Girls On Film

Ep 154: Action women: the stars of Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning + Susanna Fogel & KVIFF

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This episode is packed full of six fantastic women, from the stars of Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One to a programmer for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which Girls On Film will be attending on July 3rd 2023. Host Anna Smith’s first guest is Susanna Fogel, the co-writer of Girls On Film fave Booksmart, and now a director on the miniseries A Small Light. The series stars Bel Powley as a Dutch woman who sheltered Anne Frank's family during World War II. Susanna discusses Bel Powley’s character and how she wanted a female character who was an ‘everywoman’ and not afraid to fight for what was right, going against the canonically ‘strong woman’ trope. Next, we find out more about the film festival in the pretty Czech town of Karlovy Vary. Programmer Anna Korinek talks about the diverse range of filmmakers the festival is championing and the platform it provides to underrepresented countries. She als shares how the public can get involved by attending screenings or tuning in online to KVIFF.TV. Finally, Anna Smith chats to the four main female stars of Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One: Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Vanessa Kirby and Rebecca Ferguson. They discuss the relative complexities of the female characters and ask whether action movies are making progress in terms of gender. They also talk about working with Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie, otherwise known as “McQ”. Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One is in UK cinemas 12th July 2023. You can stream A Small Light on Disney+. Girls On Film will be recording a LIVE episode at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival at 11am on 3rd July 2023 in partnership with MAGNUM - you can find more info at, and listen out for our next episode! Guest Time Codes: Susanna Fogel - 1:25 Anna Korinek - 13:13 Hayley Atwell - 24:30 Pom Klementieff and Vanessa Kirby - 38:06 Rebecca Ferguson - 46:44 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 Audio Producer: Nic Wassell Assistant Producer: Eleanor Hardy Principal Partners Vanessa Smith and Peter Brewer House band: MX Tyrants