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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Industrial Light and Magic have their VFX Supervisor Julian to thank for the stunning CG in a host of blockbusters such as Rogue One, Transformers: Last Knight, Ready Player One and Ninja Turtles 2. He talks about these films as well as being on set for Dark Knight Rises, Solo and Fast & Furious 6, how he created the alien in Paul and just what goes into making robots for Transformers.