TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Gurinder Chadha

Season 02 | Episode 32

Gurinder Chadha

Director / Writer / Producer

Multi-talented writer, producer, director Gurinder Chadha (Blinded By The Light, Bend It Like Beckham) discusses the movies that made her.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Blinded By The Light (2019)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Bhaji on the Beach (1993)
Bride and Prejudice (2004)
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Mother India (1957)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Kes (1969)
Cathy Come Home (1966)
A Taste of Honey (1961)
Up The Junction (1968)
This Happy Breed (1944)
Brief Encounter (1945)
Raining Stones (1993)
That Sinking Feeling (1979)
Gregory’s Girl (1981)
Purab Aur Paschim (1970)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Trading Places (1983)
Coming To America (1988)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
An American Werewolf In London (1981)
West Side Story (1961)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Car Wash (1976)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Desert Hearts (1985)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
In The Heat of the Night (1967)
Green Book (2018)
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
Tootsie (1982)
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
La La Land (2016)
Playing Away (1987), now streaming on Amazon Prime!
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
The Birth of A Nation (1915)
Show Me Love (1998)
The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)
Au Hasard Balthazaar (1966)
Tokyo Story (1953)

Other Notable Items

Blinded By The Light screenwriter and Greetings from Bury Park memoir author Sarfraz Manzoor
Gurinder’s Inheritance Tracks episode
Bruce Springsteen
Billie Burke
Ken Loach
Tom Courtenay
Richard Harris
The National Front march
Bhangra music scene in Britain
Manoj Kumar
Gurinder’s I’m British But… television documentary short (1990)
TFH Guru John Landis
Natalie Wood
Margaret Thatcher
Joel Schumacher
Ang Lee
Dustin Hoffman
Jessica Lange
Teri Garr
The Occupy Wall Street Movement
The Brexit crisis
Our president, Mr. Potter
REO Speedwagon
Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road”
Horace Ové
Norman Beaton
Lukas Moodysson
Yasujirō Ozu
Frank Capra

This list is also available on Letterboxd.

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Host

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.