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Mike Bartlett on Wild, Tale of Tales film review, Georgiana Houghton exhibition review, Suburra director Stefano Sollima

Kristy Lang talks to playwright Mike Bartlett about new play Wild. Plus Tale of Tales film review, Georgiana Houghton exhibition review and Suburra director Stefano Sollima.

The film Tale of Tales is a fantastical interweaving of fairytales, based on a collection of stories published by the 17th Century poet Gianbattista Basile. It stars Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, Vincent Cassel and John C Riley and is directed by Matteo Garrone, who previously made Gomorrah. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews.

Playwright Mike Bartlett, who won Olivier Awards for his plays King Charles III and Bull, discusses his new play Wild, based on an Edward Snowden-like character who faces the consequences of leaking thousands of classified documents about US operations at home and abroad.

Charlotte Mullins reviews the exhibition of drawings by 19th Century spiritualist Georgiana Houghton at the Courtauld Gallery in London. Layers of watercolours and gouache, painted, she believed, under the influence of a spirit, Houghton's work has long been neglected. Now her abstract works have been reexamined as precursors of the work of artists such as Kandinsky and Mondrian.

Suburra portrays a dark and rain-soaked Rome, where mafia families plot to turn the city's waterfront into the next Las Vegas. The scheme involves shady deals with politicians, the Vatican and warring organised crime gangs. Director Stefano Sollima explains why he is drawn to the underworld of Italy and why he thinks Italian film is enjoying a renaissance.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Elaine Lester.

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30 minutes


  • Tale of Tales film review

    Duration: 05:33

  • Mike Bartlett on Wild

    Duration: 09:18

  • Georgiana Houghton exhibition review

    Duration: 04:56

  • Suburra director Stefano Sollima

    Duration: 07:37

Tale of Tales film review

Tale of Tales film review

Tale of Tales, certificate 15, is in UK cinemas from 17 June 2016.

Image to the left : Bebe Cave (Violet - Right) and Guillaume Delauney (Ogre - Left)

Main image above: Stacy Martin as Young Dora in Tale of Tales

Images credit: Cameo Productions

Mike Bartlett on Wild

Mike Bartlett on Wild

Wild is at the Hampstead Theatre, London until 16 July 2016.

Image: Jack Farthing (Andrew) in Wild.

Image credit: Stephen Cummiskey

Georgiana Houghton exhibition review

Georgiana Houghton exhibition review

The Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings exhibition is at the Courtauld Gallery, London till 12 September 2016.

Image: The Portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ, by Georgiana Houghton, 8th December 1862, watercolour on paper.

Credit: Victorian Spiritualists' Union, Melbourne, Australia

Suburra director Steffano Sollima

Suburra director Steffano Sollima

Suburra opens in UK cinemas on 24 June 2016. Certificate 18.

Image: Suburra


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Interviewed Guest Mike Bartlett
Interviewed Guest Charlotte Mullins
Interviewed Guest Stefano Sollima
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Elaine Lester


  • Thu 16 Jun 2016 19:15



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