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|Jim White attended Manchester Grammar School and read English at the University of Bristol, though maintains most of his education came on the terraces at Old Trafford. |
A founding member of staff at the Independent in 1986, he moved across to the Guardian ten years later, where his contributions have won the sports columnist of the year. A regular on Saturday Review and Front Row, he can also be frequently heard on Radio 5, where he was awarded a Sony Gold award for a documentary about the demise of Wembley Stadium.
Cinema has been a lifelong passion since his dad took him to see Lawrence of Arabia when he was a child and he returned twice a day every day for the next week to see the film over and again. After a youth largely spent oscillating between the football pitch and the local flea pit (his first date was at, bizarrely, 101 Dalmatians: it was all that was on) these days his favourite movies depend on his mood. The Godfather Part Two if in need of an epic, High Society for an uplift of the soul, This Is Spinal Tap when jokes are required. Though his children have shown him that there is not a lot wrong with Toy Story.
|Peter Mullan and Ingeborga Dapkunaite in Kiss of Life|
Back Row's interviewee is Peter Mullan, who can be seen this year in Emily Young's Kiss of Life. Peter Mullan came to prominence in Ken Loach's My Name is Joe and has appeared alongside Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting and Young Adam. He has also attracted praise and controversy as a director. He wrote and directed The Magdalene Sisters, which was awarded the Golden Lion for best picture at the Venice Film Festival in 2002.
American Splendour pays homage to Harvey Pekar's autobiographical comic book series. It tells of experiences in the daily life of a Cleveland hospital filing clerk with a subject matter described as so mundane it borders on the exotic. Original American Splendour illustrator Robert Crumb and comic book aficionado Alan Dein give Back Row their take on the film.
Film critic Antonia Quirke joins Jim White to discuss which movies we have to look forward to this year.
The Edge of the World
Film historian Ian Christie discusses Michael Powell's study of a small island community losing the fight against the onward rush of progress. The Edge of the World is now available on DVD with a documentary detailing the surviving cast and crew's return visit to the Scottish island of Foula where the original film was made in 1937.
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Kiss of Life
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The Fred and Ginger Collection
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This week at BBCi films: Review of 2003