The CATH podcast is back! With a whole new cast of characters, we journey through the world of adaptations. Nash, Cassie, Kieran and Laura Fryer pick apart the tricksy landscape of films and TV based on other properties, and try and figure out which ones work, which ones don’t, and how to tell the difference.
Episode Thirteen: Horrible Histories
Charley leads Cat, Hazel, Jilly and Laura on a trip down memory lane, as they discuss the children’s entertainment franchise, Horrible Histories and its value as both an entertainment source and an educational resource.
Episode Twelve: Netflix
Caitlin leads Cat, Charley, Hazel, Jilly and Laura in a discussion on Netflix, the international on-demand media provider. They consider how it has transformed domestic television- and film-viewing, as well as how it has more recently complicated conventional methods of producing original television.
Charley leads Caitlin, Cat, Laura and Lewis as they reflect on the 2014 Oscars ceremony, considering broader questions on the value of the Academy Awards while discussing the ceremony’s key moments, including Ellen DeGeneres’ contentious selfie and John Travolta’s curious pronunciation of ‘Idina Menzel’.
Episode Ten: The Wolf of Wall Street
Jilly leads Caitlin, Charley, Hazel and Lewis in a heated discussion on Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed but highly contested The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), starring Leonardo DiCaprio as former Wall Street tycoon Jordan Belfort.
Hazel leads Caitlin, Cat, Charley, Jilly, Laura and Lewis in a discussion on the group’s Christmas TV viewing habits or lack thereof, considering the roles of television and film in contemporary holiday rituals.
Lewis leads Caitlin, Cat, Charley and Laura in a discussion on the documentary film Blackfish (2013). The group discusses the film’s fusion of documentary conventions with elements from horror and thriller genres, relating it to other contemporary documentaries and to postmodern film genres more generally.
Laura leads Caitlin, Cat, Hazel, Jilly and new member Lewis in a conversation on Jim Henson’s Labyrinth (1986), starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. The group considers questions of nostalgia and the bizarre relationship between Sarah and Jareth.
Jilly leads a discussion on the relationship between watching the news and engaging with politics and current affairs. Examining their own news-viewing habits, or lack thereof, the group considers whether watching the news leads to a deeper understanding of contemporary issues and events.
Episode Five: The White Queen
Cat leads a heated discussion on the ten-part BBC One drama series The White Queen. The drama is adapted from three novels in Philippa Gregory’s ‘Cousins’ War’ series – The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter – and stars Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale and Faye Marsay.
In the fourth episode, Charley leads Caitlin, Cat, Jilly and Laura as they discuss Disney-Pixar’s Monsters University, the much-anticipated prequel to Monsters Inc. featuring the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman.
In episode three, Caitlin, Cat, Charley, Hazel, Jilly and Laura discuss their television viewing practices, speculating on the pleasures and woes of the small screen in the twenty-first century.
For In Motion’s second podcast episode, Caitlin, Cat, Charley, Eve, Jilly and Laura discuss the 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.
For In Motion’s inaugural podcast we discuss the first season of HBO’s television series Girls, created by and starring Lena Dunham.