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Because You Watched...

By Charlie Harris & Francesco Quario

Bringing you cinematic underdogs and hidden movie gems, paired up with your favourite hits. Hosted by Charlie Harris and Francesco Quario.
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Because You Watched... We Need to Talk About Kevin (feat. Jade Corbett)
Because You Watched... We Need to Talk About Kevin (feat. Jade Corbett)
We Need to Talk About Francesco! This week, Charlie and Francesco are joined by esteemed Because You Watched… producer, Jade Corbett to discuss the creepy motherhood thriller, We Need to Talk About Kevin (dir. Lynne Ramsay, 2011). After that, they move on to their own favourite films about parents and children, starting with South Korean family tragedy, Poetry (dir. Lee Chang-dong, 2011), Australian folk horror, Celia (dir. Ann Turner, 1989), before discussing our first cinematically released stage production with National Theatre Live: Yerma (dir. Simon Stone, 2017). Join us for a surprisingly entertaining episode that deals with trauma and loss.
01:32:52
November 27, 2022
Because You Watched... Black Panther (feat. Chavonne Brown)
Because You Watched... Black Panther (feat. Chavonne Brown)
Do you accept the challenge? Charlie and Francesco, along with returning guest Chavonne Brown, certainly do! What is the challenge? To talk about all sorts of black heroism, starting with the afro-futurist blockbuster sensation, Black Panther (dir. Ryan Coogler, 2018). Incidentally, it’s the show’s very first superhero or Marvel movie! From there, they take it to the blaxploitation action homage, Black Dynamite (dir. Scott Sanders, 2009), ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ style romantic crime film, Queen & Slim (dir. Melina Matsoukas, 2019), before ending the episode on the Senegalese fantasy-horror Saloum (dir. Jean Luc Herbulot, 2021). Enjoy the show. Watch the movies. Follow Chavonne on Instagram and Twitter: @theliberalcynic Follow Chavonne's Tabletop RPG company, Six Planes Games: @SixPlanes and The Daemonologie Podcast
01:21:11
November 11, 2022
Because You Watched... The Shining (feat. Alfie Woodhead)
Because You Watched... The Shining (feat. Alfie Woodhead)
It’s spooky time again! This week on Because You Watched… we take you where no man dares to tread, the corridors of the Overlook Hotel. That’s right! Charlie and Francesco, joined by esteemed guest Aflie Woodhead, are tackling their first Kubrick, the claustrophobic supernatural thriller, The Shining (dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1980). From there they discuss the Lovecraftian meta-horror, In the Mouth of Madness (dir. John Carpenter, 1994), South Korean gothic tragedy, A Tale of Two Sisters (dir. Kim Jee-woon, 2003), before finishing on Argentinian psychological drama, The Headless Woman (dir. Lucrecia Martel, 2008). Be very afraid. And stay away from tricycles! Follow Alfie on Instagram for news on his upcoming podcast: @alfre_dpw
01:10:19
November 04, 2022
Theatre of Blood: The Best Horror Film You've Never Seen (feat. Peter McNamara)
Theatre of Blood: The Best Horror Film You've Never Seen (feat. Peter McNamara)
It’s Halloween and that can only mean one thing: a spooky special! That’s right: we’re taking a break from our regular schedule to bring you a deep look at the best scary movie you’ve never seen. So get ready for some startling spooks and scares from the Shakespearean stage!  Brought by esteemed guest Peter McNamara, this week Charlie and Francesco watch and discuss the camp horror thriller, Theatre of Blood (dir. Douglas Hickcox, 1973).  This is a fun romp through an incredibly entertaining 1970s British horror slasher that has fun with some incredibly elaborate theatrical murders. If you're not sold yet, turn the lights off, hide under your blankets, and listen to the episode!
