This episode celebrates the achievements of two women who have had decades of experience in the industry, as well as one who is breaking new ground. BAFTA and Oscar-winning Costume designer Sandy Powell OBE, Prop Buyer Judy Ducker, and film critic and author Hanna Flint join Anna Smith to talk about their work in the film industry.
First, Sandy Powell OBE, who has worked on films including The Favourite, The Irishman, Carol and most recently Living, talks about her career, and what it means to receive the BAFTA Fellowship award, which will be presented to her at the BAFTA Awards on 19 February 2023, airing on BBC One and iPlayer from 7pm-9pm. She speaks about the pressure to make actresses look stereotypically ‘sexy’ and how she’s railed against this throughout her career.
Next, Anna welcomes Judy Ducker, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th British Film Designers Guild Production Design Award this Saturday 18 February 2023. Judy talks about her fascinating career working in the art department, giving a rare insight into production design, prop buying, and working with Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell.
Finally, film critic Hanna Flint joins Anna to talk about her new book, Strong Female Character, and why she decided to take an autobiographical approach to writing about film. Anna and Hanna also discuss whether the nomination for Florence Pugh for Don’t Worry Darling, which is up for an award in the Girls On Film Awards for Best Female Orgasm sponsored by Intimacy On Set, is contentious. A spoiler-filled debate ensues!
You can listen to the episode here.