PARASITE | The Curzon Film Podcast feat. Bong Joon Ho + Tilda Swinton

We’ve dedicated an entire episode to the film that, for many many months, has been infecting audiences more than any other. Created by South Korean director Bong Joon Ho, since its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019, Parasite has spread its way to box office success, BAFTA nominations and even a nomination for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Over the course of the show, you’ll get expert insights on Bong Joon Ho’s career up to this point, we’ll hear from the people behind the frenzied #BONGHIVE fangroup on social media, we’ve got an insider on insiders here to tell us about the art of the Parasite con, and we’re luckily enough to bring you a conversation between Director Bong and one of his great friends and collaborators, Tilda Swinton.

The podcast is hosted, scripted and produced by regular Curzon Podcaster, Jake Cunningham.

It is edited by Mark Towers, and produced by Ryan Hewitt.

With thanks to our special guests:

Bong Joon Ho

Director Bong has quickly become one of favourite people. Parasite is his seventh feature film, preceded in reverse order by Okja, Snowpiercer, Mother, The Host, Memories of Murder and Barking Dogs Never Bite.

Tilda Swinton

No introduction necessary. Tilda Swinton is one of the finest actors working today. Her collaborations with Bong Joon Ho include Snowpiercer and Okja, and she is a total queen.

Helen O’Hara

Film journalist for Empire Magazine.

Tony Rayns

Tony Rayns is a film critic, commentator, festival programmer and screenwriter. He has written extensively for Sight & Sound, and its predecessor the Monthly Film Bulletin, and previously contributed to Time Out and Melody Maker.

One of the world’s leading experts on Asian cinema, he coordinated the Dragons and Tigers competition for Asian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival 1988-2006 and has provided many DVD commentaries and English subtitle translations for films from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Thailand.

He has written books about Seijun Suzuki, Wong Kar-wai and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and has been awarded the Foreign Ministry of Japan’s Commendation for services to Japanese cinema.

Maria Konnikova

Maria Konnikova is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Confidence Game, winner of the 2016 Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, an Anthony and Agatha Award finalist. Her new book, The Biggest Bluff, will be out from Penguin Press on June 23, 2020.

Maria is a regularly contributing writer for The New Yorker whose writing has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Excellence in Science Journalism Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. While researching The Biggest Bluff, Maria became an international poker champion and the winner of over $300,000 in tournament earnings—and inadvertently turned into a professional poker player.

Maria’s writing has been featured in Best American Science and Nature Writing and has been translated into over twenty languages. Maria also hosts the podcast The Grift from Panoply Media, a show that explores con artists and the lives they ruin, and is currently a visiting fellow at NYU’s School of Journalism. Her podcasting work earned her a National Magazine Award nomination in 2019. She graduated from Harvard University and received her PhD in psychology from Columbia University.

Find out more about Maria at her website

Iana Murray

Film critic and #BONGHIVE founding member. Contributing writer at GQ. other publications include i-D, Little White Lies and The Skinny.

Parasite plays in our cinemas from Friday 7 February

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