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Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Queer Screen Culture Digital Magazine Sissy Screens

Flick Ford and Cerise Howard are joined by Melbourne Queer Film Festival Program Director Spiro Economopoulos for a chat about this year's event. Cerise and Spiro pick out some of their festival highlights…


Interview with THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS director Robert Machoian plus reviews of THE LAST DUEL and NITRAM

Flick Ford interviews Robert Machoian about his latest feature THE KILLING OF TWO LOVERS (2020). Lisa Kovacevic is joined by guest film critic Stuey Richards to review Ridley Scott's new medieval drama THE…


Melbourne documentaries at SFF plus LAMB and THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

Flick Ford talks with directors Eddie Martin and Jeff Daniels about their respective new documentaries THE KIDS and TELEVISION EVENT, both screening at this year's Sydney Film Festival, and their nominations for the…


Spotlight on Halloween prequels

Paul Anthony Nelson is joined by guest film critics Emma Westwood and Sally Christie for a Halloween special revisiting three prequels: THE EXORCIST III dir. William Peter Blatty (1990), HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF…


Spotlight on New Australian TV Drama Serials

Flick Ford and guest critics Lisa Kovacevic and Will Cox spotlight new Australian TV drama serials, interviewing NEW GOLD MOUNTAIN director Corrie Chen, and reviewing THE NEWSREADER (Emma Freeman, 2021), FIRES (Michael Rymer…


Spotlight on Environmental Film Festival of Australia and Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia and new releases

Flick Ford, special guest critic Cerise Howard and Melbourne film creative Kelsey Pettifer spotlight the Environmental Film Festival of Australia – including a live chat with Screen Manager Natalie May – and the…


Spotlight on emerging Melbourne filmmakers

Presenter Flick Ford and guest film critic Lisa Kovacevic, interview emerging filmmakers, Suban Kamal, Oskar Weimar and Holly Bates. They also interview Artist Film Workshop co-founded, Richard Tuohy and Andrew O’Keefe, the Victorian…


Women and Power

Presenter Flick Ford, guest film critic Lisa Kovacevic, and writer and academic Dr Tresa Leclerc, spotlight women and power on screens, including an interview with Nick Antosca and Lenore Zion, the showrunners of…


Prestige TV Special

Presenters Flick Ford, Lisa Kovacevic and Swinburne University media academic Dr Andrew Lynch spotlight prestige television, including reviews of SUCCESSION and MR INBETWEEN.

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Music Documentary Special

Flick Ford and Cerise Howard are joined by filmmaker Grace Moore for a music documentary special. Includes reviews of THE MAGIC VOICE OF A REBEL dir. Olga Sommerová (2014), GURRUMUL dir. Paul Damien…

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 occasional interviews with film practitioners. Presented by Paul Anthony Nelson and Flick Ford with regular guest critics. 

Co-producer and panel operator: Karl Chapman
Podcast editor: Maudie Osborne


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