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Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley; Charlotte Gainsbourg in The Tree

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 04 August 2011

With Kirsty Lang, including an interview with the musical partnership of violinist Viktoria Mullova and cellist Matthew Barley, whose new disc draws on folk and jazz traditions.

Author Kathy Lette reviews The Tree, which stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as a woman living in rural Australia who is faced with raising four children alone when her husband dies. The film is an adaptation of the novel Our Father Who Art in The Tree by Judy Pascoe.

Front Row explores the photographic portrayal of two iconic holiday resorts.

Documentary photographer, Anna Fox, has spent two years capturing life at Butlins, Bognor Regis - to mark the 75th anniversary of the holiday company. In the late 60s and 70s John Hinde produced a range of photographs of Butlins. Anna's large-format images are created with the help of a team of assistants, and she explains to Kirsty how her approach is similar to working with a film crew, and how her real-life subjects react.

A new exhibition in Blackpool explores photographic depictions over the past century. The photos, selected by German artist, Nina Könnemann, include images from the Mass Observation project of the 1930s, agency-shots and private happy-snaps. Grundy Art Gallery's curator, Stuart Tulloch, tells Kirsty what the pictures reveal about the essence of Blackpool.

WC Fields once advised performers never to work with children or animals. Jim Carrey is the latest actor to ignore this warning. In his new film comedy, Mr Popper's Penguins, he plays a hapless businessman who inherits six penguins. But are penguins inherently comic? Film critic Adam Smith considers animal-typecasting in films.

Producer Jack Soper.

Chapters

5 items
  • The Tree

    Author Kathy Lette reviews The Tree, which stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as a woman living in rural Australia who is faced with raising four children alone when her husband dies.

  • Mullova and Matthew Barley

    With Kirsty Lang, including an interview with the musical partnership of violinist Viktoria Mullova and cellist Matthew Barley, whose new disc draws on folk and jazz traditions.

  • Anna Fox

    Documentary photographer, Anna Fox, has spent two years capturing life at Butlins, Bognor Regis - to mark the 75th anniversary of the holiday company.

  • Blackpool in photographs

    A new exhibition in Blackpool explores photographic depictions over the past century.

  • Animal-typecasting in films

    WC Fields once advised performers never to work with children or animals. Jim Carrey is the latest actor to ignore this warning. Film critic Adam Smith considers animal-typecasting in films.

  • Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley

    The Peasant Girl is available now on CD.

    Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley perform at BBC Proms 45 and 46 on 18 August 2011.

    More details on the BBC Proms website
  • Anna Fox

    Anna Fox

    Anna Fox: Resort, is at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, until 2 October 2011.

    Family, Butlins Bognor Regis, 2011. C-Type print, Anna Fox, courtesy James Hyman Gallery London and Tasveer Arts Bangalore.

    Visit the Pallant House website
  • Anna Fox, Ocean Hotel

    Anna Fox, Ocean Hotel

    Ocean Hotel, Restaurant, Butlins Bognor Regis, 2010.

    C-Type print, Anna Fox, courtesy James Hyman Gallery London and Tasveer Arts Bangalore

    BBC - 75 years of Butlins audio slideshow
  • Mass Photography: Blackpool Through The Camera

    Mass Photography: Blackpool Through The Camera

    Mass Photography: Blackpool Through The Camera, is at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, from 6 August to 5 November 2011.

    Image: Blackpool Sex Appeal Hat. Copyright Homer Sykes.

    Visit the Grundy Art Gallery website
  • The South Pier Box Office

    The South Pier Box Office

    Untitled from the series South Pier Box Office, by Geoff Buono.

  • Blackpool Beach, 1903

    Blackpool Beach, 1903

    Blackpool Beach, 1903.
    Courtesy Blackpool Local and Family History Centre.

  • The Tree

    The Tree is in selected cinemas from Friday 5 August 2011 and will be available on DVD in October 2011.

    More details on The Tree website

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