Listen to MAY DECEMBER and MR AND MRS SMITH44:235 February 2024

This week on Primal Screen, Flick Ford and our wonderful guest hosts, Thomas Caldwel and Vyshnavee Wijerkumar discuss Todd Haynes’ newest film, MAY DECEMBER but not before exploring Haynes' distinguished directorial portfolio, including films - Safe, I’m Not There, and Dark Waters.

[CONTENT WARNING] Please note, that this film does contain references to child sexual abuse. Please find the relevant resources below and feel free to skip to the 29 minutes and 48 seconds mark in order to skip this review.

May December trailer.

Our hosts then take a close look at MR AND MRS SMITH, an unexpected remake of the 2005 film starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. A thrilling TV adaptation starring Donald Glover and Maya Erskine as the series reimagines the classic narrative, focusing on a married couple leading double lives as assassins. Their extraordinary secret complicates their domestic life, blending action, drama, and humour in their high-stakes existence.

Mr and Mrs Smith trailer.


If you’re in need of support regarding any of the content mentioned in MAY DECEMBER, please see the resources below and reach out:

  • Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or
  • Headspace on 1800 650 890 or
  • Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 or
  • Bravehearts counselling and support for survivors of child sexual abuse on 1800 272 831 or




About this program

Primal Screen is a show all about screen culture - from movies on the big screen to whatever you're streaming. It's a mix of new releases and retrospective film and television reviews, plus interviews with film practitioners and industry professionals.

Hosted and produced by Flick Ford.
Podcast editing and social media by Kelsey Pettifer.

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