Sandy and Jeremy are joined by London-based filmmaker Francesca Castelbuono to review Barry Jenkins' gentle, immersive Best-Picture-winning indie drama, Moonlight. We discuss the significance of Moonlight's unexpected success as one of the frontrunners in the Oscar race and its meaning for LGBT stories in mainstream cinema, then discuss two more recent films to depict LGBT stories in a mainstream context: Todd Haynes' Carol and Roland Emmerich's Stonewall.
Check out Francesca's work as a filmmaker at www.francescacastelbuono.com
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00:00 – Preamble & intro.
02:51 – Main review of Moonlight + audio clip.
33:15 – Discussing Stonewall + audio clip.
47:00 – Discussing Carol + audio clip.
01:02:20 – Extra, post-Oscars chat + audio clip.
THEME MUSIC: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)
MUSIC EXCERPT: 'Hello Stranger' written and performed by Barbara Lewis (Atlantic, 1963)
FILMS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Moonlight (2016, USA – dir. Barry Jenkins)
Birth of a Nation (2016, Canada/USA – dir. Nate Parker)
La La Land (2016, USA – dir. Damien Chazelle)
Carol (2015, UK/USA – dir. Todd Haynes)
Stonewall (2015, USA – dir. Roland Emmerich)
Pride (2014, France/UK – dir. Matthew Warchus)
Under the Skin (2013, Switzerland/UK/USA – dir. Jonathan Glazer)
Medicine for Melancholy (2008, USA – dir. Barry Jenkins)
Brokeback Mountain (2005, Canada/USA – dir. Ang Lee)