64 – Jen loves Producers, Becky loves Authors, I Love Dick

Now that we have your attention… In honour of (and a little bit in spite of) IWD we made an episode about the women who inspire us  – every day – across the arts.

Contrarah asked filmmakers Becky Lima-Matthews (Becky-matthews.com) and Jen Francis (Sassy Jam Productions) to come talk, champion and celebrate women in multiple fields and they delivered!

Our choices cover producing, writing, gaming, acting, directing and philanthropy. And in no particular order they are:

Becky: Deborah Levy, Samantha Irby, Candice Carty-Williams

Jen: Mara Brock Akil, Emma Thomas, Meghan Markle

Contrarah: Gina Rodriguez/Letitia Wright, Alanah Pearce, Regina King/Kathryn Hahn/Marielle Heller (Contrarah can’t count)

Women are phenomenal.

Thanks to Andrew Evans (as always) for the Beyond Bechdel score. 


62 – Wandavision. Why it’s good, What has happened and ALL of the Theories.

We turn our attention to Wandavision, the mystery box show that everyone is talking about and nobody fully understands.

If you have a passing interest in the new Disney+ show but don’t have the energy to find out what’s happening, let Contrarah do the hard work for you. She sets out why it’s such a female-friendly show, then gives an episode by episode recap for the first five episodes (both parts are spoiler-free), before moving to a full on geek-out investigating all the spoilers, all the theories and all the wild speculation as to what this show means for the MCU and beyond.


Part 1 – Celebrating Wandavision:          02:46 – 15:10

Part 2 – Episode 1-5 Quick-fire Recaps: 15:25 – 40:00

Part 3 – Full SPOILER and Speculation section: 40:30 – 1:17:00

This is for you…and For The Children

61 – 5 Movies that Predicted 2021 Politics

Welcome to a new era…of (hopefully) better, kinder government.

The film industry has seen its fair share of political scandal and Contrarah wonders if we can learn lessons from movies, especially those made many years ago.

We discuss 5 movies spanning a period of worldwide political upheaval from the 1940s all the way to end of the last century, and find an uncanny resonance with what’s happening in 2021.

Join us for a trip down memory lane just before a new US inauguration. 

60 – The New Oscar Rules & Movies We Love that Break Them – with Kristin Janssen of SIWTS

2021! A new year and a renewed opportunity to get excited about the Academy Awards! Kinda…

Soon the Academy will be implementing a new set of diversity and inclusion rules, which can’t come soon enough. 

Kristin Janssen – podcast host of So…I’m Watching this Show joins Contrarah to break down the rules and talk about the films she loves and loathes, many of which wouldn’t be eligible for nomination under the new rules. Join us for in-depth chat and fits of giggles.

Read the new rules here.

Follow Kristin and co-host Will’s pod exploits on the SIWTS website.

Let us have your thoughts here and at beyondbech@gmail.com 

Be Kind and Redefine.