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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.
|Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray in Lost in Translation|
Scarlett Johansson first appeared on our screens a decade ago in North and went on to be cast in Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer at a mere 13. Now 19, with two nominations in this year's Golden Globes and two feature films opening on consecutive weeks in the UK, she is set to become the actress of 2004. Scarlett Johansson and director of Girl with a Pearl Earring Peter Webber talk to Jim White.
The Last Samurai
Jim White talks to Edward Zwick, director of Tom Cruise's latest film The Last Samurai. Cruise plays Captain Nathan Algren, a washed-up American Civil War veteran, who for a last paycheque travels eastwards to train the army of a modernising emperor and encounters the samurai. Plus film graduate Maki Morimura delivers her verdict on Zwick's movie.
Matthew Sweet gives us his take on Christopher Guest, the man behind This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show. The actor-director's latest mockumentary, A Mighty Wind, is about some of the lesser lights of the American folk music circuit.
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