Whilst we must still try and carry on as normal as best we can, we are all finding ourselves with more time on our hands. It’s vitally important right now to get digitally connected with people to share our concerns, knowledge and happy stories; it’s also important to share our culture, arts and creativity.
So we’ve decided to resurrect our dormant radio show Film Journeys which ran live on BBC Oxford from 2014 until 2019, with an online article version (and some video), at the same time.
The idea behind each episode of Film Journeys is to pick a film that was released at the time of writing the episode, select one actor or director from the cast and crew and take listeners (and readers), through highlights of the career of that person.
Usually we would focus on a choice of film you never realised they were in, a film you knew they were in but never got round to seeing and finally a classic that you’ll happily watch time and time again.
So there are highlights for big hitters like Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Alan Rickman; as well as selections for Noomi Rapace, John Ratzenberger, Kate Mara and Carrey Mulligan. The list goes on with names you’ll know and some you’ll be happy to discover.
We also had seasonal specials like Christmas and Halloween and the odd one-off specials like our ill-fated Musical Biopic series … that only had one episode! We even wrote intentionally controversial episodes we called Talking Points (an example just below), that really tried to get conversation going by posing statements that we genuinely believed in, but we knew would be contentious.
There were 66 live episodes in total, each featuring 3 films (although some had more – like a run down of the Bond series for example), and we always included a good list of ‘honourable mentions’ – so that well over 500 movies we’ve hand-picked to recommend to you.
The articles are written to be shared in the time they were relevant for, so it will be interesting to go back over the archives and see what new movies we would have picked for each of the featured performers.
You can access all of the articles for free right now at www.filmjourneys.com
Pretty much all of the movies will now be available on Netflix or Prime or similar. We hope you enjoy them and that they provide you with a wide choice of movies that make you smile, make you laugh and give you comfort.
Adam Jennings is co-founder of Cordial Fox Limited. He has almost 30 years experience in the creative industries, working with clients such as Microsoft, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, BBC Worldwide and Penguin Random House. Adam is available for creative and strategic consultancy, creative support, public speaking and creative mentoring.