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The club for lovers and makers of Film. From shots and dialogue to casting and score, we unpack little-known indies, box office smashes, documentaries, foreign language and everything in between. Hosted by Actor Maisie Williams, Casting Director Hannah Marie Williams, and Filmmaker Lowri Roberts, come and join us as we navigate the mad world of Film.

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Episode Date
Pleasure and casting a film about adult entertainment with Ninja Thyberg
44:48

We have a very special bonus episode, we are chatting with Ninja Thyberg about her incredible directorial feature debut - Pleasure (2021). The film stars Sofia Kappel in her breakout performance, alongside Revika Reustle and Evelyn Claire.


The film follows Bella Cherry who arrives in Los Angeles from Sweden with dreams of becoming an adult film star. But she soon learns that fame won't come easy as she harnesses her ambition and cunning to rise to the top of this mesmerizing and singular world.


In this episode we chat with Ninja about casting, creating a safe set and working with adult entertainers.


Pleasure (2021) is now available to watch on Mubi.


Stay tuned for Season 4!



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Jun 22, 2022
Fresh and the horrors of modern dating with Daisy Edgar-Jones
42:47

It’s the last episode of the series, we’re talking about Fresh (2022), directed by first time filmmaker Mimi Cave. Later in the episode, we are thrilled to be joined by Daisy Edgar-Jones, who plays the lead role of Noa alongside Sebastian Stan and Jonica I. Gibbs.


Fresh is social thriller with elements of comedy following the horrors of dating in the modern world. When Noa meets the charming and endearing Steve at a supermarket, she thinks she has finally lucked out in the world of swiping and catfishing. However, when she is invited to go on a holiday with him, their trip slowly turns into the stuff of nightmares.


In this episode we chat with Daisy about the social messages of the film, the filming process and her approach to accents.


Fresh is available to watch on Disney +.That’s it for series 3, thank you so much for listening.


We’ll be back very soon with some bonus episodes and series 4.


Episode transcript available here.



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May 25, 2022
What We Do In The Shadows and indie filmmaking
40:52

This week we are chatting about cult comedy What We Do In The Shadows (2014) - starring, written and directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.


Shot in a mockumentary style, it follows a group of vampire flatmates as they navigate mundane aspects of life in the modern world. Their attempts to pay rent, keeping up the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts are hilariously disastrous.


In this episode we discuss Taika’s journey as a filmmaker, how the film was funded and its rise from a struggling indie to a popular American series.


What We Do In The Shadows is available to watch on Amazon Prime.


Next week is our final episode of Series 3! Join us for a special episode on Fresh (2022) directed by Mimi Cave. We will joined by special guest, Daisy Edgar-Jones, who stars in the film alongside Sebastian Stan and Jonica I. Gibbs. Fresh is available to watch on Disney+.


Episode transcript available here.



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May 18, 2022
Lowri’s overview of What We Do In The Shadows
1:57

Join us this week for cult comedy What We Do In The Shadows (2014), starring, written and directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.


Premise: A mockumentary that follows a group of vampire flatmates as they navigate mundane life in the modern world.


What We Do In The Shadows is available to watch on Amazon Prime in the UK.


Episode transcript available here.



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May 17, 2022
CODA and Oscar-winning improvisation with Troy Kotsur
48:06

We have a really special one for you this week! We are discussing CODA (2021), directed by Sian Heder and have a very special guest - Troy Kotsur who played Frank Rossi in the film. Troy won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance in the film, and made history as the first ever deaf actor to win an Oscar. CODA also stars Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin and Daniel Durant.


The film follows Ruby, a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), who is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby is torn between pursuing her passion of singing at college and her fear of abandoning her parents.


In this episode we discuss deaf culture, accessibility in film and Troy’s aspirations of directing.


CODA is available to watch on Apple TV.


Next week we are chatting about the indie comedy classic What We Do In The Shadows (2014) written, directed by and starring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. What We Do In The Shadows is available to watch on Amazon Prime.


Episode transcript available here.



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May 11, 2022
Hannah's overview of CODA
3:08

Join us this week as we chat about the Oscar, BAFTA and SAG winning film CODA (2021), directed by Sian Heder. We are also so excited to be joined in the main episode by Troy Kotsur who won the Best Support Actor Academy Award for his performance in the film.


Premise: As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family's fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her passion at Berklee College of Music and her fear of abandoning her parents.


CODA is available to watch on Apple TV.


Episode transcript available here.



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May 10, 2022
Summer of Soul, Mahalia Jackson & Mavis Staples stealing the show
34:20

This week we are chatting about the Oscar and BAFTA winning documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) directed by Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson.


During the same summer as Woodstock, a different music festival took place 100 miles away. More than 300,000 people attended the summer concert series known as the Harlem Cultural Festival. It was filmed, but after that summer, the footage sat in a basement for 50 years. Only now has that footage been shown to the world.


