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The HOME Film Podcast – February 2022

The HOME Film Podcast: February 2022
Episode aired Fri 28 Jan 22
Hosted by Karen Gabay
Special guests Samhar Gowhar, Dr Steve Henderson, Rachel Hayward, Felicia Chan, Andrew Moor

On this month’s HOME Film Podcast our host Karen Gabay sits down with freelance journalist Samhar Gawhar and director of Manchester Animation Festival Dr Steve Henderson, to talk through some of the cinema highlights in February 2022. Films discussed are Lingui, The Sacred Bonds, Flee, La Mif and Petrov’s Flu

We’re also joined by HOME Head of Film Rachel Hayward and Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies Felicia Chan, to talk through the selection of films screening as part of our Chinese New Year 2022 season, where they also delve into the origin of the Chinese New Year film genre. Andrew Moor, Reader in Cinema History at Manchester Metropolitan University, also sits down with Karen and Rachel to take us through the late great filmmaker Derek Jarman, as they pick apart Jarman’s life and work in the context of our upcoming retrospective film season Jarman at HOME.

And finally – in a special surprise segment and HOME Film Podcast exclusive, we’re joined by CEO Dave Moutrey as he interviews Jason Wood, Creative Director: Film & Culture, to reflect on and celebrate his past six years with the organisation, as Jason prepares to move into his new role as Director of Public Programmes and Audiences at the BFI.


Karen Gabay

Karen Gabay is a TV producer, podcast host & producer, exhibition curator, award winning film maker and radio presenter of one of the BBC’s longest running radio shows, The People which airs weekly on BBC Radio Manchester. Reporting and producing features on music, the arts, film, social affairs and sport for local & network radio. Karen has a broad portfolio. Radio credits include reporting for BBC5 Live and BBC England. She is especially interested in developing pieces that celebrate nostalgia, memory, American social affairs and pop culture.

Guest speakers

Samhar Gowhar

Samhar is a freelance journalist and film/digital content producer.

Dr Steve Henderson

Dr Steve Henderson is the Director of Manchester Animation Festival and a founding member of the team. He is also the editor and co-owner of, the UK’s biggest online animation magazine and community. Steve has a PhD in Animation Archives and British Children’s Television Animation from Loughborough University.

Rachel Hayward

Rachel Hayward is the Head of Film at HOME, as well as one of the founding members of the Chinese Film Forum UK.

Andrew Moor

Andrew Moor is Reader in Cinema History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has written widely on Powell and Pressburger and has also published on a range of subjects relating to queer cinema, from Ealing and Anton Walbrook to Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game and Andrew Haigh’s Weekend. He is currently completing an article on Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country, and a chapter on the film critic for Gay News, Jack Babuscio.

Felicia Chan

Felicia Chan is Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Manchester where she researches the construction of national, cultural and cosmopolitan imaginaries in film, well as the influence of institutional and industrial practices on the production, distribution and reception of film. She is author of Cosmopolitan Cinema (2017), co-editor of Chinese Cinemas: International Perspectives (2016) and founding member of the Chinese Film Forum UK.

Jason Wood

Jason Wood has over twenty years of experience in the UK film industry and a strong affiliation with the cultural and independent sector. Before working at HOME, he was the Programming Manager at Picturehouse, Director of Programming at Curzon Cinemas, and also took a lead role in acquisitions for Artificial Eye. PinaIvulThe Deep Blue SeaArchipelago and The Duke of Burgundy are just some of the films he has been partly responsible for bringing to UK screens. He has curated retrospectives of Peter Whitehead, Atom Egoyan, Wim Wenders, Chris Petit, Nicolas Roeg and Mexican Cinema, has served as a jury member for the London Film Festival, and has worked on the board of CINECITY Film Festival, Brighton. He is the co-director of three documentary features and the author of 10 published works on cinema. His writing has also appeared in the Guardian, Sight and Sound, Vertigo and SoFilm. Jason is also Professor of Film at Manchester Metropolitan University.