Real Movies Fake History with Gaz and Mel

Real Movies Fake History is a podcast about movies, history and the truth in between. On each episode Gaz and Mel discuss, debate and dissect a single movie based on a true story to determine whether the history it portrays is accurate. Join us as we talk about Hollywood, history, and the truth in between.

22:33:55 2022-07-18
Finally it's time to find out the true story behind the famous outlaw Robin Hood! This month Gaz and Mel take you behind the scenes of 1938's The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring the dashing Errol Flynn and the beautiful Olivia de Havilland. Where did t...
22:31:53 2022-06-18
So just what is the real history behind Aaron Sorkin's Being the Ricardos? Gaz and Mel take you behind the scenes of I Love Lucy to discover the true story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's famous sitcom. We talk about their troubled relationship, the real...
22:24:38 2022-05-15
This time Gaz and Mel dive into the true story behind the heartbreaking and brilliant film Quo Vadis, Aida? Mel takes us back to Bosnia, 1995 where learn about the context behind this this vital and important history, which is now more relevant than ever....
22:19:56 2022-03-28
Discover the true history behind the heart-warming comedy Eddie the Eagle. This month Gaz and Mel go back in time to the 1988 Olympics in Calgary to discover the real story of British Ski-Jumper Michael David Edwards. What was the real story of his journe...
22:32:31 2022-02-16
What's the real history behind the animated classic Anastasia (1997)? This time Gaz and Mel head to Russia to talk about the true story of the infamous Grand Duchess! Join us as we go back in time and discover the fascinating story of the Romanovs, the we...
22:27:51 2021-12-06
This month is special. Gaz and Mel review and passionately debate the new James Bond movie No Time to Die, starring Daniel Craig in his final performance as the infamous MI6 agent 007. Can it possibly live up to our expectations? And just where does it s...
22:10:29 2021-10-30
This month Gaz and Mel dive into the real history behind Adam McKay's Vice (2018). We know the professional life of controversial Vice President Dick Cheney, but do we really know the man behind the history? To understand more we discuss Cheney's rise to ...
22:31:53 2021-10-02
It made Cate Blanchett a star, but just how true is the movie Elizabeth? This month Gaz and Mel discover the real history behind the Virgin Queen herself, Elizabeth I. We dive into how the movie Elizabeth modernises the stuffy period drama and instead tel...
22:19:42 2021-08-28
Learn about the true story behind Mao’s Last Dancer. This month discover the real history behind the incredible and inspiring story of ballet legend Li Cunxin. Mel and Gaz discuss Li’s remarkable journey, including his humble upbringing in China, how ...
22:24:03 2021-07-28
You'll never take our Freedom! This month Gaz and Mel head to Scotland to take on the historical epic Braveheart (1995). It may be a compelling movie, but just how accurate is it to the true story? Let's discover the real history of William Wallace, learn...
22:06:36 2021-06-26
This month we take on the classic baseball true story A League of Their Own (1992). But how true is it to the real history? Join us as we discuss the remarkable history of the ladies who competed in the first female professional baseball league! We learn ...
22:37:10 2021-05-26
Mel and Gaz discover the true story behind the movie Hotel Rwanda (2004). We dive into the tragic story of the genocide and learn about it's historical context. It's a powerful story about family, division, political corruption, and the repercussions of c...
22:38:53 2021-04-10
Discover the true story of the movie Pride (2014). Gaz and Mel take on the real story of how a brave group of gay and lesbian activists unite to raise money for the families affected by the British Miners’ Strike. It is 1984 and Margaret Thatcher is in ...
22:35:08 2021-03-05
What's the real history behind the wonderful, feel-good French hit The Intouchables? This time Gaz and Mel travel to France to talk about the beautiful friendship between Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou. Join us as we discuss the true story behin...
22:50:30 2021-02-05
How historically accurate is Stanley Kubrick’s epic Spartacus? This time Gaz and Mel dive into the Hollywood classic about the slave that took on the Roman Empire! Starring Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons, Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton. Join us as we...
22:31:33 2020-12-24
  How historically accurate is Wayne Blair's musical comedy The Sapphires? In this episode Gaz and Mel dive into the true story behind the amazing ladies who sang soul music to the troops in Vietnam. Join us as we discuss 1960s Australia, the secret Tupp...
22:38:17 2020-11-27
How historically accurate is Armando Iannucci's political satire The Death of Stalin? In this episode Gaz and Mel dive into the true story of Stalin's last days and compare it to its critically acclaimed film adaptation. Join us as we discuss the dark his...
22:54:28 2020-10-23
How historically accurate is Lin Manuel Miranda's rap musical Hamilton? In this episode film expert Gaz and history expert Mel dive into the true story of Alexander Hamilton and compare it to its extraordinary stage adaptation. Join us as we discover why ...
22:30:49 2020-09-25
Join us as we discover the real history behind the sinking of the Titanic. Is James Cameron's epic Hollywood blockbuster Titanic accurate to the true story? In the final part of their Titanic series, Gaz and Mel relive the unsinkable ship’s final hours,...
22:38:12 2020-08-28
The most expensive movie of all time. Winner of 11 Oscars. Time to go back to 1997, to discover the real history behind James Cameron’s epic romance Titanic (1997). Join us as we go behind the scenes to understand how it became the most successful movie...
22:40:06 2020-07-24
Film expert Gaz and history expert Mel discuss the true story behind the movie Hidden Figures (2016). We know it’s a great movie but just how historically accurate is it? We investigate further into the history of the American civil rights movement, Col...
22:45:02 2020-06-26
In this episode film expert Gaz and history expert Mel compare Philip Kaufman's Quills to the infamous and controversial real life figure it's based on, The Marquis De Sade. Quills wants to be sexy and salacious, but how historically accurate is it? We pu...
22:39:27 2020-05-14
It may be a classic but can it live up to history? In this episode Gaz and Mel take on one of Hollywood’s classic war movies, The Great Escape (1963). How does it compare to the true story? How difficult was it directing Steve McQueen? We also discuss t...