5 Film Podcasts

Film-focused podcasts have exploded in the last few years. These days, there are almost as many audio chats about movies as there are movies themselves. The good news is, whatever your tastes, there’s something out there for you.

Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review

There are dozens of movie podcasts that trawl through the week’s releases, but none more popular than critic Mark Kermode and broadcaster Simon Mayo’s pod. These two veterans have been going head-to-head on movies for years, and their chemistry is part of what makes the show fun. Plenty of great guests too – recently including Florian Zeller, Oscar-winning director of The Father, and his star Olivia Colman. Also look out for their specials – from sci-fi films to James Bond.

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Girls On Film

Presented by critic and broadcaster Anna Smith, the clue is in the title. The focus is women in movies – whether it’s on camera or behind it. Drawing from a strong pool of female critics, Smith also has curated a wide range of guests: After Love star Joanna Scanlan and actor-director Billie Piper (Rare Beasts) were two notables joining the pod of late. Episodes are often themed too – like the evolution of the Disney princess that came paired with Cruella and a Sheffield DocFest special.

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Clash of the Titles

An irreverent and highly entertaining pod, Clash of the Titles sees three British critics – Alex Zane, Vicky Crompton and Chris Tilly – pit two movies against each other, connected by a theme, and then argue which is the best. Under consideration recently were two Philip K. Dick-inspired sci-fi movies, Minority Report and Total Recall; rom-com classics Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You; and Indiana Jones efforts Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom.

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Black Men Can’t Jump (In Hollywood)

Bringing a lively mix of comedy and criticism to your ears is this US-made pod that examines race and diversity in Hollywood. Started, so they say, after an argument concerning Martin Lawrence’s performance in Blue Streak, cohosts Jonathan Braylock, Jerah Milligan and James III examine representation of black actors in cinema. Recent episodes include looking at Michael B. Jordan-starrer Without Remorse and Eddie Murphy sequel Coming 2 America, with flashbacks to films like How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

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Black Girl Film Club

Film fanatics Britney Brinson and Ashley Ayer are behind Black Girl Film Club, a podcast they created to offer a much-needed space for women of colour to watch and discuss movies. They tackle both new and older films, which often leads to lively discussions about their own personal experiences. Recent hits like Sound of Metal, Queen & Slim and Lovers Rock are blended with familiar titles such as Point Break, Friday and Batman Returns – making this a diverse and encouraging line-up.

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James Mottram


Still from Schemers, directed by David McLean, part of ASFF 2019.