church.

The screenwriter Joe Eszterhas shares his Hollywood big break, beginning a career that led to scripts such as Basic Instinct, Flashdance and Jagged Edge.

Cutie and The Boxer is a documentary about two Japanese artists living in New York and the rivalries and collaborations of their work and marriage. Director Zachary Heinzerling describes how he spent five years visiting the couple, observing the tensions creative and otherwise between them and pondering how much his camera was influencing the action.

But what about the films that have never been made? The masterpieces that didn't quite make it.. In his book The Greatest Movies You'll Never See, Simon Braund describes among others, the film Salvador Dali wanted to make for the Marx Brothers with giraffes in gas masks and dwarves in butterfly nets, and Charlie Chaplin's biopic of Napoleon.

Producer: Elaine Lester

Presenter Francine Stock.

The latest news from the world of film.

Pride; Anton Corbijn On Philip Seymour Hoffman; Screenwriters Secrets2014091120140914

The producer of Pride, David Livingstone, on the film's evolution from script to screen.

With Francine Stock.

The producer of Pride, David Livingstone, discusses the film's evolution from script to screen and reveals what he thinks about his comedy being touted as the next Full Monty.

A Most Wanted Man director Anton Corbijn talks about working with Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last starring role before his untimely death earlier this year.

Is being a writer on a film a thankless task ? Jeremy Brock, whose credits include the adaptation of The Last King Of Scotland, reveals the plight of the lowly scribe.

Clare Binns and Tim Robey discuss the highlights of this year's Toronto Film Festival and assess Oscar hopefuls like the Stephen Hawking bio-pic The Theory Of Everything.

Quentin Tarantino On Django Unchained; Kathryn Bigelow On Zero Dark Thirty2013011720130120

The director Quentin Tarantino talks to Francine Stock about his controversial new film Django Unchained. It tells the story of a freed slave who attempts to rescue his wife from a plantation, told in the style of a Western. The film has received five Oscar nominations including best original screenplay and best film. And there's controversy too surrounding the latest work of the director Kathryn Bigelow. She discusses her new film Zero Dark Thirty which claims to be based on first hand accounts of the search for and killing of Osama Bin Laden. Also on the programme, the actor John Hawkes describes how he prepared for his role in The Sessions in which he plays a man suffering from polio who wishes to lose his virginity. The film is inspired by the real life story of Mark O'Brien. There's news too of the movie breaking records in China. Lost in Thailand has now become the highest grossing Chinese film in history. We find out why with critic Arthur Jones in Shanghai.Producer: Elaine Lester.

The latest news from the world of film.

Remembering Antonia Bird20160511

With Francine Stock

Director Antonia Bird, one of the few female directors to carve out a career in the British film industry, is remembered by friends and colleagues Ronan Bennett, Mark Cousins and Kate Hardie.

The only female director to be nominated for a feature film in this year's Oscars, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, discusses Mustang, her controversial drama about the treatment of young girls in rural Turkey.

Critic Tim Robey and film buyer Clare Binns reveal what they're looking forward to in this year's Cannes film festival.

Remembering Antonia Bird2016051120160515 (R4)

Antonia Bird is remembered by friends and colleagues.

Remembering Antonia Bird20160511

Remembering Antonia Bird20160511

With Francine Stock

Director Antonia Bird, one of the few female directors to carve out a career in the British film industry, is remembered by friends and colleagues Ronan Bennett, Mark Cousins and Kate Hardie.

The only female director to be nominated for a feature film in this year's Oscars, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, discusses Mustang, her controversial drama about the treatment of young girls in rural Turkey.

Critic Tim Robey and film buyer Clare Binns reveal what they're looking forward to in this year's Cannes film festival.

Remembering Antonia Bird2016051120160515 (R4)

Antonia Bird is remembered by friends and colleagues.

Remembering Antonia Bird20160511

Richard Ayoade; Mark Gatiss; Audrey Tautou And Romain Duris20140731

With Matthew Sweet.

Sherlock co-creator and League Of Gentlemen founder Mark Gatiss reveals his favourite screen detectives in the last instalment of his series.

Richard Ayoade of The IT Crowd discusses his dystopian adaptation of Dostoevsky's The Double and reveals the words of advice he got from fellow director David Cronenberg.

Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris discuss the perils of working with mechanical effects, such as a cloud car that floats above Parisian rooftops, in Michel Gondry's fantasy Mood Indigo.

As Guardians Of The Galaxy hits cinemas this weekend, The Film Programme presents a guide to the space opera, a genre that does science fiction on a grand scale with evil emperors, cute robots and talking furry creatures. Naomi Alderman, Adam Smith and Helen McCarthy prepare for lift-off.

Antonia Quirke revisits a beloved childhood favourite, the film adaptation of Swallows And Amazons, to find out if her memory has been playing tricks on her.

Matthew talks to one of the "Keating 12", the dozen or so people who paid money to witness Ronan Keating's movie debut in Goddess, which only took £129 at the British box office.

Robert Carlyle20150716

With Francine Stock

Robert Carlyle discusses his directorial debut The Legend Of Barney Thomson.

