03/12/2011

Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the writers Liz Jensen and Natalie Haynes and comedian David Schneider review the week's cultural highlights including Martin Scorsese's film Hugo

Hugo is Martin Scorsese's first 3D film and also his first film for children. It stars Asa Butterfield as a young boy living in a Paris train station, stealing clockwork components from a toy shop owner (Ben Kingsley) to try and repair the automaton he inherited from his late father and evading the attempts of the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) to send him to the orphanage. But the man in the toy shop turns out to be cinematic pioneer Georges Melies and Hugo's life takes an unexpected turn.

Fabrice Humbert's novel The Origins of Violence won the inaugural French Orange Prize when it was originally published in France in 2009. The narrator is a teacher who has all of his assumptions about his family and his background shaken when he visits the museum at Buchenwald and notices a prisoner in one of the photographs who looks a lot like his father.

After his critical success as Othello two years ago, Lenny Henry returns to Shakespeare in Dominic Cooke's production of The Comedy of Errors at the National Theatre in London. The setting is modern, but the confusion surrounding two sets of identical twins remains the same.

Enlightened is an HBO series on Sky Atlantic that stars Laura Dern as Amy - a 40 something Californian woman who undergoes a troubled spiritual rebirth after a spectacular meltdown at her work. Dern's co-writer Mike White plays one of her new colleagues in the dismal data entry department to which she's demoted.

United Enemies: The Problem of Sculpture in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s is a new exhibition at the Henry Moore Foundation in Leeds which focuses on practitioners from that era from two courses at the St Martin's School of Art - one focusing on a conceptual approach and the other concerned with making objects. The exhibition shows how their ambitions overlapped and fed into larger art movements.

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