Jon and Matt invited me on their podcast In the Context of Empire recently to discuss National Security Cinema and how the Pentagon and CIA work with Hollywood. We got into the question of the money trail and whether funding is at the heart of the government-Hollywood relationship, some of the script changes on films such as Pitch Perfect 3, Jurassic Park 3 and Contact, and the data on how much influence state-sponsored culture has on popular perceptions. We also get into some of the consequences film-makers face when they are refused government support, and how to still enjoy popular culture once you become aware of this knowledge. I also briefly mention some major projects coming out later this year.
In the Context of Empire is available via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Anchor.fm.