It’s the 100th edition of our movie podcast recommendation of the week podcast – and we’ve been celebrating.
For the 100th edition of this feature, we wanted to do something special to commemorate all of the outstanding podcasts we’ve featured thus far. So, we contacted as many of the previously featured podcasts as we could; it took a few emails, a huge list of blind carbon copies, and with thanks to Gmail’s server uptime we managed to send them all out. The sole intention being to highlight them again, plus update you on all the amazing things they’ve achieved since being featured.
(We’re not suggesting the feature helped them achieve this stuff, they did all this on their own!)
And so, without further ado…. some of The Film Stories Recommended British Movie Podcasts, and what’s changed for them since we met them last…
Well since being featured we have completed over 50 episodes which was a huge milestone for us! We have really learned what makes our show special (ridiculous movie related quizzes and nonsense!) and love doing it! So glad to have been featured and huge thanks to you!
ROSS & ROB, I UNDERSTOOD THAT REFERENCE
Wow, where to start. Our listener figures greatly increased after the show. Our top three downloading countries are United States United Kingdom and, wait for this… Vietnam! We have locked in a really good review team, which also happened after our chat. If anything we have too much to get out there! Not enough hours in a day to get everything ready for release – and we are effectively retired! Thank you so much for inviting us onto Film Stories to talk about At The Flicks.
JEFF, AT THE FLICKS
I started a Patreon, got a new logo and launched a sub pod “In a Barbie World”!
EMILY, WHY THIS FILM
Your feature has not only opened our eyes to some wonderful podcasts who we have great relationships with now, but also introduced some amazing people to our Patreon channel. 2021 was phenomenal.
BEN, PAUL & ADAM, FILMBUSTERS
The feature was really successful for us, we picked up a few now avid and interactive listeners and have even had some on as guests! Since then we have also managed to hit Number 1 in the Senegalese charts (not sure how it all works but we’ll take it!). It has also bought in new podcast friends through joint listeners, especially FilmBusters, who we are planning a crossover episode. It was a real honour for us and we are now at episode 182 and still just having fun, no Patreon/sponsors for us, we just love doing it!
MARC & STEVE, MOVIEDRONE
We’re having so much fun making DX5 that we’re continuing beyond the five years we were originally planning to do it for! We even did a one-off live show with each member of the team performing 12 minutes of specially-written stand-up about horror movies and our love of the genre.
CLIFF, DEVIL TIMES FIVE
After appearing on Verbal Diorama’s podcast of the week in the always ace Film Stores we got loads of great comments and listeners. The magazine is brilliant and helping filmmakers and podcasts like ours just by putting the word out is brilliant. We’ve since gone from strength to strength and keep getting amazing guests to be on the show. So thank you.
GILES, THE FILMMAKERS PODCAST
Since being featured we have steadily grown our listenership and have a dedicated group of loyal listeners who we adore. We have also become great friends with some brilliant podcasts and set up the Pod Dojo network with some of our podcasting pals.
SIMON, ROB AND JAMES, FOR YOUR RECONSIDERATION
A lot has happened since our feature on Film Stories – we’ve hosted some film screenings, had guests on the podcast, guested elsewhere, made it into the UK Film History Top 10 and most recently, launched our Patreon page! The main highlight has been getting to know others in the UK Film podcast community – everyone is very welcoming!
GEORGE & CHARLIE, RETRO RAMBLE
Thanks for featuring Flixwatcher as a UK Film Podcast of the week on Film Stories! At the time we were coming up to our 200th episode and shortly after the team at Podbible interviewed us asking how we felt about making it to 200 episodes. https://podbiblemag.com/
KOBI & HELEN, FLIXWATCHER
We at Best Film Ever were fortunate enough to be featured early in our Pod’s lifetime. Now a year on, we’ve hit 40,000 downloads, launched a Patreon and we remain very thankful for Film Stories’ endorsement of the podcast so early on.
IAN, BEST FILM EVER
Since you featured us in Film Stories, we’ve had our best year downloads-wise. We’ve also teamed up with the Blu-Ray and DVD distributor Second Run and the streaming services MUBI and Klassiki. The latter specialises in Russian cinema, so now many of the films we’ve covered on the show are much easier for film fans in the UK and the US to access.
ALLY, RUSSOPHILES UNITE!
Being featured in Film Stories gave us a lot of confidence just when we were getting going. It meant we were doing something right, at a time when you’re worried about getting everything wrong.
ANDREW, ISLA & NIEVE, KIDS, WHAT ARE WE WATCHING TONIGHT?
The feature has continued to be an excellent source for finding new podcasts to check out! I can confirm Fiona has been brought on board in a full-time capacity & continues to ‘keep me in line’. Fiona’s cool & calm demeanour and her diligent research have been a breath of fresh air, and her lighter tone has really resonated with the listeners...
