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William Boyd on David Hockney, and new film Haywire

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 17 January 2012

With Mark Lawson.

Novelist William Boyd gives his response to a major new exhibition of landscape paintings by David Hockney, and also re-assesses the film A Bigger Splash, made in the early 1970s, which focuses on Hockney and his circle of friends at the time.

In Steven Soderbergh's new film Haywire a black ops soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. Gaylene Gould reviews the film, whose cast includes Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender .

Carolina Chocolate Drops are an African-American string band, using the fiddle, banjo and jug to revive often-overlooked folk music from the Piedmont region of the American south. They discuss how they rediscover old tunes, and their approach to tradition.

And in a new comic film The Sitter, Jonah Hill plays a student who is coaxed into babysitting the kids next door. Film critic Mark Eccleston considers what movies tell us about choosing the right babysitter, from Three Men and a Baby to Halloween.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

Chapters

4 items
  • David Hockney

    • David Hockney

      William Boyd responds to a major exhibition of landscape paintings by David Hockney

  • Haywire

    • Haywire

      Gaylene Gould reviews Stephen Soderbergh's latest movie, Haywire.

  • Carolina Chocolate Drops

  • Babysitter movies

    • Babysitter movies

      Mark Eccleston considers what movies tell us about choosing the right babysitter

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