Newsnight Review: Friday, 30 January, 2009
Tonight on Review I'll be joined by Lionel Shriver, John Harris and Marcus du Sautoy. We'll enter the suburban hell of Revolutionary Road, adapted from Richard Yates' dark novel and directed by Sam Mendes (who last explored this territory in American Beauty). Kate Winslet is reunited with Leonardo DiCaprio and they play young, 1950s couple, April and Frank Wheeler who find their dreams of a bohemian artistic life snuffed out by their move to Connecticut to raise their family.
We review artistic responses to the Middle East conflict too. At London's Barbican Theatre a Tel Aviv theatre company's drama Plonter (Hebrew for "Tangle") explores the everyday realities of the Israel-Palestinian conflict with a cast of Israeli Jewish and Arab actors.
At the Saatchi Gallery in London a new exhibition, Unveiled, features the work of young Iranian, Iraqi, Lebanese and Palestinian artists working in their home countries or abroad. We'll look in particular at how conflict is portrayed in the work.
Complicit, a new play by Joe Sutton premiering at the Old Vic, explores the relationship between journalist and government post 9/11. Benjamin Kritzer, played by Richard Dreyfuss, is under pressure to reveal the source within government that told him about "black sites", secret CIA prisons. Will he go to jail, his journalistic integrity intact, or will he give her away?
Andrea Palladio wrote the first rules of architecture in the 16th century based on his study of ancient Roman buildings. He created a vocabulary that has informed architecture ever since, from Inigo Jones to the modernism of Mies Van Der Rohe. The Royal Academy in London (which itself had a 9th century Palladian makeover) has mounted an exhibition to celebrate 500 years since his birth. There are drawings, letters, writings, fragments, models of his most famous buildings (including the Villa Rotunda), and a computer-fly though.
Do join us at 11pm. And check out our Newsnight Review discussions about the last two works of the late great John Updike, here and here.