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’.
The pen was forced into Oli’s hand when he acquired a theatre space and had no play to put on and no writer to create one. From there his passion and skill for writing grew, and his IMDB list now features Alan Davis sitcom Whites which he co-wrote with Peep Show’s Matt King, and the excellent Anna Paquin show Flack, which he created, wrote, produced, and for one episode, directed. The ups and downs of screenwriting are all laid out here.
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.
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.
Ben Schwartz’s credits are huge and diverse, and on this first of two Reel Feedback new season episodes, he talks about his career as actor, writer and voice artist as well as the workings of improv comedy and how he turned a one paragraph appearance as Jean Ralphio into a returning, beloved character.
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.
The Favourite bagged Make-Up and Hair Designer Nadia the BAFTA, and she talks to host Kevin Dawson about her work on it as well as Tyrannosaur, This Is England and Eddie the Eagle. She shares her story of working all hours to make it to the top of her game, and the many collaborations her job puts her in, including working with Paddy Considine, Olivia Coleman and Nicolas Hoult.
Katie Reynolds – Post Production Supervisor (Batman Begins, Corpse Bride, Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows)
Post Supervisor Katie talks to host Kevin Dawson about how she entered the industry via Bond before working on Harry Potter for 11 years as well as 3 Tim Burton films, Justice League and more. She also talks about the three stage process of post-production, what happens at movie premieres, and the many facets that can make or break the quality of a film.
Following host Kevin Dawson’s first conversation with newly BAFTA-winning producer Stephen in the last episode, Kevin gets the lowdown on the second half of Stephen’s illustrious career so far. Continuing on Interview With the Vampire and working with Cruise and Pitt, they also talk about Stoned and the implications of rock star murder surrounding the story, as well as female empowerment in movies such as Collette, Carol, Your Finest, Byzantium and Made in Dagenham.
BAFTA-Winning Film Producer Stephen Woolley talks at his production company Number 9 Films to host Kevin Dawson about his hands-on Arthouse and World cinema education before managing the infamous Scala cinema himself. He details distributing The Evil Dead and how Sam Raimi slept at his house, as well as tales of producing classics such as Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa, Absolute Beginners, The Crying Game and Interview With the Vampire. And, how he pitched a film to Sean Connery in a lift.
Helicopter pilot Will explains how he went from farmer to a pilot in the movies. He shares his incredible in-the-air account of the London Olympic stunt when James Bond and the Queen parachuted from a helicopter, about being in the helicopter than destroys Bond’s house in Skyfall, how he thought the placement of a rock by Ridley Scott would end up with a jeep exploding under him, the challenges he faced when trying to line up his helicopter with the aeroplane Tom Cruise was clinging to the outside of and the logistics of landing by a famous landmark in Fast & Furious spin off Hobbs & Shaw.
Co-owner of Pindrop Ltd, Steve has formed a career out of mixing sound for independent film by directors such as Shane Meadows, Noel Clarke and Dexter Fletcher. He was also responsible for the audio in recent horror Strangers: Prey at Night and talks about the swimming pool scene in detail with host Kevin Dawson. Throw in working with Tim Burton and Paul Schrader, how to he does the sound for a punch up and the process of the horror movie jump scare.