Interactive discussions for film lovers. Critical conversations, provocative debate, and exclusive interviews on and inspired by film. CinePunked's core team are Robert JE Simpson, Rachael Kelly, Ben Simpson and Neil Sedgewick.
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Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the CinePunked team casting their eyes over a festive film. This time out the 2010 Finnish horror/comedy Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. Fusing traditional tales of Santa Claus, with a sci-fi monster twist - the perfect antidote to the usual saccharine fare. With Robert JE Simpson and Dr Rachael Kelly.
Dec 24, 2022
34 min
Duck and Cover
CinePunked goes rummaging through the film archives via acclaimed Cold War documentary The Atomic Cafe, revealing a frightening concoction of propaganda, deception, delusion, and fear linked by America's presentation of the perceived benefits and risks of the atomic bomb and a nuclear war. With memories of the cold war stirred up in 2022 by recent action in eastern Europe we find ourselves wondering if anything has really changed in the last eight decades... With Robert JE Simpson, Dr Rachael Kelly, Neil Sedgewick and Ben 'Blademan' Simpson.
Apr 16, 2022
1 hr 6 min
Iceberg - Dead Ahead
Marking the 110th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the CinePunked team assemble to discuss the definitive screen version of the incident - Roy Ward Baker's 1958 film A Night to Remember. Gathering just outside of Belfast, where the ship was built, Robert, Rachael and Neil consider the legacy of the night, Belfast's relationship with the story, generational trauma and just what we'd do if faced with the same situation.
Apr 9, 2022
1 hr 16 min
Men, Maggots and Mutiny
Segei Eisenstein's film Battleship Potemkin is often hailed as one of the best films ever made. It tells the story (based on a real-life incident) of the crew of a Russian battleship mutinying in 1905, leading to a bloody confrontation in the streets of Odessa. CinePunked gather to assess its value to a modern audience and pick apart the propeganda from the truth.
Mar 30, 2022
1 hr 7 min
Where They Can't Find Us
Prompted by a screening of Eric Steel's 2006 documentary The Bridge, about those who choose to end their lives at San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, the CinePunked team engage in a frank and sensitive panel discussion examining the issues raised by the film, in particular the wider topic of suicide and mental health struggles. For the conversation, Robert JE Simpson and Dr Rachael Kelly are joined by Stuart McChesney - a volunteer with the Community Rescue Service in NI. Listener discretion is advised.
Mar 22, 2022
54 min
Via everything from The X Files to Welsh rugby, 'Fanomenal' sees CinePunked's Robert JE Simpson and special guest Dr Bethan Jones discuss the wide world of fandom including academic fandom studies, anti-fandom, gatekeeping and more.
Mar 15, 2022
1 hr 17 min
Meshes With Maya
CinePunked's Robert JE Simpson is joined by Dr Paula Blair for a conversation around their responses to the experience of influential, Ukranian-born, avant garde filmmaker Maya Deren, with particular attention to her debut Meshes of the Afternoon, and At Land.
Mar 8, 2022
1 hr 8 min
Testament d'Orphée
Concluding their Orphic journey, Robert and Neil follow Jean Cocteau into the underworld for his cinematic farewell Testament d'Orphée - a complex, meta-layered film mixing poetry, time-travel, fact and fiction and the complexities of legacy. Will Neil make it through? Does any of it make sense? And how will the experience change the CinePunked team?
Mar 1, 2022
1 hr 14 min
CinePunked continue their exploration of Jean Cocteau's sublime Orphic Trilogy of films with a study of Orphée, in a conversation steering through love, legacy, sleep and death.
Feb 22, 2022
1 hr 1 min
The Blood of a Poet
Have you ever stayed awake for three days and start hallucinating? If you have, you might just tap into the mindset behind Jean Cocteau's influential avant-garde film Le Sang d'un Poète (aka. The Blood of a Poet). CinePunked look to the stars for guidance as they step through Cocteau's mirror...
Feb 16, 2022
1 hr 1 min
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