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Decades: Episode 06

Franc Roddam

Franc Roddam made a name for himself with the film Quadrophenia. If that wasn’t enough, he later created the small matter of popular TV show Masterchef. Discussing, among other things, his well-known work that encapsulated an era and the need “to know what is true and what is false” in the Directorial chair, Roddam opens up about his 70s experience.


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Truer than life itself: the films of Olivier Assayas

A MUBI retrospective looks back on the extensive back-catalogue of the acclaimed French auteur. Smart dialogue and gorgeous cinematography presents the relationship between fiction and truth, and the political potential of film-making.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Charlie Kaufman’s latest film, i’m thinking of ending things, is based on a novel by Canadian author Iain Reid. A young couple are on their way to meet-the-parents; claustrophobia, recursion and double-bluffs see them come face to face with much more than just family dinner.

“Every day, I feel uneasy”, Werner Herzog’s Family Romance, LLC

Japanese agency Family Romance LLC provides stand-in actors for any role its clients can think of – from absent family members at weddings to surrogate friends. And while that might sound strange… could the service just be an explicit example of the roles we play every day?

The Lazy Man’s Odyssey: 300 Films in Lockdown (41-45)

It is a sad fact that globally, the film industry has largely excluded women from executive and directorial roles over the past century. Mr Tiffou couldn't even find five female directors on Ebert's Greatest list so instead had to settle for films centred on women instead.

The Lazy Man’s Odyssey: 300 Films in Lockdown (36-40)

With time decompressed to immeasurable length during lockdown, much has been made of a steadily increasing appreciation of a more supine, unhurried consumption of arts and literature. There exists no better litmus test for this than Stanley Kubrick's 15-minute-long voyeuristic scene of a spaceship landing.

Love, from a distance – Who You Think I Am Review

Safy Nebbou’s Who You Think I Am was released early, on Curzon Home Cinema and into a world where life suddenly mirrored its art. Charting the rise and fall of an online affair, catfishing Claire’s motives become ever murkier as we reach the bottom of her story’s lake. What value can we find in distance, as we learn to live beneath it?

The Lazy Man’s Odyssey: 300 Films in Lockdown (16-20)

Raphael Tiffou weighs in on five more outstanding films before sharing some sage observations on the genealogy of cinematic technique. How much can one learn and grow from watching the 300 best films ever made? We're going to find out more and more.

‘Ever seen a one-armed man pump a shotgun?’ – First Love review

Tokyo, nighttime. A confident young boxer and a prostitute get caught up in a drug-smuggling plot involving organised crime, corrupt cops and a female assassin. A really sweet love story (if bullet wounds, car chases, and multiple decapitations are sweet), First Love is pulp fiction at its funniest and finest.

‘A raw, unguided love’ Queen & Slim review

Slim and Queen's first date pulls into a chaotic cul-de-sac when a cop pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer's gun and shoots him in self-defence. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen go on the run. The unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people all across the country.

‘Free fumigation!’ – Parasite review

Fable? Social satire? Genre-hopping and visual wit make for an arresting story of greed and class discrimination, in Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, cinema’s worst-kept secret.

Maryam Mohajer, ‘Grandad Was A Romantic’ 

'I was thinking about the old love stories between our grandparents or great grandparents in Iran; how passionate and spontaneous they were, falling in love with just one look and then travelling for days to meet their beloved.' - Maryam Mohajer

Kathrin Steinbacher, ‘In Her Boots’ 

'The film discusses questions regarding dementia and how society deals with it. I was trying... to communicate that a person suffering from this disease can still have a fairly good life and fun.' - Kathrin Steinbacher

Naaman Azhari and Lilia Laurel, ‘The Magic Boat’

It's BAFTA weekend and, in celebration of the art of animation, whynow spoke to the creators whose work is shortlisted for British Animation Short. Up first is Naaman Azhari and Lilia Laurel with 'The Magic Boat'.

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