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Richard Leathem

Richard Leathem

Richard Leathem is the producer and presenter of Film Scores on 3MBS FM. He has been the State Manager of the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Melbourne and Manager of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image Lending Library. He is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association.

Late Night

ABR Arts 05 August 2019
There’s an element of metafiction about Late Night that makes the main character, Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson), much more sympathetic than she ought to be. In an early scene, the successful late-night television chat show host states that she’s not part of the mainstream. She doesn’t watch superhero movies and she isn’t on Twitter or other forms of social media. Although there’s an ... (read more)


ABR Arts 12 April 2019
Japanese author Haruki Murakami may be one of the most revered authors alive, but his work is seldom adapted for the screen, perhaps because the internalised nature of his narratives doesn’t leap out as being easily translated to film. Until now, only Norwegian Wood (2010), an atypical Murakami novel, has seen wide exposure. The only other works to be adapted are his first novel, Hear the Wind S ... (read more)

Stan & Ollie

ABR Arts 19 February 2019
Comedy is a fickle business and a biopic on almost any successful comic act would surely include a section on the inevitable falling out of favour with public tastes. Laurel & Hardy were no exception, and Stan & Ollie, a BBC Films co-production, ostensibly focuses on the latter part of the duo’s career, when the film roles had dried up and a theatre tour of the United Kingdom was arrange ... (read more)
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