32 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Refigure Check-in E55 – The Assistant & The King
Chris and Rifa's weekly review of our adventures in the arts, diversity and culture. This week we watch unsettling low key film The Assistant, starring Julia Garner, which shows the entertainment industry normalising abuse and suppressing dissent. We also watch Beyoncé's vivid and arresting semi-abstract musical Black Is King on Disney+ made in response to her involvement with The Lion King reboot. Finally, we venture on our first post-corona trip to a physical exhibition, donning masks for the Prince's Treasure exhibition at Brighton's Royal Pavilion, where priceless items originally bought for the Pavilion by George IV have been loaned back to the building by The Royal Collection. Rifa is reading Glennon Doyle's memoir Untamed, while Chris is reading Layla F Saad's anti-racism workbook Me And White Supremacy. Thank you so much for listening. Find us on Facebook and Insta.
28 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
Refigure Check-in E54 – Mrs America & Get Shorty
Chris and Rifa's bitesize arts and diversity review show. This week we watch Mrs America on the BBC iPlayer, starring Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne, set in the 1970s USA, telling the story of the battle for the Equal Rights Amendment. We also bing-watch all three seasons of Sky dramedy Get Shorty, starring Chris O'Dowd as a gangster trying to break into Hollywood. In What You Reading For? Rifa is still ploughing through bell hooks' trilogy about love, while Chris is revisiting Aldous Huxley's classic Brave New World, ahead of its major new television adaptation. Thank you very much for listening. Find us on Facebook and Instagram, please leave a nice review and tell your friends.
27 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Refigure Check-in E53 – How Not To Build A Film About A Girl
Welcome to Chris and Rifa's bitesize arts, diversity and culture review show. This week we watch the third season of Norwegian viking comedy Norsemen on Netflix. Then Rifa has an unexpectedly strong reaction to new film How To Build A Girl, starring Beanie Feldstein, directed by Coky Giedroyc and based on Caitlin Moran's comic fictionalised memoir. In What You Reading For? Rifa has joined a book club and is reading Season Butler's novel Cygnet, while Chris is reading our old friend Kate Bulpitt's debut novel Purple People. Thank you very much for listening. Find us on Insta and Facebook – and please leave us a nice five star review and all that jazz.
28 minutes | Jul 19, 2020
Refigure Check-in E52 – I May Destroy You
Welcome to Refigure with Chris and Rifa, a weekly podcast about the arts, diversity and culture. This week we are both blown away by Michaela Coel's acclaimed new comedy-drama series I May Destroy You on BBC iPlayer. We also binge-watch the entire run of Danish/Swedish mystery thriller The Bridge, which we actually paid money for, as Rifa discovers her love for Nordic noir. In What You Reading For? Rifa is still reading bell hooks' trilogy on love, while Chris is still reading Priyamvada Gopal's Insurgent Empire. Thank you very much for listening. Find us on Facebook and Instagram.
31 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Refigure Check-in E51 – Iceland & Disclosure
Chris and Rifa's weekly bitesize review of the arts, diversity and culture. This week we watched Will Ferrell's new comedy Eurovision, which sent us down a rabbit hole of watching Icelandic films and documentaries. Then we watched the powerful new Netflix documentary Disclosure, about the history of how American TV and cinema has representated transgender people onscreen – and how that has impacted how culture sees trans people. Rifa is re-reading bell hooks' All About Love (which she may have recommended before on an earlier series of Refigure), while Chris is reading Priyamvada Gopal's history book Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance And British Dissent. Thank you very much for listening. Please 'like' and subscribe and leave a five star review and tell all your friends about us. You can find us on Instagram and Facebook.
