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03/11/2009

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Tuesday 03 November 2009

The filmmaker Penny Woolcock's new film, 1 Day, has been causing controversy in Birmingham, where the city's cinemas are refusing to screen it. The fictional film follows two groups of drug-dealing, gun-toting gangsters in the suburbs of the city, and features local amateur actors. Penny Woolcock discusses the background to the film and responds to the cinema chains' decision.

Seventeen-year-old musical prodigy Alexander Prior talks about his music and life in St Petersburg, where he is studying opera and symphonic conducting, and Velesslavitsa, a concerto he wrote for the four other young prodigies he discovered while making a Channel 4 series.

The South African poet Laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile and his compatriot, the poet and playwright Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, are touring the UK in a performance poetry show called Beyond Words. They tell Front Row what they hope to achieve with the tour, both politically and poetically, and discuss whether protest poetry still has a place in the new South Africa.

A new comedy series for Radio 4 by Nick Hornby and Giles Smith centres around an old 70s rock star who has ended up fabulously rich from investing in the dreams of a young computer geek called Bill Gates and a starving artist called Damien Hirst. Now living in a mansion the size of a village, the old rocker is isolated and clueless about the post-1970s world. Sarfraz Manzoor reviews the series.

  • 1 DAY

    1 Day goes on national release on Friday, certificate 15.

  • ALEXANDER PRIOR

    ALEXANDER PRIOR

    Velesslavitsa, Concerto For Piano, Two Violins and Cello, by Alexander Prior, is available on CD.

    The piece will be performed at the Barbican, by the original four young musicians - Zhang Xiao Ming, piano, Michael Province, violin, Simone Porter, violin, and Nathan Chan, cello - with Alexander conducting, on 8 April, 2010.

    Alex Prior
  • BEYOND WORDS

    BEYOND WORDS

    Apples and Snakes presents Beyond Words - New poetry from South Africa on tour.

    WED 04 NOV Purcell Room, Southbank, London at 7.45pm

    SAT 07 NOV Saville Exchange, Newcastle at 7.30pm

    TUES 10 NOV The Albany, London at 8.00pm

    THURS 12 NOV Contact Theatre, Manchester at 8.00pm

    SUN 15 NOV Bristol Old Vic, Bristol at 7.30pm

    Apples and Snakes
  • THE RICHEST MAN IN BRITAIN

    The Richest Man in Britain by Nick Hornby and Giles Smith starts on Friday 6 November at 11.30am. There are 6 episodes.

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