Movie Cafe, The [Radio Scotland]



Interviews with Mark Cousins, Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Tilda Swinton, Martin Compston.

Mark Cousins - The Story of Film: An Odyssey. An extended interview with award-winning film-maker Mark Cousins. Five years in the making, The Story of Film: An Odyssey covers six continents and 12 decades, showing how film-makers are influenced both by the historical events of their times, and by each other. It provides a worldwide guided tour of the greatest movies ever made; an epic tale that starts in nickelodeons and ends as a multi-billion-dollar globalised digital industry. We also discuss the DVD release with film critic Paul Gallagher

The Rail Way Man - actors Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and screenwriter Andy Paterson discuss shooting Eric Lomax's best-selling book, THE RAILWAY MAN in Scotland. The epic true story of a war hero and the woman who matched his courage to reclaim the man she loved, the ten week shoot for the film started on April 30th on location in and around Edinburgh.

Piggy - Martin Compston discusses UK revenge thriller "Piggy" from writer-director Kieron Hawkes. The film centres around a young man named Joe (Martin Compston) who finds out his brother has been killed by a group of street thugs. Angry and looking for payback, Joe is unable to do anything about his brother's murder. That's until a mysterious man (Paul Anderson) called Piggy enters his life, thus setting off a downward spiral of violence and revenge. We also Review the film.

Dear Georges Melies, Thank you for Making the Movies Magical - a location report with Mark Cousins and Tilda Swinton discussing the making of little 8 1/2 min film on 27th April, with 100 kids, at the Macrobert Centre in Stirling. The film will be called Dear Georges Melies, Thank you for Making the Movies Magical and is inspired by Scorsese's Hugo. It recreates some of Melies magic tricks, like one child playing 7 musical instruments at once, and 100 children climbing into a small box!

Café De Flore - Paul Gallagher reviews this mystical and fantastical odyssey on love; a love story between a man and woman, And, between a mother and her son.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Moonrise Kingdom - Film critics, Siobhan Synnott and Alistair Harkness review Wes Andersons's new film; set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader and Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop.(and the cast also includes Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman.)

Cannes 2012 - Live on the line from Cannes, our reporter Gail Tolley offers an insight into this year's highlights.

DVD Pick of The Week: Rejected by the BBFC on its original release for being "against nature," Island of Lost Souls is a true classic of horror cinema from the early 1930s -which deserves a place alongside Dracula, Frankenstein, Freaks, The Invisible Man, Vampyr, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Kim Newman supplied a new essay for the Blu ray and will explain the historical significance of this ground-breaking film.

Free Men: Film critics, Siobhan Synnott and Alistair Harkness discuss this critically acclaimed wartime espionage drama focused on little-noted intersections between Arabic emigres and the French Resistance.

Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.

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EIFF Press Launch - Chris Fujiwara the new Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival discusses this year's programme and outlines his plan for the future of the festival.

EIFF Reaction - Critics Paul Gallagher and Nicola Balkind discuss this year's line up.

The Angels' Share - the Movie cafe's Ian Boffey talks to Director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty about their new bittersweet comedy about a Glasgow boy (PAUL BRANNIGAN) locked in a family feud who just wants a way out! We also review the film with critics Paul Gallagher and Nicola Balkind.

New Horizons for UK Film. Following Chris Smith's review of film in the UK, the BFI has been considering the report's recommendations whilst drafting a five year plan. New Horizons for UK Film outlines their proposals for investing Lottery funding for UK film and sets out a fresh agenda to capitalise on British creativity and talent. The proposals cover a wide range of activities for supporting filmmaking, production, development, distribution and exhibition, education, skills development and film heritage - with a central focus on building audiences across the UK and on all platforms. In a special report from the GFT in Glasgow, BFI CEO Amanda Neville explains the project

Deathwatch - Bertrand Tavernier interview. In 1979, distinguished French film director, Bertrand Tavernier, shot a sci-fi feature almost entirely in the City of Glasgow. Starring Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton and Max von Sydow, it was filmed by renowned cinematographer Paul William Glenn. In a parallel universe it would have become a cult classic - instead, Death Watch has become a forgotten film but it will be given a new theatrical release this week - we hear from the Director and discuss the film with critics Paul Gallagher and Nicola Balkind.

Director Ken Loach discusses his new bittersweet comedy, The Angels' Share.

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New films from Ridley Scott, George Lucas and Will Ferrell and a Woody Allen documentary.

Prometheus - With 'Prometheus', Sir Ridley Scott has created a new mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey, aboard the spaceship Prometheus, to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. We review the film with critics Eddie Harrison and Ian Hoey.