We will be forever in debt to Em and Film Stories for showcasing That Song From That Movie. Whilst we did get a nice bump of listeners, the most important thing to us was how the article gave us the confidence to think we’re making a podcast worth listening to.
DIETRICH, BEN & ALEX, THAT SONG FROM THAT MOVIE
We were so happy to be featured in Film Stories, and off the back of it we gained some new listeners/followers, which gradually pushed us to 5,000 downloads within a month! A big thank you to Em of the Verbal Diorama podcast for including us in this prestigious listing!
PAUL & SOPHIE, SP FILMVIEWERS
For us, being featured was a lovely little bit of recognition for us, and has given us the impetus to keep pushing forward. We’ve started branching out into different types of bonus episodes, we’ve increased outreach to bring guests on to the podcast, and January became our best performing month so far 12 days in!
DREW, MATT, ANDY & ROSS, SEQUEL PITCH
We’ve since started featuring some really noteworthy guests on the show, having now done episodes with the likes of Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Allie Goertz (MAD Magazine), Imran Yusuf (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow), Alice Fraser (The Bugle), Dallas Campbell (The Gadget Show), Dr. Wendy Walsh (Time Person of the Year), Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl) and many more.
SOL, DIMINISHING RETURNS
Since featuring in Film Stories, Really 007 now has over 2,500 subscribers and has surpassed 30,000 podcast downloads, with our latest episode ‘Behind the Bond Stunts’ recording our second-highest amount of downloads. Our YouTube channel is also continuing to grow with Bond cast and crew interviews reaching 9,000 views.
JOHN, REALLY, 007!
Since being featured on the Podcast of the Week segment, we’ve recruited a new member of our team! Laura was originally paternity cover for Graeme, but she added so much to the dynamic that it seemed obvious that she had be made an honourary Poddy Caster. Welcome to the crew, Laura!
GRAEME, LAURA, SCOTT & SIMON, INVASION OF THE PODDY CASTERS
Being mentioned in Film Stories was a real joy for many reasons. Firstly, to be acknowledged by such a reputable and supportive institution was both a personal and professional triumph for us all here at Just Films & that. Secondly because we got to work closely with Em who is truly a gem of this little industry we find ourselves in.
JOSH & ALICE, JUST FILMS AND THAT
Thanks again for featuring us. There hasn’t been a specific thing that happened that I can think of but we’ve enjoyed steadily increasing numbers, have clearly been helped to reach more listeners and are always honoured to be part of the pod community. Season Four starts in March and we’re having a blast getting started on those sessions now.
MATT & DARYL, IS PAUL DANO OK?
Thanks Em and Film Stories for featuring us, it was great to connect with other British Film pods out there and expand our Movie Podcast Universe (MPU) with more great friends.
JAMES & DKIFF, FIELD OF SCREENS
As a new(ish) podcast we found it a huge honour to be featured as British Podcast of the week. It’s a feature we look at every time and one of our goals was to have that on our CV . It certainly put more eyes on us and brought new listeners to the podcast. It caused an uprise in our listens and made us feel like we are heading in the right direction. It gave us a springboard and made the end of our second season very successful. Thanks to Em and the Film Stories team!
DAVE & RICH, UNEQUAL SEQUEL
My release was in September and that became my best month at the time, so gave a boost for sure. Also helped me to continue when those doubts creep in.
LORRAINE, ONCE UPON A NIGHTMARE
To everyone reading this, this is a mere snippet of all the incredible podcasts we’ve featured here at Film Stories over the course of just over two years. It’s always been something more that just a write-up to me. It’s been having the privilege of meeting 100 outstanding podcasts; getting to know them, and being inspired every week by stories of their hard work, dedication and camaraderie. During a global pandemic, stories of togetherness and achievement hit that little bit harder. We’ve all been affected in some way by the changes to the world, and so many amazing podcasts have not only been a constant friend in our ears during times of stress or crisis, but so many new podcasts have sprung up during these times, telling their own stories in their own ways.
I’m incredibly fortunate to have met all 100 of these podcasts, and thank them for their assistance in putting these features together, telling me their stories and letting me into a snapshot of their podcasting lives. For everyone you read about here, podcasting is a hobby. It’s something they dedicate their spare time to, and they really care about making the best quality product they can. They don’t have big celebrity endorsement or companies behind them, they’re self-funded, self-promoted and self-driven, and the very reason this feature exists is to make the biggest possible noise about them and remind them, and you, that they are incredible.
On a personal note, I’m especially fortunate that while I chat to most of these podcasts regularly, a handful of them I now consider my friends. It’s not often a person writing about something can say that their life has been positively affected by the very people they write about, but in my case, it has and continues to be. But enough soppy talk, I’ve got another 100 British movie podcasts to write about….
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