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Veronica Mars; Kickstarter; Vivienne Franzmann; Andres Neuman; Fake bands

Arts news, interviews and reviews, including Veronica Mars reviewed, the changing face of crowdfunding, and Vivienne Franzmann on her new play set in a prison. With Kirsty Lang.

With Kirsty Lang

Veronica Mars, the film spin-off of the noughties TV show, is the first major Hollywood film to be crowd-funded. Raising its entire budget through the Kickstarter platform, its success inspired other high profile stars including Spike Lee and Zach Braff to finance their passion projects through the site. Briony Hanson, Head of Film at the British Council, reviews the film and discusses the impact of Kickstarter on film financing.

To discuss the impact of Kickstarter - which marked another milestone last week as total pledges to the site surpassed $1 billion - CEO and co-founder Yancey Strickler discusses the future for the platform, and whether controversial pitches by celebrities are really contrary to the site's original ethos.

Vivienne Franzmann's first play, Mogadishu, explored the culture of a contemporary London secondary school. It drew on her background as a secondary school teacher and went on to win her the Bruntwood Prize - the UK's biggest national playwriting competition - in 2008. Franzmann is now a full-time playwright and as her third play, Pests, opens at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, she talks to Kirsty Lang about her writing life and being inspired by the women she came across as a resident prison playwright.

As Ricky Gervais prepares for his UK tour as David Brent and his backing band Foregone Conclusion, David Quantick looks at the history of the fake band from Spinal Tap to The Rutles.

Producer: Rebecca Armstrong.

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  • Veronica Mars

    Briony Hanson reviews the film and discusses the impact of Kickstarter on film financing

    Duration: 04:18

  • Kickstarter

    Yancey Strickler discusses the impact of Kickstarter and the future for the platform

    Duration: 04:55

  • Vivenne Franzmann

    Vivenne Franzmann talks about her writing life & having been a resident prison playwright

    Duration: 07:31

  • Andres Neuman

    Andres Neuman discusses his new book Talking to Ourselves

    Duration: 07:10

  • David Brent

    Lady Gypsy

  • Fake Bands

    David Quantick looks at the history of the fake band from Spinal Tap to The Rutles

    Duration: 03:52

  • Oscar Isaac

    Green Green Rocky Road

  • Stray Cats

    Runaway Boys

  • Dave Edmunds

    The Race Is On

  • Spinal Tap

    Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight

  • Bad News

    Bohemian Rhapsody

  • Mumford & Sons

    I Will Wait

  • Dudley Moore


  • The Rutles

    I Must Be in Love

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars starring Kristen Bell is released in UK cinemas on Friday 14 March 2014, certificate 12A.


Image Credit: Robert Voets

Vivienne Franzmann

Vivienne Franzmann

Pests by Vivienne Franzmann is on at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester from Wednesday 12 until Saturday 22 March 2014. It then transfers to the Royal Court Theatre, London from Thursday 27 March until Saturday 3 May 2014 and then onto further locations. For more information please visit Clean Break.


Image credit: Katherine Leedale

Andrés Neuman

Andrés Neuman

Talking to Ourselves written by Andrés Neuman is published by Pushkin Press.


Image credit: Magdalena Siedlecki.


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Briony Hanson
Interviewed Guest Yancey Strickler
Interviewed Guest Vivienne Franzmann
Interviewed Guest Andres Neuman
Producer Rebecca Armstrong


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