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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.
|Jake Gyllenhaal in The Day After Tomorrow|
As the global warming disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow heads for worldwide cinema release Back Row talks to the movie's director Roland Emmerich and film critic Matthew Sweet about the enduring attraction of disaster movies. Roland Emmerich's previous outings have seen him unleashing aliens in Independence Day and setting a giant lizard loose in Godzilla.
Jim White talks to actress Hayley Mills about her memories of making Tiger Bay and Whistle Down the Wind as they are released on special edition DVD.
Film critic Fiachra Gibbons joins Back Row to discuss the work of the Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Ceylan has never strayed far from his roots his first two films Kasaba and Clouds of May were shot in and around his childhood home of Yenice with his family and neighbours playing themselves. His latest film is Uzak, meaning distant, which won the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes in 2003.
A new DVD of The Godfather includes the original screen tests conducted by the director Francis Ford Coppola. Film critic Antonia Quirke reveals how very different this movie favourite could have been.
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