Sunday 24th February 2019: Episode 49: The Big Short. This week we delve into the world of global finances as we examine 2015’s movie that examines the causes of the financial crash of 2008. Starring Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrel and Brad Pitt, the movie rates very highly with critics and audiences alike and is frequently praised for its accuracy. We look forward to this one even if it is with some trepidation as we try and make sense of it all and to examine how no-one saw this coming.
Sunday 10th March 2019: Episode 50: A Beautiful Mind. Russel Crowe plays John Nash, a mathematical genius who seems on the brink of international renown but suffers from a host of personal issues. Co-starring Paul Bettany as Nash’s close friend Charles, the movie is largely based on Sylvia Nasar’s biography of Nash, also called A Beautiful Mind. If ever a movie portrayed the fine line between genius and madness, this is it. How close to the truth is the cinematic version? We hope to find out.
Sunday 24th March 2019: Episode 51: Bonnie and Clyde. This 1967 movie, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in the title roles is now seen as a cinematic classic but it took a while to get going on release. Based on the 1930’s criminal activities of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the charismatic portrayals by Dunaway and Beatty have created myths and legends that are difficult to separate from the real facts. Difficult but not impossible, as we hope to discover and share with you in this episode.
Sunday 7th April 2019: Episode 52: The Right Stuff. Stunning visuals, gritty performances by a very capable cast and a soaring score elevate this detailed look at America’s side of the space race to cult-status heights. From breaking the sound barrier to the first human to orbit the earth, this movie portrays the leaps of faith that had to be taken and the intense dangers that were endured to fulfil America’s ambition to lead the way out of our atmosphere. Our plan is to be joined on this journey by a guest host; more news of which very soon.
Sunday 21st April 2019: Episode 53: Gallipoli. Mark Lee is cast alongside a young Mel Gibson doing what he does best; playing a tough, cheeky and likeable character in this depiction of the disastrous Allied invasion of the Dardenelles peninsular during WW1. The movie focuses on the experience of the ANZAC troops in a campaign that would have a huge impact on both Australia and New Zealand, an impact still felt today.
Sunday 5th May 2019: Episode 54: I, Tonya. Starring Margot Robbie in the title role, this 2017 movie follows the story of Tonya Harding, a naturally gifted figure skater from the wrong side of the tracks and details her rivalry with Nancy Kerrigan, very much from the right side of the tracks. A rivalry that culminated in a physical assault on Kerrigan, the movie attempts to flesh out the pantomime villain that Tonya Harding became in the aftermath of the attack. Very highly rated by critics and audiences alike, we will examine how close the movie comes to the known facts.
Sunday 19th May 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody. The 2018 movie portraying the rise of rock band Queen, especially the journey travelled by lead singer Freddie Mercury has been panned by critics but loved by audiences. An Oscar-nominated portrayal of Freddie by actor Rami Malek stands out in the film as we try to separate fact from fiction.