Rosie introduces a BFI Flare festival special edition.
She talks to co-writer/directors Christina Zeidler and John Mitchell, who are on the phone to discuss their Toronto-set rom-com Portrait of a Serial Monogamist, which screens on 22nd, 23rd and 24th March at BFI Southbank. Diane Flacks stars as Elsie, a 40-something lesbian who believes that the best way to never get your heart broken is to always leave first.
Acclaimed British director Carol Morley tells us about her follow up to the haunting Dreams of a Life. The Falling is set amidst the seething hormones of an English girls’ school in 1969 and screens at the BFI on 20th and 21st March. Carol describes how important particular songs were for establishing a mood on set and how she managed to get Tracey Thorn to provide music for her film.
Emma Smart, a BFI Flare Programmer since 2009, gives us the lowdown on the hot tickets at this year’s festival which opens on 19th March with Gus Van Sant protégé Justin Kelly’s debut I Am Michael starring James Franco. She tells us about the mammoth task of watching hundreds of films each year and picks out highlights including German director Monika Treut’s latest film, Of Girls and Horses, which will be showing on 25th and 27th March.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:
1) Wallis Bird: Hardly Hardly from the album Architecture
2) Rae Spoon: Curse on Us from the album I Can’t Keep All of Our Secrets
3) Dusty Springfield: The Look of Love from the album The Look of Love
4) Caroline Trettine: Statuesque from the album Gay Demo
5) Alice DiMicele: Ripple from the album Swim