36:44
October 31, 2022
Because You Watched... Fight Club (feat. Antonia Strafford-Taylor)
Because You Watched... Fight Club (feat. Antonia Strafford-Taylor)
“This is Because You Watched… and it's ending one minute at a time.” Join Francesco and Charlie as they crawl into the toxic arena that is hypermasculinity. Joined by Antonia Strafford-Taylor, they will discuss the landmark thriller Fight Club (dir. David Fincher, 1999), discussing what the film is really saying as well as its misguided cultural legacy. From there they will discuss the French Israeli immigration drama, Synonyms (dir. Nadav Lapid, 2019), classic rugged film noir, The Hitch-Hiker (dir. Ida Lupino, 1953), and finally the bonkers Elvis versus mummy creature feature Bubba Ho-Tep (dir. Don Coscarelli, 2002). And the rule is: if this is your first time on the podcast, you have to listen all the way through.
01:27:45
October 22, 2022
Because You Watched... Forrest Gump (feat. Ethan Lyon)
Because You Watched... Forrest Gump (feat. Ethan Lyon)
Francesco always said, life is like a box of Robert Zemeckis movies. You never know what you’re gonna get. This week the boys, joined by Ethan Lyon, are back to talk representation and disability in cinema, starting with the American boomer fable Forrest Gump (dir. Robert Zemeckis, 1994). After that, they talk about the real-life story of circus clown turned Stoke City kit-man Neil Baldwin in Marvellous (dir. Julian Farino, 2014), a tale of brotherly solidarity in the South Korean comedy-drama Inseparable Bros (dir. Yuk Sang-Hyo, 2019), and finally a beloved pre-Code cult horror classic, Freaks (dir. Todd Browning, 1932). Follow Ethan's work on the Autism Through Cinema podcast: https://www.autism-through-cinema.org.uk/atcpodcast Ethan will be hosting two relaxed screenings at the BFI in the upcoming weeks, make sure you check them out if you live in London: Pontypool (2008) – Monday 31 October The Fly (1986) – Monday 28 November
01:38:12
October 15, 2022
Because You Watched... The Godfather Part II (feat. Ella Wright)
Because You Watched... The Godfather Part II (feat. Ella Wright)
“I know it was you, Francesco!” That’s right, your favourite podcasters return with our first follow-up to an earlier episode. This week, they’re covering The Godfather Part II (dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) and it was only right for Ella Wright (any/all) to make their triumphant return to the show! From there they discuss Italian thriller, We Still Kill the Old Way (dir. Elio Petri, 1967), Jewish immigrant fable, Hester Street (dir. Joan Micklin Silver, 1975), and 1960s mafia drama, The Brotherhood (dir. Martin Ritt, 1968). Enjoy the episode and remember to keep your friends close and keep your podcast co-hosts closer. Follow Ella Wright on Instagram and Twitter: @ellwrig
01:17:11
October 07, 2022
Because You Watched... Chicago (feat. Amy Churchman)
Because You Watched... Chicago (feat. Amy Churchman)
We’re back with a new all-singing, all-dancing musical episode! Charlie and Francesco are joined by their friend, the amazing Amy Churchman (she/her) to discuss the grand return of the Hollywood musical with Chicago (dir. Rob Marshall, 2002). From there, they discuss the pastel-coloured French extravaganza, The Young Girls of Rochefort (dir. Jacques Demy, 1967), the brutally self-examining musical confession, All That Jazz (dir. Bob Fosse, 1979), and the polarising musical tribute to Italian cinema, Nine (dir. Rob Marshall, 2009). Fun fact, this is the first time a guest has had to defend their choice of movie to the hosts… Enjoy.
