Podcast: The Lion King + Varda by Agnès

In this episode we tackle the king of the jungle and the queen of the cinema, as Agnès Varda circles her life with Varda by Agnès and Jon Favreau brings a new pride to Disney.

Assembling a brilliant voice cast – featuring Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, John Oliver, Chiwetel Ejiofor and James Earl Jones – expect to see the brilliant songs, winning humour and heart-breaking tragedy anew. Following The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau once again shows he can marshal an incredible digital spectacle, while also deftly honouring a beloved childhood favourite. With visuals that rival ‘Planet Earth’, this is a superb reimagining of an African legend.

Agnès Varda takes a seat on a theatre stage. This professional photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague is an institution of French cinema but a fierce opponent of any kind of institutional thinking. Varda By Agnès follows the filmmaker and artist as she uses excerpts from her work to illustrate – more associatively than chronologically – her artistic vision and ideas. Her lively, anecdote-rich and clever talk charts her shift from analogue to digital.

Discussing the film this week are Sam Howlett, Kelly Powell, Beth Webb and Jake Cunningham

Follow the team on Twitter:

@SamHowlett_1 - Sam Howlett

@jakehcunningham - Jake Cunningham

@ks_powell - Kelly Powell

@BethKWebb - Beth Webb

Produced by Jake Cunningham

Edited by Mark Towers

The Lion King plays in our cinemas from Friday 19 July

Varda by Agnès plays in our cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema from Friday 19 July