Robert Zemeckis on The Walk, Joe Wright on Pan20151008

Robert Zemeckis on The Walk, Joe Wright on Pan2015100820151011 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

The director of The Walk and Back To The Future, Robert Zemeckis explains the rules of employing 3D in film, and why it shouldn't just be used for effect.

Foley artist Barnaby Smyth demonstrates how he followed in the footsteps of Emmeline Pankhurst and co for the sound effects to Suffragette, which required him to wear specially adapted high heels.

Joe Wright, the director of Pan explains why Nirvana's Smell Like Teen Spirit makes an unlikely appearance in his new adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic children's tale.

Denis Villeneuve reveals the pressure of making the sequel to Blade Runner.

Robert Zemeckis on The Walk, Joe Wright on Pan2015100820151011 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

The director of The Walk and Back To The Future, Robert Zemeckis explains the rules of employing 3D in film, and why it shouldn't just be used for effect.

Foley artist Barnaby Smyth demonstrates how he followed in the footsteps of Emmeline Pankhurst and co for the sound effects to Suffragette, which required him to wear specially adapted high heels.

Joe Wright, the director of Pan explains why Nirvana's Smell Like Teen Spirit makes an unlikely appearance in his new adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic children's tale.

Denis Villeneuve reveals the pressure of making the sequel to Blade Runner.

Robin Wright On Playing Robin Wright20140814

With Francine Stock

Actress Robin Wright reveals what it's like playing actress Robin Wright in the fantasy satire The Congress.

Robin Wright; David Michod; Crisis In The Vfx Industry2014081420140817

With Francine Stock

Actress Robin Wright reveals which director told her that there would be no need for actors in 20 years time, thanks to digital technology which can scan their every expression.

Director David Michod answers his critics who said there was no plot in his revenge drama The Rover.

With several Oscars for Gravity, 2014 seemed like a good year for the visual effects industry in this country, but in fact, many British companies are facing a crisis, as The Film Programme explains.

We hear from a listener who inadvertently stopped the staff of a cinema enjoying the day off to celebrate a royal wedding.

Roger Michell On Hyde Park On Hudson, Plus The Costumes Of Anna Karenina2013013120130203

The latest news from the world of film.

Roger Michell's Le Weekend; London Film Festival Opens20131010

The latest news from the world of film.

Roy Andersson; Joss Whedon; Foley2015042320150426 (R4)

Presented by Francine Stock. Joss Whedon discusses Avengers: Age Of Ulron.

With Francine Stock.

Joss Whedon discusses Avengers: Age Of Ulron.

Swedish auteur Roy Andersson on A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence.

As part of the BBC's Get Creative campaign, Francine tries her hand at making sound effects with household objects, ably assisted by foley artist Barnaby Smyth.

Rush; Borrowed Time; Toronto Film Festival2013091220130915

Francine Stock talks to director Ron Howard and writer Peter Morgan about F1 film Rush.

Francine Stock explores the hits and misses from this year's Toronto International Film Festival with Tim Robey of the Daily Telegraph and Claire Binns, director of Programming and Acquisitions at the Picturehouse Group. They discuss their tips for the critical hits in the months ahead including 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County and Under The Skin.

Frost/Nixon director Ron Howard and writer Peter Morgan are back together, this time for Rush, the story of Formula One rivals Niki Lauda and James Hunt. They explain why they were so intrigued by the men's relationship. Rush is a British independent film and its producer Andrew Eaton looks at how the world of film funding is changing.

Plus actor Phil Davis on Borrowed Time, a micro budget film about a pensioner's friendship with a teenage burglar. He describes how working with Mike Leigh on films such as Vera Drake has proved so inspirational for his technique.

Shane Carruth, Gravity, Film Schools2013082920130901

Francine Stock talks to Shane Carruth about his new, complex film Upstream Colour which explores the theme of interconnectedness involving an organism that mutates via various hosts from a nematode worm to a vivid orchid. The director Shane Carruth was already known for an earlier experimental film, Primer, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance back in 2004.

Whilst Shane Carruth did NOT go to film school, but learnt his craft by doing, the Director of the National Film and Television School Nik Powell, and film maker Asif Kapadia - director of features including The Warrior and Far North and the documentary Senna - discuss how film schools prepare aspiring film makers for a career in the film industry. Thousands of students go to more than 1200 film schools each year around the world and CILECT, which represents the top 160 schools across 90 countries, has judged the UK's National Film and Television School as the winning school across three award categories; fiction, animation and documentary.

This announcement comes just a few days before the BFI names the film schools, universities and independent cinemas that will be partners for its new training schemes for aspiring young filmmakers. So how do film students best learn their craft: and is funding allocated fairly across the diverse film education institutions within the UK?

As the Venice film festival opens this week, Times film critic Kate Muir discusses the film which opened the festival - Gravity starring George Cluney and Sandra Bullock - and provides a round up of the best British films being screened.

