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Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle talks us through his new film.
We find out why the Hawaiian singer IZ tops the charts in Europe.
Kei Miller attempts to read his country.
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - The Greatest Hits, Decca, 0
James Franco in 127 Hours127 Hours
Mark talks to Danny Boyle the award-winning director whose film Slumdog Millionaire won 8 Oscars in 2009. He discusses his new film 127 Hours, a real life story about a climber who becomes trapped under a boulder and resorts to extreme measures in order to save his life.
When Hawaiian ukelele player Israel Kamakawiwo'ole died he weighed nearly 1000 pounds and was little known outside his native island. But his hauntingly delicate version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" has given him musical immortality. It's just gone to number one in France, has been in the same position for several weeks in Germany, and sold millions of copies around the world. As a greatest hits compilation is released we speak with his friend and producer Jon de Mello about Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's enduring popularity.
Read My Country: Jamaica
Continuing The Strand's Read My Country series, the poet and novelist Kei Miller chooses poetry, a novel and a collection of short stories which he believes offer a guide to Jamaica.
Guinea Woman by Lorna Goodison
Discerner of Hearts by Olive Senior
Dog-Heart by Diana McCauley
From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel.…