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Steve McQueen

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 23 February 2014

This week Steve McQueen, director of Bafta-winning Twelve Years a Slave gives us advice on how to direct a movie. Against the backdrop of sex crime in India, we look at the portrayal of women in Bollywood cinema and talk to Mira Nair. We explore why a love scene by Lucien Freud is the most complained about artwork in the National Gallery of Australia and discover the inspiring Limpopo Youth Orchestra in South Africa and the extraordinary woman behind it.

Plus, with fashion weeks taking place all around the world we ask why there are so few black models on the catwalk. Also, as New Zealand pop star Lorde plays The Brits in the UK, we catch up with her journey to recognition. From Venezuela, we take a look at a row that has broken out between the country's most prominent musicians over how they should respond to the unrest sweeping the country. And, we meet 92-year-old Madosini, a professional mouth-bow player from Cape Town, who sings stories of life in pre-apartheid rural South Africa.

(Photo: Steve McQueen (c) Anthony Harvey/Getty Images, Naomi Campbell (c) Samir Hussein/Getty Images, Madozini (c) BBC)

Music and featured items

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  • Madosini

    South Africa
    Madosini holding the 'mouth bow'


Presenter Nikki Bedi

Nikki Bedi

Nikki curates, writes and presents The Arts Hour. Find out about her other work.


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