FILM TALK Episode #11: La La Land (2016), Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, directed by Damien Chazelle – Championed by Morris Bright

La La Land is a highly acclaimed and multi-award winning musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Directed by Damien Chazelle, La La Land tells the story of a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress, who fall in love while trying to realise their dreams in modern-day Los Angeles. Championed by Morris Bright MBE.

La La Land was critically praised, especially for Chazelle’s screenplay and direction, Gosling and Stone’s performances, Justin Hurwitz’s musical score and Mandy Moore’s choreography. The film went on to sweep the board at just about every award ceremony over the coming year.

It won in every category for which it was nominated at the 74th Golden Globe Awards, it received 11 BAFTA nominations, winning five including Best Film, and notched up 14 nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, tying the record for the most Oscar nominations with All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997); it won Oscars for Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Original Song and Best Production Design.

FILM TALK is all about us reviewing and appreciating the greatest films ever made. Each week we publish a new video reviewing and discussing a different classic film that is destined for our list of the 100 greatest films in cinema history, at least the greatest films in our opinion.

We take an in-depth look at our chosen film, providing a detailed critical review, while also delving into the film’s background, exploring how it was made and the filmmakers behind it, with a quick dip into fascinating trivia to help provide a rich appreciation of our film that week.