Film Club 2

Argo (2012)

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The second episode of the Film Club is on Argo, directed by Ben Affleck and released in 2012. Starring Affleck, as well as a host of Hollywood greats including Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Kyle Chandler, this movie is rare in that it deals with America’s relationship with Iran.

Set during the Hostage Crisis of 1979/80, the Iranian Revolution has seen the US Embassy in Tehran stormed, and many hostages taken. Six Embassy staff escape and gain refuge in the Canadian Embassy, and the CIA has to get them out. Sounds serious? Well this film has plenty of humour too, and that’s where Goodman and Arkin come to the fore.Ollie and distinguished director Tim Hewitt discuss the film, best performance, unlikeliest scene and legacy. We also chat Iranian cinema, disagree about Marisa Tomei, and indulge in a Kyle Chandler lovathon.

Next up in the film club: Financial Crash double bill The Big Short and Margin Call.


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Films discussed

A Separation

The Past

The Salesman


Taxi Tehran

The Night

Under the Shadow