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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.
|Peter Dinklage as Fin McBride in Tom McCarthy's The Station Agent|
Back Row's interviewee is Tom McCarthy who scooped this year's original screenplay BAFTA for his debut feature The Station Agent. The enchanting tale is of a 4'6" tall train spotter called Fin McBride who inherits an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey and sees it as a one way ticket to escape the rest of the world.
Movie historian Jeffrey Richards joins Back Row to discuss the early work of Otto Preminger. Preminger directed a string of film noirs as a contract director for the Fox studio in the forties and fifties.
Fallen Angel, Whirlpool and Where the Sidewalk Ends will be available on DVD from 29 March 2004. A DVD of Otto Preminger's Carmen Jones will also be released to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ makes for tough viewing. Gibson's intention was not simply to shock, it was to inspire, to move and even to convert. Does a film need to have a religious subject to produce a spiritual response in the audience? We asked Orthodox Rabbi Jeremy Rosen, film critic Mark Kermode and Film Lecturer Maggie Roux to tell us about their all time favourite inspirational experiences at the cinema.
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Please note that audio for this edition of Back Row will not be available on this website until after the programme's transmission on Radio 4 on Saturday 20 March 2004 at 5.30pm.
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