Noah; Rachel Seiffert; Royal Opera House season launch; Phyllida Barlow
Arts news, interviews and reviews with John Wilson, including a review of Noah, author Rachel Seiffert, artist Phyllida Barlow and the launch of the new Royal Opera House season.
With John Wilson
Director Darren Aronofsky's latest film, Noah, is a contemporary take on the Hollywood biblical epic - starring Russell Crowe as the Old Testament patriarch who organises the construction of a vast ship, and Anthony Hopkins as his grandfather, Methuselah. However, Aronofsky's Noah is no saint, but a flawed husband and father. Briony Hanson, the British Council's Director of Film, reviews.
Rachel Seiffert's latest novel, The Walk Home, looks at sectarian tensions in Glasgow through the eyes of Stevie, a young worker on a building site, and - a generation back - Lindsey, his Irish mother who left her family to run her own life and Stevie's uncle Eric, who ran away for love. Rachel herself is half-German, and talks to John about family tensions.
Alex Beard discusses his first season launch in his role as Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House. Having spent six months in the role he discusses creative plans - which includes seven opera and ballet world premieres - and the challenges that lie ahead.
The sculptor Phyllida Barlow shows John Wilson her latest work, dock 2014, which has been commissioned for the Tate Britain's Duveen Galleries. The artwork is made up of seven different sculptures and is inspired by the Tate's location by the river Thames. Phyllida Barlow discusses creating vast sculptures from everyday materials and directing a team of expert riggers to install her work.
Produced by Ella-mai Robey.
Briony Hanson, the British Council's Director of Film, reviews Noah
Clusters of Light
Richard Lindsay creative director discusses his production, Clusters of Light in the UAE
The Walk Home
Rachel Seiffert discusses her latest novel The Walk Home and family tensions
The sculptor Phyllida Barlow shows John Wilson her latest work, dock 2014
Royal Opera House
Alex Beard discusses his first season launch as Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House, 2014-2015
The Walk Home
The Walk Home written by Rachel Seiffert is published by Virago on Thursday 3 April 2014.
Photo credit: Charlie Hopkinson
Role Contributor Presenter John Wilson Interviewed Guest Briony Hanson Interviewed Guest Rachel Seiffert Interviewed Guest Alex Beard Interviewed Guest Phyllida Barlow Producer Ella-mai Robey