Discover the stories behind the stories as Arena opens up its production archives for several of its films, including correspondence letters received from artists, performers, writers and viewers over its 30 year history.
Anthony Wall, Arena's Series Editor, discusses the origins of both the song and the Arena film, My Way. Read David Bowie's management letters and hear the unreleased home recording of his version of Comme d'Habitude, the tune that was to become My Way.
In 1993, the year before South Africa’s era defining elections, Arena made a film about the island that imprisoned Nelson Mandela and the leadership of the ANC for over 25 years, Robben Island. Adam Low recounts the extraordinary problems that beset the filming in South Africa.
The definitive film on Punk took over 5 years to film and as the Punk attitude seeped into the production, the project was passed from production to production. Paul Tickell, the director, tells how he managed to tame and produce this unruly film for Arena.
Filming with contributors can be an occupational hazard for an Arts programme. Take a look at some of the rejection letters from actors, performers and writers who have refused to appear in Arena films.