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Interview with Karen Jankel (Paddington 2)

10th November 2017 | Films

Interview with Karen Jankel (Paddington 2)

It’s finally here; after the worldwide hit family film, 2014’s Paddington, comes Paddington 2.

In this new adventure, Paddington (voiced by Ben Wishaw) is happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy (voiced by Imelda Staunton) who is soon to turn 100 years old, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr Gruber’s (played by Jim Broadbent) shop and embarks on a series on odd jobs to buy it.


But, when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief, who appears to be a master in disguise…

To celebrate the release of Paddington 2, James Gilmore interviewed the cast and crew from the exciting new film.

In this interview, James Gilmore interviews Karen Jankel, daughter of Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, about growing up with Paddington and expectations of the new film.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

James Gilmore interviews Karen Jankel

James Gilmore interviews Karen Jankel, daughter of Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, about growing up with Paddington and expectations of the new film. (4 minutes)

61st BFI London Film Festival: James Gilmore's Highlights

14th October 2017 | Films

61st BFI London Film Festival: James Gilmore's Highlights

The BFI London Film Festival is always the highlight of our October every year.

Over the past few years, we’ve discovered films such as Trolls, Arrival, Saving Mr Banks and many more which have had box office success. However, it’s also those independent films which you may not otherwise be able to see which make the festival such a highlight.


As this year’s festival comes to a close, James Gilmore discussed his highlights from this year’s event.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

James Gilmore's BFI London Film Festival Highlights

As the 61st BFI London Film Festival draws to a close, James Gilmore gives his highlights from this year's festival. (4 minutes)

61st BFI London Film Festival: Thoroughbreds Review

13th October 2017 | Films

61st BFI London Film Festival: Thoroughbreds Review

Perhaps one of the less expected treats to come out of the BFI London Film Festival is Thoroughbreds - what happens when two rich girls with something ‘not quite right’ team up to get through adolescence.

Set in Connecticut, USA the film centres on Amanda (played by Olivia Cooke) and Lily (played by Anya Taylor-Joy), two teenage girls who, at first, seem to be worlds apart.

Amanda (who has recently committed a shocking act and is essentially in isolation) is emotionally empty and distant – so her Mum sets her up with old friend Lily… an awkward encounter. However, what at first is a forced coming together of old friends (one who has seemingly grown into a psychopath, and the other has become a perfect student) becomes a reigniting of old friendship, and perhaps unexpected similarities.

And death, that’s included too. Well, murder – well plotted murder.


Perhaps the best feature of this is the shift in characters; how director Cory Finley makes two worldly different characters seem so similar as the film progresses. Even in their one-dimensional, emotionless state both characters are so multi-dimensional and intriguing; you can’t help but wonder what they’re up to even after the film ends.

With an official release in March 2018, Thoroughbreds may be the film of the year that is able to make the indie-to-mainstream cross-over in a similar way to ‘Boyhood’ a few years ago.

It’s evil, it’s smart and it’s layered beyond belief – Thoroughbreds should not be missed.

5 STARS (out of 5)