And nearly half a century since Patricia Highsmith's novel, The Talented Mr Ripley, was adapted for the screen by French film maker Rene Clement - called Plein Soleil and starring Alain Delon - Sandra Hebron discusses how the representation of the psychopath has changed over time, referencing Anthony Mingella's 1999 version starring Matt Damon and Jude Law.

Producer: Hilary Dunn.

The latest news from the world of film.

Sheffield Doc Fest20160616

Francine Stock reports from this year's Sheffield Doc Fest and talks to the winner of the festival's first award for virtual reality.

Sir Tom Courtenay20150730

Sir Tom Courtenay2015073020150802 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

Fifty years after winning his first award for his film work, Sir Tom Courtenay talks about his latest role, in 45 Years, for which he won the Silver Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival. The actor talks about his relationship and rivalry with Albert Finney and how he persuaded Omar Sharif to become a life-long fan of Hull City FC.

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

Son of Saul, The Sound Barrier, 1916 v 201620160428

With Francine Stock

Laszlo Nemes discusses Son Of Saul, his Oscar winning film about life and death in a Nazi concentration camp.

Son of Saul, The Sound Barrier, 1916 v 201620160428

Spring Breakers; Bird's Eye View Film Festival2013040420130407

Francine Stock talks to Harmony Korine about his new and most commercial film to date, Spring Breakers, starring James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. It explores what happens to a group of teenage girls who break away from the drudgery of studies for that North American ritual, Spring Break.

Elhum Shakerifar talks about her role as director of the UK's Women's film festival, Birds Eye View, which this year is celebrating female Arab filmmakers, including Palestine, Egypt Algeria, Lebanon and Syria. She discusses the challenges that Haifaa Al Mansour had in filming Wadjda on location in Saudi Arabia; she had to direct some sequences from a van via walkie-talkie due to prohibitions on women in public spaces. Wadjda is a moving film about a ten year old girl whose goal in life is to buy a bicycle.

Neil Brand discusses film composer Alex North's ground breaking score to the 1952 film Viva Zapata. Directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn the film told the story of revolutionary Mexican Emiliano Zapata. The score by Alex North so impressed the man who would go on to write some of the best known screen themes of the 60s and 70s - Lalo Schifrin, composer of the Dirty Harry scores amongst others, and for tv, The Man from UNCLE, Mission Impossible and many more.

And two founding films of the French New Wave, both released within a month of each other in 1959: Le Beau Serge and Les Cousins, directed by Claude Chabrol. We discuss the profound impact these two films had at the time, and the ways in which they heralded one of the most exciting movements in the history of cinema.

Producer: Hilary Dunn.

The latest news from the world of film.

Stellan Skarsgard On Nymphomaniac; Alexandre Desplat On Philomena; Unforgiven In Japanese; Bafta-winner James Griffiths2014022720140302

Francine Stock talks to actor Stellan Skarsgard about his role in the latest film by Lars von Trier - Nymphomaniac. Playing in two parts, it runs to around four hours and includes challenging explicit material. Skarsgard appears alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg as a man who rescues her from an alleyway after a beating. He explains why he enjoys working with the controversial director.

Composer Alexandre Desplat discusses his score for Philomena which has been nominated for an Oscar. His work includes The Monuments Men, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Argo and Moonrise Kingdom. He describes the art of responding to the dynamics of a film script, without overwhelming it.

The Unforgiven both starring and directed by Clint Eastwood won four Oscars in 1993. Now the tale of assassins employed by wronged women in the Wild West has been remade by director Sang-il Lee with Ken Watanabe in the lead role. Sir Christopher Frayling and Alexander Jacoby discuss the cross fertilisation of the Western and Japanese Samurai film across the decades.

Plus James W. Griffiths on his BAFTA-winning short Room 8 and how the rigours of working to a pre-ordained script helped to drive his film. He shared the award with Sophie Venner.

Stellan Skarsgard On Nymphomaniac; Composer Alexandre Desplat On Philomena; Remaking Unforgiven In Japanese20140227

Francine Stock talks to actor Stellan Skarsgard about his role in the latest film by Lars von Trier - Nymphomaniac. Playing in two parts, it runs to around four hours and includes challenging material. Skarsgard appears alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg as a man who rescues her from an alleyway after a beating.

Composer Alexandre Desplat discusses his score for Philomena which has been nominated for an Oscar. His work includes The Monuments Men, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Argo and Moonrise Kingdom.

Stephanie Beacham on Marlon Brando, Catch Me Daddy, Hinterland, When Animals Attack20150226

Stephanie Beacham on Marlon Brando, Catch Me Daddy, Hinterland, When Animals Attack2015022620150301 (R4)

With Antonia Quirke.

Stephanie Beacham reveals why Marlon Brando wore y-fronts and wellington boots during their love scenes for The Nightcomers, a little-seen prequel to Henry James' Turn Of The Screw.

Catch Me Daddy director Daniel Wolfe discusses the reasons that he made a modern-day western set in Yorkshire about the controversial subject of honour killings.

Actor Harry MacQueen has made his directorial debut, Hinterland, with just £10,000 that he received from an inheritance. He explains how he did it. Industry insider Charles Gant considers whether micro-budget movies are the future for the British film industry.

