Following 50 entertaining live shows and a packed first Mark Kermode Online in 3D last month, the second online edition sees Mark welcome four talented guests to talk about the movies that are getting us through lockdown.
Mark’s first guests are Simon Bird, director of Days of Bagnold Summer, and Monica Dolan, who plays Sue Bagnold. The film tells an all-too-familiar story about a mum and her son who find themselves spending 6 weeks at home together after their summer holiday plans are cancelled. Simon and Monica explore the processes of adapting a graphic novel and giving ordinary lives a cinematic platform.
Catching up for the first time since MK3D’s epic 50th episode celebration, Jason Isaacs has Mark in stitches as he shares what he has been up to in lockdown. They take their minds off the pandemic by talking about our favourite ‘meddling kids’ in the family feel-good animation Scoob. Jason discusses his voice-acting work and an impromptu encounter with his co-star Zac Efron in an elevator. And Jason asks Mark’s advice on the age-old dilemma of how to settle on what film to watch with your family, to which Mark offers a solution: Powell and Pressburger’s A Matter of Life And Death (1946).
Finally, Andy Serkis tells us when we can expect to see Venom 2 and shares his experience recording the Hobbitathon. He also takes part in two much-loved segments of the show, choosing apocalyptic comedy This Is the End (2013) for ‘Guilty Pleasures’ and all-time classic Apocalypse Now (1979) for ‘The Film That Changed Your Life’. The conversation rounds up with Mark and Andy discussing the technological advancements of the past few decades, which are leading to an exciting future in theatre and film.
As usual, the episode ends with its iconic celebration of sound and vision, playing out to the raucous ‘Boss Bitch Fight Challenge 2020’. For extended versions of tonight’s interviews, check out the Kermode On Film podcast on all platforms, or on Twitter and Instagram @kermodeonfilm.