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Australian Art at the RA, Rory Kinnear

Samira Ahmed reviews an exhibition of Australian art at the Royal Academy, London, talks to actor Rory Kinnear about writing his debut play and reflects on the scientist as hero.

As the largest historical survey of Australian art ever to be displayed outside Australia opens at the Royal Academy of Art, Samira Ahmed talks to the exhibition's curator and to Edmund Capon, former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, whose television series The Art of Australia starts next month.

Actor Rory Kinnear, currently playing Iago to Adrian Lester's Othello at the National Theatre, discusses the challenges of writing his first play which has just opened at London's Bush Theatre.

Kit Davis assesses a landmark of American cinema, Michael Roemer's 1964 film Nothing But A Man. Reputedly Malcolm X's favourite movie, it was a pioneering production depicting the life of a black railroad worker in segregated 1960s Alabama. Although critically acclaimed, the film sunk into obscurity following a marketing campaign that tried to conceal the fact that the film was about African-Americans.

Roger Highfield and Eliane Glaser discuss the idea of the scientist as hero and curator of wonder as a new series presented by popular scientist Brian Cox starts on TV and a biopic of Stephen Hawking opens in cinemas.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Australian Art

    Samira Ahmed talks to the Australian Art exhibition curator at The RA and to Edmund Capon

    Duration: 14:57

  • Rory Kinnear

    Rory Kinnear, currently playing Iago discusses the challenges of writing his first play

    Duration: 08:28

  • Scientists

    Roger Highfield & Eliane Glaser discuss the idea of the scientist as a hero

    Duration: 11:54

  • Nothing But A Man

    Kit Davis assesses a landmark of American cinema, Michael Roemer's film Nothing But A Man

    Duration: 08:44

Rory Kinnear

The Herd, the debut play by Rory Kinnear, is at the Bush Theatre in London until 26th October.

Shakespeare's Othello, with Adrian Lester in the title role and Rory Kinnear as Iago, will be broadcast to cinemas worldwide as part of National Theatre Live on 26th September at 7pm BST.

Episode image by Johan Persson.

Australian Art

The exhibition Australia is on display at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 21st September until 8th December.

Science and Wonder

Professor Brian Cox introduces Britain's science heroes in Science Britannica, which starts on 18th September at 9pm on BBC Two.

Hawking
 is released in UK cinemas on 20th September, certificate PG.

Nothing But a Man

Nothing But a Man is re-released in selected cinemas from 27th September. Details of screenings can be found here.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Edmund Capon
Interviewed Guest Rory Kinnear
Interviewed Guest Kit Davis
Interviewed Guest Roger Highfield
Interviewed Guest Eliane Glaser

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