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New SPL!NG Podcast Series: Must Love Movies


Stephen 'Spling' Aspeling has been reviewing film on radio for the better part of the last decade. Starting with a small segment on 2Oceansvibe radio, he maintained a regular slot on ChaiFM for several years, another weekly slot on Radio 702/CapeTalk and has appeared on a number of radio stations in an interview capacity.

While his broadcast career has found him talking about film on South African radio, he has also been interviewed on BBC 5 Radio. Proffering his expert opinion on talk radio stations across the country, his insights and commentary have become synonymous with Talking Movies on Fine Music Radio. As part of a biweekly broadcast, his Talking Movies review slot has ensured his role as resident film critic at the classical and jazz radio station. Able to pontificate and expand on his reviews as part of a six minute review slot, he has made it his mission to offer concise, intelligent and thoughtful reviews for avid FMR listeners over the last six years.

While Spling has certainly made radio a big part of his life, he has also dabbled in podcasts. Serving as the host of the Three Wells of Screenwriting podcast with Matthew Kalil, in which the two interview a series of screenwriters and writers, it was time that Spling launched his own podcast show.

Must Love Movies Podcast

Having been in the pipeline for a number of years, Spling decided to build the podcast around a private screening with the guest. Interviewing them about their career, forthcoming prospects, top 10 movies, movie trivia and even games, the film critic has turned what could have been a stuffy 30 minute podcast into something light, infotaining, heartfelt and enjoyable. The first podcast featuring producer, screenwriter and novelist, Stefan Enslin (pictured above), encapsulates what Spling hopes the show will grow into - offering listeners a good idea of what to expect from future Must Love Movies podcasts going forward.

The aim of the podcast series is to celebrate all things film, which is why Spling has invited celebrated personalities in order to get another side to their world. Using the guest's top 10 films as a springboard, Spling picks one of the favourite films screening at the 12 Apostles Hotel cinema. After watching the film, he and the guest are able to engage in a fresh discussion about the love of the film before moving into a discussion around the movie memories and preferences.

Fan culture is quite limited in South Africa with blockbusters tending to soak up most of the excitement and speculation. A conservative art culture, it's quite difficult for moviegoers to get excited about certain films and Must Love Movies is an attempt to enliven some of the films from our past. Discussing these films in a candid setting between people who are passionate about film makes it that much more interesting and appealing, hopefully leading listeners to explore some of the films discussed on Must Love Movies. Perhaps with time, this podcast will travel or draw visiting international celebrities, enabling them to have a fun and surprisingly revealing conversation around everything film.