Joining presenter Tom Sutcliffe on the panel this week are:
Richard Cork – art critic
Kit Davis - anthropologist
Kathryn Hughes – historian
Son of Rambow
Set in 1980s Britain this film is the story of two boys - the innocent Will Proudfoot who has been brought up by Plymouth brethren and has never watched television or seen a film, and the tearaway, lawless Lee Carter, whose ambition is to make a film with his brother’s video recorder. When the naïve Will sees a pirated copy of Rambo: First Blood he is swept away by it and joins forces with Will to make their own action adventure film, Son of Rambow.
Son of Rambow is in cinemas now, certificate 12A
The Enchantress of Florence
Salman Rushdie’s new book spans the worlds of the Mughal emperor Akbar the Great and Renaissance Florence. It begins with the arrival at Akbar’s court of a fair, young European traveller dressed in a multi-coloured leather coat. The stranger claims to be a relation to Akbar and the tale he has to tell begins to obsess the whole imperial capital.
The Enchantress of Florence is published by Jonathan Cape.
Created by David Rosenberg, a founder member of Shunt, Contains Violence takes place in an office block across the square from the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith. The audience, seated on the theatre's roof terrace, are provided with binoculars and headphones to immerse themselves in the stories taking place in the windows opposite. The story that unfolds concerns a female in one office and a man in another office on a different floor. They appear to be having a relationship, but we are not sure. It seems likely that a violent act will be committed before the drama is played out.
Contains Violence is at The Lyric Hammersmith in London until April 26.
Kit Davis has watched the 1983 film The Big Chill every year since it came out and she explains what it means to her. The film is an ensemble movie, directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, ,Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly and JoBeth Williams.
The Big Chill is available on dvd.
The Gagosian Gallery in London presents an exhibition of new paintings by the leading British painter Howard Hodgkin. It is the artist’s first show of new work in London since 1999.
Howard Hodgkin is at The Gagosian Gallery in London until 23 May 2008.
The Gagosian Gallery, 6-24 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JD
Gallery opening hours: Mon – Sat: 10:00am– 6:00pm