Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the week’s cultural highlights on BBC Radio 4.
Hallam Foe- the latest film by David Mackenzie- and the first British film to star Jamie Bell since Billy Elliot. Based on the 2001 novel by Peter Jinks and with a script co-written by Mackenzie ‘Hallam Foe’ tells the story of a seventeen year old boy- the Hallam Foe of the title- who has not been able to recover from the death of his mother two years earlier.
Hallam Foe is on general release certificate 18
The Deportees and Wilderness
Roddy Doyle’s new collection of short stories ‘The Deportees’ amount to a series of postcards from the new Ireland. Doyle won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha’ and his novel The Commitments was adapted by Alan Parker into a hugely successful film. For the past few years Roddy Doyle has written stories for a magazine started by two Dublin based Nigerian journalists and aimed at immigrants in Ireland.
The Deportees by Roddy Doyle is published by Jonathan Cape
Wilderness by Roddy Doyle is published by Scholastic
Unmasking the English
In a new four part Radio 4 series ‘Unmasking the English’ Andrew Marr aims to uncover the hidden identity of the English.
FACT Art online
Video art was very much in its infancy in 1989 when Liverpool’s Foundation for Art and Creative Technology or FACT held the very first Video Positive Festival. The festival which ran biannually until 2000 aimed to showcase and promote video art and video installation art. By its very nature such work doesn’t usually have an extended life span- but from today FACT launched an online archive with video art, video-installation art and new-media art all available on its website. There are over 2000 pieces of work from over 100 different artists.
Reverence: a tale of Abelard and Heloise
Southwark Playhouse’s new production of ‘Reverence: a tale of Abelard and Heloise.’ The Playhouse’s new venue below the arches of London Bridge is a suitably dank, dimly lit location for this site-responsive promenade performance. The play is based on the true story of Peter Abelard, a twelfth century French philosopher and his scandalous relationship with Heloise, a pupil twenty years his junior.