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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, LS Lowry

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Saturday 29 June 2013

Sam Mendes' production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been years in the making and had to be juggled with his Skyfall directing duties. Now at last the musical has arrived at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane with Douglas Hodge taking the role of Willy Wonka.

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life at Tate Britain is something of a response to critics in recent years who have suggested that the gallery should show more of the Lowrys it owns. He's a painter who divides art lovers: some say he's an underrated genius who's dismissed because he depicts the Northern working classes; others that his paintings lack depth. What kind of case does this exhibition make for him?

Stories We Tell is a film made by the Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley about her mother Diane. Talking to different members of her family she uncovers an extraordinary story about her own birth. Using fake Super 8 footage as well as real, the film includes reconstructions of the past as well as interview in the present.

Another documentary, The Act of Killing, made by Joshua Oppenheimer, tells the chilling story of the killings that went on in Indonesia in 1965 in an anti-Communist purge. Oppenheimer allows the killers to make their own movies about what they did - what do the results tell us about the power and possibilities of film?

And A Thousand Pardons is the latest novel from Pulitzer Prize shortlisted author Jonathan Dee. It's an American story about saying sorry in a difficult world.

Joining Tom are the musician and presenter Cerys Matthews, writer Aminatta Forna and critic David Benedict.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory continues at The Royal Drury Lane Theatre, London, until 31st May 2014.
  • Stories We Tell

    Stories We Tell is in cinemas in key cities from 28 June 2013, certificate 12A.
  • The Act of Killing

    The Act of Killing is in cinemas in key cities from 28 June 2013, certificate 15.
  • A Thousand Pardons

    A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee is available now and published by Random House.
  • Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life

    The Lowry exhibition continues at Tate Britain, London, until 20 October 2013.


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