Want to broaden your filmmaking knowledge or approach to your craft during lockdown? Billie Collins brings you the best podcasts for the job
I’ve acquired some fun new hobbies during lockdown: jigsaws, staring into space and – of course – going for walks. Queen of multi-tasking that I am, whilst I’m walking, I love listening to a good podcast. There are so many film and TV podcasts out there that it can be hard to know where to start. Luckily, I’ve curated a delicious pod-tasting-menu to whet your appetite.
THE Q AND A WITH JEFF GOLDSMITH
Jeff Goldsmith is a journalist and cinephile whose interviews with filmmakers balance boundless enthusiasm with fantastic practical insights from a roster of remarkable guests. Whether you’re looking for storytelling tips, advice on running a festival or just a recommendation for something to watch tonight - The Q and A has you covered.
Aisha Harris’ Represent ended in 2018, but you can still listen to the whole back catalogue. It’s about films and TV created by and/or about people from marginalised communities. For example, one episode critiques Wes Anderson’s representation of Japan in Isle of Dogs. Aisha even includes links to further reading to keep the discussion going.
BFI NETWORK have previously interviewed Al Horner about his podcast Script Apart, but it’s worth bigging up again. First drafts are always crap; even for Oscar-winners, getting words on the page can feel like pulling teeth. In Script Apart, Al charts the development of hit films in conversation with their writers, from Barry Jenkins to teen movie makers Karen McCullah and Kiwi Smith.
BEST GIRL GRIP
Nicole Davis’ Best Girl Grip is all about the women working behind-the-scenes and below-the-line in the British film industry. Meet a central and clapper loader, a projectionist, a talent agent, a script supervisor, and many more women working in jobs-you-never-knew-you-wanted-to-do.
INDIEWIRE’S FILMMAKER TOOLKIT
No-frills interviews with leading filmmakers about their craft and process - from Lulu Wang to Lena Waithe. ‘Nuff said.
TWO SHOT PODCAST
The first reason to listen to the Two Shot Podcast is the dulcet tones of Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty, Misfits). The second is the sheer variety of the people he’s interviewed, from many creative disciplines and walks of life (Reece Shearsmith, Nicole Kidman and Susan Wokoma have all featured). The only rule? No shop talk. In covering everything else - from childhood to mental health – the podcast teaches important lessons with warmth and sensitivity.
THE FINAL GIRLS
The Final Girls are a film collective exploring the intersections of feminism and horror. Anna Bogutskaya hosts their fantastic podcast that gives us in-depth feminist critique of film and TV horror, covering classics like Bride of Frankenstein right up to recent releases like His House.
BLACK FILM SPACE PODCAST
Black Film Space is a New York collective dedicated to enhancing the careers of Black filmmakers. Many podcasts give the impression that films are made solely by directors, whereas the Black Film Space podcast spotlights every role from dialect coaches to gaffers. If you’ve ever watched the credits and asked, ‘what does THAT person do?’ - this is the pod for you.
EVEN BADDIES WEAR HELMETS
In a frankly audacious plug, I’m including my own podcast: Even Baddies Wear Helmets. It’s all about the craft of making children’s TV. Our very first episode comes out today, and throughout the series we’ll be hearing from top writers, directors, producers, and actors about making knockout content for young audiences.