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Christine and the Queens' Queer Icon; Spider-Man: Homecoming; Acting Guilty; Museum of the Year - 5th contender

Christine & the Queens chooses her queer icon, a new Spider-Man film is reviewed, Michael Simkins on acting guilty, and the last of the museums shortlisted for Museum of the Year.

For our series Queer Icons, Christine and the Queens chooses Jenet Genet's novel Our Lady of the Flowers, set in the Parisian underworld of thieves and drag queens, as her favourite LGBTQ artwork. Christine and the Queens is the stage name of Héloïse Letissier, the French singer-songwriter of the best-selling album Chaleur Humaine.

As the Spider-Man gets its third reboot in 15 years Jason Solomon reviews what Spider-Man: Homecoming brings to the franchise.

On Front Row Rachel Weisz remarked that in order to play the title role in My Cousin Rachel she had to decide whether or not she was guilty, but she told no one, not even the director. Michael Simkins has played a murderer, and a suspect who turned out not to be guilty. He also played Sion Jenkins, who was tried for the murder - and eventually found not guilty - of his foster-daughter Billy-jo Jenkins, in a docu-drama. Michael talks to Samira Ahmed about acting guilty - and not.

In our final look at the shortlisted institutions vying for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 prize, Front Row visited the Lapworth Museum of Geology in Birmingham which re-opened in June 2016 after a £2.7 million redevelopment and expansion. Since re-opening, the museum, which used to receive 20,000 visitors a year, has recently welcomed its 50,000th visitor.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Julian May.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Spider-man:Homecoming

    Duration: 06:29

  • Christine and the Queens' Queer Icon

    Duration: 05:38

  • Michael Simkins on acting guilty

    Duration: 08:20

  • Museum of the Year - 5th contender

    Duration: 06:45

Spider-man: Homecoming

Spider-man: Homecoming

Spider-man: Homecoming opens in UK cinemas on 05 July 2017, certificate 12A.

Image: Tom Holland as Spider-man

Image credit: Sony Pictures

Christine and the Queens' Queer Icon

Christine and the Queens' Queer Icon

Heloise Letissier is Christine and the Queens.

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Images:

Main image above: Christine and the Queens

Image credit: Jeff Hahn

Image to the right: Heloise Letissier

Acting Guilty

Acting Guilty

Michael Simkins is appearing in Dessert, a new play by Oliver Cotton at the Southwark Playhouse, London from 12 July - 05 August 2017.

 

Image: Michael Simkins

Museum of the Year- 5th contender

Museum of the Year- 5th contender

The Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham is one of the 5 finalists in the Art Fund's Museum of the Year 2017 awards.

The other finalists are: The National Heritage Centre for Racing and Sporting Arts, Newmarket

Tate Modern, London

Sir John Soane's Museum, London

The Hepworth Wakefield

Image: Lapworth Museum  of Geology

Image credit: Atkins/Art Fund

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Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Julian May
Interviewed Guest Christine and the Queens
Interviewed Guest Jason Solomon
Interviewed Guest Michael Simkins

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