Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
Saturday 6 October 2007
Newcomer Sam Riley stars as the self-destructing lead singer of Joy Division; Punchdrunk’s brand of 'immersive theatre'; Douglas Coupland’s epistolary novel for the 21st century; Why Democracy? - a global television season.
Cahal Dallat – Poet Susannah Clapp – Critic Sarfraz Manzoor – Writer
The Masque of the Red Death
The experimental theatre company Punchdrunk’s new work is The Masque of the Red Death, a journey into the macabre world of a devastated land, inspired by the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. This site-specific work designed for Battersea Arts Centre’s Victorian Town Hall building, is perhaps best described as a ‘performance installation’. The director is Felix Barrett and it is choreographed by Maxine Doyle.
The Gum Thief
Douglas Coupland’s latest book is an epistolatory novel for the 21st Century. It tells the story of the growth of an unusual friendship between two workers in dead-end jobs at a stationery superstore in Vancouver.
The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland is published by Bloomsbury
The Painting of Modern Life
This exhibition explores the influence of photographs on contemporary paintings with works by Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Gerhard Richter arranged thematically to show how the art of photography has inspired contemporary painters. Featuring 100 works from the past five decade, the exhibition seeks to demonstrate the power of painting to capture and comment on recent history.
The Painting of Modern Life is at the Hayward Gallery in London until 30 December
Samantha Morton and newcomer Sam Riley star in Control, a film about the life and death of Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division. Directed by Anton Corbijin, the man famous for photographing U2, the film charts the formation of Joy Division in 1970s Macclesfield and the life of Curtis as he struggles with marrying young, having a child and coping with epilepsy.
Control is in cinemas now, certificate 15
Why Democracy? is a multi-media event on television, radio and online in more than 200 countries and involving over 40 broadcasters. At the heart of the season are ten documentaries made by filmmakers across the world. The season starts on Saturday October 6 on BBC 4 with the documentary Iron Ladies of Liberia and finishes on Thursday October 11 with In Search of Gandhi on BBC 4.
Sat October 6 22.00 BBC4 Iron Ladies of Liberia Sun October 7 20.00 BBC4 Please Vote for Me Sun October 7 22.00 BBC4 Egypt: We See You Mon October 7 20.00 BBC4 The Kawasaki Candidate Mon October 8 22.00 BBC4 Russia's Village of Fools Mon October 8 23.20 BBC2 Taxi to the Dark Side Tue October 22.30 BBC4 Looking for the Revolution Wed Oct 10 22.00 BBC4 Dinner with the President Thur Oct 11 19.00 BBC2 Ministry of Truth Thur Oct 11 22.00 BBC4 In Search of Gandhi
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