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The Tales We Tell

Welcome to The Tales We Tell, a monthly podcast hosted by Clara Cook. Join us in exploring the role of women and gender in film, television and fiction. We are looking at the tales we tell and why we tell them.

Nov 11, 2021

In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by podcaster and author AJ Black, to discuss the character of M and the women of the James Bond franchise. We examine Judi Dench's portrayal of Bond's steely female boss, the real-life inspiration behind the character and how the idea of the 'Bond Girl'...


Jul 23, 2021

In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by the host of The Movie Palace podcast, Carl Sweeney, to discuss Helen O'Hara's book 'Women vs Hollywood.' We examine how women’s contribution to early cinema has been almost erased from film history, discuss if the Studio System was actually damaging...


Mar 8, 2021

In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by singer and producer Natalie Nicole Gilbert to explore the films, A Star is Born and The High Note. We ask if these two stories are realistic representations of women's experiences in the music industry and discuss the pressures that female singers...


Jan 3, 2021

In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by podcaster and author Duncan Barrett to explore Marvel's Jessica Jones. We discuss how the show portrays toxic masculinity, female anger and uses the superhero universe to explore coercive and controlling relationships. We ask if Jessica Jones is aimed at...


Dec 23, 2020

In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by bestselling author Una McCormack to explore the character of Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek Voyager. We discuss Una's new book charting Janeway's life and career, diversity in past and future Star Trek series and the importance of including...