01:27:55
September 23, 2022
Because You Watched... Brokeback Mountain (feat. Will Paxton)
Because You Watched... Brokeback Mountain (feat. Will Paxton)
Is it queer? Is it a western? It’s… a queer western! This week, Charlie and Francesco go back to the rich drinking pool of queer cinema with their good friend, Will Paxton (he/him) to talk about the seminal gay western, Brokeback Mountain (dir. Ang Lee, 2005). Follow them as they delve into what makes a great queer film, discussing grief-stricken Taiwanese drama, Dear Tenant (dir. Cheng Yu-chieh, 2020), counter-culture electric western, Zachariah (dir. George Englund, 1971), and the touching slice-of-life romance Weekend (dir. Andrew Haigh, 2011). Catch this episode before Charlie and Francesco ride off into the podcast sunset. Follow Will Paxton on Instagram: @Will_Paxton Follow the Pink Singers on Instagram: @pinksingers
01:37:09
September 17, 2022
Because You Watched... The Graduate (Feat. Katie Paterson)
Because You Watched... The Graduate (Feat. Katie Paterson)
It's Batch 2 and this podcast is coming of age! Charlie and Francesco are joined again by Katie Paterson to talk about the seminal satirical romance, The Graduate (dir. Mike Nichols, 1967). From there, we discuss honeymoon disaster in The Heartbreak Kid (dir. Elaine May, 1972), aimless youth in Stolen Kisses (dir. François Truffaut, 1968), and adolescent rebellion in The Diary of a Teenage Girl (dir. Marielle Heller, 2015). So put on your scuba suit and stare off into the distance from the back of the bus. (Apologies for the issues with Katie's mic at the very end!) Follow Katie Paterson on Twitter and Instagram: @katiecpaterson Also follow Katie's new theatre project on Instagram: @sidefxplay
01:36:16
September 08, 2022
Because You Watched... Mad Max Fury Road (Feat. Alice Flynn)
Because You Watched... Mad Max Fury Road (Feat. Alice Flynn)
It’s time to do it all over again! Join Charlie and Francesco as they begin their ride to Valhalla for the new, improved Second Batch of Because You Watched…  Joined by the mighty Alice Flynn, they get into the apocalyptic car-chase blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road (dir. George Miller, 2015). Starting there, they soon get into the creepy Australian B-picture The Cars That Ate Paris (dir. Peter Weir, 1974), drag queen road movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (dir. Stephan Elliott, 1994), and finally cult action flick Dredd (dir. Pete Travis, 2012). It’s great to be back! Follow Alice Flynn on Twitter and Instagram: @babyleafsaladd Follow Alice Flynn's theatre company: @dogmouththeatre
01:21:30
August 31, 2022
Jade's Faves: Suspiria (1977) and Suspiria (2018)
Jade's Faves: Suspiria (1977) and Suspiria (2018)
Surprise! We’re launching a brand-new special podcast! Jade’s Faves sees Jade, producer of Because You Watched…, sit with Charlie and Francesco to talk about whatever movies she feels like. This time Jade and the gang talk about Italian supernatural horror, Suspirira (dir. Dario Argento, 1977) as well as another Italian supernatural horror, Suspiria (dir. Luca Guadagnino, 2018).  Join for good vibes a great comparative discussion of both films and the best way to watch horror.
58:37
August 12, 2022
Because You Listened... Batch 1 in Review (SPECIAL)
Because You Listened... Batch 1 in Review (SPECIAL)
In this special mini-episode, Charlie and Francesco recap Batch 1 of Because You Watched…, remembering the highs and highers (there were no lows) of the podcast. They talk about the joys of discovering new films and converting fans to their favourite cinematic causes.
35:38
July 29, 2022
Because You Watched... Life is Beautiful (feat. Archie Wolfman)
Because You Watched... Life is Beautiful (feat. Archie Wolfman)
One last time with feeling! As Batch 1 sadly draws to a close Charlie and Francesco attempt to answer a tough question. What are we allowed to laugh about? Joined by Archie Wolfman (he/him), they discuss their feelings about the controversially saccharine Life is Beautiful (dir. Roberto Benigni, 1997). All three alternate films seek to reckon with the legacy of Fascism, Nazism, and the Holocaust. These alternate films include the sometimes-funny-sometimes-horrifying Seven Beauties (dir. Lina Wertmüller, 1975), the testimonial of adolescence in Fascist Italy, Amarcord (dir. Federico Fellini, 1973), and an odd-couple road movie featuring the son of an SS officer and an old Holocaust survivor, The Interpreter (dir. Martin Šulík, 2018).