White God is the latest movie to picture what happens when animals attack, whether it's dogs, birds, bees, sharks, piranhas or ten feet chicken. Andrew Collins imagines what would occur if they all launched an offensive on the same day.

Stephanie Beacham on Marlon Brando, Catch Me Daddy, Hinterland, When Animals Attack2015022620150301 (R4)

With Antonia Quirke.

Stephanie Beacham reveals why Marlon Brando wore y-fronts and wellington boots during their love scenes for The Nightcomers, a little-seen prequel to Henry James' Turn Of The Screw.

Catch Me Daddy director Daniel Wolfe discusses the reasons that he made a modern-day western set in Yorkshire about the controversial subject of honour killings.

Actor Harry MacQueen has made his directorial debut, Hinterland, with just £10,000 that he received from an inheritance. He explains how he did it. Industry insider Charles Gant considers whether micro-budget movies are the future for the British film industry.

White God is the latest movie to picture what happens when animals attack, whether it's dogs, birds, bees, sharks, piranhas or ten feet chicken. Andrew Collins imagines what would occur if they all launched an offensive on the same day.

Stephen Frears2016050520160508 (R4)

Director Stephen Frears discusses his biopic Florence Foster Jenkins.

Steven Spielberg - A Special Extended Interview With Francine Stock On His Film Lincoln2013012420130127

One of the world's most successful and influential directors, Steven Spielberg talks about his latest film, Lincoln, which is dominating the Oscar lists with 12 nominations. In a special extended interview, he talks to Francine Stock about his long courtship of Daniel Day-Lewis to play the leading role, the detailed historical research behind the production and the reaction of President Obama to the film. Also on the programme, there's discussion of how Lincoln has been represented on the big screen, from DW Griffith's controversial Birth of a Nation in 1915 to John Ford's Young Mr Lincoln in 1939 and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in 2012. Professor Ian Christie of Birkbeck University and the critic Karen Krisanovich debate the subject who has become something of a touchstone for American directors.

One of the world's most successful and influential directors, Steven Spielberg talks about his latest film, Lincoln, which is dominating the Oscar lists with 12 nominations. In a special extended interview, he describes his long courtship of Daniel Day Lewis to play the leading role, the detailed historical research behind the production and the reaction of President Obama to the film.

Suffragette20160211

With Francine Stock.

Film-maker Sarah Gavron talks about Suffragette and the marked reactions to the film since it was released in cinemas.

Director Mark Jenkin shows Francine how to develop film in instant coffee.

Debut director Stephen Fingleton discusses the unexpected challenges of making his low budget feature, The Survivalist, a post-apocalyptic drama set almost entirely in a small hut.

Teenagers On Film2013122620131229

Francine Stock explores the spirit of the teenager on film through the decades.

Francine Stock explores the spirit of the teenager on film through the decades with Kim Newman, Pamela Hutchinson, Hadley Freeman and Charlie Lyne. From Andy Hardy to The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen, the programme charts the rise of the teenager from pre-war in-betweeners to fully fledged rebels. The director Matt Wolf discusses his documentary Teenage which takes a look at adolescence in the first half of the 20th century. There's debate about the conservatism of teen film guru, the director John Hughes whose work includes The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Weird Science. And we unpick why 1995 marked the beginning of a ten year boom in teen flicks, from Clueless to Mean Girls.

Terence Davies on Doris Day, Aidan Moffat on folk music20160331

With Antonia Quirke.

Ex-Arab Strap front man Aidan Moffat talks about his controversial attempts to re-write traditional Scottish folk songs, as documented in the new film Where You're Meant To Be

Terence Davies, the director of Distant Voices, Still Lives, talks about his love for Doris Day as a sing-a-long version of Calamity Jane is about to released in cinemas

Sebastian Schipper describes how exactly he made Victoria, a heist movie that sprawls across Berlin and was shot in just one take.

Terence Davies on Doris Day, Aidan Moffat on folk music2016033120160403 (R4)

Aidan Moffat discusses Scottish folk music, and Terence Davies talks about Doris Day.

Terence Davies on Doris Day, Aidan Moffat on folk music20160331

Terence Davies On Sunset Song, Chris Milk On Virtual Reality20151203

Terence Davies On Sunset Song, Chris Milk On Virtual Reality2015120320151206 (R4)

With Francine Stock

Terence Davies talks about Sunset Song, which has been 18 years in the making

Virtual reality guru Chris Milk discusses the future of making feature films in the new medium.

Mike Kelt reveals how to make it rain in the movies.

Documentary-maker Mark Burman explains why he transcribed the script of Star Wars at the age of 13, after watching it 21 times.

Terence Davies On Sunset Song, Chris Milk On Virtual Reality20151203

With Francine Stock

Terence Davies talks about Sunset Song, which has been 18 years in the making

Virtual reality guru Chris Milk discusses the future of making feature films in the new medium.

Terence Stamp, Joanna Hogg, Benshi20150312

Terence Stamp, Joanna Hogg, Benshi2015031220150315 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

Terence Stamp reveals why he fell out with director John Schlesinger on the set of Far From The Madding Crowd.

