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Andrew O'Hagan: Eddie Marsan: John Singer Sargent

Presented by Matthew Sweet. Author Andrew O'Hagan talks about his new novel The Illuminations and actor Eddie Marsan discusses his roles in the new film Still Life.

Andrew O'Hagan's new novel The Illuminations depicts a once famous photographer suffering from Alzheimers and her grandson who is a soldier in Afghanistan. He talks to Matthew Sweet about identity, capturing memories and the impact of war.

In the film Still Life Eddie Marsan plays a council worker who searches for the next of kin when someone is found dead and alone in a house. Eddie Marsan talks about creating this character and how much we know about a person's identity.
Still Life certificate 12A is showing at cinemas in key cities around the UK.

Critic Charlotte Mullins considers artists' obsession with capturing their image and that of their friends, as the National Portrait Gallery hosts a series of paintings by John Singer Sargent documenting his celebrity acquaintances.

Sargent: Portrait of Artists and Friends runs at the National Portrait Gallery in London from 12th Feb to 25th May curated by Richard Ormond the co-author of John Singer Sargent's catalogue raisonné.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Andrew O’Hagan

    Andrew O'Hagan talks to Matthew Sweet about his new novel The Illuminations

    Duration: 18:13

  • Eddie Marsan

    Eddie Marsan talks about creating his character, John May in new film, Still Life

    Duration: 11:44

  • John Singer Sargent

    Critic Charlotte Mullins considers the artists' obsession with capturing their image

    Duration: 12:26

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest Andrew O'Hagan
Interviewed Guest Eddie Marsan
Interviewed Guest Charlotte Mullins
Producer Craig Smith

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