Podcast: Hannibal (2001) and I, Daniel Blake (2016)

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The podcast is fully back up and running again, and this time, we turn our attention to the return of Hannibal Lecter.

2001’s Hannibal was the long-awaited return of Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter to the big screen, following 1991’s The Silence Of The Lambs. But the original director didn’t return. The original screenwriter didn’t return. One of the two Oscar-winning stars didn’t return. And a chance meeting in Malta – as Ridley Scott was shooting Gladiator – was what helped push things forward.

The gestation of I, Daniel Blake was a little more straightforward, as writer Paul Laverty and director Ken Loach went about their familiar process: this time, though, they’d be making a film with fairly quick ramifications. What’s more, casting a lead actor who was just on the verge of jacking it all in…

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