01:32:36
July 21, 2022
Because You Watched... Blade Runner (feat. Kaj van Zoelen)
Because You Watched... Blade Runner (feat. Kaj van Zoelen)
We’ve seen films you people wouldn’t believe. Fasten your seatbelts as Charlie and Francesco are joined by Kaj van Zoelen (he/him) to talk robots, dark cities, and sci-fi. They jump in with rain-soaked cyberpunk classic, Blade Runner (dir. Ridley Scott, 1982) before moving on to increasingly weirder films (which is saying something since Francesco saw the one with Harrison Ford’s narration). They discuss the near-future thriller, Strange Days (Kathryn Bigelow, 1995), the sequel to an anime classic, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (dir. Mamoru Oshii, 2004), before reaching the bonkers, brilliant, and blasphemous Tamil-language sci-fi musical, Enthiran (dir. S. Shankar, 2010). Content Warning for the films we discuss: Blade Runner and Strange Days contain scenes of rape; Innocence deals with human trafficking.
01:13:22
July 14, 2022
Because You Watched... Unforgiven (feat. Jade Corbett)
Because You Watched... Unforgiven (feat. Jade Corbett)
Producer Jade does not like westerns. The question, however, is: what even is a western? Starting with the Oscar-winning, gunslinging, directing and acting combo, Unforgiven (dir. Clint Eastwood, 1992), Charlie, Francesco and Jade venture off the trail and challenge the very meaning of the genre itself. From Australian colonial-era historical tragedy, The Nightingale (dir. Jennifer Kent, 2018), to brooding, internationally co-produced Western (dir. Valeska Grisebach, 2017), and Indonesian revenge thriller, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (dir. Mouly Surya, 2017), you’re going to want to shine your sheriff’s badge and strap on your saddle.
01:32:37
July 05, 2022
Because You Watched... Chinatown (feat. Lilly Zhuang)
Because You Watched... Chinatown (feat. Lilly Zhuang)
“Forget it, Charlie. It’s Because You Watched.” Take a long walk with Charlie, Francesco, and special guest Lilly Zhuang (she/her) into the murky world of death, deceit, dames, and detectives, starting with bleak, sun-drenched neo-noir, Chinatown (dir. Roman Polanski, 1974). From there, enjoy an off-beat 1970s reimagining of a classic noir story, The Long Goodbye (dir. Robert Altman, 1973), socially charged murder mystery, The Crimson Kimono (dir. Samuel Fuller, 1959), before ending on the beautiful British silent drama, Piccadilly (dir. E. A. Dupont, 1929). Get ready for a podcast episode full of betrayal, twists, and, finally, some turns as well.
01:19:11
June 28, 2022
Because You Watched... Inception (feat. Alex Wilcox)
Because You Watched... Inception (feat. Alex Wilcox)
Co-hosts Charlie Harris and Francesco Quario are joined by special guest Alex Wilcox (he/they) as they dive into shared dreaming… dreaming about movies that is. And those movies? Are about dreams. Well, some of them are. Most of them. To kick off their conversation, we can’t think of a better film than dream-heist thriller Inception (dir. Christopher Nolan, 2010).  In this episode, they discuss the Hungarian romantic drama, On Body and Soul (dir. Ildikó Enyedi, 2017), Thai magical realist film, Cemetery of Splendour (dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015), and esoteric sci-fi, Annihilation (dir. Alex Garland, 2018).  If you fall asleep, you’re welcome. Content Warning: Three of the films that we discuss in this episode explicitly deal with the topic of suicide and self-harm. If you're struggling with suicidal thoughts, we recommend you visit https://www.samaritans.org/, a UK-based charity hotline run by volunteers trained to listen to you.
01:16:59
June 22, 2022
FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL: The Birdcage (feat. Daniel Harris and Chavonne Brown)
FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL: The Birdcage (feat. Daniel Harris and Chavonne Brown)
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!  To celebrate today, Because You Watched are bringing you a very special episode, and what better guest for Father’s Day than Charlie’s Dad?  Daniel Harris grabs the mic to talk fatherhood in the 1996 Mike Nichols comedy, The Birdcage, and berates Charlie for not watching Schitt’s Creek.
