Canadian-born Rachel is a woman of many talents. Her background musically was classical for many years until meeting Faris Badwan from The Horrors and Cat’s Eyes were born. She talks about writing and recording their albums, including the award-winning soundtrack for the film Duke of Burgundy, being a teacher in rough schools, playing dead to escape a bear, ‘breaking into’ Buckingham Palace and the Vatican to play Cat’s Eyes songs, being accidentally deported and avoiding an embarrassing incident with Sir Michael Caine.
The BAFTA-winning director talks about his process on a stack of globally renowned television shows. He details his approach to emotional scenes with Olivia Colman and David Tennant in Broadchurch, recreating the Kennedy assassination for Stephen King’s 11.22.63 with James Franco, helming episodes of Downton Abbey and Doctor Who, and upcoming nuclear submarine thriller Vigil for BBC and HBO.
The BAFTA-winning actress talks about her path into television and film via the theatre stage. She chats Doc Martin, The IT Crowd, the comradery with actors like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Nighy on Richard Curtis’s Pirate Radio, as well her role in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society, pivotal scenes with Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock and recent BBC lockdown comedy Pandemonium.
The horror-hit of 2020 was undoubtedly Zoom terrorfest Host. It’s director Rob Savage talks in detail about just how you go about creating a scare smash in lockdown and details certain filming and editing woes and triumphs. He also chats about his incredible, award-winning short films and his upcoming debut for Blumhouse Productions.
The Horrors’ frontman talks about the origin of the band, his painting and drawing, reacting to aggresive crowds, the evolution of the bands’ sound, creating the soundtrack for the film Duke of Burgundy, working with producers Geoff Barrow and Paul Epworth, and his near collaboration with Alex Turner.
Chief Film Critic at the Independent and substitute for Mark Kermode on his BBC podcast with Simon Mayo, Clarisse knows her movies. She talks about how she got into the industry, how she got the Kermode job and behind-the-scenes on recording day, her view on the pandemic’s effect on cinema and her love for Star Wars, Nicolas Windig Refn and Taika Waititi.
Frontman of South London Shame one of, to quote NME, ‘the country’s best bands’, Charlie talks about their inception in a Brixton pub, recording their debut at the infamous Rockfield Studios, what it’s like being on Jools Holland, his past insecurities that feed his onstage persona and his many vocal styles and how he records them. Plus, details on the (at the time unreleased) second album, ‘Drunk Tank Pink’.
Brixton-raised Skin tells her tale of going from a vulnerable young woman to the fiery, no-nonsense front woman of rock band Skunk Anansie. She details how the band got signed, her process writing songs, and offers anecdotes galore including, sitting with Pavarotti in his kitchen as he cooks; a bad experience with Michael Jackson at Nelson Mandela’s 80th birthday party that she couldn’t put in her autobiography; the full run-down on the band’s Glastonbury headline slot and the criticisms that came with the news of them playing.
The Hertfordshire-born frontman delves into his career for a mammoth insight into his process. From first hearing personal game changer Smells Like Teen Spirit to being manhandled by Dave Grohl, Billy’s conversational style is focused, impassioned and peppered with a great sense of humour. He also talks recording in L.A with Butch Vig, the Covid effect on venues and the industry, his brother’s recent departure from the band and the upcoming album.
The vocalist talks about her path from training in opera and jazz to fronting the melodic pop-pink noise machine that released their second album in July 2020 as a signed act. From being a Covid lab rat to breaking down the meaning behind some of Dream Wife’s best-known songs, Rakel is funny, self-assured and insightful in conversation.
The Maximo Park frontman delves into his background in music and talks about how he got the job. He reveals how the band were signed, working with famous producers such as Paul Epworth and Gil Norton, and the new single and forthcoming album Nature Always Wins, which was recorded during lockdown in a unique way that had Paul acting outside of his comfort zone.
Seeing Richard Dreyfuss in Jaws was the eureka moment for Andy that put him on the path to where he is today. He talks about the privilege of being in showbusiness and how collaboration is necessary in creativity. He also talks about the creation of Ghost Stories and making the film, working with Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger in a pivotal scene in Judy, bin defecation in Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set (WARNING – Spoilers towards the end regarding his character) and walking through the eye-popping set on the upcoming Dwayne Johnson blockbuster, Jungle Cruise.
Since 2001, Chris Hewitt has written for arguably the world’s best-known movie mag, Empire. He talks about his journey from a small Irish town to the London office of the great mag via a very ‘ambitious’ job application. Since then he has hosted their celeb-drenched award show and, since 2011, their podcast, as well as been critic on Lauren Laverne’s BBC6 Music show and various TV appearances such as Film 2017. He talks about these, Evil Dead 2, film set visits and his love for R.E.M.
Frontman Grian Chatten talks about the pressure of the first two years as a signed band, his early love of bands like Pixies and Kings of Leon, how the band recorded their sophomore effort A Hero’s Death and how it feels to have not played them to a live crowd yet. Articulate and honest, Grian details how he writes songs once they comes to him, and the damage an American tour did to the band.
Actor Ben Schwartz, Fontaines D.C front man Grian Chatten, actor Andy Nyman and Empire magazine and podcast host Chris Hewitt are four of the upcoming guests on the brand new season from Friday 23rd October. For now though, a taster, an amuse-bouche if you will, to whet the appetite ahead of the full episode releases. From Sonic the Hedgehog to Charlie Brooker’s zombies, film set visits and rock’n’roll tales in America, this preview episode is made especially for your ears.
Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris are two of the biggest names in biting, scathing, bring-your-brain-to-this comedy, and Billy is the main responsible for editing a huge chunk of their output including The Thick of It, I’m Alan Partridge, Veep, Four Lions, Brass Eye and The Day Shall Come. AND, he’s the main who stitched together the stupendous Stan and Ollie and the blood-chilling Ghost Stories. He talks about how he got there from a career start as an in-debt dispatch rider and a chance meeting in a pub.
How do you become a costume illustrator? How do you film Tom Cruise on the side of a plane? How do you create the Vader corridor sequence? How do you make Olivia Coleman look like a badger? How do you create an alien called Paul? How do you co-manage the creature/ droid department on the Star Wars trilogy? Why would you replace George Clooney’s eyes for your own in a blockbuster movie? What does a sock full of vegetables have to do with a xenomorph alien? You guessed it, all answers lie within this episode.
Foley is a damn sight more than footsteps, as Glen takes us through the crazy world of audio capture he inhabits with his team, bringing life to films like Wonder Woman, Wallace & Gromit, Mission Impossible’s 5&6 and more, utilising a variety of not always entirely safe methods.
Abbey Road Studios has been a mecca for many for decades, but what about the staff behind the scenes? Mastering Engineer Geoff Pesche has kept the seat warm in his room at the studio for over a decade, and has worked his final polish magic for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Pulp. Coldplay, Black Sabbath and Ed Sheeran.
Darrell Warner – Costume Illustrator/Concept Artist (Captain America: First Avenger, Rocketman, Maleficent)
The Marvel Universe has many things, and one is an amazing array of costumes that the heroes don when saving Earth. Costume Illustrator/ Concept Artist Darrell Warner is an integral part of pre-production where the clothes are concerned. We talk Captain’s America and Marvel, Starlord, Hawkeye, Black Panther and Thor as well as his other credits including Pirates of the Caribbean, Doomsday, Maleficent and Rocketman.