Girls On Film

Ep 135: Critic Mark Kermode reviews Don't Worry Darling and more with Anna Smith

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When Mark Kermode, feminist ally of Girls On Film, and one of the UK’s top film critics, expressed a wish to come on the Girls On Film podcast, Anna Smith asked listeners in an online poll which recent films they would like the two of them to discuss on the show. They discuss two recent films, beginning with a Don't Worry Darling review. **SPOILER ALERT** from 11:01 they move into spoiler territory, so skip to 18:36 if you'd like to avoid that. They then discuss The Woman King, as well as the winner of the Sight and Sound poll of the top 100 films of all time, Jeanne Dielman; why awards matter, the sense and nonsense of making lists of favourite films, and whether the film industry is making advances where gender parity is concerned. Mark Kermode is film critic for The Observer, co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Screenshot alongside Ellen E Jones, host of his own film music programme on Scala Radio, and co-presenter of Kermode and Mayo’s Take podcast. Don’t Worry Darling is available on all the usual platforms in the UK. The Woman King will be available on digital January 30th and on DVD February 13th 2023. Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is available to stream on BFI Player in The Sight and Sound Greatest Films of All Time collection on BFI Player – which now includes over 50 titles from the top 100 to rent or for subscribers. The full top 100 will also screen at BFI Southbank throughout January, February and March. Films mentioned in this episode are: Aftersun, Charlotte Wells, 2022 The Woman King, Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2022 Don’t Worry Darling, Olivia Wilde, 2022 Blonde, Andrew Dominik, 2022 The Souvenir, Part II, Joanna Hogg, 2021 Stepford Wives, Bryan Forbes, 1975 Rosemary’s Baby, Roman Polanski, 1968 Get Out, Jordan Peele, 2017 Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, Chantal Akerman, 1975 Braveheart, Mel Gibson, 1975 Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised, Questlove, 2021 Woodstock, Michael Wadleigh, 1970 Amazing Grace, Alan Elliott, 2018 Heavy Load, Jerry Rothwell, 2008 Dig!, Ondi Timoner, 2004 Safe, Todd Haynes, 1995 Poison, Todd Haynes, 1991 Enys Men, Mark Jenkin, 2022 Citizen Kane, Orson Welles, 1941 Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock, 1958 The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola, 1972 Eraserhead, David Lynch, 1977 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 Intern: Eleanor Hardy House band: MX Tyrants This episode is in partnership with our principal partners, Vanessa Smith and Peter Brewer.