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65 – Paris, Open City (for Filmmakers and Content Creators)

This is a real treat of an episode for anyone wanting tips on how to find work in cinema, and for anyone who loves Paris (that’s everyone, surely?)

Contrarah is joined by director, actress, writer and film festival producer Jenna Suru to talk about the Paris International Film Festival and her film career, including her feature L’Age D’or (The Golden Age), and film reviewer, content creator and PR guru Latoya Austin AKA Franglais27 about her fantastic career and how these two women came to know one another.

The episode is divided into parts on the film festival, film journalism, directing a feature, career advice and of course, Bechdel passing and failing movies! Find out more about our guests here:

Jenna Suru on Facebook, @jennasuru on Twitter @belleepoquefilms on Instagram and Facebook & Twitter,  @lagedorfilm (The Golden Age) on InstagramTwitter , Facebook and the Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk_PVbgTUIrklZaT1DnC9wQ 

More on The Paris International Film Festival can be found at: https://www.parisintlfest.com/ 

Find Latoya at: @franglais27 on Twitter and Instagram and at the website www.Franglais27tales.com and find out more about the Birds Eye View agency’s Reclaim the Frame campaign or search using #ReclaimtheFrame

Hope to see you all in St Tropez real soon!

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. 

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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.

Timecodes:

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.