23 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Refigure Check-in E50 – The Floor Is Lava & The Mystic Pop Up Bar
Welcome to Refigure, Chris and Rifa's continuing home-based bitesize covid-avoiding adventures in the arts, diversity and culture. It's the fiftieth episode of Refigure but we're so hardcore we forgot to even mention it in the show. Yes please to cake, though, if you insist. This week we binge-watch brainmelting Netflix high concept game show The Floor Is Lava (or 'The Kwiksave Maze') then we dug into South Korean oddball drama series The Mystic Pop-up Bar. Rifa is playing with Louise Hay's 'Power Thought Cards', while Chris is re-reading Colin Ward's radical little social history book Cotters & Squatters. Thank you for listening. Please leave a five star review wherever you get your podcasts – and tell your friends about us. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Insta. Lots of love. xxx
29 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Refigure Check-in E49 – BlackLivesMatter, Space Force & Da 5 Bloods
Chris and Rifa's continuing home-based adventures in culture, diversity and the arts. This week we wear masks to a Black Lives Matter protest in Brighton. Then we watch Steve Carrell's new Netflix comedy series Space Force with John Malkovich and Lisa Kudrow, about a Trump-style military run space initiative. Then we disagree about Spike Lee's new film Da 5 Bloods – also on Netflix – starring Clarke Peters and Delroy Lindo, following a group of African-American Vietnam veterans as they return to Ho Chi Minh City to search for the body of a fallen comrade. In What You Reading For? Rifa is just starting Ta Nehisi Coates' essay collection We Were Eight Years In Power and Chris is reading Bhanu Kapil's poetry book How To Wash A Heart. Thank you for listening, please leave us a nice review. Find us on Instagram and Facebook.
30 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Refigure Check-in E48 – Queer Eye & Statues
Chris and Rifa's continuing adventures in the arts, diversity and culture. This week we watch Mark Cousin's epic cinema history series Women Make Film, narrated by Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda and others. We also binge-watch the fifth series of tearjerking Netflix makeover show Queer Eye. Then we fall into a difficult, not necessarily successful conversation about the removal of statues of slave traders. In What You Reading For? Rifa is deep into blogs and information site about supporting #BlackLivesMatter, while Chris is reading Robert Pinsky's writing guide The Sound Of Poetry. Thank you very much for listening. Find us online at Facebook and on Instagram. Please leave a 5* review and tell your friends about the podcast.
31 minutes | May 26, 2020
Check-in E47 – Devs and Unorthodox
Chris and Rifa's weekly adventures in arts, diversity and culture. This week we binge-watched two drama series, doing each complete series in one late night, so we treated them more like a long film. First we watched Alex Garland's sci-fi drama Devs, made by FX but we saw it on BBC iPlayer. Then we did Netflix drama Unorthodox, a German production written primarily in Yiddish, directed by Maria Schraeder. Rifa is reading some Albert Camus essays, while Chris joined the Poetry Book Society and with his membership got sent Will Harris' debut collection Rendang. Thank you for listening. Find us on Facebook and Insta.
27 minutes | May 19, 2020
Check-in E46 – BlackAF, Hollywood and a bit of ballet
Chris and Rifa's weekly adventures in the arts, tech, diversity and culture. This week we watched Kenya Barris' new sitcom BlackAF co-starring Rashida Jones. Rifa also watched Ryan Murphy's Hollywood TV series, which Chris couldn't stand. We also talk a bit about watching ballet on the screen. Rifa is reading Jen Sincero's self-help book You Are A Badass At Making Money, while Chris is reading Colson Whitehead's novel The Underground Railroad. Thank you for listening!
31 minutes | May 10, 2020
Check-in E45 – Midnight Gospel & Mindy Kaling
Chris and Rifa's weekly home-made adventures in the arts, tech and diversity. This week we're entranced by Midnight Gospel, Pendleton Ward's philosophical, psychedelic animation series on Netflix. We also dive into the work of Mindy Kaling, we were meant to be chatting about her new Indian-American teen coming-of-age comedy series Never Have I Ever, also on Netflix, though it got a bit hijacked by binge-watching Kaling's previous (and similarly good but problematic) show The Mindy Project. Rifa didn't read a book this week, instead she listened to the Dissect podcast series about Beyoncé's Lemonade, while Chris is re-reading David Eagleman's Sum. Thanks so much for listening! Please leave a five star review and 'like' and subscribe, etc. You can also find us on Facebook.com/Refigurepod and Instagram @refigureUK.
