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Film Editor Spotlight: Jill Bilcock

A spotlight on the work of the film editor Jill Bilcock, featuring an interview with Jill, and reviews from her filmography of ROMEO + JULIET dir. Baz Luhrmann (1996) and THE DISH dir…


Director's spotlight: Alan Parker

A director's spotlight on three films from English director, Alan Parker; FAME (1980), SHOOT THE MOON (1982) and MISSISSIPI BURNING (1988). With presenters Paul Anthony Nelson, Sally Christie, Flick Ford, and special guest…


MIFF 2020 Special, Part Two

Part two of Primal Screen's Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) 2020 reviews, with a focus on SHE DIES TOMORROW dir. Amy Seimetz (2020), LA LLORONA dir. Jayro Bustamente (2019) and WOMEN MAKE FILM…


MIFF 2020 Special, Part One

Part one of Primal Screen's Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) 2020 reviews, with a focus on FIRST COW dir. Kelly Reichardt (2020), WELCOME TO CHECHNYA dir. David France (2020), THE GO-GO'S dir. Alison…


Music Documentary Special

A special focus on music documentaries with reviews of films AUTOLUMINESCENT: ROWLAND S. HOWARD dir. Lynn-Maree Milburn, Richard Lowenstein (2011); BLANK CITY dir. Céline Danhier (2012); and RYUICHI SAKMOTO: CODA dir. Stephen Nomura…


Made in Australia - a retrospective on the 1990s Glitter Cycle

During this Made In Australia special, the team review some big guns of Australian cinema. STRICTLY BALLROOM dir. Baz Luhrmann (1992), THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT dir. Stephan Elliott (1994)…


Epics, with special guests Richard Morrison and Christian Kloukinas

Richard Morrison, General Manager of IMAX Melbourne, and Christian Kloukinas, Village Cinemas Senior Film Programmer, join the team to talk about the impact of lockdown on cinema. They also contribute reviews to two…


Spotlight on Korean New Wave cinema

A spotlight on three films from Korea's New Wave cinema movement, with a focus on MOTHER dir. Bong Joon-ho (2009), THE HANDMAIDEN dir. Park Chan-wook (2016) and TRAIN TO BUSAN dir. Yeon Sang-ho…


Spotlight on Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2020 & director Ursula Woods

A spotlight on the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (MDFF) 2020, and an interview with director Ursula Woods about her MDFF film CLOCKUMENTARY. Plus reviews of MDFF films FORMAN VS. FORMAN dir. Jakub Hejna…


Pride Month Special

Celebrating Pride Month 2020, the team hone in on Sean Baker's film, TANGERINE (2015), Camille Vidal-Naquet's SAUVAGE (2018) and Desiree Akhavan's APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR (2014). With presenters Paul Anthony Nelson, Flick Ford, and Stuey…

About this program

Primal Screen is a show about movies, from the ones on the big screen to the ones you stream. A mix of new release and retrospective film reviews and interviews with film practitioners. Presented by film critics Paul Anthony Nelson, Sally Christie and Flick Ford. With occasional guests Cerise Howard, Emma Westwood and Stuey Richards.

Panel Operator: Karl Chapman


The podcast intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.