The Philosophy & Film Podcast

Hyde Park Picture House

Presented by Joe Saunders, the Philosophy & Film Podcast explores the philosophical questions raised by some of cinema’s most intriguing films. In each episode, Joe is joined by a different guest philosopher, who nominates a film for the pair to discuss. Together, they explore whether they can learn anything about the film from philosophy, as well whether the world of philosophy can learn anything from the film. The podcast is produced by the Hyde Park Picture House, with editing from Ollie Jenkins and music from Nathan Moseley.

All Episodes

After returning from a short break, Joe is joined by philosophy professor Robert Stern (University of Sheffield), to explore notions of hope in the 2009 film, The Road.Robert's related reading:Béatrice Han-Pile & Robert Stern, ‘Is Hope a Secular Virtue? Hope as the Virtue of the Possible' Béatrice Han-Pile, Robert Stern & Judith Wolfe, 'In Our Time: Hope'Music by Nathan Moseley.

Oct 29

47 min 39 sec

For this Valentine's Day episode, Joe Saunders is joined by philosopher Alison Toop  (University of Leeds), to explore all things love in Yorgos Lanthimos' 2015 The Lobster.Alison's related reading:Elizabeth Brake, 'Amatonormativity'Annette Baier, 'Unsafe loves'For discussion of Alison Toop's work, including a response to Brake.Music by Nathan Moseley.

Feb 14

28 min 51 sec

For episode three, Joe is joined by philosopher Prof Shannon Dea (University of Regina, Canada), to discuss Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life  (1946). Music by Nathan Moseley.

Dec 2020

29 min 53 sec

For episode two, Joe is joined by philosopher Dr Gerald Lang (University of Leeds), who has nominated David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986). Gerald's related reading:Lynch on Lynch, David LynchDavid Lynch Keeps His Head, David Foster WallaceBeing and Nothingness, SartreMusic by Nathan Moseley.

Dec 2020

22 min 13 sec

For this first edition, Joe is joined by philosopher Dr Natasha McKeever (University of Leeds), who has nominated Paul Thomas’ Anderson’s Phantom Thread (2007). Natasha's related reading:James Giles' TEDx talkAnnette Baier, 'Unsafe loves'Music by Nathan Moseley.

Nov 2020

25 min 8 sec