Casa Di Me Padre Eddie Harrison discusses this spoof of Mexican soap operas and 1970s-era grindhouse movies; Armando Alvarez (WILL FERRELL) has lived and worked on his father's ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch encounters financial difficulties, Armando's younger brother Raul (DIEGO LUNA), shows up with his new fiancée, Sonia (GENESIS RODRIGUEZ). It seems that Raul's success as an international businessman means the ranch's troubles are over as he pledges to settle all debts his father has incurred. But when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul's business dealings turn out to be less than legit, all hell breaks loose as they find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza. (GAEL GARCIA BERNAL).

Robert Weide - Woody Allen Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen has allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography. He discusses the film and we review it with critics Eddie Harrison and Ian Hoey

DVD Pick of the Week - Ruggles of Red Rock

Red Tails - Actor DAVID OYELOWO discusses Red Tails- Inspired by the true story of World War II's first African American fighter squadron, 'RED TAILS' is a thrilling action-packed film with the most realistic dogfights ever to hit the screen. Executive Produced by GEORGE LUCAS, it tells the tale of the heroic 332nd fighter group of the U.S. Army Air Corps who overcame racial discrimination to become one of the most distinguished squadrons in World War II.

Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.

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Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Janice Forsyth is joined by reviewers Eddie Harrison and Jamie Dunn.

As the Oscar winning epic Chariots of Fire gets re-released in the run up to the Olympic Games, Janice reminisces about the making of the film with its producer and director, Lord Puttnam and Hugh Hudson. Lord Puttnam affectionately explores the character of the Flying Scotsman, Eric Lidell, even seeing some comparisons with our current sporting hero, Andy Murray.

The directors of Ice Age: Continental Drift explain the challenges of keeping this extremely successful franchise fresh.

The Movie Café takes a whistle stop tour of this year's summer blockbusters, including the 4th instalment of Ice Age. Given the summer we're having, the cinema is the ideal place to be, so which films are must-sees?

And Channing Tatum talks stripping off and baring all as Magic Mike.

Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Presenter Edi Stark is joined by reviewers Alistair Harkness and Sarfraz Manzoor.

A cape of rumours, intrigue and mystery, have shrouded the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy...but all shall be revealed as we edge closer to The Dark Knight Rises.

Making films doesn't pay as much as drug dealing, but for Garry Fraser it did save his life. My Lives and Times, tells his story of being born into a family of poverty, violence and alcohol addiction on Edinburgh's notorious Muirhouse housing estate.

And we go back in time with a trio of documentaries:

You may never have heard of the individuals who made up The Wrecking Crew, but this group of session musicians played on a huge amount of hits that came out of 60s LA, including songs by The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, and the Mamas and Papas. Director, Denny Tedesco talks about his father, a guitarist in the group, the crew, and the stars they played for.

Detroit musician Rodriguez's music captured the sound of a generation during the South African Apartheid years. Although his fans chanted his lyrics, they presumed him dead. Searching for Sugar Man goes on a journey to find the musician who disappeared from the world.

And the image of 2 athletes with their black fists raised in a salute, instantly takes you back to the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. We discover the story of the 3 runners who took a stand for human rights that day, and have paid the price ever since, in Salute.

(Sarfraz Manzoor's one man show The Boss Rules will be on at the Assembly Rooms during the Edinburgh Festival).

Excitement grows over the release of The Dark Knight Rises, plus two music documentaries.

Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Another chance to hear Anthony Baxter discuss his documentary You've Been Trumped.

Another chance to hear a special edition of the Movie Café: Janice Forsyth conducts an in-depth interview with Film-maker, Anthony Baxter, about his documentary - the 'development exposé', You've Been Trumped. He also looks back over his career and touches on some of the values and ideas which have shaped his approach to the film.


Brave: Kelly McDonald, Robbie Coltrane and Kevin McKidd discuss Disney's latest film.

Marilyn Monroe: Since Marilyn Monroe's premature death 50 years ago in August of 1962, the appetite for information about her has been insatiable: a powerful star and a childlike waif; a party girl with a spiritual side; a loyal friend and a narcissist; a ditzy blonde and an intellectual with a remarkably high IQ. Her real life was as dramatic as her film roles, involving childhood foster homes, multiple marriages, affairs, and her untimely death at the age of thirty-six, Film writers Kim Newman & Alison Kerr discuss her unique and enduring appeal

Brave - Kelly McDonald Robbie Coltrane and Kevin McKidd discuss the, much anticipated, Scotland set, Disney/Pixar film, Brave.