In this episode we discuss the erasure of history, how the unseen footage came to be found and how the performances brought up different subject matters.


Summer of Soul (2021) is available to watch on Disney +.


Next week we’ll be looking at the Oscar winning film CODA (2021), directed by Sian Heder. We will also be joined by Troy Kotsur, who won Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards for his performance in this film. CODA is available to watch on Apple TV.


Transcript available here.



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May 04, 2022
Lowri's overview of Summer of Soul
1:42

Join us this week as we chat about the Oscar and BAFTA winning documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) directed by Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson.


Premise: During the same summer as Woodstock, a different music festival took place 100 miles away. More than 300,000 people attended the summer concert series known as the Harlem Cultural Festival. It was filmed, but after that summer, the footage sat in a basement for 50 years. Only now has that footage been shown to the world.


Summer of Soul (2021) is available to watch on Disney +.


Transcript available here.



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May 03, 2022
2001: A Space Odyssey, the catalyst for a new age of Sci-Fi
36:11

This week we are throwing it back to the ultimate classic - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Directed by Stanley Kubrick, the film stars Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and William Sylvester.


Set over thousands of years, the Monoliths push humanity to reach for the stars. After their discovery on Earth generations ago, the mysterious objects lead mankind on an awesome journey to Jupiter, with the help of H.A.L. 9000: the world's greatest supercomputer.


In this episode we discuss the ambiguity of the film, its legacy after five decades and the manually crafted visual effects.


2001: A Space Odyssey is available to purchase on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube and Google Play Movies.


Next week we’ll be discussing the Oscar and BAFTA winning documentary feature Summer of Soul (2021) directed by Ahmir Thompson aka Questlove. Summer of Soul is available to watch on Disney+.


Transcript available here.



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Apr 27, 2022
Maisie's overview of 2001: A Space Odyssey
11:46

Join us this week as we throw it back to the ultimate Kubrick classic - 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Premise: The Monoliths push humanity to reach for the stars; after their discovery on Earth generations ago, the mysterious objects lead mankind on an awesome journey to Jupiter, with the help of H.A.L. 9000: the world's greatest supercomputer.


2001: A Space Odyssey is available to purchase on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube and Google Play Movies.


Transcript available here.



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Apr 26, 2022
Censor and women in horror with Prano Bailey-Bond
43:06

We are thrilled to be chatting about the psychological horror, Censor (2021) this week. Later in the episode, we are joined by Prano Bailey-Bond, the director and co-writer of the film.


After viewing a strangely familiar video nasty, Enid, a film censor, sets out to solve the past mystery of her sister’s disappearance, embarking on a quest that dissolves the line between fiction and reality. We discuss female representation in the horror genre, going from short to feature and what actually happened at the end of this film?!


Censor is available to watch on Amazon Prime.


Next week, we’ll be throwing it back to the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) directed by Stanley Kubrick. It is available to purchase on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube and Google Play Movies.


Transcript available here.



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Apr 20, 2022
Maisie's overview of Censor
6:56

Join us this week as we chat about the psychological horror, Censor (2021). It’s the directorial feature debut for Prano Bailey-Bond, and we are over the moon that she will be joining us in the episode.


Premise: After viewing a strangely familiar video nasty, Enid, a film censor, sets out to solve the past mystery of her sister’s disappearance, embarking on a quest that dissolves the line between fiction and reality.


Censor is available to watch on Amazon Prime.


Transcript available here.



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Apr 19, 2022
Save The Last Dance and producing a film soundtrack with Mitchell Leib
39:15

This week we are diving into the noughties dance classic, Save The Last Dance (2001), directed by Thomas Carter. The film stars Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington and Bianca Lawson. We chat about the songs in the film with music veteran, Mitchell Leib, who produced the soundtrack.


The film follows Sara, who moves to Chicago to live with her father after the sudden death of her mother. One of the few white people at her new school, Sara forms a relationship with Derek, a black teen from the South Side, where they bond over dance.


With 21 years of hindsight, we look back at some of the problematic areas of the story, and talk in depth with Mitchell about the production of a music soundtrack that holds its weight for over two decades.


Save The Last Dance is available to watch on Netflix UK.


Next week, we will be looking at Censor (2021), directed by Prano Bailey-Bond. Censor is currently streaming on Mubi and Amazon UK.


Transcript available here.



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Apr 13, 2022
Lowri's overview of Save The Last Dance
2:18

A quick overview of this week's film, Save The Last Dance (2001), directed by Thomas Carter. We will be joined by music veteran, Mitchell Leib who produced the soundtrack for the film.



Premise: After the sudden death of her mother, Sara, a white girl, moves to Chicago to live with her father. She forms a new relationship with Derek, a black teen from the South Side, where they bond over dance.