Film-makers Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts tell Francine why they have set up their own film club, A Nos Amours, due to the demise of repertory cinema in this country.

Clive Bell and Tomoko Komura perform the Japanese art of silent film narration called Benshi.

Critic Larushka Ivan-Zadeh picks her DVDs of the month.

The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari20140828

Francine Stock unlocks The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, as the horror classic is re-released.

The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari; Gruff Rhys; Richard Attenborough2014082820140831

Francine Stock unlocks The Cabinet of Dr Caligari as the horror classic is re-released.

With Francine Stock.

Francine unlocks The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari as the horror classic is re-released in cinema. Holding the keys are novelist Kim Newman, psychiatrist Peter Byrne and production designer Maria Djurkovic.

Another chance to hear Richard Attenborough's interview with Francine, in which he discusses his philosophy of film and explains why cinema needs to be compassionate and political as well as entertaining.

Singer Gruff Rhys discusses his documentary American Interior about his quest for a tribe of Welsh speaking Native Americans and his distant relative, the 18th century explorer John Evans, who tried to find them and ended up mapping the heartlands of the United States in the process.

Director Ivan Sen on his thriller Mystery Road about an Aborginal detective who stands alone against corruption in the Australian Outback.

The Coen Brothers On Communism20160303

The Coen Brothers talk to Antonia Quirke about Hail Caesar, a parody of Hollywood in the early 50s and explain why they believe there were Reds under the beds in the film industry at the time.

The Coen Brothers On Synchronised Swimming And Communism20160303

The Coen Brothers On Synchronised Swimming And Communism20160303
The Coen Brothers On Synchronised Swimming And Communism2016030320160306 (R4)

The Coen Brothers talk to Antonia Quirke about Hail Caesar, a parody of Hollywood in the early 50s and explain why they believe there were Reds under the beds in the film industry at the time.

The Dardennes Brothers20140821

With Francine Stock.

The Dardenne Brothers discuss their latest award winning drama Two Days, One Night.

The Family; Blue Is The Warmest Colour; Catching Fire; 47 Ronin20131121

Francine Stock talks to Stanley Tucci, camp compere of the deadly Hunger Games, on the constant reinvention of the character actor. Based on the young adult novels of Suzanne Collins, part two of the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire, is released this month and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson.

Abdellatif Kechiche, the director of Blue is the Warmest Colour, explains why he wants to break free from the conventions of cinema, whether it's content, form or duration. Winner of this year's Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the film is an explicit and affecting tale of two young women and their tempestuous relationship. He also answers complaints that he was an excessively demanding director for both cast and crew.

Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer discuss The Family, a story of a mob family in hiding and their increasingly farcical - and murderous - attempts to fit into their new lives incognito.

Plus 47 Ronin, the Japanese legend of the masterless samurai, retold in an American produced film with Keanu Reeves released this Christmas. Alexander Jacoby of Oxford Brookes University explores its reincarnations across the generations.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

The Family; Blue Is The Warmest Colour; The Hunger Games20131121

The latest news from the world of film. Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer on The Family; Abdellatif Kechiche on Blue Is the Warmest Colour; Stanley Tucci on The Hunger Games.

The Grand Budapest Hotel; Wake In Fright; Oscars For Stunt Artists?2014030620140309

Francine Stock talks to Tilda Swinton about the much-anticipated film by Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel and why romance is particularly special to those aged under nine or over 90.

And inspired by Anderson's take on hotel life, film historian Ian Christie and critic, Kate Muir look at these citadels of glamour, alienation, opportunity and even horror.

The director Ted Kotcheff looks back at his 'lost' Oz psychological thriller Wake In Fright from 1971, now re-released, while critic Alice Tynan discusses why Australian cinema-goers at the time found its uncompromising portrayal of life in the outback hard to stomach.

And why the craft of stunt artists demands a lot of bruises, but no recognition in the mainstream awards like the Oscars.

The director Ted Kotcheff discusses the lost Oz psychological thriller Wake In Fright, now re-released.

The Invisible Woman; Dallas Buyers Club; Robocop; Philip Seymour Hoffman2014020620140209

Matthew Sweet talks to screenwriter Abi Morgan about The Invisible Woman, the tale of Charles Dickens' love affair with Nelly Ternan, starring Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones. Abi's previous work includes The Iron Lady and Shame, as well as telelvision series The Hour. She describes the joy of working with the material of Claire Tomalin's biography and her mixed feelings about the great Victorian man of letters.

Jared Leto returns to cinema screens for the first time in six years with Dallas Buyers Club, a film already prominent in the 2014 awards season. Leto plays a trans gender woman and has been nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actor for the role. He explains what attracted him to the part and how he prepared for the transformation.

Gary Oldman, whose recent appearances include The Dark Knight Rises and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, discusses the remake of the 1987 part-man part-machine thriller RoboCop. Set in 2028 Detroit, it explores the perils of the corporate world controlling policing. He also talks frankly about how little control actors have over their careers and Hollywood's current obsession with remakes.

