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Clint Eastwood's Sully, Robert Olen Butler, Roger Law

How Clint Eastwood's 35th film as a director fits into his career, writer Robert Olen Butler on his book Perfume River and Spitting Image puppet maker turned ceramicist Roger Law.

Clint Eastwood's latest film Sully tells the story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger who landed an airliner on New York's Hudson river in 2009. Critic Angie Errigo discusses how Eastwood's 35th film as a director fits into his remarkable career.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Robert Olen Butler discusses his latest book, Perfume River, which explores how the Vietnam war resonates down the generations.

Roger Law used to make the puppets for Spitting Image, the satirical TV show which poked fun at celebrities and politicians showing them with grotesque mouths and rheumy eyes. Now he makes porcelain vases and plates portraying Weedy Sea-Dragons and Long-nosed Poteroos. As his exhibition Transported opens at The Scottish Gallery, in Edinburgh, he explains why he's made the change.

Last month, the Culture Secretary announced that the British Army would establish a specialist cultural property protection unit. As the bill comes closer to becoming law, Lt Colonel Tim Purbrick, an art dealer and British army reservist who was a tank commander during the Desert Storm campaign, discusses how such a unit could work.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Clint Eastwood's Sully

    Duration: 05:54

  • Roger Law

    Duration: 08:41

  • Robert Olen Butler

    Duration: 08:04

  • Britih Armed Forces and Cultural Protection

    Duration: 04:47

Clint Eastwood's Sully

Clint Eastwood's Sully

Sully opens in UK cinemas on 02 December 2016, certificate 12A.

Images:

Main image above: Tom Hanks as Capt. Chesley SullenbergerĀ (centre) in Sully

Smaller picture to the left: Sully Director/Producer Clint Eastwood (left) with Tom Hanks on the film set.

Image credits: Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler

Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler is out now in hardback, paperback and ebook from No Exit Press.

Image: Robert Olen Butler

Image credit: Kelly Lee

Roger Law

Roger Law

Roger Law's exhibition, Transported, is at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh from 30 November 2016 - 23 December 2016.

Image: Roger Law

Image credit: Steve Pyke

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Interviewed Guest Angie Errigo
Interviewed Guest Robert Olen Butler
Interviewed Guest Roger Law

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