Save The Last Dance is currently available to watch on Netflix UK.



Transcript available here.



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Apr 12, 2022
The Phantom Of The Open and unrelenting self-belief with Craig Roberts
37:51

We have a special one this week, we’re discussing The Phantom Of The Open (2022) and were very lucky to chat to the director, Craig Roberts. The film stars Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins and Rhys Ifans.


It’s based on a true story about Maurice Flitcroft, a dreamer and unrelenting optimist, who managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship. Qualifying in 1976, Maurice subsequently shot the worst round in Open history, becoming a folk hero in the process.In this episode, we chat about adapting a biographical script and bouncing back from failure, both in the personal and professional realms.


The Phantom Of The Open is currently available to watch in UK cinemas.


Next week we are throwing it back to the early noughties and are having a look at Save The Last Dance (2001). We’re also going to be joined by soundtrack producer Mitchell Leib, to discuss the role of music in films. Save The Last Dance is available to watch on Netflix.


Transcript available here.



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Apr 06, 2022
Hannah’s overview of The Phantom Of The Open
3:09

This week we chat to Craig Roberts who directed The Phantom Of The Open (2022). It stars Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins and Rhys Ifans.


Premise: Based on the true story of Maurice Flitcroft, a dreamer and unrelenting optimist, who managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship. Qualifying in 1976, Maurice subsequently shot the worst round in Open history, becoming a folk hero in the process.



The Phantom Of The Open is currently available to watch in UK cinemas.



Transcript available here.



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Apr 05, 2022
The Batman, batsuits and comic book franchises
34:08

This week we dip our toes into the DC Universe talking about The Batman (2022). Directed by Matt Reeves, the film stars Robert Pattinson as the Batman, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.


When the Riddler, a sadistic serial killer, begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city’s hidden corruption and question his family’s involvement.


This is a fun one indeed, causing a fair bit of division in opinion amongst us all. We discuss the evolution of the Batman franchise, bold casting choices and costumes.


The Batman is currently available to watch in UK cinemas.


Next week, we will be taking a look at The Phantom of the Open (2021), where we are so excited to be joined by the director - Craig Roberts. The Phantom of the Open is available to watch in UK cinemas.


Transcript available here.



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Mar 30, 2022
Lowri’s overview of The Batman
1:30

This week we are having a good ol’ chat about The Batman. It stars Robert Pattinson as the Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.


Premise: When the Riddler, a sadistic serial killer, begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city’s hidden corruption and question his family’s involvement.


The Batman is currently available to watch in UK cinemas.


Transcript available here.



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Mar 29, 2022
The Lost Daughter, motherhood and complex female characters with producer’s Osnat Handelsman-Keren and Talia Kleinhendler
48:23

This week, we are so excited to be talking about Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut - The Lost Daughter (2021). We are joined by two of the incredible producers of the film, Osnat Handelsman-Keren and Talia Kleinhendler.


The Lost Daughter stars Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley who both play Leda at different stages of her life. A middle-aged Leda arrives for a quiet holiday on a Greek island, but things take a menacing turn when she encounters a family whose brash presence proves unsettling, at times even threatening. When a seemingly meaningless event occurs, Leda is overwhelmed by memories of the difficult, unconventional choices she made as a mother and their consequences for herself and her family.


In this episode, we discuss the lack representations of difficult motherhood and the need for more female decision-makers in film.


The Lost Daughter is currently available to stream on Netflix.


Next week we are dipping our toes into the DC Universe to talk about The Batman (2022), starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano and Andy Serkis. The Batman is currently available to watch in UK cinemas.


Transcript available here.



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Mar 23, 2022
Hannah’s overview of The Lost Daughter
3:31

This week we are discussing Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, The Lost Daughter (2021), starring Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley and Dakota Johnson. We were thrilled to be able to chat to two of the producer’s of the film, Osnat Handelsman-Keren and Talia Kleinhendler.


Premise: A woman’s beach vacation takes a dark turn when she begins to confront the troubles of her past.


The Lost Daughter is available to stream on Netflix.


Transcript available here.



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Mar 22, 2022
Red Rocket, guerrilla filmmaking and imposter syndrome with Simon Rex
46:13

We’ve got a juicy one for you this week! We’re diving further into Sean Baker’s repertoire, looking at his latest film Red Rocket (2021).


Red Rocket stars Simon Rex as washed up porn star, Mikey Saber, who returns to his hometown in Texas City. He twists the arm of his ex-lover, who is technically still his wife, in order to stay with her until he can get his life back on track. As chaos ensues, Mikey meets seventeen year-old Strawberry, who he believes could be the next big thing in the world of adult entertainment, and incidentally his ticket to success.


We’re incredibly excited to be chatting with Simon Rex, who just won Best Male Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards for his performance in the film! We discuss how he approached a character with such questionable morals, as well as his feelings of imposter syndrome despite being an actor in the industry for three decades.


