On the podcast this week we look at the five major releases out at UK cinemas and we also have our usual DVD and website picks.
300 is the big screen adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel about the Spartan soliders who fought off a much bigger Persian army at The Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. Director Zack Snyder speaks to us about the challenges of adapting the graphic novel and Gerard Butler gives us his thoughts on playing the Spartan King, Leonidas.
Amazing Grace is the story of 18th century anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce. Ioan Gruffud plays Wilberforce and is joined by an illustrious cast that includes Albert Finney, Michael Gambon and Toby Jones. Michael Apted directed the film and he tells us why the story appealed to him and how it got financed.
I Want Candy is a new British comedy with Carmen Electra as a porn star who is persuaded by two budding young filmmakers to star in their low budget film set in Leatherhead (!). We speak to Carmen about the delights of shooting a film in England and also chat with co-star Tom Riley about whether or not they actually filmed in leafy Surrey.
Catch a Fire is the story of 1980’s ANC freedom fighter Patrick Chamusso (played by Derek Luke). We spoke to director Philip Noyce about the film and why he has gone back to material with a more political edge.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sees the 80’s cartoon characters return although this time around it is in animated form as Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael return to do battle with new foes.
Our DVD pick is Happy Feet, director George Miller’s eco-friendly tale of dancing penguins proved a huge hit at the box office last autumn and even scooped the Oscar for Best Animated Film. It features an illustrious voice cast with the likes of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman all doing their best as the penguins.
Our website pick is iLetYou.com, a social DVD and video game exchange. It allows you to create your own rental stores and earn money or credit on a revenue share basis. It’s a bit like having an eBay Store, but you rent your DVDs out, rather than sell your unused stuff.