In Part One we meet the great Indian architect Charles Correa who contrasts pastiche architecture with his own designs drawing on Indian myth and folklore. Then in Amsterdam we tour the city’s splendidly revamped Rijksmuseum which reopened this year. From New York, Kurt Andersen at our partner station WNYC discusses the year’s highlights in the city’s art scene – including Banksy’s month-long commission. And the Hong Kong-based rockstar cinematographer Christopher Doyle discusses matching words to pictures in the interactive phone app Away with Words.
In Part Two Michael Douglas talks about his role as Liberace in the film Behind The Candelabra, and how he practised the playing piano whilst ill with cancer. Indian megastar Shahrukh Khan talks about his hit film Chennai Express and about the difficulties of filming comedy well, Sofia Coppola discusses the connection between her life and characters in her recent film The Bling Ring. Eli Glasner, arts reporter from partner station CBC in Canada, discusses the rise of the Canadian film industry with local film hits Goon and The F Word. And from the BBC’s brilliant Sound of Cinema season we hear about the early pioneers who created the electronic sounds for space movies.
Photo: Michael Douglas (image from Behind the Candelabra), Sofia Coppola (c) Rob Kun/Getty, Shahruk Khan (image for Chennai Express)