Podcast: Blinded by the Light + Opus Zero | feat. Gurinder Chadha

This week the cinema is jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive. We're talking to Gurinder Chadha (director of Bend it Like Beckham) about her Springsteen infused brit-musical Blinded By The Light, plus we ask whether new Willem Dafoe film Opus Zero is an Opus Hero, or whether it lives up to its name...

It's 1987, and it's not easy being British Pakistani in a commuter town living through the tatters of Thatcher's Britain. But salvation arrives in the unlikely shape of Bruce Springsteen, whose tales of ragged working class glory ignite a new confidence in Javed. Taking Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir and digging deep into the cross-cultural connections between Bury Park, Luton and Asbury Park, New Jersey, Blinded By The Light is a feel good British story powered by the bulletproof music of The Boss.

Paul, a composer, arrives in a remote Mexican village where his father has passed away. As his attention shifts to the fate of a missing woman, Paul must come to terms with the memory of his father and the uncertainty of his future.

Discussing the films this week are Jake Cunningham, Ella Kemp and Sam Howlett.

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@jakehcunningham - Jake

@ks_powell - Kelly

@efe_kemp - Ella

@samhowlett_1 - Sam

Produced by Jake Cunningham

Edited by Mark Towers


Ode to Springsteen Blinded by the Light plays in our cinemas from Friday 9 August

Starring Willem Dafoe, Opus Zero plays in our cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema from Friday 9 August