Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
Saturday 25 October 2008
A biopic of the last weeks of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands; a sequel to The Witches of Eastwick; life and debt in Little Dorrit; controversial comedian Sarah Silverman and Byzantium riches at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Panel: Kit Davis - anthropologist
Bidisha - writer Peter Kemp – literary critic
The film Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland, with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. Directed by Steve McQueen the film stars Michael Fassbender in the lead role.
Hunger opens in cinemas on 31st October, certificate 15
Widows of Eastwick
More than three decades have passed since the events described in The Witches of Eastwick and the three divorcees - Alexandra, Jane and Sukie - have left town, remarried, and become widows. One summer, they decide to go back to Eastwick. The old Rhode Island seaside town where they once indulged in sensuous mischief still holds enchantment for the three, but it also holds memories, and there are those who remember them and wish them ill.
Widows of Eastwick by John Updike is published by Hamish Hamilton
A major drama series which tells a story for our times in Andrew Davies's adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale of love, debt and murder. We experience reversals of fortune and how characters cope with poverty and wealth as we follow the story of the Dorrit family's journey from rags to riches and back again.
Little Dorrit, BBC1 drama series begins Sunday 26th October at 8pm
Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic. A new DVD release of her show in which she entertains a Los Angeles audience with sketches and stand up performance on themes which include race, sex and religion. Her comic persona is that of a self-centred young woman, brash and clueless about her political incorrectness.
Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic is available on DVD from Warner music entertainment
The Royal Academy’s exhibition, Byzantium 330-1453, highlights the splendours of the Byzantine Empire. It comprises over 340 objects including icons, mosaics, ivories, enamels and gold and silver metalwork and follows the creation and development and influence of Byzantine art.
Byzantium: 330-1453 is at Royal Academy of Arts in London until 22nd March 2009
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