Our movie podcast recommendation of the week has a London flavour to it: here’s why Soho Bites is worth a listen.

With Edgar Wright’s Last Night In Soho making waves in filmmaking circles, it would be understandable if you believed that movies set in Soho were few and far between. Thinking about it though, why would you not set your film in the beating cosmopolitan heart of one of the greatest cities in the world?

With its trendy bars, clubs and jazz halls, fine dining and theatre, Soho remains one of London’s premier entertainment districts, despite being only about one square mile in area. Its history and character makes it a prime location for films that are made in, around or about Soho.

Soho Bites is hosted, produced, edited, researched and written by Dominic Delargy, a BBC World Service Studio Manager who had originally pitched long-form programmes for BBC Radio 4 Extra, but found the process of pitching to the BBC to be time consuming and disappointing. He really wanted to take on a project, and it was through his relationship with Adam Roche of the Talking Pictures TV Podcast that he came across a new podcast called Soho Bites, hosted by Dr. Jingan Young, as part of her PhD research into films set in Soho.

It’s not often we hear of podcasts started by one person and continued by another, but despite collaborating on a few early episodes of Soho Bites together, Jingan decided to break away from Soho Bites, leaving Dom to continue the podcast himself.

The criteria for films to be featured on Soho Bites is fairly flexible. Films set in the district are obviously included, but also if characters have visited Soho, come from Soho, or specific scenes being shot in the area all qualify. There’s a surprising amount of films for such a tiny district, no doubt attracted to Soho’s reputation for its bohemian character, the focus on arts, as well as its history as a red light district.

Episodes of Soho Bites include conversations with guests and thematic links to the featured film, all presented in a podcast that’s as witty as it is informative. Dom is clearly so passionate about bringing the hidden stories of Soho to the forefront, and it’s a fascinating glimpse into the past, present and future of filmmaking in and about Soho.

Just like the area it highlights, Soho Bites is full of character, culture, drama, history and music. This is podcasting’s Spirit of Soho.

 

Recommended episode: Episode 23 – (12 May 2021) https://sohobitespodcast.com/episode-23-the-boys-1962-shanne-bradley-of-the-nips/ 

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Soho Bites can be found at https://sohobitespodcast.com/ 

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