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Patti Cake$, Lord of the Flies, Nicole Krauss, James Ngcobo

Patti Cake$ reviewed, Nicole Krauss on new novel Forest Dark, James Ngcobo of Johannesburg's Market Theatre on The Suitcase, and is an all-female Lord of the Flies a good idea?

As news breaks of a new all-female film version of William Golding's classic Lord of the Flies, the novelist Joanne Harris and film critic Karen Krizanovich join Andrea Catherwood to discuss whether it's a good idea.

Patti Cake$ stars Danielle Macdonald as an unlikely rapper with talent but little opportunity. It's the first film for writer-director Geremy Jasper and won a warm reception at the Sundance Film Festival. Critic Mark Eccleston reviews.

The American writer Nicole Krauss' books include The History of Love, which became an international bestseller, and Great House - both were shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Ten years ago she was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. Now her first book for 7 years, Forest Dark, is published: a contemplation of identity and shaking off the stories we tell about ourselves. She talks about the novel's characters including 68-year-old former New York lawyer Epstein... and a novelist called Nicole.

The Market Theatre is bringing its award-winning production of The Suitcase from Johannesburg to Hull and the northeast. It's about a young couple who leave their village hoping for a better life in Durban. It doesn't work out and when the husband steals a suitcase - with no idea what's inside - life really unravels. It is, says director James Ngcobo, very different from the anti-apartheid, oppositional theatre that made the Market famous around the globe in the years of struggle.

Presenter: Andrea Catherwood
Producer: Sarah Johnson

Image: Jheri (played by Siddharth Dhananjay) and Patti Cake$ (played by Danielle Macdonald). Credit: Twentieth Century Fox.

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30 minutes


  • Lord of the Flies

    Duration: 07:43

  • Patti Cake$

    Duration: 05:01

  • Nicole Krauss

    Duration: 07:59

  • James Ngcobo

    Duration: 06:42

Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$ is on general release from 1 September 2017, certificate 15. 

Image:  Jheri (played by Siddharth Dhananjay)  and Patti Cake$ (played by Danielle Macdonald).  Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss
Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss is published by Bloomsbury and is out now.
Image:  Nicole Krauss.  Credit:  Goni Riskin

James Ngcobo

James Ngcobo

The Market Theatre Johannesburg production of The Suitcase is on at the Hull Truck Theatre, Hull until 9th September. 

Image:  James Ngcobo  Credit: Andrew Billington




Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Joanne Harris
Interviewed Guest Karen Krizanovich
Interviewed Guest Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest Nicole Krauss
Interviewed Guest James Ngcobo
Presenter Andrea Catherwood
Producer Sarah Johnson


  • Fri 1 Sep 2017 19:15



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