Rural Cinema: We've often made the point that those of us live near a cinema or multiplex probably take a visit to flicks for granted. But some rural communities are tackling the absence of a local picture house head on. On Friday in Oban, 'The Phoenix' will re-open as a community venture. And in Thurso this week, a businessman from West Lothian has got the town's picture house up and running again. And you may remember last Autumn we reported how the community in Aberfeldy had embarked on an ambitious scheme to restore and reopen the Birks Cinema in the town. Our reporter Bob Dickson has been to Oban to try to find out what's behind this resurgence in Picture Palaces.

DVD Pick of The Week Revenge of the Electric car - a documentary which chronicles the greatest shift in technology in automobile history.

THE BOURNE LEGACY The Director behind the new BOURNE film, TONY GILROY, explains how he took the helm for the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office. The writer/director has expanded the BOURNE universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (JEREMY RENNER) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.

Edgar Wallace, We revisit the often forgotten world the world of B-Movies or more properly 'second features' - specifically the wonderful thrillers of Edgar Wallace, one of the twentieth century's most successful crime novelists.


Janice Forsyth talks to director James Marsh about his new film Shadow Dancer.

The Imposter - Critics Paul Gallagher and Stephen Carty discuss Bart Layton's fascinating, mind-boggling, documentary, where the disappearance of a blonde blue-eyed Texas boy was "solved" three years later with the mysterious appearance in Spain of a brown-eyed, dark-haired youth who claimed to have been abducted by the military and held as a sex slave until he escaped.

360 - Respected Director Fernando Meireilles discusses his film 360, a loose adaptation of La Ronde, with a cast including Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins.

National Library Exhibition - An exhibition at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh - "Going to the Pictures, Scotland at the Cinema" - is tracing how our love affair with the big screen developed over the last hundred and twenty years or so. To find out all about it, we sent our reporter Bob Dickson - no longer in the first flush of youth himself - on a trip down memory lane.

Jackpot - Norwegian director Magnus Martens talks about making Jackpot - written especially for the big screen, by Jo Nesbo.

Shadow Dancer -Director James Marsh (Man on Wire, Project Nim), discusses his new film - based on the 2001 novel by Tom Bradby, (who wrote the screenplay) a slow-burning thriller about the compulsions of terrorism - it's set in pre-peace-process Belfast. We also review the film with critics Paul Gallagher and Stephen Carty.


Nicola Benedetti discusses her new CD of classic music from films and film composers.

Nicola Benedetti: the renowned violinist discusses her new album - The Silver Violin; a collection of classic music from films and film composers, including the Korngold Violin concerto, and Schindler's List.

Berberian Sound Studio: Director Peter Strickland and actor Toby Young discuss Berberian Sound Studio - a twist on 70s horror movies, but without a drop of gore on screen. It opens nationwide this week and our critics Nigel Floyd and Jamie Dunn also review the film.

DVD Pick of the Week: Rumble Fish.

'Watch with Baby' Paul Saunders reports from The Grosvenor Cinema in Glasgow on 'Mother and baby' cinema screenings.

Total Recall: We review Colin Farrell's turn as a Futuristic Super-Spy On the Run in this summer's latest remake.


Director John Hillcoat discusses Lawless, his film about bootlegging siblings in America.

Lawless - Director John Hillcoat discusses his take on the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic gangster tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant's family in his novel "The Wettest County In The World", the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation's most notorious crime wave. We also review it with Film critics Ian Hoey and Jane Graham.

Dredd: Siobhan Synnott discusses The Judge Dredd reboot which has a big question mark hanging over it; with a modest budget, and a cast of actors who are hardly household names, this film is far from being a guaranteed hit - but will it correct the mistakes of the 1995 Judge Dredd film starring Sylvester Stallone?

Our DVD Pick of the Week is Albert Nobbs" - actress Bronagh Gallagher discusses her role in this critically acclaimed film in which award-winning actress Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) plays a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland.

Shut Up and Play The Hits: On April 2nd, 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. Shut Up and Play the Hits is simultaneously a document of a once-in-a-lifetime performance and an intimate portrait of Murphy as he navigates both the personal and professional ramifications of his decision. We review it with Film critics Ian Hoey and Jane Graham.


THE SWEENEY Ray Winstone who takes on the role of maverick Flying Squad Detective Inspector Jack Regan talks about the distinctly modern remake of the much loved 70's TV drama. Film critics Wendy Lloyd and Alastair Harkness review the film.

PARANORMAN The new animated Zombie comedy in 3D stop-motion about a teenage misfit who talks on ghosts, zombies and adults to save his town from a century old curse. Co-Directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler explain that it's not just a movie for kids.

CASABLANCA The BBC SSO celebrate the 70th anniversary of one of Hollywood's best-loved films with a concert screening featuring Max Steiner's exotic score performed live by the orchestra. Film critic Alison Kerr previews the event and discusses Casablanca's enduring appeal.