And critic David Thomson remembers actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who has died aged 46. He was best known for films like Capote, Magnolia and The Talented Mr Ripley.

Looking at the latest cinema releases, DVDs and films on TV.

The Jungle Book Revisited2016041420160417 (R4)

With Francine Stock.

"I wanna be like you, I wanna talk like you, be like you too" could easily be the refrain sung by Hollywood producers intent on flooding the market with re-boots, remakes, sequels and prequels. As The Jungle Book is the latest to get a computer-generated makeover, Francine talks to the King Of The Swingers, director Jon Favreau.

Many of us who live in the city dream about moving to the country when they retire. Many cinephiles dream about moving to the country and setting up a cinema. Alastair Till and Suzie Sinclair have done just that. They sold their business in London and built a cinema in Newlyn in Cornwall, without any previous experience of the film industry. Francine pays them a visit to see how they're getting on.

Director Agnieszka Holland recalls her life in exile after she defected to the West from her home country, Poland, in 1981, and what happened when the communist authorities stopped her contacting her daughter.

The Jungle Book Revisited20160414

The Last Action Heroes?20160602

With Francine Stock.

Writer/director Shane Black and producer Joel Silver discuss the crisis in masculinity from Lethal Weapon to The Nice Guys.

Director Louise Osmond and producer Rebecca O'Brien talk about their seemingly irreverent documentary on Ken Loach - Versus.

The Last Action Heroes?2016060220160605 (R4)

Shane Black and Joel Silver discuss the crisis in masculinity in movies.

The Last Action Heroes?20160602

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty; All Is Lost; Anchorman 22013121920131222

Francine Stock talks to Ben Stiller about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Francine Stock talks to Ben Stiller about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Plus director JC Chandor on one man sailing epic, All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford. And Anchorman is back.. post cable TV.

The Unfilmable Books That Have Made It To The Big Screen2012122720121230

Francine Stock and guests look at the challenges filmmakers face adapting difficult books.

In a special edition, Francine Stock and guests discuss difficult books adapted for the big screen. Deepa Mehta talks Midnight's Children, Ang Lee reveals the challenges of making Life of Pi, and Walter Salles discusses On the Road. Meanwhile, Sir Christopher Frayling, critic Tim Robey, and screenwriter Tony Grisoni look back over the years at cinema's attempts at realising 'unfilmable' books.

Producer: Craig Smith.

The World's End; Mark Gatiss On The Buses; Breathe In; Hans Zimmer2013071820130721

Matthew Sweet talks dangerous nostalgia with Edgar Wright, director of the comedy The World's End. Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the plot follows the group of friends as they return to their home town to complete a pub crawl from their youth. Their mission is thrown off course by aliens. Edgar Wright reveals an autobiographical bent to the tale.

The Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer has written scores for countless films from The Lion King to Driving Miss Daisy to Gladiator. He describes the moment he got his big break, composing the music for Rain Man.

Felicity Jones and director Drake Doremus are back with a new film Breathe In, about an English exchange student whose arrival in upstate New York throws the perfect lives of her host family into chaos. The pair previously made Like Crazy together and explain their love of improvisation and risk-taking with performance.

Mark Gatiss is also dabbling in nostalgia. As part of his series on 70s sitcom cinema spin offs, he looks back at Holiday On The Buses, a distinctly uncomfortable watch.

And on the Film Programme website, White Elephant. Newly released on dvd, this film explores the lives of priests working in the slums of Buenos Aires. The director Pablo Trapero describes working in these areas as a teenager and how this inspired his latest film. Its release proved timely as the new Pope had also worked in the slums and granted the film crew permission to approach the priests there when making this feature.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

The latest news from the world of film.

This Is The End; The Act Of Killing; Stories We Tell; The Brood2013062720130630

Director Evan Goldberg talks to Francine Stock about apocalypse comedy This Is the End.

Director Evan Goldberg talks to Francine Stock about This Is The End, an apocalypse comedy with a diverse range of celebrities playing versions of themselves including James Franco, Rihanna and Jonah Hill as well as co director Seth Rogen.

Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer explains how he came to make The Act of Killing, a documentary in which Indonesian gangsters re-enact the massacres of the 1960s. He follows their progress as they make movies about their crimes, heavily influenced by Hollywood films, even musicals.

Plus further discussion of the ethics of documentary making with Sarah Polley who describes turning the camera on her family secrets. Her film follows her search for her biological father.

And as David Cronenberg's 1979 classic The Brood is released on Blu Ray and DVD, critic Kim Newman and biologist Adam Rutherford explore how the contemporary scientific advances informed this psychotherapy horror film.

Producer: Elaine Lester.

Toby Jones on Dad's Army20160204

Toby Jones on Dad's Army20160204

With Francine Stock.

Toby Jones reveals why he was in two minds about playing Captain Mainwaring in the new film version of Dad's Army.

Director Grímur Hákonarson tells Francine why casting the sheep was as important as casting the actors in his Icelandic drama Rams

Adam Rutherford assesses Matt Damon's portrayal of a botanist in The Martian.

