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Matisse cut-outs at Tate; Locke, RSC's Henry IV; Fargo on TV

Tom Sutcliffe discusses Matisse cut-outs at Tate Modern, Tom Hardy in Locke, the RSC's Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Fargo the TV series and Jayne-Anne Phillips' new novel Quiet Dell.

In 1941, following a life-threatening illness, Matisse decided to change the way he made his art; from painting on canvas to creating cutout shapes of painted paper and arranging them to create brilliant vivid images - he described it as "painting with scissors". A new exhibition at Tate Modern in London brings together a collection of these works, many of which haven't been seen together since their creation more than 5 decades ago.

Locke is a film set entirely in a car driving down the motorway, no car chases just a bit of mild speeding, with just one actor, suffering personal crises and talking mostly about concrete. The film -and especially actor Tom Hardy's performance - has been getting rave reviews from many critics. Is it an indulgent creation for the delight of the film's director (Steven Knight) or will the Saturday Review panel be won over?

Since The Coen Brothers released their Oscar-winning film Fargo in 1996 there have been a few unsuccessful attempts to turn the darkly comic work into a TV series. And now it's happened. Based on the spirit of the film rather than recreating the characters or scenarios, it features the dysfunctional citizens of a small Minnesota settlement when a mysterious drifter comes to town with evil intentions...

The RSC's latest production in Stratford is Henry IV pts 1 and 2 as part of their staging of all Shakespeare's 40 plays. Directed by Gregory Doran and with a cast that includes Anthony Sher as Falstaff, this is one of Shakespeare's most dramatic history plays and the double-bill is a major undertaking; what will this new production bring to a much-loved work?

Jayne-Anne Phillips is an American author of historical fiction whose newest book is based on a real-life mass murderer in 1930s Illinois. It's the story of the capture and trial of a serial killer, which followed a series of brutal murders preying on lonely middle-aged single women whom he killed for their money. The story was later the basis of Charles Laughton's chilling film 'Night Of The Hunter'. Is "Quiet Dell" deathly dull or a killer read?

Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Dreda Say Mitchell, Emma Woolf and Kevin Jackson.

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45 minutes


Directed by Steven Knight, Locke is in cinemas from Friday 18 April 2014, certificate 15.


The television drama series Fargo, inspired by the Coen Brothers' film of the same name, starts on Channel 4 on 20 April 2014 at 9pm.

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is on display at Tate Modern in London until 7 September 2014.

Quiet Dell

Quiet Dell, by Jayne Anne Phillips is published on 24 April 2014 by Jonathan Cape.

Henry IV Parts I and II

Henry IV Part I and Henry IV Part II are at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon until 6 September 2014.

Henry IV Part I will also be broadcast live to cinemas on 14 May 2014, followed by Henry IV Part II on 18 June 2014.


Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest Dreda Say Mitchell
Interviewed Guest Emma Woolf
Interviewed Guest Kevin Jackson
Producer Philip Sellars


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