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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.
|Paul Bettany with Nicole Kidman in Dogville|
Back Row's interviewee this week is a British actor well on the path to major stardom. Paul Bettany made his mark being mentioned in dispatches as a performer of promise in Gangster Number 1 and then getting his Hollywood break in the Oscar winning A Beautiful Mind. This year he follows up his BAFTA nominated turn in Master and Commander with performances in Lars von Trier's long-awaited Dogville and the British rom-com Wimbledon.
Surrealism on Film
Back Row remembers two groundbreaking and shocking early surrealist masterpieces from Spaniard Luis Buñuel with writer Elza Adamowicz and film critic Ginette Vincendeau. Un Chien Andalou and L'Age d'or are to be screened at the National Film Theatre in London from Friday 13 February and will then tour nationally. They are due to be released on DVD and VHS in July 2004.
The shocking opening of Buñuel's Un Chien Andalou which features a man holding a woman's eye open before casually slicing it in half with a blade is never forgotten. Back Row wants to hear from you with your favourite gasp-inducing moments on film. Email us with your favourite terrifying, startling or shocking scene to email@example.com.
Osama is the first movie to be shot in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. It is set in Kabul with the Taliban still in power and tells of a widow's desperate attempt to feed her family by trying to pass her daughter off as a boy. Kate Clark, former BBC correspondent in Afghanistan, tells Back Row how life as portrayed in the film compares to the real thing.
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