Derren Brown; Eimear McBride; MJ Delaney

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With Kirsty Lang

Derren Brown's latest television show sees the illusionist attempt to teach a group of senior citizens how to steal a valuable painting from a gallery in broad daylight. Derren tells Kirsty why he chose to focus on an art theft, and also explains his reason for choosing senior citizens to pull it off.

Metro Manila, a low-budget thriller set in the Philippines and shot entirely in the Austronesian language of Tagalog, was last night named British independent film of the year. Its director, Sean Ellis - who had to re-mortgage his home to fund the film - picked up the Best Director prize. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews the film, and considers the extraordinary story behind it.

Kirsty talks to MJ Delaney about her first feature film, Powder Room. Adapted from a play, When Girls Wee, it follows a group of young women during a night out clubbing. Set mostly in the ladies' room, Sam (Sheridan Smith) is down on her luck and thinks everyone's happier than she is, so she pretends to be something she isn't. MJ made her name as the director of Newport State Of Mind, a music video parody of a Jay-Z and Alicia Keys song, Empire State Of Mind, which went viral in 2010.

Author Eimear McBride talks about her debut novel, A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing, which recently won the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize. The book is an experimental work - the story of an Irish girlhood told by an un-named narrator - and it was completed nine years ago, but Eimear struggled to find a publisher for it. She discusses trying to create a new sort of fiction - between the language of James Joyce and the silence of Samuel Beckett - and explains why she believes publishers should take more chances with challenging fiction.

Producer: Rebecca Nicholson.

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Mon 9 Dec 2013 19:15

Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery

Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery

Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery is on Channel 4 on Friday 13th December at 9pm.


Powder Room

Powder Room

Powder Room, directed by M.J. Delaney is in cinemas now, certificate 15. 

Metro Manila

Metro Manila

Metro Manila will be released on DVD on 13th January 2014, certificate 15. 

Eimear McBride

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride is available now in paperback and ebook.


Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Lang
Interviewed GuestDerren Brown
Interviewed GuestMJ Delaney
Interviewed GuestEimear McBride
ProducerRebecca Nicholson

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