Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
Saturday 25 August 2007
Maev Kennedy and guests review the film Knocked Up and the tv drama Coming Round the Mountain, look round the new Serpentine Pavilion, and discuss Lavinina Greenlaw's novel The Importance of Music for Girls
Maev Kennedy and guests discuss the cultural highlights of the week
Joining Maev on this week's panel are:
Deborah Moggah - novelist Cahal Dallat - poet Kerry Shale - actor and writer
Knocked Up Already a hit in the US, Knocked Up tells the story of perenially stoned Ben - played by Seth Rogen. He has a one night stand with beautiful up and coming television presenter Alison – Katherine Heigl - andher resulting pregnancy comes as a shock to them both. Judd Apatow, one of the makers of last year's hit The 40 Year Old Virgin, directs and co-stars.
Knocked Up is on general release certificate 15
Coming Round the Mountain
Award winning novelist Mark Haddon's first tv drama explores the adolescent angst of two brothers as they struggle with spots, hormones, girlfriends and parents.
Coming Down the Mountain is on Sunday Sept 1st at 9pm on BBC1
The Importance of Music to Girls Lavinia Greenlaw's memoir of her childhood and adolescence is written in very short chapters, each built on a piece of music. She charts her changing musical tastes from traditional folk dancing and madrigals to the shockingly outrageous.
The Importance of Music to Girls is available now
This week's cultural choice is Louis Macneice's 1934/5 poem:
The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddenner than we fancy it.
World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.
And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world
Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes—
On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palm’s of one’s hands—
There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.
Snow is included in many poetry anthologies, available from bookshops
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion For the last seven years the Serpentine gallery has invited a major architect, often working in partnership with an artist, to create a temporary pavilion beside the gallery. The Serpentine invites us to see these pavilions both as serious works of art, and as grown up play spaces. This year's is the inspiration of the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and the Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsun.