KA­RINA LONG­WORTH

Meet the woman be­hind the pod­cast adored by film buffs

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“JOIN US, WON’T YOU?” Ka­rina Long­worth in­tones in the in­tro to her pod­cast You Must Re­mem­ber This. Re­sis­tance is fu­tile, with her deep dives into the fa­mous and for­got­ten his­tory of Hol­ly­wood in the 20th Cen­tury, es­sen­tial lis­ten­ing for move fans.

Born and bred in Los An­ge­les, where she re­sides still, Long­worth grew up in 1980s with Hol­ly­wood his­tory all around her. “A lot of the big stars were still alive — it felt very close to me,” she says. “With El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, it was like we had a queen liv­ing amongst us in LA.”

Long­worth did a Masters in Cin­ema Stud­ies, co-founded blog Cine­mat­i­cal and un­til 2013 worked as a film critic for LA Weekly. But she got fed up with the tread­mill. “What was frus­trat­ing was there was an ex­pec­ta­tion I would see ev­ery new film and have an opin­ion,” she says. “Even then, I only cared about 10 per cent of what came out. I found my­self long­ing for the days when I was study­ing Hol­ly­wood cin­ema his­tory. I was look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties where I could do stuff like that. It wasn’t like it was a sus­tain­able ca­reer — talk­ing about old movies — so I had to in­vent some­thing.”

That some­thing was YMRT, launched in 2014. Long­worth says she didn’t have a plan, but rather sim­ply taught her­self to edit and put a pod­cast into the wild to see what hap­pened. “Quickly peo­ple started lis­ten­ing and by the time I’d done a few eps En­ter­tain­ment Weekly wrote about it. From there it got more press, and the au­di­ence grew ex­po­nen­tially. Now it’s as lu­cra­tive as a job would be.”

Long­worth had now re­leased over 100 episodes, each chalk­ing up hun­dreds of thou­sands of down­loads. Her lat­est sea­son is a six-part chron­i­cle of the lives and ca­reers of

’30s hor­ror icons Bela Lu­gosi and Boris Karloff.

The depth of Long­worth’s knowl­edge and pas­sion shine through, with even fa­mil­iar tales feel­ing fresh in the retelling thank to her droll wit and pen­e­trat­ing anal­y­sis. “Each ep be­comes the most fas­ci­nat­ing I’ve done as I’m work­ing on it,” she con­fesses. But her favourites are “the ones that give me the op­por­tu­nity to watch a lot of movies that I’ve never seen be­fore.” Spo­ken like a true film ob­ses­sive.

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