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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.
|Wolfgang Petersen's Troy|
Jim White meets the director of Troy Wolfgang Petersen and members of the star-studded cast including Eric Bana, Rose Byrne and Brian Cox. Back Row also talks to Hans van Wees, reader in Ancient History at University College London, on how close Petersen's epic comes to delivering the legend of Troy.
Sir Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen, star of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the X-Men movies, joins Back Row to talk about his latest film. Emile is the tale of a Canadian academic who returns from a long exile in Britain to receive an honorary degree and in the process reacquaints himself with the remnants of a family he abandoned on the way.
For over 20 years Pedro Almodóvar has been producing an extraordinary body of work, films like Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which were kitsch, provocative and with plots so labyrinthine they make the Iliad look straightforward. Bad Education the director's latest deals with familiar Almodóvar territory - Catholocism, God, faith, cross-dressing and sex. Back Row asks film critic Lorien Haynes and film lecturer Mark Allinson if we are getting anything new from Bad Education.
The Football Factory
Jim White talks to Nick Love the director of The Football Factory a new, low-budget British film which focuses on one of Britain's more shameful exports - football hooliganism. Irredeemably violent and threatening it centres on the build up to a battle between the followers of Millwall and Chelsea.
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