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Director Sally Potter, Composer Jimmy Webb, Anorexia on screen

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Sally Potter discusses her new film the Party; songwriter Jimmy Webb on his many hits including Wichita Lineman and Galveston; anorexia on film.

In Sally Potter's latest film, The Party, a group of friends meet to celebrate a promotion but their lives begin to unravel as shocking secrets are exposed. The writer-director speaks to John about the film which stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall and Emily Mortimer.

Writer and critic Hadley Freeman and the playwright and TV writer and actor Eva O'Connor discuss the challenges of depicting anorexia on screen. Eva's drama Overshadowed on BBC 3 has been widely praised for its portrayal of the illness, but why is it that programme makers so often get it wrong?

Jimmy Webb, the songwriter, composer and arranger, has written for some of the biggest names in the business, and wrote over 100 songs for Glen Campbell. The multi-Grammy-award-winning writer looks back over his own life and work - including his hit songs Galveston and Wichita Lineman - which feature in his new memoir The Cake and The Rain.

Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • Sally Potter

    Duration: 07:36

  • Anorexia on screen

    Duration: 08:34

  • Jimmy Webb

    Duration: 11:49

Sally Potter

Sally Potter
Kirstin Scott Thomas in Sally Potter's film The Party in selected cinemas from 13 Oct, cert 15
Main image: Sally Potter
Photo credit: Dominique Charriau
Getty Images

Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb
Jimmy Webb and John Wilson
Photo credit: Jerome Weatherald

Jimmy Webb's Memoir, The Cake and the Rain is available now

Anorexia on screen


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald
Interviewed Guest Sally Potter
Interviewed Guest Hadley Freeman
Interviewed Guest Eva O'Connor
Interviewed Guest Jimmy Webb




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