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2018 Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters, Costa Book Awards shortlist announced, Ben Uri Gallery and Museum

Daily arts programme, featuring a review of Japanese film Shoplifters, winner of the 2018 Palme d’Or at Cannes Festival Film, and the Costa Book Awards shortlist is announced.

We reveal this year's Costa Book Awards shortlists. Critics Alex Clark and Toby Lichtig discuss the books chosen in the five categories: novel, first novel, poetry, biography and children's fiction. Category winners will appear on the programme in January and Front Row will announce the overall prize-winner on 29 January 2019.

Documentary maker Sean McAllister reveals what has happened in the week after his film, Northern Soul, was shown on BBC Two. He explains what has happened with Steve Arnott's Beats Bus after his crowdfunding page surpasses its target.

Shoplifters, a warm-hearted Japanese film about a family of small-time crooks, won the top prize, the Palme d’Or, at this year’s Cannes Festival Film. As it is released into UK cinemas, cultural historian of Japan Dr Chris Harding gives his verdict on the film, its depiction of contemporary Tokyo and the controversy around its success.

The Ben Uri Gallery and Museum has seen eleven members of its international advisory panel, including Sir Nicholas Serota – Chair of the Arts Council - resign in protest over the sales of artworks from their collection. David Glasser, the Executive Chair of Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, discusses why he thinks selling works is the only way ensure the establishment’s future.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Ben Mitchell

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29 minutes

Costa Book Awards shortlist

Costa Book Awards


Pat Barker: The Silence of the Girls 
Sally Rooney: Normal People
Tom Rachman: The Italian Teacher
Donal Ryan: From A Low and Quiet Sea


Viv Albertine: To Throw Away Unopened
Bart van Es: The Cut Out Girl
Raynor Winn: The Salt Path
Benjamin Zephaniah: The Life and Times of Benjamin Zephaniah:
The Autobiography

Zaffar Kunial: Us
J.O. Morgan: Assurances
Richard Scott: Soho
Hannah Sullivan: Three Poems

First Novel:
Natalie Hart: Pieces of Me
Anne Youngson: Meet Me at the Museum
Stuart Turton: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Elisa Lodato: An Unremarkable Body

Children's Book:
David Almond: The Colour of the Sun
Candy Gourlay: Bone Talk
Matt Killeen: Orphan Monster Spy
Hilary McKay: The Skylarks War



Photo credit: Thunderbird Releasing

Shoplifters is on general release from Fri 23 Nov, cert 15

Main image: Shoplifters
Photo credit: As above

Ben Uri Gallery


  • Thu 22 Nov 2018 19:15



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