London Film Podcast

For coverage of the 63rd BFI London Film Festival, listen to my London Film Podcasts. 

I’m really proud of the depth and mix I managed to squeeze into two shows I recorded from the festival with the help of BBC Radio London.

In the first show: I bring you a director who’d just pocketed a £50,000 prize for her first movie –  Rose Glass joins us to talk about one of the most-talked about debuts of the festival, St Maud

I got the atmosphere of opening night which saw a Dickensian red carpet brimming with the diverse cast and crew of Armando Iannuci’s superbly witty The Personal History of David Copperfield

I meet Oscar-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney for a chilling story of Russian oligarchs, rooted in London: Citizen K;

Last Black Man in San Francisco

Last Black Man in San Francisco. Me with Jimmy Fails and Joe Talbot

Legendary novelist and screenwriter William Nicholson, he of Shadowlands and Gladiator, tells us about directing again after a 22-year gap, with Bill Nighy and Annette Bening, in Hope Gap

and don’t miss my interview with French auteur Francois Ozon, whose By The Grace of God unveils a scandalous child abuse cover up in the Catholic church;

And I look at gentrification and identity in America with the brilliantly original Last Black Man in San Francisco, with its star Jimmie Fails and director Joe Talbot

In Show Two: 

London director Sarah Gavron talks us through the making of her east London coming of age triumph Rocks

I hear from Head of the Jury Wash Westmoreland on having to make tough choices while also having his own film in the festival, the Japanese thriller Earthquake Bird, starring Alicia Vikander…

And I catch up with a bright new London star making it huge in America – Cynthia Erivo, who’s being Oscar-tipped for her role in slavery drama Harriet.

Plus I look at gentrification in Hoxton with doc maker Zed Nelson and his film The Street

You can hear both shows on BBC Sounds, or on your favourite podcast app.