Toby Jones; Fanny Ardant; Chinese Cinema Before The Revolution2014061920140622

With Francine Stock.

Toby Jones discusses what it was like working with young refugees whose life stories form the plot of Leave To Remain, and reveals some tantalising details about his role as Captain Mainwaring in the forthcoming film adaptation of Dad's Army.

French star Fanny Ardant plays a sixtysomething woman who embarks on an affair with a man twenty years her junior in Bright Days Ahead. She tells Francine why she doesn't approve of the term 'cougar' and why we shouldn't worry about getting older.

Spring In A Small Town is considered one of the best Chinese films ever made. Released in 1948, a year before the Communists took power, the film was banned and its director Fei Mu fled to Hong Kong, where he died a couple of years later. In the week that it opens in British cinemas, The Film Programme discovers how the Shanghai film industry rivalled Hollywood before the Communist revolution.

Dale Dye is an ex-Marine and military adviser on war movies like Saving Private Ryan and Platoon. He reveals why and how he puts actor through their paces in boot camp.

Toby Jones on Dad's Army; Fanny Ardant; Chinese cinema before the revolution.

Todd Haynes On Carol; Jonathan Glazer, Carol Morley And Clio Barnard; Listen To Me Marlon20151126

With Francine Stock.

Director Todd Haynes discusses Carol, his Patricia Highsmith adaptation starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as clandestine lovers in 1950s New York.

Writer/directors Jonathan Glazer and Clio Barnard discuss the fusion of science and cinema and the Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Fellowship with the new fellow, whose identity was revealed in a ceremony on Wednesday evening.

Marlon Brando recorded hundreds of hours of audio tape of his innermost thoughts, which make up a new documentary, Listen To Me Marlon. Director Stevan Riley, his co-writer Peter Ettedgui and critic Antonia Quirke discuss what the film reveals about his mercurial character.

Tom Hanks20160519

With Francine Stock.

Tom Hanks talks about A Hologram For The King, why America is still great, and Hollywood's relationship with China. He reveals the advice he was given about what you need to have a hit film in the People's Republic.

Director Pablo Larrain discusses The Club, his controversial drama set in a safe house for disgraced priests in Chile and the reaction of the Catholic church to the film.

Film reviewer Tim Robey and film buyer Clare Binns assess the hits and misses of this year's Cannes festival, including Ken Loach's first movie since he announced his retirement two years ago.

Tom Hanks2016051920160522 (R4)

Presented by Francine Stock. Tom Hanks talks about A Hologram for the King.

Tom Hanks20160519

Tom Hanks20160519

With Francine Stock.

Tom Hanks talks about A Hologram For The King, why America is still great, and Hollywood's relationship with China. He reveals the advice he was given about what you need to have a hit film in the People's Republic.

Director Pablo Larrain discusses The Club, his controversial drama set in a safe house for disgraced priests in Chile and the reaction of the Catholic church to the film.

Film reviewer Tim Robey and film buyer Clare Binns assess the hits and misses of this year's Cannes festival, including Ken Loach's first movie since he announced his retirement two years ago.

Tom Hanks2016051920160522 (R4)

Presented by Francine Stock. Tom Hanks talks about A Hologram for the King.

Tom Hanks20160519

Tom Hiddleston, The Program, The Lobster, Beasts Of No Nation, Virtual Reality20151015
Tom Hiddleston, The Program, The Lobster, Beasts Of No Nation, Virtual Reality20151015
Tom Hiddleston, The Program, The Lobster, Beasts Of No Nation, Virtual Reality20151015
Tom Hiddleston, The Program, The Lobster, Beasts Of No Nation, Virtual Reality20151015
Tom Hiddleston, The Program, The Lobster, Beasts Of No Nation, Virtual Reality20151015
Tom Hiddleston, The Program, The Lobster, Beasts Of No Nation, Virtual Reality20151015
Tom Hiddleston, The Program, The Lobster, Beasts Of No Nation, Virtual Reality20151015
Tom Hiddleston, The Program, The Lobster, Beasts Of No Nation, Virtual Reality20151015
Tom Hiddleston, The Program, The Lobster, Beasts Of No Nation, Virtual Reality2015101520151018 (R4)

Francine Stock talks to Tom Hiddleston about his upcoming films.

Tom Hiddleston, The Program, The Lobster, Beasts Of No Nation, Virtual Reality20151015

Tom Hiddleston, The Program, The Lobster, Beasts Of No Nation, Virtual Reality20151015
Tom Hiddleston, The Program, The Lobster, Beasts Of No Nation, Virtual Reality20151015

With Francine Stock

We can see Tom Hiddleston in three movies over the next few months; he explains why his films are like London buses.

Actor Ben Foster mounts a defence of Lance Armstrong, the disgraced cyclist he plays in Stephen Frears' new drama The Program.

Yorgos Lanthimos discusses the reasons that his characters are transformed into animals if they don't find a a mate in his satire The Lobster.

Chris Milk reveals the future of virtual reality and why it will supersede the medium of cinema.

