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Mervyn Morris, French cultural landscape, Monochrome films

Jamaica's first Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris; how the French cultural landscape could look following the presidential election; the lasting appeal of monochrome films.

Mervyn Morris is Jamaica's first Poet Laureate since the country gained independence in 1962. As his tenure draws to a close, the poet reflects on his time in the role, and discusses his new collection, Peelin Orange, which is drawn from his writing over 50 years.

With the deciding round of the French presidential election this Sunday, cultural commentators Agnès Poirier and Andrew Hussey discuss the likely impact of a Macron or Le Pen win on the arts in France and whether culture is a political card to be played.

With the release of a 'Black and Chrome' edition of the 2015 Oscar-winning movie Mad Max: Fury Road, BFI's Gaylene Gould considers film-makers' love affair with black & white.

The Ferryman by William Stott of Oldham is on display for the first time today at Tate Britain having been acquired for the public. John Wilson looks at the painting with the curator Alison Smith who explains that it marks a pivotal moment in this country's art, the embrace of naturalism and progress towards impressionism - British impressionism.

Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • French Elections & Culture

    Duration: 07:20

  • The Ferryman

    Duration: 05:08

  • Monochrome films

    Duration: 07:16

  • Mervyn Morris

    Duration: 07:59

Mervyn Morris

Mervyn Morris
Jamaica’s first Poet Laureate, Mervyn Morris
His new collection Peelin’ Orange is out now

Monochrome Films

Monochrome Films
Mad Max: Fury Road in Black and Chrome is on limited release in cinemas now & available on DVD & download on 15 May

The Ferryman by William Stott of Oldham

The Ferryman by William Stott of Oldham

William Stott of Oldham
The Ferryman (Le Passeur) 1881 
at the Tate Britain


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Mervyn Morris
Interviewed Guest Agnes Poirier
Interviewed Guest Andrew Hussey
Interviewed Guest Gaylene Gould
Interviewed Guest Alison Smith
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald


  • Fri 5 May 2017 19:15



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