This week, we talk about the Hollywood blockbuster The Woman King, starring Viola Davis. It's an epic that features a group of women warriors fighting for the kingdom of Dahomey—and it's got a lot of Oscar buzz. Lilah goes behind the scenes with Academy-Award winning producer Cathy Schulman to discuss what it took to get it made. Then, we look into what happened to plant-based meat. A few years ago, it was all over the news—but the hype died down. Has it been absorbed into our diets, or was it just a fad?


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Links and mentions from the episode:

– The Woman King is available to watch in cinemas now across the UK and US.

– Cathy's handbook on advancing gender parity in Hollywood:

– The FT’s review of The Woman King:

– A profile of director Gina Prince-Bythewood by FT film critic Danny Leigh:

– Emiko’s piece on how inflation will affect plant-based meat:

– Emiko’s Big Read on whether the appetite for plant-based meat has peaked:


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