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Matthew McConaughey; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Nathan Filer

Arts news with Mark Lawson, including Matthew McConaughey on his lead role in Dallas Buyers Club, Costa Prize-winner Nathan Filer, singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter.

With Mark Lawson.

Matthew McConaughey is Oscar nominated for his starring role in Dallas Buyers Club. He lost 47 lbs to play Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician who became an unlikely AIDS activist after being diagnosed with HIV in the mid-1980s. He discusses the physical endurance of the part and his recent career renaissance.

Nathan Filer, a registered mental health nurse, has won the Costa Book of the Year award with his debut novel The Shock of the Fall, a story about loss, guilt and mental illness. A surprise win, Filer beat the favourite Kate Atkinson with her novel Life after Life, and other award winning writers Lucy Hughes-Hallett for The Pike, an account of the life of Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunzio, and poet Michael Symmons Roberts for his collection Drysalter. Nathan Filer tells Mark about what the award will mean for his writing.

In the week that Rory Kinnear won twice at the Critics Circle for best actor and most promising playwright, David Edgar muses on the long tradition of the actor/writer, from Shakespeare to Pinter.

Grammy winning singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter discusses her new album Songs from the Movie, a re-working of 10 of her songs, recorded with a full orchestra and 15 voice choir. She reveals what inspires her new songs and the emotional pain of revisiting old material.

Producer: Ellie Bury.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Matthew McConaughey

    Duration: 11:10

  • Nathan Filer

    Duration: 05:27

  • Mary Chapin Carpenter

    Duration: 07:28

  • David Edgar

    Duration: 03:57

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey is Oscar nominated for his starring role in Dallas Buyers Club.  He talk to Mark Lawson about the challenges of making the film.

Nathan Filer

Nathan Filer, a former mental health nurse, has won the Costa Book of the Year award with his debut novel The Shock of the Fall, a story about loss, guilt and mental illness.

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter discusses her new album Songs from the Movie, a re-working of 10 of her songs, recorded with a full orchestra and 15 voice choir.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest Matthew McConaughey
Interviewed Guest Nathan Filer
Interviewed Guest David Edgar
Interviewed Guest Mary Chapin Carpenter
Producer Ellie Bury

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