“First on BBC2, Giant green maggots and flourescent, festering slime” says the announcer before being overwritten by a newer recording. I presume because I’d probably bought a commercial release of The Green Death and didn’t need my off-air copy.
Instead, there’s a new series of Moving Pictures, presented by Howard Schuman.
First, they go on set with Pulp Fiction, and interview Quentin Tarantino.
Then they talk to director Gurinder Chadha about Bhaji on the Beach.
And the film’s writer, Meera Syal
Finally, Mike Figgis talks about how his movies, particularly Mr Jones, have been altered by the studio after he finished shooting. One illuminating quote is when head of studio Mike Medavoy asked Figgis if he’d seen the trailer, and said “take a look at the trailer as it’ll give you an idea of the film you should be making.”
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 16th January 1994 – 20:10
The next episode starts with a preview of Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence.
Also interviewed are Scorsese’s editor, the great Thelma Schoonmaker (as Thelma Schoonmaker Powell here because she was married to filmmaker Michael Powell, who died in 1990).
Plus production designer Dante Ferretti
Actor Richard E Grant
Along with Miriam Margolyes
Next, there’s a look at press junkets and access to actors and filmmakers, including contributions from Peter Bart of Variety.
Then, Oliver Stone talks about his third Vietnam movie Heaven and Earth. “I don’t think Vietnam’s over, I think it’s a state of mind.”
Le Ly Hayslip, whose memoir the film is based on is also interviewed.
Howard Schuman didn’t like it at all, and gives a damning review after the largely positive report.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 23rd January 1994 – 20:10
The next episode has a segment on the Crane Shot, with contributions from John Carpenter
ET Cinematographer Allen Daviau
Director and former cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld
DP Stephen Burum talks about creating a crane shot on the set of The Shadow.
There’s a report on sex in Chinese cinema with the release of Farewell My Concubine.
There’s also a report on the use of video in film with filmmaker Atom Egoyan
And Bruce Joel Rubin, about My Life in which a dying Michael Keaton makes tapes for his unborn child.
a film which includes an appearance by Bradley Whitford in a bad moustache.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 30th January 1994 – 20:10
After this, there’s a couple of trailers, for Face to Face with Steven Spielberg – nice little ET in the Late Show logo – and The Day Today.
Then recording continues with an extra programme for an episode in the Comic Asides series called The Honeymoon’s Over. A young couple return from Honeymoon, and seem to despise each other already.
Things perk up a bit when Paul Whitehouse turns up as a delivery man.
Vic Reeves also appears.
As does Fast Show alumnus Mark WIlliams
Unfortunately, it’s no forgotten classic. I hated every single character, and pretty much everything anyone said. I can see why it never went to series.
And now you can too.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 30th January 1994 – 21:00
After this interlude, we have the next episode of Moving Pictures. In The Name of the Father is used to examine whether a film about true events should be allowed to fictionalise elements.
There’s a report on the software available to screenwriters to help them create their stories. Some of it frankly looks horrifying.
There’s a profile of Ron Shelton, director of Bull Durham, on the set of his new movie, Ty Cobb.
Including contributions from Susan Sarandon
Shelton is interesting when he talks about the writing process for White Men Can’t Jump. He says he wanted to write a movie that’s just about men, with no women in it (“to hell with them” he says, coming off a divorce), but when he got to page 10 Rosie Perez’ character Gloria turns up, and by the end of the movie, “all the guys are saying ‘Listen to the woman'” I’ve always thought that Gloria was the best character in the movie, and I’d have preferred to watch her for the whole film rather than the rather dull and stupid men.
Finally there’s a lovely piece about ‘Reels on Wheels’, an enterprising group of people taking equipment to rural Staffordshire towns, to project movies from 35mm prints on a big screen, where there’s no local cinema.
BBC Genome: BBC Two – 6th February 1994 – 20:10