30 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Refigure Check-in E44 – Quiz and Kingdom
Rifa and Chris continue their bitesize adventures in culture, the arts, diversity and tech. We watch two seasons of brilliant Korean Netflix historical drama Kingdom, which turns a costume drama of 15th century feudal taboos into a horrifying march of the undead. We also watch the much discussed ITV three-parter Quiz, based on the real-life events around Charles Ingram's infamous attempt to cheat the TV show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, with Michael Sheen playing Chris Tarrant. Rifa is reading N.K. Jemisin's short story collection How Long Til A Black Future Month?, while Chris is reading Oliver Gray's latest travel memoir Polly In My Pocket. Thank-you so much for listening. Give us a 'like', subscribe and please leave a five star rating and a nice review. That stuff makes a huge difference for the show. Find us on Insta and Facebook.
30 minutes | Apr 12, 2020
Refigure Check-in E43 – livestream gigs and Kim's Convenience
Chris and Rifa's Refigure Check-in continues our locked down adventures in culture, tech and diversity. This week we chat about the plethora of livestream performances during the quarantine period. Then we binge-watch the whole of season four of Korean-Canadian sitcom Kim's Convenience. In What You Reading For? Rifa is enjoying Ben Okri's latest short story collection Prayer For The Living and Chris takes a break from Hilary Mantel to dip into Neil MacGregor's compendium for the British Museum and BBC's epic radio series, A History of The World In 100 Objects. Thank you for listening. Please 'like' and subscribe and leave us a nice five star review. Please tell your friends. We don't have a marketing budget. You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
32 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Refigure Check-in E42 – Cake Off, Zoom and fun apps
Refigure returns for series #4, the Check-in Season, several weeks early, as Rifa and Chris find ways to resume our tinkering in the arts, tech, culture and diversity, from the safety of our own house. This week we binge-watch The Great British Bake Off (the early years) and swap tips for fun apps and games to download and play, while you're quarantining. In What You Reading For? Rifa recommends Shonnetta's Divine Tarot on YouTube, while Chris is having a logistical problem with Hilary Mantel's barnstorming new historical novel The Mirror And The Light. We also loved J.B. Morrison's latest novel A God Awful Small Affair. Next week we'll talk about the explosion of music and theatre livestreams, plus something else. Thank you SO much for still listening to us, four series in. It would be lovely to hear from you, find us on Instagram (refigureUK), Twitter (@refigurepod) and Facebook (facebook.com/RefigurePod). Please 'like' and subscribe and leave us a nice five star review. Thankyou! Refigure is produced by Lo Fi Arts. @lofiarts
22 minutes | Dec 31, 2019
Refigure E10 – (A Bit Tipsy) Review Of The Year
Happy new year! Chris and Rifa take one last Prosecco-fuelled look back at 2019 in the arts and culture, chatting over takeout about our favourite books, TV, art and music. This is the final episode of Refigure Series 3. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. We'll be back in Spring 2020 (if the world is still turning) with a new podcast series for the new decade. Look out for us, wherever you get your pods. Keep up with our adventures on Refigure Facebook, Refigure Twitter and Refigure Insta. You can also find us individually: Rifa on Twitter, Chris on Twitter, Rifa's website, Chris on Instagram, Rifa on Instagram. All the very best to you for a joyful and successful 2020. XXX
30 minutes | Dec 28, 2019
Refigure E09 – A Christmas Carol
Chris and Rifa's latest adventures in culture, the arts, tech and diversity – or in this case, watching a load of festive telly with faces full of mince pies. This week we watch the BBC's intense, new adult three part re-imagining of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, starring Guy Pierce, Andy Serkis and Tom Hardy. We also binge-watch HBO's extraordinary new TV series version of Watchmen. starring Regina King and Don Johnson. Rifa is reading the collected late blog entries of Ursula K. le Guin, which were published as No Time To Spare. Chris didn't read a book this festive week, instead he played through the 2016 horror platform videogame INSIDE by PlayDead. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please leave a nice review and a five star rating. Thank you for listening to us this year.
