Podcast: Colette + The Front Runner, feat. Jason Reitman

In this episode, the team are joined by Curzon film programmer, Lydia Penke, as well as director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Tully) to talk about two of the week's biggest releases: Colette and The Front Runner.

Colette is a truly modern, complex woman: a libertine and bisexual, she also made her fortune from her wits and pushed back against the patriarchy. Wash Westmoreland presents an elegant but not sanitised view of turn of the century Paris, where we watch as Colette (Keira Knightley) is seduced and married by notorious rake Willy (Dominic West). Pushed into ghostwriting novels for this charismatic cad, she uses her exuberance to push back against all constrictions placed on her in this rich portrait of a dazzling talent.

Read director Wash Westmoreland’s guest blog, in which he reveals the cultural and historical influences that went into the late 19th century look and feel of the film.

In The Front Runner, it's 1988 and Gary Hart, played by Hugh Jackman, is the likeable and inspirational Democratic nominee, winning hearts and minds on the campaign trail. But he’s unwilling to open up about his family life, and the press unearth explosive details that begin to derail his marriage and his political aspirations. The personal fall out from this tabloid story changed the course of American politics.

Discussing the films this week are Steven Ryder, Lydia Penke, Kelly Powell and Jake Cunningham

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Produced and Edited by Jake Cunningham

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Colette plays on our screens from Wednesday 9 January

The Front Runner plays on our screens from Friday 11 January