37:06
June 19, 2022
Because You Watched... The Godfather (feat. Ella Wright)
Because You Watched... The Godfather (feat. Ella Wright)
Someday, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to listen to a podcast for me. Charlie Harris and his treacherous consigliere, Francesco Quario, are joined this week by loose cannon special guest Ella Wright (they/them/any) as they take a trip into beloved mafia epic, The Godfather (dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1972), armed with nothing but hot takes, cannoli, and Charlie’s Brando impression. They also discuss South Korean crime drama, Green Fish (dir. Lee Chang-dong, 1997), Japanese noir, The Bad Sleep Well (dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1960), and Italian black comedy, Mafioso (dir. Alberto Lattuada, 1962).
01:21:14
June 13, 2022
Because You Watched... Call Me By Your Name (feat. Pete Restrick)
Because You Watched... Call Me By Your Name (feat. Pete Restrick)
Happy Pride Month! Co-hosts Charlie Harris and Francesco Quario are joined by special guest Pete Restrick (he/him) as they explore the vast and diverse world of queer cinema, starting with the movie that inspired young men everywhere to buy peaches, Call Me by Your Name (dir. Luca Guadagnino, 2017).  Luckily, their guest had seen the film 30 times before they recorded. Over the course of the episode, they discuss the French coming of age film, Wild Reeds (dir. André Téchiné, 1994), black lesbian cult classic, The Watermelon Woman (dir. Cheryl Dunye, 1996), and Yorkshire pastoral romance, God’s Own Country (dir. Francis Lee, 2017).
01:12:07
June 06, 2022
Because You Watched... Singin' in the Rain (feat. Katie Paterson)
Because You Watched... Singin' in the Rain (feat. Katie Paterson)
Co-hosts Charlie Harris and Francesco Quario are joined by special guest Katie Paterson (she/her) as they daringly venture even further into Batch 1 to talk about Singin’ in the Rain (dir. Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, 1952) as well as all things musicals. In their conversation, they will also discuss another MGM musical of the era, The Band Wagon (dir. Vincente Minelli, 1953), pre-Code classic, Gold Diggers of 1933 (dir. Mervyn LeRoy, 1933), and New Hollywood game-changer, Sweet Charity (dir. Bob Fosse, 1969).  And bonus: Charlie learns how time works. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@bcuwatchedpod) and Instagram (@bcuwatchedpodcast).
01:28:02
May 30, 2022
Because You Watched... Parasite (feat. Victor Fan)
Because You Watched... Parasite (feat. Victor Fan)
Co-hosts Charlie Harris and Francesco Quario are joined by special guest Dr. Victor Fan (he/they) to continue their journey into Batch 1 by discussing modern South Korean satire, Parasite (dir. Bong Joon-ho, 2019). In this conversation, they also discuss another South Korean satire, Microhabitat (dir. Jeon Go-Woon, 2018), Hong Kong historical drama, Boat People (dir. Ann Hui, 1982), and Japanese black comedy, Death by Hanging (dir. Nagisa Ōshima, 1968).  Our co-hosts eventually realise they will never be able to buy a house. Follow us on Twitter (@bcuwatchedpod) and Instagram (@bcuwatchedpodcast).
01:32:01
May 24, 2022
Because You Watched... Gone With The Wind (feat. Chavonne Brown)
Because You Watched... Gone With The Wind (feat. Chavonne Brown)
It’s here! The premiere episode of Because You Watched… Co-hosts Charlie Harris and Francesco Quario, with special guest Chavonne Brown (he/him), kick-off Batch 1 by taking a deep dive into the Civil War romantic epic, Gone with the Wind (dir. Victor Fleming, 1939). In their conversation, they discuss Japanese historical tragedy, The Life of Oharu (dir. Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952), Depression-era comedy, The Women (dir. George Cukor, 1939), and Italian war drama, Burn! (dir. Gillo Pontecorvo, 1969). They also draw some intriguing parallels between director Victor Fleming and a certain Bostonian action star. Follow us on Twitter (@bcuwatchedpod) and Instagram (@bcuwatchedpodcast).
01:57:33
May 17, 2022