Red Rocket is currently available to watch in UK cinemas.


Next week, we’ll be looking at Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, The Lost Daughter, starring Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley and Dakota Johnson. The Lost Daughter is available to stream on Netflix (UK).



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Mar 16, 2022
Maisie's overview of Red Rocket
8:13

This week we are discussing Sean Baker’s latest film, Red Rocket (2021). We were lucky enough to chat with the lead actor Simon Rex, who just won Best Male Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards for his performance in the film! Maisie is here to give you a quick overview.


Premise: A washed up porn star returns to his hometown in Texas City, much to the dismay of those who he had left behind. As chaos ensues, Mikey sets his sights on a seventeen year old girl who he believes could be the next big thing in the world of adult entertainment.


Red Rocket is currently available to watch in UK cinemas.



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Mar 15, 2022
Bend It Like Beckham, breaking the bias 20 years on
42:40

We're back! To kick off Series 3 and in honour of International Women’s Day we are launching with the classic film Bend It Like Beckham (2002)! Directed by Gurinder Chadha, the film stars Parminder Nagra as Jess, Keira Knightley as Jules, Archie Panjabi as Pinky and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe.


Set in London, the film follows Jess as she navigates her ambitions to play professional football against her Indian Sikh cultural heritage. For ‘In The Club’ we were very lucky to speak to Kaljit Atwal, a professional football freestyler who coincidentally also travelled to America from the UK on a football scholarship!


In this episode, we discuss the nostalgia of the film, as well as its representation of Asian culture and women in mainstream media. We also examine some of the more problematic areas of the film…hindsight is 20/20 right?


Bend It Like Beckham is available to stream on Amazon Prime (UK), Apple TV and Disney+.


Next week, we’ll be discussing Red Rocket (2021) directed by Sean Baker. We’ll be chatting to the star, Simon Rex, who just won the Best Male Lead Spirit Award for his performance in the film! Red Rocket will be available to watch in UK cinemas from 11 March, 2022.



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Mar 09, 2022
Hannah's overview of Bend It Like Beckham
4:00

To launch Series 3, we’re talking about the 20 year anniversary for the classic film Bend It Like Beckham (2002). Hannah is here to give you a quick overview.


Premise: Set in London, the film follows Jess as she navigates her ambitions to play professional football against her Indian Sikh cultural heritage.


Haven’t seen it and want to give it a re-watch? Bend It Like Beckham is available to stream on Amazon Prime (UK), Starzplay (UK), Apple TV and Disney+ (US).


Transcript available here.



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Mar 08, 2022
Shiva Baby (2020)
39:15

We have a juicy bonus episode for you! We’ve chosen Shiva Baby (2020) - Emma Seligman’s debut feature film. It’s a brilliant comedy set within a shiva - a Jewish mourning ritual. Danielle, played by Rachel Sennott, joins her parents at a shiva where she has an awkward encounter with her sugar daddy and her ex-girlfriend. And to top it off, we were lucky enough to speak with both Emma Seligman and Rachel Sennott! 


In this episode, we discuss how the Shiva Baby feature film grew from a short film directed by Emma while at college, as well as Rachel’s epic goal-setting regimen and their working relationship together!


Shiva Baby is available to watch on Amazon Prime (UK) and will be released for streaming on MUBI 11 June, 2022.


Season 3 will be launching March 9! We are so excited to discuss 12 new films with you.



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Feb 16, 2022
Hannah's overview of Shiva Baby
2:24

This week we're talking about Shiva Baby (2020) written and directed by Emma Seligman and starring Rachel Sennott. Hannah is here to give you a quick overview of the film.


Premise: A college student at a shiva (Jewish funeral reception) finds herself stuck in a room with her parents, family friends, ex-girlfriend and sugar daddy.


Intrigued? Go and give it a watch.


Shiva Baby is available to watch on Amazon Prime (UK) and will be released for streaming on MUBI 11 June, 2022.



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Feb 15, 2022
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
28:38

It's the season finale! We thought we'd go out with an all-time favourite, we're talking about Little Miss Sunshine (2006) directed by Valarie Faris and Jonathan Dayton (power couple). If you don't already know the story, it's about a family of colourful characters as they pile into an old van and travel across the country to California for their daughter, Olive, to compete in a beauty pageant. If you haven't seen it - you're in for a real treat. If you have, put it on anyway, it's the perfect way to start the new year! We talk about the characters, the making of it and how this has become the ultimate indie film. Enjoy!


Little Miss Sunshine is available to watch on Disney+, Amazon Prime (UK) & YouTube Don't worry, we'll be back soon!


We've got plans for series 3 and some bonus episodes in between. Head over to @frankfilmclub on Instagram to stay up to date with when they will be.


