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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.
After sticking to the same director for the first two Harry Potter films, the Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón has been handed the keys of Hogwarts for the third outing. It is an intriguing choice as Cuarón's track record has been low-budget independent films, notably the art house hit Y Tu Mamá También. Back Row despatched wannabe wizard Matthew Sweet to meet the director.
The vast interior of Australia has provided a setting that the country's filmmakers have long been unable to resist from Nic Roeg's Classic Walkabout in 1971 we have had Picnic at Hanging Rock, Crocodile Dundee, Rabbit Proof Fence, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and most recently Japanese Story, starring Toni Collette. Back Row asks flying doctor Jennie Jackson and film critic Julie Rigg what the outback represents for filmmakers and Australians.
After making The Last Picture Show, What's Up Doc and Paper Moon Peter Bogdanovitch became better known for his turbulent private life than the quality of his films. Through it all he kept making movies. Critic Ryan Gilbey joins Back Row to discuss what we can expect from Bogdanovitch's latest movie The Cat's Miaow, which stars Kirsten Dunst and Eddie Izzard.
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In the multi-plex
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
In the art house
On DVD and video
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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