Cary Fukunaga discusses the use of child actors to play child soldiers in his harrowing war movie Beasts Of No Nation

Producer Catherine Bray remembers the time when she thought her hair might actually be space worms, after watching a horror movie at the tender age of ten.

Tommy Lee Jones In The Homesman, The Imitation Game And Roger Ebert Remembered2014111320141116 (R4)

Francine Stock talks to Tommy Lee Jones about his new film The Homesman, a gritty take on the Western in which the harshness of frontier life and the impact it had on women are central to the story. She also discovers why set designer Maria Djurkovic is such a valued member of the teams in the many projects she undertakes, including this week's release The Imitation Game.

There's the latest in the series of Sci-Fi Sound FX secrets, in this programme the heavy breathing that has made Darth Vader one of the most memorable villains in cinema history and Steve James, director of the Documentary Life Itself, explains why his subject, the film critic Roger Ebert was worth the cinematic treatment.

Tomorrowland, Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western, Abderrahmane Sissako, Cannes20150521
Tomorrowland, Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western, Abderrahmane Sissako, Cannes2015052120150524 (R4)

Francine Stock talks to director Brad Bird about Tomorrowland starring George Clooney.

Tomorrowland, Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western, Abderrahmane Sissako, Cannes20150521

Tomorrowland, Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western, Abderrahmane Sissako, Cannes20150521
Tomorrowland, Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western, Abderrahmane Sissako, Cannes20150521

With Francine Stock.

Director Brad Bird discusses Tomorrowland, in which George Clooney searches for a mythical city of the future created by the finest minds of their generation.

Director Ana Lily Amirpour discusses her Iranian vampire spaghetti western, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.

Abderrahmane Sissako talks about the political context of his drama Timbuktu, in which an African town is taken over by a jihadist group.

Tim Robey and Clare Binns report from the Cannes Film Festival.

Viggo Mortensen, Cannes Film Festival, Jia Zhangke2014051520140518

Viggo Mortensen, Cannes Film Festival round-up, Jia Zhangke on China and censorship.

With Francine Stock.

Viggo Mortensen discusses film noir and Greek mythology and the part they have to play in his new thriller The Two Faces Of January.

Producer Rebecca O'Brien has walked down the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival with director Ken Loach on ten separate occasions. She takes us behind the scenes at the festival, as she prepares to jet off to the South Of France with Loach's new drama Jimmy's Hall.

Clare Binns is going to Cannes for a very different reason, to buy films for Picturehouse Cinemas, and reveals how business gets done at the festival; while critic Tim Robey is getting in training to watch 7 movies a day for over a week.

Director Jia Zhangke tells Francine why his new blood-soaked epic A Touch Of Sin is not being shown in his home country of China, and why the film could not have been made without the Chinese version of Twitter, Weibo.

Two historical advisers let us in on some trade secrets about what an adviser actually does on a film set.

Whit Stillman and Jane Austen20160526

With Francine Stock.

Whit Stillman on his Jane Austen obsession and why he adapted her posthumously published novella Lady Susan.

Whit Stillman and Jane Austen20160526

Whit Stillman and Jane Austen20160526

With Francine Stock.

Whit Stillman on his Jane Austen obsession and why he adapted her posthumously published novella Lady Susan.

Whit Stillman and Jane Austen20160526

Wolf of Wall Street; Night of the Hunter; composer Neil Brand20140116

Women in Film20151231

Women In Film2015123120160103 (R4)

Francine Stock hosts a discussion about the roles of women in the film industry.

Women in Film20151231

Women in Film20151231

Francine Stock hosts a discussion about the roles of women in the film industry and whether anything is getting better in terms of jobs, pay and opportunities. Joining her are producer Elizabeth Karlsen, director Carol Morley and writer/actor Justine Waddell.

Women in Film20151231

Francine Stock hosts a discussion about the roles of women in the film industry and whether anything is getting better in terms of jobs, pay and opportunities. Joining her are producer Elizabeth Karlsen, director Carol Morley and writer/actor Justine Waddell.

Zack Snyder On Man Of Steel; Neil Brand On Superhero Soundtracks; Ulrich Seidl's Paradise Trilogy2013061320130616

Francine Stock talks to Zack Snyder, director of the latest Superman film, Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner. A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Hans Zimmer - whose credits include the Batman trilogy - provides Man of Steel's musical score, but how has superhero music evolved over the decades? Film composer Neil Brand tracks the evolution of the superhero soundtrack from the 'positive' Superman of John Williams, to the 'dark' Man of Steel of Hans Zimmer, by way of Poledorous's Robocop and Kamen's X-Men.

Moo Man is a low budget British documentary following a year in the life of maverick dairy farmer Steve Hook - and the first British film to be kickstarter funded. If they reach their target, film making duo Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier will be able to secure Moo Man the marketing budget it needs to reach a wider audience.

Austrian film director Ulrich Seidl's films appeal to a particular kind of indie, European art cinema fan base. Critics Sandra Hebron and Ryan Gilbey discuss his latest offering, the Paradise trilogy, about three women in one family who take three very different vacations; from searching for love, and more, on a Kenyan beach, to working as a Catholic missionary to going on a diet camp for teenagers.

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