Inside Culture – S2 #2 (Netflix, Lascaux, South of Forgiveness, Rule of the Land)

This week on Inside Culture Fionn Davenport looks at the way Amazon and Netflix have disrupted the world of film production and distribution. He’s joined in studio by Irish TV and film maker Neasa Hardiman who has worked with both companies – she is currently developing a series with Netflix. The director of the Netflix original The Siege of Jadotville, Richie Smith, is also in studio and they’re joined by video and broadcast analyst Tim Mulligan from the the media and technology analysis company MIDiA Research.

Both Amazon and Netflix have muscled into the patch where traditional Hollywood studios have held ground for decades and they’re tearing up the rule book. The panel examines how this impacts on the producer as well as the viewer. As well as changing the ways that stories are being viewed, by offering a longer form, this model is also changing the ways stories are being told.


The border that runs between Ireland’s north and south is many things to many people. It has a very long, often difficult, past and has a contentious future as the place where the EU and the UK meet. It’s a fertile ground full of history, character and myth, as geographer and mapmaker Garrett Carr discovered as he walked (and canoed!) the length of it – over 300 miles – for his book The Rule of the Land. He tells Fionn about his adventures and his own relationship with the border growing up. If the border isn’t a physical wall or fence, then what is it and how does it affect the people who live along it?

Fionn visits the Dordogne in southwestern France to take a look at the world’s most famous cave paintings. The paleolithic art of Lascaux, created sometime between 20- and 30,000 years ago – is the world’s most fragile art gallery, but is now presented to the public in a new, dramatic fashion that ensures more people than ever can get to appreciate the sheer majesty of Lascaux.

Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger have co-written a book called South of Forgiveness. They met when they were teenagers and a brief relationship ended horribly when Tom raped Thordis. After some years she made contact with him and they agreed to meet to discuss what had happened. They tell Zoe Comyns their story and their journey to reconciliation.

Broadcast on Monday, 27th March 2017.