We also want to hear from you! What did you like/not like about these series? What do you want to hear more/less of? Tell us what you think by emailing filmclub@rapt.world


See you soon!



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Jan 05, 2022
Lowri's overview of Little Miss Sunshine
2:19
Tomorrow is the season finale! We're talking about Little Miss Sunshine (2006) directed by Valarie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. Lowri is here to give you an overview of this all-time favourite. If you haven't already seen it, then what are you waiting for? Get it on! Little Miss Sunshine is available to watch on Disney+, Amazon Prime (UK) & YouTube

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Jan 04, 2022
Tangerine (2015)
29:07

It's Christmas week! We've chosen Tangerine (2015) directed by Sean Baker as our Christmas film. Perhaps not the most festive but it's certainly entertaining. And we couldn't quite bring ourselves to analyse The Holiday. Tangerine is the story of sex worker, Sin-Dee and her best friend, Alexandra, as they track down Sin-Dee's boyfriend/pimp in Santa Monica & Highland, LA, after hearing that he cheated on her while she was in jail. It's a brilliant film and with a making-of story to match.


Tangerine is available to watch on Amazon Prime (UK)


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Next week we're taking a little Christmas break so the next episode will be out on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

Next episode's film: Little Miss Sunshine (2006) directed by Valarie Faris and Jonothan Dayton - Season Finale!!

Little Miss Sunshine is available to watch on Disney+, Amazon Prime (UK) & YouTube



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Dec 22, 2021
Lowri's overview of Tangerine
2:21
Tomorrow we're talking about Tangerine (2015) directed by Sean Baker. Lowri's here to give you a quick overview of the film. Set on a sunny Christmas Eve in LA, this probably isn't your usual type of Christmas film but aren't you bored of re-watching Love Actually?! Get this on instead and enjoy! Tangerine is available to watch on Amazon Prime (UK).

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Dec 21, 2021
Zola (2020)
26:58

This week we're talking about Zola (2020) directed by Janicza Bravo. "Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out? It’s kind of long but full of suspense.” If you haven't already seen this film then go over to a streaming site and watch it. Based on a series of Tweets, this pretty-much-true story is about a waitress who gets seduced into a trip to Florida to do some dancing but it turns out to be something very different. Even if you haven't seen the film yet, we hope our chats excite you enough to add it to your list. Enjoy!


Zola is available to watch on AppleTV & YouTube.


To be included in future 'In The Club' sections follow us on @frankfilmclub and watch out for our requests for thoughts and questions on the films we watch.


Next week's episode: Tangerine (2015) directed by Sean Baker

Tangerine is available to watch on Amazon Prime (UK)



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Dec 15, 2021
Maisie's overview of Zola
5:28
This week we're talking about Zola (2020) directed by Janicza Bravo, written by Jeremy O'Harris and Bravo. Maisie is here to give you an overview of the story in case you don't manage to watch it before tomorrow's episode. If you do have time though, we highly recommend you watch this brilliant film. Zola is available to watch on AppleTV and Amazon Prime (UK).

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Dec 14, 2021
Promising Young Woman (2020)
32:37

This week we're talking about Promising Young Woman (2020) written and directed by Emerald Fennell. It's a story about a young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past as she takes revenge on the predatory men who fall into her trap. We discuss genre, our society and much more. This film won a lot of awards and had a lot of hype last year so we have been very excited to watch and chat about it. It was great to hear some of your thoughts on it too, keep the film reviews coming - we love 'em!


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TRIGGER WARNING: mention of sexual abuse, suicide, murder and violence. If any of this content does affect you, please contact www.womensaid.org.uk or www.supportline.org.uk


Next week's episode: Zola (2020) directed by Janicza Bravo

Zola is available to watch on AppleTV & YouTube



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Dec 08, 2021
Hannah's overview of Promising Young Woman
4:02

Tomorrow we're talking about Promising Young Woman (2020) written and directed by Emerald Fennell. Hannah's here to give you a quick overview of the film, it's well worth the watc. This film has opened up a lot of discussions which you should be a part of! Hope you enjoy!


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Dec 07, 2021
The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020)
30:09

This week we're talking about The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) written and directed by the wonderful Radha Blank. Radha, a woman of many talents, also stars in the film and it's loosely based on her own life story as she becomes a rapper at age 40. If you haven't seen this film yet... go and watch it! It's hilarious, brutally honest and it's got a great soundtrack. Enjoy!


The Forty-Year-Old-Version is available to watch on Netflix (UK)


Next week's episode: Promising Young Woman (2020) directed by Emerald Fennell

Promising Young Woman is available to watch on Amazon Prime (UK)



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Dec 01, 2021
Lowri's overview of The Forty-Year-Old Version
1:53
This week's film is The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) written and directed by Radha Blank. It follows the story of 40-year-old playwright Radha as she takes on rapping. Lowri is here to give you a quick overview of the film. As ever though... this film is worth the watch! The Forty-Year-Old Version is available to watch on Netflix (UK).

