Film 96 – tape 2381

More film reviews from the BBC’s erstwhile flagship film programme, Film 96. In the first episode, Barry looks at:

  • A Time to Kill – just from Barry’s synopsis this sounds amazing – if only for the cast. Spacey, Bullock, McConaughey, Sam Jackson, M. Emmett Walsh. The only flies in the ointment are the director, Joel Schumacher, and writer, Akiva Goldsman.
  • Emma
  • Beaumarchais

Barry mentions specifically the amount of hype that greeted Gwyneth Paltrow and Matthew McConaughey’s debuts, wondering if they will live up to the hype.

There’s a look at the business of selling books to Hollywood, with interviews with John Grisham, plus a writer called Philip Kerr who sold his first novel, Gridiron, for over $1m. I’ve never heard of that film…

There’s an interview with Eddie Murphy about The Nutty Professor – with a brief glimpse of the great Rick Baker doing the makeup.

Rick Baker makes up Eddie Murphy

BBC Genome: BBC One London, 9 September 1996 23.10

before the next episode, there’s the end of an episode of Chicago Hope. There’s a trailer for Dangerfield and one for After The Break.

Then, another Film 96, in which Barry reviews:

Tom Brook looks at Bruce Willis’s Last Man Standing. I think Willis was probably shooting The Jackal when this interview was done.

Bruce Willis

Katie Derham takes a look at Cinema Crimes – a forerunner to the Wittertainment code of conduct?

Cinema Crimes

BBC Genome: BBC One London, 16 September 1996 23.05

In the next episode, Barry looks at the following films:

There’s a location report on Michae Winterbottom’s Jude. Katie Derham goes to projectionist school. What with this, and the code of conduct last week, looks like Film 96 is predicting all of Wittertainment.

BBC Genome: BBC One London, 23 September 1996 22.55

Before the next episode, another bit of Chicago Hope, followed by programmes for Wednesday. Then there’s a trailer for Clive Anderson All Talk, and it’s rather good – riffing on Independence Day and shot around Television Centre.

The next episode of Film 96 is s special edition, from New York. Barry talks to Mike Leigh, as Secrets and Lies is shown at the New York Film Festival.

Tom Brook looks at the success of British films and talent in the US. There’s also a look at films shot in New York. Barry talks to Hugh Grant about his new film Extreme Measures.

Tom Brook talks to Howard Stern, about his film Private Parts.

BBC Genome: BBC One London, 30 September 1996 22.55

After this, we have something different. There’s the end of a sad looking show from Anglia TV possibly called The Warehouse. Looks like a cut-rate TFI Friday. But then, there’s The Making of Escape From LA. This is a nice behind the scenes look at what was, in retrospect, not such a great movie. But it looked like everyone had fun making it.

Then it’s back to Film 96, this time on BBC2, and Barry looks at:

There’s a location report on Brassed Off.

BBC Genome: BBC Two England, 12 October 1996 13.40

Before the next episode there’s another chuck of Chicago Hope, then trailers for Beck and Sportsnight.

Then, Barry looks at

Tom Brook looks at the work of voiceover man Don LaFontaine.

There’s an interview with Emily Watson, star of Breaking the Waves.

In the movie news, there’s a short piece about the Coen brothers which talks about their “forthcoming British project, The Big Kabowski”. I guess plans changed.

BBC Genome: BBC One London, 14 October 1996 23.00

Following this, there’s a trailer for Auntie’s TV Favourites, and Noel’s House Party. Then, the tape continues with the start of Cool World, a sort-of ‘adult’ version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit from Ralph Bakshi, creator of Fritz the Cat. There’s about 20 minutes of this before the tape stops.


One comment

  1. Noel’s Hose Party sounds a bit rude. Anyway, Tom Brook used to have his own show on BBC News 24 which I used to watch in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep. Every instalment – EVERY ONE! – would end with Tom saying “Well, that’s it!” Couldn’t he ever think of anything else to say, like “Byeeeee!” or “Farewell, movie fans!” Nope, it was “Well, that’s it!” every time.

    Haven’t seen him in ages, now I think of it, is he still about?

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