1 | The Fifth Element with Sarah Maria Griffin

Alan Maguire and Ellen Tannam talk to writer Sarah Maria Griffin about a film that was important to her as a teenager, The Fifth Element.

Questions asked and answered in this episode include: Is The Fifth Element a noir? Who would we cast in a gender-swapped The Fifth Element? Is Ruby Rhod a queer icon? Is Bruce Willis a hot dad? Could The Fifth Element be made today? Is it weird and cool that Ellen and Sarah had never met before this episode but have something very important in common? How did Sarah turn some of the issues with being a Woman Who Likes Sci-Fi on their head while writing her first novel Spare And Found Parts? Is there really any need to watch Breaking Bad or True Detective? How strong are Alan’s keratin levels? Also, Jean Paul Gaultier, Bruce Willis’s Disney Sex Thriller, Zelda, Twin Peaks, home cinemas built by dads, CAPITALISM, and loads more. We had a Very Good Chat as they call it in formal chat circles. That’s the official term for it. I checked.

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This is the first episode of Juvenalia. If you enjoyed it then why not subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher or similar? We’ve got some very cool, interesting people coming in to talk about pop culture that was important to them when they were young in upcoming episodes including Damon Blake, Jeanne Sutton, Sinéad Burke, Giles Brody, Emer McLysaght, Louise Bruton, and lots of other people that Alan follows on Twitter and wanted an excuse to hang out with briefly in real life.

Ok, thanks for listening. bye for now, see you soon.

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Juvenalia original artwork by Dee McDonnell
Mixed and edited by Alan Bennett