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Nov 30, 2021
Petite Maman (2021) featuring Céline Sciamma
31:53

Join us this week to talk about Celine Sciamma's new film Petite Maman (2021). A story about an 8-year-old girl, Nelly, who meets a girl her age as she's building a treehouse in the woods. The girl turns out to be Nelly's mother but at a younger age. It's a mother/daughter tale like we've never seen before and to top it off, we got to talk to Céline Sciamma herself! We tried to keep our cool.


Petite Maman is currently available to watch in UK cinemas and will be available to stream on MUBI from 18th February.


Next week's episode: The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) directed by Radha Blank

The Forty-Year-Old-Version is available to watch on Netflix (UK)



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Nov 24, 2021
Lowri's overview of Petite Maman
2:08
This week we're talking about the highly anticipated Petite Maman directed by Céline Sciamma which has just been released in cinemas. Lowri is here to give you a (very) quick overview of the film in case you don't manage to watch it - it's a gorgeous film and we highly recommend going to see it if you can! If not then you will be able to watch it on MUBI in February next year. It'll be worth the wait.

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Nov 23, 2021
Sound of Metal (2019) featuring Sacha Ben Harroche
31:13

We're talking about Sound of Metal (2019) directed by Darius Marder. It's a story about a heavy metal drummer, Ruben played by Riz Ahmed, who begins to rapidly lose his hearing. It's an incredible film and the stories behind making it made are pretty incredible too. We chat to one of the producers of the film, Sacha Ben Harroche, about the process of getting the film made... what a journey. Come and join the club!


Sound of Metal is available to watch on Amazon Prime (UK)


Next week's episode: Petite Maman (2021) directed by Celine Sciamma (who we'll be speaking to in the episode)

Petite Maman is coming out in UK cinemas on 19th November... this week! Go and give it a watch - it's worth it. 



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Nov 17, 2021
Lowri's overview of Sound of Metal
2:30
This week we're talking about Sound of Metal. It was released in 2019, directed by Darius Marder and stars Riz Ahmed - it's a performance not to be missed. Lowri's here to give you a quick overview of the story but this film is really worth watching (we always say it but honestly, it is). Sound of Metal is available to watch on Amazon Prime (UK).

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Nov 16, 2021
Ponyo (2008) featuring Jake Cunningham
32:19

Maisie is introducing us to the world of Studio Ghibli this week! We're watching Ponyo (2008) directed by Hayao Miyazaki. If you haven't watched much anime before, then this is a great place to start, if you have, then why not give it a re-watch? It's a feast for the eyes. We chat about the brilliant female characters, the environment and whether it should be watched with subtitles or dubbed. We also had Jake Cunningham from the Ghibliotheque podcast come on to chat with us about Ponyo and all things Ghibli. Enjoy!


Ponyo is available to watch on Netflix (UK)


Next episode's film: Sound of Metal (2019) directed by Darius Marder

Sound of Metal is available to watch on Amazon Prime (UK)



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Nov 10, 2021
Maisie's overview of Ponyo
2:44
This week's film is Ponyo! The infamous Studio Ghibli movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 2008. Maisie's here to give you a quick overview of the film in case you don't manage to watch it beforehand. But, as always, we recommend you give this one a watch - it's the movie equivalent of a warm cup of tea. Ponyo is available to watch on Netflix (UK).

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Nov 09, 2021
Limbo (2020) featuring Amir El-Masry
33:40

This week we're talking about Limbo (2020), a British indie film written and directed by Ben Sharrock. It's a story about a Syrian musician, Omar, who is seeking asylum in the UK on a (very cold) Scottish island. He and his three housemates take cultural awareness classes and wait in a near-empty house for their asylum claims to be processed. We chat about the deadpan humour, the characters and the unexpected 'Friends' cameo. We were also lucky enough to ask Amir El-Masry, who plays Omar, some questions about his time preparing for the role and shooting the film. It sounded like a lot of fun. Enjoy!


Limbo is available to watch on MUBI


Next episode's film: Ponyo (2008) directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Ponyo is available to watch on Netflix (UK)



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Nov 03, 2021
Lowri's overview of Limbo
3:42
This week's film is Limbo! Written and directed by Ben Sharrock and released in 2020. Lowri's here to give you a quick overview of the film in case you don't manage to watch it beforehand. But, as always, we recommend you give this one a watch - it's a visual treat and is available to watch on MUBI.

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Nov 02, 2021
Midsommar (2019) featuring Florence Pugh
38:56

It's nearly Halloween! So time for some horror. We're talking about Midsommar (2019) written and directed by Ari Aster. We discuss genre (is this even a horror?!), A24 and much more. We answer questions from you guys and we also have our first ever In The Club guest... Florence Pugh! We were lucky enough to ask her some questions about the filming process, which sounds like it was pretty bonkers. Enjoy!