22 minutes | Dec 17, 2019
Refigure E08 – Seven Worlds
Chris and Rifa's weekly bitesize joyride around the arts, culture, tech and diversity. This week we go to the cinema to watch Rian Johnson's acclaimed new whodunnit style movie Knives Out starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig and Chris Pine. We also watch the latest David Attenborough series on the BBC iPlayer, Seven Worlds One Planet as it increasingly desperately highlights the impact of the climate catastrophe on the world's wildlife. In What You Reading For? Rifa is enjoying Leonie Dawson's funky entrepreneurial handbook My Shining Year Business Workbook, while Chris is blown away by John McCullough's stunning poetry collection Reckless Paper Birds, published by Penned In The Margins. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please leave a nice review and a five star rating – and tell your friends. Thank you for listening!
32 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
Refigure E07 – The Mandalorian with Rob Pearson
Chris and Rifa continue their fun weekly dive into arts, culture, tech and diversity. This week Refigure is a lo-fi episode, entirely taped onto iPhone. Back to normal next week. We watch the second series of Netflix documentary show Abstract, which profiles visionary creatives working in different disciplines of design. Then we introduce a special guest: our new Star Wars Correspondent, our friend and neighbour Rob 'Robot' Pearson. We go round Rob's house to watch the first two episodes of Disney Plus platform's flagship launch show The Mandalorian, set in the Star Wars universe a few years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. In What You Reading For? Rifa is reading the Denise Duffield-Thomas money oriented self-help book Get Rich Lucky Bitch. Chris has got his hands on the new issue of Hampshire-based fanzine Weird Walk and also calls for contributors to help write a fanzine about potatoes. If you're enjoying Refigure, please leave a nice review and a five star rating on whatever system you use. Ta! And you can catch up with us online – and check out some photos of the stuff we talk about on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Thanks a lot for listening. Cheerio.
20 minutes | Nov 13, 2019
Refigure E06 – Kara Walker Is My Name
Chris and Rifa's continuing bitesize adventures in the world of arts, culture, tech and diversity. This week our intrepid duo check out the iconic new installation at Tate Modern's enormous Turbine Hall, Kara Walker's powerful reflection on slavery and empire Fons Americanus. We also watch Eddie Murphy's sweet new Netflix film Dolomite Is My Name – a biopic of blaxploitation / comedy / hip hop pioneer Rudy Ray Moore. In What You Reading For? Chris is trying to read Under The Radar poetry magazine from Nine Arches Press, while Rifa is digging into Richard Rumelt's business guidebook Good Strategy/Bad Strategy. Though we've mistakenly called him 'Rumlet' throughout the podcast – and even taken the piss out of his name, though it's wrong. Sorry, Richard. Find us on Insta, Twitter and Facebook. Please give us a nice review and 'like' and subscribe etcetra etcetra.
25 minutes | Nov 5, 2019
Refigure E05 – Frankenstein
Chris and Rifa's weekly bitesize review show about the arts, culture, tech and diversity. This week Chris and Rifa argue about the first episode of the BBC/HBO's epic new TV series His Dark Materials, adapted from Philip Pullman's wildly acclaimed kids' fantasy novels. We also go to the beautiful East Brighton venue The Spire – a spooky deconsecrated church – to check out Truestory Theatre's gothic production of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which runs to the 9th November. In What You Reading For? this week Rifa enjoys Leonora Carrington's collection of surreal short stories The Skeleton's Holiday published for £1 as part of the Penguin Modern series. Meanwhile Chris is reading a Collins Gem classic mini guide on foraging called Food For Free by Richard Mabey (not Madeley). Find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Please leave us nice comments and give us a good rating. You know the drill, you're our marketing team, so please 'like', 'subscribe' and tell your friends if you're enjoying the show. Thank you! XX