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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.
|Jack Black in School of Rock|
Jim White talks to Jack Black, who made his movie mark as the mouthy music shop assistant in Stephen Frears' High Fidelity and then starred in the Farrelly Brothers' Shallow Hal. In his latest film, School of Rock, Black plays a failed wannabe rocker who fakes his way into a teaching job at a prestigious prep school and embarks on turning his high achieving charges into a rock group.
French Cinema and the Turbulent Spring of 1968
In Bernardo Bertolucci's new film The Dreamers a young American student is befriended by French siblings in 1968 Paris and through a shared obsession with the movies they embark on an extended session of sex games cut off from the ensuing riots on their doorstep. Back Row asks film director Bob Swaim and The Dreamers' writer Gilbert Adair to explore whether French film makers were as oblivious to what was going on as Bertolucci's protagonists.
Ian Holm is an actor with a CV few can match, from Alien to Brazil he has inspired directors like Stephen Soderbergh, Woody Allen and David Cronenberg. Younger cinema goers will know him best as Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings. Jim White talks to him about his latest portrayal of Napoleon in the comical historical drama The Emperor's New Clothes.
Jim White and film critic Leslie Felperin talk through the career of Woody Allen's one time muse Diane Keaton, who has just been Oscar nominated for her role in the romantic comedy Something's Gotta Give.
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