Arts & Culture

Last updated: 2 november, 2009 - 12:51 GMT

Monday Strand

Your daily journey into global arts, culture and entertainment, with Harriett Gilbert.

Listen to Monday's programme: Jane Campion's Bright Star, Taipei Museum, Animal Farm.

Jane Campion's new film Bright Star

Bright Star.

Abbie Cornish in the Jane Campion film 'Bright Star'.


Back in 1990, Jane Campion's film An Angel at My Table won many awards including the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival; four years later, The Piano earned-her her first Oscar; and now she's tipped to be nominated for another Oscar with a film called Bright Star.

Taipei Museum

Taipei Museum.

An emperor in Buddhist Lama attire in a wintery setting from a painting at the exhibition. Photo by Cindy Sui.


Since Taiwan split from China at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, the two countries' relationship has been, to say the least, uncomfortable. But now, 60 years on, they've come-together to organise their first joint museum-exhibition.

Taipei Museum.

A porcelain teapot and drinking vessels from the exhibition. Photo by Cindy Sui.

Taipei Museum.

Warrior outfit from the exhibition. Photo by Cindy Sui.

Animal Farm
As part of the BBC World Service's 1989: Europe's Revolution coverage -- marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communist power in Europe -- here on the Strand we today-begin a serialisation of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Published in 1945, Orwell's satire captures, with bitter humour, what happens when a Communist revolution goes wrong. South African actor, John Kani, reads.

George Orwell.

The Strand begins a five part serialisation of George Orwell's Animal Farm.

Arts & Culture

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