Primal Screen (formerly Plato’s Cave) is a weekly film criticism program that can be heard on Melbourne independent radio station Triple R (3RRR 102.7FM) from 7pm to 8pm every Monday (AEST).

After more than three years as a co-host of Plato’s Cave, Emma Westwood ‘retires’ from her weekly seat to appear as guest, alongside Cerise Howard, on Primal Screen in 2020 – regular hosts are Paul Anthony Nelson, Flick Ford and Sally Christie.

The show is produced by Lisa Kovacevic with tech/panelling by Karl Chapman. Episodes are edited and in podcast form by Maudie Osborne.


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Former Plato’s Cave broadcasters (l-r): Emma Westwood. Paul Anthony Nelson, Sally Christie and Cerise Howard


The Locust Files
with Lee Gambin

What’s the buzz? It’s Emma Westwood! Talking about her work on monster movie history and her books on The FlySeconds, and an assortment of other wonderful things. She and host Lee discuss classic horror, James Whale and his Bride of Frankenstein, film criticism, public speaking and more!


Caught in a Celluloid Jam
with Sally Christie

Sally is joined by special guests Emma Westwood and Lee Gambin to discuss satan in cinema.


Supporting Characters
with Bill Ackerman

Bill speaks to Emma about her many creative endeavours. Topics include: FatalVisions, Lee Gambin, the differing approaches of American and Australian film schools in the early 1990s, ALIEN, John Frankenheimer, Bert Deling’s DALMAS, writing about standup comedy, HOUSEBOAT HORROR, the research process for audio commentary tracks and why “write what you know” is bad advice.
Air date: 2nd June 2019


The Projection Booth
with Mike White

Emma was interviewed about her book on David Cronenberg’s THE FLY for this exhaustive, nearly 4-hour special report on THE FLY, including an in-depth critique of the film by Bill Ackerman, Samm Deighan and Mike White, and an interview with the film’s producer, Stuart Cornfeld.
Air date: 18th March 2019


International Women’s Day 2019
with Cerise Howard and Megan McKeough 

Emma joins Cerise and Megan for a special one-hour broadcast on International Women’s Day where they discuss their favourite women filmmakers, as well as women animators and very, very early women filmmakers including the legendary Alice Guy-Blaché.
Air date: 8th March 2019


Hell is for Hyphenates
with Lee Zachariah & Rochelle Siemienowicz

Emma appeared on the bumper 3.5-hour edition of Hi4H (possibly the final episode ever) about the films of Martin Scorcese, along with a roll-call of past guests and co-hosts.
Air date: 30th April 2019 


Emma also appeared on the episode of November 2017 of Hell is for Hyphenates, featuring the films of Roman Polanski.


Beyond the Lab
with David Murray
Emma appeared on the episode ‘The Science of Horror’.
Air date: Friday 11th March 2016 @ 7.30pm

Listen to the Beyond the Lab ‘The Science of Horror’ Podcast: