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|Listen to Jim White reveal his own celluloid highs and lows in a slideshow |
|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.
|John Woo directs Uma Thurman and Ben Affleck in Paycheck|
Jim White talks to the legendary action movie director John Woo who's career began in Hong Kong where his cartoonishly violent action movies, such as Hard-Boiled, The Killer and A Better Tomorrow, won him a vociferous fan base, led by Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorcese. His move to Hollywood has brought him box office success with Face/Off and Mission Impossible II, but his ambitious pet project Windtalkers fared less well with audiences. His new movie is Paycheck starring Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman.
Back Row interviewee Charles Dance has reinvented himself from his matinee idol beginnings to the very epitome of the haughty villain. In his new film Black and White, a true story which still resonates in the Australian legal consciousness, he plays an icy establishment lawyer in Adelaide back in 1958, who is out to prove that an illiterate Aboriginal labourer is the murderer of a nine year old girl.
The Human Stain
The Human Stain, directed by Robert Benton, appears to be about an unlikely romance between Anthony Hopkins' aged academic Colman Silk and Nicole Kidman's damaged young woman Faunia Farley, but Hopkins' character has a secret. Although light skinned, Silk was born into a black family and has passed himself off as white for his entire career. Brooke Kroeger, who has researched the phenomenon of African Americans passing for white; film critic Sukhdev Sandhu and writer Stephanie Smith-Browne join Back Row to define the term 'passing'.
Critic David Benedict talks to Jim White about the lasting legacy of Basil Deardens's superb 1961 thriller Victim, starring Dirk Bogarde.
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