Girls On Film

Ep 157: Edinburgh Festivals Special: film, theatre and more with Janis Pugh and Tilda Cobham-Hervey

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With us this episode are filmmaker Janis Pugh & actor, director & writer Tilda Cobham-Hervey - just two of the brilliant women showcased at the Edinburgh Festivals 2023. Anna Smith also gives top tips of other female-led highlights of the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, and - of course - Edinburgh International Film Festival. Our first guest is Janis Pugh, writer/director of Chuck Chuck Baby which will receive its World Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival on 20th August. The feature is a musical comedy drama that celebrates female working class friendship and love in Wales. Helen, played by Louise Brealey (Sherlock, Smack the Pony) is stuck packing chickens by night and by day cares for a dying mother figure. Her life takes an unexpected turn with the return of Joanne, played by Annabel Scholey (Being Human, Walking on Sunshine). Janis Pugh joins Anna for a lively chat about her personal experiences of working in a chicken factory in Wales, and talks about the camaraderie she saw that inspired the film. She also explains why love is at the heart of the film, and talks about the fragile male character of Gary, played by Celyn Jones. We also chat with actor, director & writer Tilda Cobham-Hervey who, as well as working in film and TV, also works in live art and is bringing her intimate audio adventure Two Strangers Walk Into A Bar… to the Fringe. Tilda chats about her journey to making the production, and her love of immersive live experience, as well as the effects that the piece has on the two-strong audience. Anna Smith will be sharing her reaction to the piece as she updates live from the festivals, so stay tuned on the socials below. Find out more about Edinburgh Festivals and book tickets at Chuck Chuck Baby will have its World Premiere on 20th August, follow Girls On Film for info on its wider release Two Strangers Walk Into A Bar… is playing at House of Oz from 4th to 27th August Anoushka Shankar will be appearing in Edinburgh International Festival on 27th August Festival highlights: Edinburgh International Film Festival - details at Your Fat Friend, Jeanie Finlay Past Lives, Celine Song Showing Up, Kelly Reichardt Scrapper, Charlotte Regan Is There Anybody Out There?, Ella Glendinining The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Hope Dickson Leach Edinburgh International Book Festival - at What I Run Towards Will Strengthen Me, Sarah Polley Edinburgh Festival Fringe - all at Work in Progress, Rose Matafeo Composition, Leila Navabi Dugzi Dayz, Sabrina Ali Unforgettable Girl, Elisabeth Gunawan MEAT, Elle Dillon-Reams Other films mentioned in this episode include: House, Janis Pugh 52 Tuesdays, Sophie Hyde, 2013 Other TV mentioned in this episode include: The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Glendyn Ivin, 2023 Other theatre mentioned in this episode includes: Funeral, Ontroerend Goed ( Become a patron of Girls On Film on Patreon here: Follow us on socials: Watch Girls On Film on the BFI’s YouTube channel:…L89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7z Girls On Film is an HLA production. Host: Anna Smith Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold Producer: Lydia Scott Audio Producer: Emma Butt Assistant Producer: Eleanor Hardy House band: MX Tyrants This episode is in partnership with Festivals Edinburgh