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Phyllida Barlow, Jonathan Freedland, The decline of foreign language films

Phyllida Barlow’s new exhibition, cul-de-sac opens at the Royal Academy, Jonathan Freedland on his new Sam Bourne thriller, and why are foreign language films in decline?

Award-winning journalist Jonathan Freedland talks about his alter ego, thriller writer Sam Bourne, and his new book To Kill The Truth. With the strap line “read it before it becomes fiction," this fast paced action thriller sees America taken to the brink of a new Civil War as academic and holocaust survivors are found dead, libraries destroyed and Black Live Matter protestors clash openly with slavery deniers. Jonathan Freedland talks to Kirsty about the inspiration behind the novel, the differences in writing fiction compared to journalism and the challenge to both when faced with a “post truth” world.

Roma won the BAFTA for Best Film and on Sunday may become the first foreign language film to win at the Oscars, but figures show foreign language films are in decline at the UK box office. Why are foreign films doing less well in cinemas than they were ten years ago? Kirsty is joined by Charles Gant from Screen International and Clare Binns from Picturehouse Cinemas.

Phyllida Barlow’s exhibition of entirely new work, entitled cul-de-sac, opens at the Royal Academy’s Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, and features monumental pieces made from industrial and construction materials. Phyllida tells Kirsty about the importance of scale and fakery in her work.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Hilary Dunn

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Phyllida Barlow

Phyllida Barlow

Phyllida Barlow's exhibition cul-de-sac is at the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, London from 23 February - 23 June 2019.

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Main image above: Installation view of Phyllida Barlow RA cul-de-sac, showing untitled: canvasracks; 2018-2019                                                                                                

Artwork: Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. © Phyllida Barlow

Image to the left: Portrait of Phyllida Barlow RA in her exhibition cul-de-sac , showing untitled: barrel; 2018–2019 (left) and untitled: shadowplatform; 2018–2019 (right)
Artwork: Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. © Phyllida Barlow

Both images' credits: © Royal Academy of Arts, London; Photography: David Parry

 

Jonathan Freedland

Jonathan Freedland

To Kill the Truth by Sam Bourne is published on 11 July 2019 in paperback. The hardback edition and the ebook and audiodownload formats of the book are available now.

Image: Jonathan Freedland

Image credit: Philippa Gedge

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