154: Director on Director – Richard Donner

Welcome to another podcast in our occasional series (very occasional as it’s been over a year since the last one)– Director on Director.

Writer / Director Phil Stubbs (Last Chancers) joins us again, to talk about another of his favourite directors, this time it’s Richard Donner.

At the Flicks · 154: Director on Director – Richard Donner

Before we talk about the content of the show, we have an apology to make to you, the listener, about the sound quality. There were some technical issues with the show. Believe me when I tell you that it was questionable whether we were even going to be able to release this one. However, technical maestro Graham worked non stop for three days and nights to get the show to a listen-able standard. Don’t cheer him too loudly though, as he is now trying to get some sleep!

One problem that did amuse Graham is Jeff dropping out of the show at one point. Oddly it was just as they were starting to talk about Mel Gibson! Graham insists this was a complete fluke, however Neil did take some possible incriminating photos. Do they show Graham smiling as he pulls out wires that disables Jeff’s connection to the show? You be the judge – for the right fee Neil will send them on to you.

As for the show itself, well, Richard Donner is an incredible character – still planning to direct at 90 years of age! In fact he didn’t direct his first major film until he was 46 years old (although there was one in the lead up to that I bet he wishes everyone would forget now – but don’t worry Jeff remembers it and spills the beans all about it).

Be amazed as Phil tells some incredible stories about the making of The Omen and the first two Superman series. Find out why Ladyhawke causes a difference of opinion and also why is Inside Moves so elusive to find? It is just a shame Jeff wasn’t there to discuss the Mel and rein in Graham as in his praise for his favourite actor he once again reacted in an immoderate way.

Overall, a fascinating discussion about a fascinating film maker, led by a quality film maker. A promise. We will not wait so long for the next director on director discussion – the name of the next director is even revealed at the end of the show.

How do you rate Mr Donner, please let us know, as always we would love to hear from you.

Finally if you want to read a fascinating interview with the great man himself then go to and check out their interview section. Well worth your time.



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Film List

Below is a list of all the films and TV Shows referenced in this Podcast.

  • 16 Blocks
  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
  • Assassins
  • Bad Boys For Life
  • Braveheart
  • Holocaust 2000
  • Inside Moves
  • Jaws
  • Kojak (TV)
  • Ladyhawke
  • Last Chancers
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Lethal Weapon 2
  • Lethal Weapon 4
  • Lethal Weapon 5
  • Mank
  • Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  • Petrocelli (TV)
  • Rambo : First Blood Part II
  • Salt And Pepper
  • Sarah T – Portrait Of A Teenage Alcoholic (TV)
  • Soul
  • Superman II
  • Superman The Movie
  • The Awakening
  • The Banana Split (TV)
  • The Best Years Of Our Lives
  • The Exorcist
  • The Four Musketeers
  • The Fugitive (TV)
  • The Goonies
  • The Man From UNCLE (TV)
  • The Omen
  • The Rifleman (TV)
  • The Streets Of San Francisco (TV)
  • The Three Musketeers (1973)
  • The Twilight Zone : Nightmare At 20,000 Feet (TV)
  • Timeline
  • To Sir With Love
  • Twinky
  • Wanted Dead Or Alive (TV)
  • X-15