5 Film Podcasts to Listen To

5 Film Podcasts to Listen To

Staying home is essential right now, which means there’s plenty of time to discover the breadth of free cultural content. ASFF selects top film podcasts to listen to – featuring interviews, new releases and essential advice for filmmakers.

Scriptnotes

Each week, screenwriters Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and John August (Big Fish), offer detailed advice on screenplay craft and culture. Delivering first-hand accounts of the film and television industry – everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright – the show is invaluable whether you’re a screenwriter or film aficionado. Features include the Three Page Challenge segment, in which both hosts critique a sample of a reader-submitted screenplay.

Curzon Film Podcast

Since its foundation in 1976, Curzon has been releasing critically acclaimed films by some of the world’s greatest directors to discerning UK audiences. Their flagship podcast is no different. Featuring interviews and discussions about the latest high quality and independent film releases, listeners will have the pleasure of hearing from a broad range of filmmaking talent including Greta Gerwig, Bong Joon Ho, Robert Eggers and more.

The No Film School Podcast

From the creators of No Film School – a worldwide community of directors, video producers and independent creatives – comes their self-titled podcast. Paving the way for filmmakers to learn from each other and break into the industry, the podcast features interviews with leading practitioners and authorities. The show’s latest episode discusses the impact of COVID-19 and the dramatic changes it’s having on the industry.

The Two Shot Podcast

A labour of love for actor Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty), The Two Shot Podcast speaks to TV and film creatives about the highs and lows of the industry. With plenty of acting credits under his belt, Parkinson delivers the interviews in a laid-back conversational style, resulting in honest and eye-opening dialogue between him and his guests. It’s sometimes heart-breaking, often hilarious, but always insightful. Awarded Best Culture Podcast in 2018.

The Bigger Picture

The British Film Institute’s flagship podcast, The Bigger Picture, covers the best in screen culture. Hosted by BFI programmer Anna Bogutskaya and the BFI’s digital editor, Henry Barnes, each episode is an audio adventure. Listen as they discuss the latest on-screen releases and delve into the BFI’s archives. Episodes include deliberation over gentrification, masculinity, LGBTQ+ cinema, as well as special tributes to Hollywood greats.

Hannah Thomas

Stills: The Last Tree, Lady Bird, Atlantics.