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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.
|Julia Roberts leads the cast of Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile|
Jim White talks to British film director Mike Newell about working with Julia Roberts on Mona Lisa Smile and his surprise at his Four Weddings and a Funeral becoming one of the biggest hits in British cinema. Mike Newell is currently in pre-production for the fourth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
A season of Audrey Hepburn films kicked off this week at the National Film Theatre in London, ahead of what would have been the treasured star's 75th birthday in May. Fashion Editor of The Times Lisa Armstrong joins Back Row to discuss the great actress and style icon.
A special 40th anniversary edition of My Fair Lady will be released on DVD in April 2004
Montana on Film
Nick Nolte's new film Northfork is set in the 1950s in a town about to disappear beneath a lake spawned by a new hydro-electric dam. Nolte is at his growly best, but the film's true star is the Montana landscape, huge, rugged and never less than jaw-dropping. Sten Iverson of the Montana Film Office and novelist Douglas Kennedy join Back Row to discuss what it is about Montana that has inspired filmmakers, novelists and artists for years.
Douglas Kennedy's novel The Big Picture is published by Time Warner Books. ISBN: 0349110948
Cop-Out Film Endings
How many times have you sat through a film and come out raging in disbelief at an ending which really does no justice to what has gone before? If so, Matthew Sweet knows how you feel.
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