Trigger warner: mention of suicides.


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Midsommar is available to watch on Netflix (UK)


Next episode's film: Limbo (2020) directed by Ben Sharrock

Limbo is available to watch on MUBI



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Oct 27, 2021
Hannah's overview of Midsommar
4:21

Tomorrow we're talking about Midsommar so Hannah is here to give you a quick run-through of the film. However, we highly recommend watching it yourselves, it needs to be experienced! Tomorrow we will also have our first guest joining us in the episode. Exciting stuff.


Trigger warner: mention of suicides.


Midsommar (2019) directed by Ari Aster is available to watch on Netflix (UK).



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Oct 25, 2021
Legally Blonde (2001)
26:38

The first episode of series 2 is here! Maisie is hosting this week and we're chatting about the one and only Legally Blonde (2001) directed by Robert Luketic. It was recently the film's 20th anniversary so it only felt right. We chat about how the film was, in many ways, ahead of its time and overall, just a great watch. In our new In The Club section, we discuss some thoughts from you guys!


To be involved in our next In The Club, make sure you follow us on @frankfilmclub on Instagram and keep an eye out for our call for thoughts and questions on our upcoming films.


Legally Blonde is available to watch on Netflix (UK)


Next episode's film: Midsommar (2019) directed by Ari Aster

Midsommar is available to watch on Netflix (UK)



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Oct 20, 2021
Maisie's overview of Legally Blonde
3:24

A little pre-episode low-down with Maisie in case you don't manage to watch the film. Although we're sure most of you have seen this one already!


Legally Blonde (2001) directed by Robert Luketic is available to watch on Netflix (UK).



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Oct 19, 2021
Series 2 Introduction
4:12
We’re back! Series 2 of Frank Film Club is here and this time we want YOU to join the club. We’ll be asking for your thoughts and questions on the films we watch and will be discussing them in our episodes. We’re kicking off the season with the fabulous Legally Blonde (2001) directed by Robert Luketic. So get (re)watching and join us on Wednesday next week for the first episode of Series 2 Frank Film Club with Maisie Williams.

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Oct 13, 2021
Paris, Texas - Wim Wenders
28:53

Paris, Texas (1984) directed by Wim Wenders is, again, one of those films that everyone seems to have watched - except for us! But now, we have. Paris, Texas is about a man, Travis, who is found wandering in the desert by his brother. Travis is taken back home and is reunited with his son. Then he sets out to find his wife. This film was selected by Chloe.


Paris, Texas (1984) is available to watch on Amazon Prime.


This is the final episode of Season 1, we hope you've enjoyed and we look forward to returning soon! Please do get in touch with your thoughts and film recommendations by sending an email to filmclub@rapt.world.


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Jul 09, 2021
Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always - Eliza Hittman
19:21

Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always (2020) directed by Eliza Hittman is a film about Autumn, a teenager who discovers she is pregnant and sets out to New York with her cousin Skylar to get an abortion. It's subtle and quiet yet says so much. This film was chosen by Lowri, we're so excited to share it with you as this film deserves more attention!


Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always (2020) is available on Amazon Prime.


Next episode's film (the last one of Season 1!): Paris, Texas (1984) available on Amazon Prime.



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Jul 06, 2021
Emma. - Autumn de Wilde
29:29

This episode we're discussing Emma chosen by Hannah. Emma is a period comedy-drama film based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel of the same name. The story follows Emma as she entertains herself by matchmaking and meddling with the romantic lives of her friends. It's directed by Autumn de Wilde and was released in 2020. Have a watch and come and listen to our thoughts!


Emma. (2020) is available on Google & Amazon Prime


Next Episode: Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always (2020) available on Amazon Prime & AppleTV



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Jul 02, 2021
Grizzly Man - Werner Herzog
27:18

In this episode, we discuss Grizzly Man chosen by Maisie. It tells the story of the life and death of bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell. He lived amongst the bears in Alaska and filmed himself along the way. Grizzly Man was directed by Werner Herzog and released in 2006. We hope you enjoy this one!


Grizzly Man (2006) is available on YouTube and Amazon Prime


Next Episode: Emma (2020) available on YouTube and Amazon Prime



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Jun 29, 2021
La Dolca Vita - Federico Fellini
24:27

This episode is about La Dolce Vita chosen by Chloe. La Dolce Vita is a series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering tabloid journalist, Marcello, living in Rome. A classic that we felt we should have seen considering we work in film! It's directed by Federico Fellini and was released in 1961.


