We opened the show with an Ask the Audience in which Mark listed his Top Five Kenneth Branagh films: 5. Thor (2011) 4. The Magic Flute (2006) 3. In the Bleak Midwinter (1995) 2. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) 1. Hamlet (1996).
In Here’s the Thing we commemorated the life of the late Agnes Varda (90) and her latest film Faces Places (Visages, Villages; 2017).
In Coming Attractions director Brian Welsh came to talk about their rave culture film Beats (2019). Mid-way through the interview he invited the lead; Cristian Ortega to join him on stage. Iceland’s Benedikt Erlingsson talked about his environmental warrior movie Woman at War (2019), and Steve Mitchell and Joe Kraemer talked about their Larry Cohen biopic King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2017). Anna Meredith came to talk about scoring the music for Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade (2019), and finally Amma Asante talked about her new release Where Hands Touch (2019)– and talked to Mark about her Guilty Pleasure: the highly contentious Sex and the City (2008).