TO ROME WITH LOVE Review of Woody Allen's latest romantic comedy which is set in one of the world's most enchanting cities. Janice asks does it match up to his last hit Midnight In Paris?



Directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano talk about the moving comedy that's set to be a box office smash. It's the story of millionaire quadriplegic and his unlikely friendship with his ex-con carer. Critics Stephen Carty and Nicola Balkind review.


17 year old Tessa, (Dakota Fanning) has a terminal illness and sets herself the challenge of living her adolescence on fast forward until suddenly she falls in love. Director Ol Parker talks about his latest film.


Diana Vreeland was the legendary Vogue and Harper's Bazaar editor whose influence changed the face of fashion beauty and art. Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland discusses her documentary plus review from Stephen Carty.


Brad Pitt plays a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game. It's a bleakly humorous gangster flick with an underlying commentary on modern day moral bankruptcy. Nicola Balkind reviews.

Simon Bateson joins Janice to talk about the Take One Action Film Festival which looks at the movies that try to change the World.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.

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The British conductor and the man behind the John Wilson Orchestra, talks about his love for film musicals with Janice Forsyth. An expert in light music, jazz and music for the small and big screens, John Wilson thrills audiences across the world with his passion, enthusiasm and expertise.

Janice Forsyth meets John Wilson, who specialises in music for the small and big screen.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.


Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.

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Quartet: Café regular critics Nigel Floyd and Siobhan Synnot review 'Quartet' a bittersweet tale of ageing opera singers forced to face their mortality. We'll also hear from the stars of the film Tom Courtney and Billy Connolly.

Audience Emotional Reactions: Gary Donnan Executive Vice President of 'Technology & Research at Technicolor', explains the results of their survey on the 'emotional impact' of films on cinema-goers and screenwriter Stuart Hepburn talks about whether this type of research is likely to influence the 'creative process' of film-making.

DVD Pick Of the Week: ' The Girl' - we have an interview with Toby Jones who plays the 'master of suspense' himself Alfred Hitchock and follow up with review from our critics Siobhan Synnot and Nigel Floyd.

Le Miserables: Director Tom Hooper discusses his motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people around the globe and our critics also review the film.

Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.

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Django Unchained - Alistair Harkness and Hannah McGill discuss Quentin Tarantino's latest film - set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty!

Glasgow Film Festival - We preview this year's Glasgow Film Festival with co-directors Allan Hunter and Alison Gardner.

The Wee Man: Actor Martin Compston discusses his role in this portrayal of the extraordinary and well-documented life-story of the reformed Glaswegian gangster Paul Ferris. We also review the film with Alistair Harkness.

Lawless is our DVD Pick of the Week and Director John Hillcoat discusses his take on the true story of the infamous 'Bondurant Brothers': bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia.

The Sessions: Alistair Harkness and Hannah McGill review the Sessions, starring Academy Award Nominee JOHN HAWKES, Academy Award Nominee WILLIAM H. MACY and Academy Award Winner HELEN HUNT, the film is based on the true story of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien. Portrayed by John Hawkes - who gives a career-defining performance, O'Brien's story is the poignant but surprisingly funny tale of a man, paralyzed by polio who - at age 38 - is determined to finally lose his virginity.

Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.

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Lincoln: Film critics Paul Gallagher and Nicola Balkind discuss Steven Spielberg's revealing (and heavily Oscar nominated) drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office.

Film Versus Digital: The number of cinemas that have the facilities to play film are rapidly decreasing. Is film dying as a movie medium? Will it's champions' (Nolan, Tarantino) case for the defence prove enough to save it, or will film become the movie equivalent of vinyl? Former manager of Edinburgh's Cameo Cinema(the only Scottish venue to screen a 35mm print of 'Django Unchained') Ian Hoey, explores the issue.

'Roman Polanski': With a season of Polanski films at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh, Pasquale Iannone looks again at the work of one of the 20th (and 21st) century's most enduring filmmakers.

Zero Dark Thirty: Academy Award Winning Writer / Producer MARK BOAL discusses his work on 'ZERO DARK THIRTY' which explores how the hunt for Osama bin Laden preoccupied the world and two American presidential administrations for more than a decade. We also review it with Film critics Paul Gallagher and Nicola Balkind.

Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.

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Janice Forsyth with the unmissable weekly film programme.

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John Gordon Sinclair talks to Janice Forsyth about his new venture into thriller writing.

John Gordon Sinclair has come a long way from the gawky and awkward star of Gregory's Girl, with a long and successful career in both film and television. Now he's trying his hand at literature. He talks to Janice Forsyth before a live audience at the Edinburgh Book Festival about his new venture, a gritty thriller set in Northern Ireland entitled Seventy Times Seventy.