With our ever-growing celebrity culture and a spike in popularity for streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, have made 2019 one of the easiest and best times to be a film fanatic, filmmaker or even industry professional. These podcasts are some of the best for anyone who loves or is involved in film.
The No Film School Podcast is perfect for filmmakers and fans alike, who may be interested in learning how some of their favourite films were made – from pre to post-production. In this podcast, you can listen to renowned industry professionals like Debra Granik (director of Winter’s Bone) talk about the rigours of a shooting schedule.
The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell, by popular film curator and critic, Mitchell interviews filmmakers and actors and guests have included Zach Braff and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Elvis Mitchell comes from a rather academic background, and even though he can often be self-serious, he is able to get access to brilliant talent and his podcasts have humour and complexity.
For any current or aspiring industry professional IndieWire’s Screen Talk with Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson is highly topical and insightful – to get to hear indieWire’s senior editor and chief film critic, Eric Kohn, and journalist Anne Thompson discuss different films that are relevant to the current marketplace. The conversations are always well informed and amusing, and I enjoy the occasional clash of opinions from these two individuals.
Filmspotting highlights under-appreciated classics, a podcast perfect for a cinephile or even someone with a general interest in film. This show has been around for over a dozen years with around 1,000 episodes, so has perfected the art of film talk. Hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen not only talk about the current wave of movies but refer back to older films – always with a critical eye.
Wondery’s ‘Inside’ Series takes a look into how classic films were made – from the first pitch to the impact it has had on our society and world. I highly recommend for any lover of all things film to listen to the eight-episode series which talked about Steven Spielberg’s connection to the infamous Jaws – including a conversation with the blockbuster’s co-writer Carl Gottlieb.
For filmmakers, or anyone interested in what makes good storytelling, Fighting in the War Room is a podcast filled with insightful discussions about not only film, but television, politics and even video games. Co-hosts Katey Rich, Matt Patches, David Ehrlich and Dave (‘Da7e’) Gonzales, rarely agree and bring a variety of impassioned opinions to the table.
Represent focuses conversations on the people who are actively changing the state of representation in entertainment. These conversations are based on greatly topical subjects such as inclusion in filmmaking, racial diversity, LGBTQ+ visibility and whitewashing. Host Aisha Harris talks with directors, editors, writers, performers and activists, making this the podcast for anyone who wants to find out more about representation in the filmmaking industry.
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Text: Didi Robinson
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