Sunday 18th November: Spotlight. This 2015 movie sees us return to some fairly dark and deep topics. This movie starring Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton details the story of how the Boston Globe revealed a huge cover-up of child abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests and covered up by the Catholic Church. The investigation led to worldwide revelations about similar abuses. Our investigation will focus on Director Tom McCarthy and his team to find out how close their movie gets to the true events.
Sunday 2nd December: Elizabeth. This 1998 historical drama starring Cate Blanchett in the lead role follows her journey as Elizabeth I of England, crowned at 23 and having to steer her way through the intrigues of a court and nobility that is not only male-dominated but is still split over Henry VIII’s turn away from Catholicism to Protestantism. One of Britain’s most dramatic periods, how well is the legendary Virgin Queen portrayed, both dramatically and historically? Please join us to share our discoveries…..
Sunday 16th December: Braveheart. At last, the movie that originally inspired us to venture along the road called History by Hollywood. A rip-roaring adventure in classic Hollywood ‘good-guys vs bad-guys’ style, Mel Gibson both directs and stars as Scottish folk hero William Wallace. It has been praised for its entertainment and slammed for its history. We will try to dissect the movie, the truth and bring you a balanced, objective review of the movie that launched Mel Gibson’s directorial career complete with five Academy Awards which include two of the Big Ones; Best Picture and Best Director.
Sunday 13th January 2019: Goodfellas. After a brief holiday over the festive season, Andrew and Martin return with the movie that is often rated highest on critic/audience-combined scores. Directed by Martin Scorcese, it stars Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci as it follows the story of Henry Hill, a half-Sicilian, half-Irish mobster in New York through the 1960s and 1970s. It is usually listed in most Top Ten all-time Movie lists and at the top of Crime Movie charts but how close to the truth did Scorces’s movie stay or how far did it stray? We will investigate and report.
*The following listings may change date as there are one or two collaboration shows with fellow podcasters that may take one of these slots. We will keep you informed.
Sunday 27th January 2019: 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 10th February 2019: The King’s Speech. Colin Firth plays King George VI, propelled to the throne in the UK just before the outbreak of WW2 by the abdication of his elder brother. Wonderfully supported by Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth an equally watchable Geoffrey Rush plays Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist brought in to try and help the King cure his stammer. The movie is highly entertaining but how close to the truth did they manage to stay?
Sunday 24th February 2019: 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.