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Ocean's 8, Football kit design, Tacita Dean on drawing, Classical pianist Alexis Ffrench on hip-hop

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Heist film Ocean's 8 reviewed, the design of football kit, classical pianist Alexis Ffrench on hip-hop and Tacita Dean on the art of drawing.

Ocean's 8 is the latest in the Ocean's heist movie franchise - but this time with an all-female gang starring Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett. Does the twist work? Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews.

As the World Cup kicks off the team strips are attracting as much attention as the scores: the new Nigeria home kit sold out minutes after its release. Simon Doonan, fashion commentator and soccer obsessive, talks about his favourite World Cup outfits and why some kits are such a hit.

Pianist and composer Alexis Ffrench, fresh from his performance at the Classical Brit Awards, tells John what he thinks the sphere of classical music could learn from the very different world of hip-hop.

A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists' Drawings is a new exhibition in Oxford that celebrates the power of drawing in the digital age. Curator Stephanie Straine considers the state of drawing today with artists Olivia Kemp and Tacita Dean, whose work includes drawing, painting, photography and film, and whose new exhibition, Landscape, at the Royal Academy in London features monumental blackboard drawings in chalk.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Harry Parker

(Main Image: (L-R) Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, Cate Blanchett as Lou in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' "Oceans 8", a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Credit: Barry Wetcher (c) 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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30 minutes


  • Ocean's 8

    Duration: 05:30

  • Simon Doonan

    Duration: 05:02

  • Alexis Ffrench

    Duration: 06:51

  • Drawing Discussion

    Duration: 09:30

Ocean's 8

Ocean's 8

Ocean's 8 (certificate PG-13)  is in cinemas now.    
Image: Cate Blanchett as Lou and Rihanna as Nine Ball in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' "Oceans 8", a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Credit:  Barry Wetcher  © 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


Alexis Ffrench

Alexis Ffrench

Evolution by Alexis Ffrench is out in September 2018.  More information about Alexis can be found on his website.

Image:  Alexis Ffrench.  Credit to Dave Imms.

Drawing - Tacita Dean

Drawing - Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean – Landscape is on at the Royal Academy of Arts 19 May — 12 August 2018

Tacita Dean - Woman with a Red Hat, Edinburgh Fruitmarket Gallery 7 July – 30 September 2018 

Image: Tacita Dean working on The Montafon Letter, Los Angeles, 2017 Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio   Artwork: (c) Courtesy the artist; Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland; Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris.


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Interviewed Guest Simon Doonan
Interviewed Guest Alexis Ffrench
Interviewed Guest Stephanie Straine
Interviewed Guest Olivia Kemp
Interviewed Guest Tacita Dean
Producer Harry Parker




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