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Our Picks + Bubblegum Noir & Promising Young Woman

Thursday 3 June 2021, by Abla Kandalaft, Anna Smith, Coco Green

*We’re skipping ep 23 given the relevance of ep 24 to this month’s releases - normal service will resume in 2 weeks!*

This week, our guest is Anna Smith, leading film critic and broadcaster and host of the popular podcast Girls On Film. Our focus is women as lead characters in sexually-charged noir films from the 90s to the present day - to the new spate of films that belong to what Anna calls Bubblegum Noir, using Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman as a starting point. We also discuss new release Gillian Wallace Horvat’s I Blame Society. You can follow Anna on Twitter @annasmithjourno. 

Anna’s pick of the week is Joanna Scanlan’s new film After Love, which is currently on the big screen. Abla’s picks include Palestinian arthouse director Elia Suleiman’s filmography, available for free for a limited period as an entertaining, moving and actually very informative way into understanding Palestine and the history of Palestinians. As this is limited in time, another release worth flagging is Abby Martin’s hugely powerful film Gaza Fights For Freedom, which is now free to watch online! And a series worth watching (if you still haven’t been convinced by all the good publicity) is HBO dark crime drama Mare of Easttown, starring Kate Winslet with yet another impeccable performance. 

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