Girls On Film / Ep 88: Gender in cult horror with Censor director Prano Bailey-Bond & star Niamh Algar

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Horror experts and Censor filmmakers talk gender, guts and gore - and the things we might not want to remember… First up, critics Clarisse Loughrey and Leila Latif get to the guts of the exciting new British horror film Censor, celebrating its role in the female horror renaissance. They debate the movie’s meta-messages and share their own experiences of the video nasties era - or, in Clarisse’s case, the stateside ‘Satanic Panic’. Next, Censor director Prano Bailey-Bond and star Niamh Algar join Anna to discuss the retro chiller, set amidst the moral panic of the 1980s video nasties craze. Niamh reveals her experience of playing the movie’s highly-strung film censor Enid, whose repressed trauma rises to the surface thanks to one of the gory slashers she’s handed for the snip. From cult horror to the culture wars, Prano shares her inspirations and fascinating research for the film - plus what it was like to shoot its more stomach-churning scenes! From the feminist highlights of Censor to overdue reappraisals of genre-classics, there’s plenty to chew on for fans of a psychological scare. Censor is in UK cinemas August 20th 2021. Other movie and TV mentions: Saint Maud, Midsommar, Cannibal Holocaust, Driller Killer, The Last House On The Left, The Witch That Came From The Sea, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre This episode is in partnership with Vertigo Releasing. Become a patron of Girls on Film on Patreon here: www.patreon.com/girlsonfilmpodcast Follow us on socials: www.instagram.com/girlsonfilm_podcast/ www.facebook.com/girlsonfilmpodcast www.twitter.com/GirlsOnFilm_Pod www.twitter.com/annasmithjourno Watch Girls On Film on the BFI’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX…L89QKZsN5Tgr3vn7z Girls On Film is an HLA production. Executive producer: Hedda Archbold. Audio Producer Emma Butt. Principal Partner: Peter Brewer. Assistant Producer: Elliana Jay. Assistant Producer and Social Media Manager: Heather Dempsey.