This week’s guest on my film podcast Admit One is Clare Stewart: antipodean, ultra-stylish and the director of the BFI Film Festival since 2011. Since joining Clare has really shaken up the festival, expanding it across London beyond the BFI Southbank, dedicating sections of the festival to emotions such a ‘love,’ ‘laugh’ and ‘thrill’ and working to make it more inclusive, without losing its intellectual integrity.
Over a cup of tea in the Admit One studio I spoke to Clare about her career from a small Australian town with no cinema, how films continue to be her job and passion, the upcoming LGBT film festival BFI Flare and what it was like dancing with Ryan Gosling. Listen to this week’s episode to hear all of this plus Clare Stewart’s three favourite films (well, her three favourite when we recorded the episode, it really is an impossible question for a festival director to answer!)
Listen to the rest of the Admit One series with guests including broadcaster Sara Cox, film critic James King and documentary maker and presenter Cherry Healey talking to me about their three favourite films.