Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
Saturday 27 October 2007
Cronenberg’s Russian mafia film, Eastern Promises; an anthology of ‘other people’ from Zadie Smith; the art of Renaissance Siena; a new British Muslim tv drama; and the history of the world - backwards…
Director David Cronenberg’s new film centres around Russian mafia gangsters at work in London. Viggo Mortensen plays Nikolai, an enforcer for a mafia boss. When a midwife called Anna, played by Naomi Watts, attempts to find out more about a 14 year old girl who’s died in childbirth, she finds that Nikolai is the best lead she’s got.
Eastern Promises is on release now, certificate 18.
The Book of Other People
This new anthology edited by Zadie Smith intends to raise money for a literacy charity. Smith’s instructions to her 22 fellow writers was “make somebody up,” and they did just that. Each short story is named after an extraordinary character.
The Book Of Other People is published by Penguin
Britz is a new two part television drama from Peter Kosminsky about two young British Muslims and their very different reactions to the difficulties of life after 9/11 and the July 7 bombing. One of them joins MI5 while the other goes undercover to train with jihadis, but despite parting at this fork in the road their paths eventually converge again.
Britz is on Channel4 on 31 October and 1 November at 9pm
Renaissance Siena: Art for a City
Renaissance Siena is a new exhibition at The National Gallery in London which aims to claim back some glory from Rome and Florence. It has reunited alterpieces and pulled together linked work that have long been separated to make the best case for Siena’s art as a whole and for some of its masters.
Renaissance Siena: Art for a City runs at The National Gallery in London until 13 January 2008
Rob Newman’s The History of the World Backwards
The History of the World Backwards is a new six part series in which the comedian and writer Rob Newman reverses history to see what it might look like going backwards. In his version of events, the aircraft which drops the atomic bomb on Hiroshima is named after an Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark album, and the suffragettes successfully campaign to be allowed to give up work and stay at home.
Rob Newman’s History of the World Backwards begins at 10pm on Tuesday 30October on BBC 4.
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