La Dolce Vita (1961) is available on Amazon Prime


Next Episode: Grizzly Man (2006) available on YouTube & Amazon Prime



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Jun 24, 2021
Vivarium - Lorcan Finnegan
26:53

In this episode, we talk about Vivarium (2020) chosen by Hannah. Vivarium is a sci-fi thriller about a couple hoping to find their first home. They travel to a suburban neighbourhood where all the houses look identical and soon realise they are trapped. They're given a baby boy to raise, only after then can they be released. It was directed by Lorcan Finnegan and released in 2020. Enjoy!


Vivarium (2020) is available on Amazon Prime


Next Episode: La Dolce Vita (1960) available on Amazon Prime



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Jun 22, 2021
For Sama - Waad Al-Kateab & Edward Watts
16:39

This episode we talk about For Sama chosen by Chloe. For Sama is a documentary about Waad al-Kateab's life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while conflict rises around her. For Sama was directed by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts and was released in 2019. This is a must-watch, we looking forward to hearing your thoughts.


For Sama (2019) is available on All4


Next Episode's Film: Vivarium (2019) available on Amazon Prime



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Jun 18, 2021
Sorry To Bother You - Boots Riley
33:16

In this episode, we talk about Sorry To Bother You which was chosen by Lowri. Sorry To Bother You is a film about a telemarketer who uses a white voice to help him flourish at his job, throwing him into a universe of greed. But just as his career begins to take off, his friends and co-workers organise a protest against corporate oppression. The film was directed by Boots Riley and released in 2018 Get watching and brace yourself for this one!


Sorry To Bother You (2018) is available on Netflix


Next Episode's Film: For Sama (2019) available on All4



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Jun 15, 2021
Babyteeth - Shannon Murphy
29:03

This episode's film is Babyteeth chosen by Maisie. Babyteeth is a film about a seriously-ill teenager who falls in love with a smalltime drug dealer. As much as her parents don't want to accept him, they inevitably do as the romance gives her a new lust for life. Babyteeth was directed by Shannon Murphy and released in 2020. We hope you love this one as much as we did!


Babyteeth (2019) is available on Netflix


Next Episode's Film: Sorry To Bother You (2018) available on Netflix



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Jun 11, 2021
Thelma and Louise - Ridley Scott
23:09

This episode we discuss Thelma and Louise chosen by Hannah. Thelma and Louise is one of those films that supposedly everyone has seen... eek! Well now, so have we. The film follows two friends who take to the road after shooting a man who assaulted them. Thelma and Louise was directed by Ridley Scott and was released in 1991. Get watching!


Thelma and Louise (1991) is available on Amazon Prime


Next Episode's Film: Babyteeth (2019) available on Netflix



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Jun 08, 2021
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (Portrait Of A Lady On Fire) - Céline Sciamma
20:38

This episode we’re talking about Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) chosen by Chloe. Set in 1770 France, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman. After observing the woman every day, the painter ends up falling in love with her subject. Portrait Of A Lady On Fire was directed by Céline Sciamma and released in 2019. We hope you enjoy!


Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (2019) is available on Mubi and Amazon Prime


Next Episode's Film: Thelma and Louise (1991) available on Amazon Prime



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Jun 04, 2021
Soul - Pete Docter & Kemp Powers
20:47

In this episode, we're talking about Soul which was chosen by Maisie. Soul is an animated film about a school teacher who is about to get his big break until an untimely accident causes him to travel to another realm to help someone find their passion. Soul was directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers and was released in 2020. Give it a watch and share your thoughts!


Soul (2020) is available on Disney+


Next Episode's Film: Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (2019) available on Mubi and Amazon Prime



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Jun 01, 2021
Grey Gardens - David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer
26:10

In this episode, we're talking about Grey Gardens chosen by Lowri. Grey Gardens is a documentary following the daily lives of a mother and daughter who live with cats and raccoons in a crumbling mansion in East Hampton. Grey Gardens was directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, it was released in 1975. Come and join the fun!


Grey Gardens (1975) is available on YouTube


Next Episode's Film: Soul (2020) available on Disney+



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May 28, 2021
Rocks - Sarah Gavron
22:08

In this episode, we discuss Rocks which was chosen by Hannah. Rocks is a coming of age story about an east London schoolgirl who must take care of herself and her younger brother after being abandoned by their mother. Rocks was directed by Sarah Gavron and released in 2019. Give it a watch and join the club!


Rocks (2019) is available on Netflix


Next Episode's Film: Grey Gardens (1975) available on YouTube



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May 25, 2021
Welcome to Frank Film Club
6:56
This is your new favourite film club. Four women who work in film, talking about films. Sometimes we love ‘em, sometimes we hate ‘em, sometimes... we don’t know wtf we just watched. From shots and edits to casting and score, we unpack little-known indies, box office smashes, documentaries, foreign language and everything in between. Join us twice a week, every week - anything goes and everyone’s welcome!

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May 11, 2021