Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
Saturday 5 July 2008
Helen Garner’s novel The Spare Room; Bone Kickers a new archaeological adventure on BBC One; Wyndham Lewis Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery; The Visitor and In my Name at the Trafalgar Studios in London.
Mark Ravenhill – playwright Kit Davis – anthropologist Gillian Slovo – writer
The Spare Room Helen Garner’s first novel for 15 years focuses on how far a lifelong friendship can be pushed. Nicola arrives at her friend’s home in Melbourne suffering from terminal cancer. Yet she refuses to give up hope and signs up for a series of painful and totally unproven treatments. Helen as the narrative has to stand and watch and yet be called upon to play nurse.
The Spare Room by Helen Garner is published by Canongate Books
A team of archaeologists turn detective when they look to the past to discover danger in the present. From the makers of Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars a new six-part tv serial hits BBC One starring Julie Graham, Hugh Bonneville, Adrian Lester and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Bonekickers starts on BBC One on Tuesday 10 July at 9pm
A new film written and directed by Tom McCarthy depicts how the life of an academic is turned upside down when a young immigrant couple end up squatting in his flat. Instead of turning them out onto the streets, Walter befriends the Syrian and Senegalese duo and starts taking drum lessons from Tarek. When the police arrest Tarek on the subway, Walter’s rights as a free citizen are examined.
The Visitor is at selected cinemas nationwide, certificate 15
In My Name
The first full length play by Steven Hevey is set very specifically on 7 July 2005. In a filthy studio flat in London Nick is trying to lead a normal very non-descript life, simply recovering from splitting up with his girlfriend. His new flatmate however sees things very differently as interracial and violent tensions break out.
In My Name by Steven Hevey runs at the Trafalgar Studios until 19 July
Wyndham Lewis Portraits – National Portrait Gallery
Regarded in the art world as one of the most controversial and influential figures in the early part of 20th Century, Wyndham Lewis’s portraits capture key figures from his life and represent a fascinating record of some of the great writers of his time. These include Edith Sitwell, James Joyce and famously T.S. Eliot.