They’re Educational! Some Good Film Podcasts.

Wong Kar Wai

This year podcasts have hit me in a really big way. If you spend long enough browsing iTunes you can find some surprisingly interesting stuff and further more you don’t have to pay for any of it.

Big on my list is the ‘Creative Screenwriting Magazine’ podcast hosted by Jeff Goldsmith. This guy gets to interview some of the best Hollywood screenwriters who often volunteer fascinating insights into their writing methods. This podcast can be found on iTunes by searching ‘Creative Screenwriting Magazine’ or by clicking here to get it from podcastalley.com.

My first discovery which I have plundered substantially is the excellent Museum of the Moving Image Pinewood Dialogues series. This is top in terms of important directors and personalities. My favourite is an hour long session with the creative team behind ‘The Wire’. As a long running series The Pinewood Dialogues have interviews dating back 20 years! Most of the late ones are mediated brilliantly by David Schwartz, a guy who really knows his stuff. If you don’t want to download the audio you have the option of typed transcripts of each session as well. Museum of the Moving Image also offers a wealth of great articles by top writers that you can find here.

Another iTunes podcast rich with exclusive interviews is ‘Meet the Filmmaker’. Here you can listen to lengthy Q & A sessions with the likes of Darren Aronofsky, Errol Morris, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, The Coen Brothers, Guy Maddin and Wong Kar-Wai to name but a few. Last week I listened to a great one with Dave Gibbons, the illustrator of ‘Watchmen’.

For reviews I like the Guardian ‘Film Weekly’ podcast with Jason Solomons and Xan Brooks. These guys pack a half-hour show with solid reviews and interviews. Since I’ve been listening they have interviewed Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and my favourite actress Isabella Huppert. This one can be found easily on iTunes by searching ‘Film Weekly’.

For New Zealand readers, if you don’t have time to catch Simon Morris’ witty ‘At the Movies’ on National Radio you can also as of now get it on iTunes as well as several other National Radio shows by searching ‘Radio New Zealand’.

None of these podcasts cost a cent and there are literally hours of fascinating things to listen to. These are the best I’ve found but I’m sure there are others. If you know of any please let me know as I’m quickly making my way through these ones.

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