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Front Row - William Boyd on David Hockney, and new film Haywire

William Boyd responds to a major exhibition of landscape paintings by David Hockney; a review of Steven Soderbergh's new film Haywire; and music from Carolina Chocolate Drops.

With Mark Lawson.

Novelist William Boyd gives his response to a major new exhibition of landscape paintings by David Hockney, and also re-assesses the film A Bigger Splash, made in the early 1970s, which focuses on Hockney and his circle of friends at the time.

In Steven Soderbergh's new film Haywire a black ops soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. Gaylene Gould reviews the film, whose cast includes Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender .

Carolina Chocolate Drops are an African-American string band, using the fiddle, banjo and jug to revive often-overlooked folk music from the Piedmont region of the American south. They discuss how they rediscover old tunes, and their approach to tradition.

And in a new comic film The Sitter, Jonah Hill plays a student who is coaxed into babysitting the kids next door. Film critic Mark Eccleston considers what movies tell us about choosing the right babysitter, from Three Men and a Baby to Halloween.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 7:15PM Tue, 17 Jan 2012
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 7:15PM Tue, 17 Jan 2012
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  • Duration 30 minutes

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