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Ready Player One, Church Ministers for the Arts, Mental Institutions in Film, The York Realist

Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg's return to the sci-fi genre, is reviewed and Robert Hastie talks about The York Realist, a gay love story set in 1960s Yorkshire.

Steven Spielberg, director of films like The Post, The BFG and Bridge of Spies, returns to the science fiction genre with an action adventure set in a virtual-reality game world sometime in the future. Julia Hardy reviews the film and tells Samira whether it is a classic of the genre like Close Encounters of the Third Kind or Back to the Future.

The York Realist is a play set in 1963 when John, up from London and working as assistant director on a production of the York Mystery Plays, falls for local farm-worker, George, who is also a gifted actor and capable of a brilliant career - if he could bring himself to leave. Robert Hastie comes in to talk about the play which, after an acclaimed run in London, he is taking to Yorkshire where he is Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres.

The Church of England has just appointed a "Pioneer Minister of the Arts" who will look to use art as a way of reaching out to different communities. For centuries religion and art have had a close relationship, with many artists drawing inspiration from their faith - from religious composers to Renaissance paintings. To discuss exploring faith through art we speak to Reverend Betsy Blatchley, the new Pioneer Minister of the Arts and Reverend Peter Gardner, who has been the Church of Scotland's Pioneer Minister to the Arts Communities of Glasgow since 2016.

Steven Soderbergh's new film Unsane stars Clare Foy as a young woman involuntarily committed to a mental institution. But how are mental institutions and hospitals usually presented in films? Novelist and journalist Matt Thorne takes a look - from the German silent horror The Cabinet of Dr Caligari in 1920 to the supernatural slasher film Cult of Chucky released last year.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Kate Bullivant.

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30 minutes


  • Ready Player One

    Duration: 05:00

  • Robert Hastie

    Duration: 09:05

  • Arts Ministers

    Duration: 08:00

  • Asylums on Film

    Duration: 05:34

Ready Player One

Ready Player One
Tye Sheridan, Ralph Ineson and Susan Lynch
Photo credit: Jaap Buitendijk, Warner Bros
Ready Player One is on general release from 29 Mar, cert 12A
Main image: Tye Sheridan as Wade in Ready Player One
Photo credit: Jaap Buitendijk, Warner Bros

Robert Hastie

Robert Hastie
Ben Batt and Jonathan Bailey in The York Realist
Photo credit: Johan Persson

The York Realist is at the Crucible Lyceum Studio, Sheffield until 7 Apr

Arts ministers - Rev'd Peter Gardner

Arts ministers - Rev'd Peter Gardner
Rev'd Peter Gardner

Arts ministers - Rev'd Betsy Blatchley

Arts ministers - Rev'd Betsy Blatchley
Rev'd Betsy Blatchley


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Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Julia Hardy
Interviewed Guest Robert Hastie
Actor Betsy Blatchley
Actor Peter Gardner
Interviewed Guest Matt Thorne
Producer Kate Bullivant
Producer Dymphna Flynn




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