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The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Economics of Publishing, Ravel's Bolero

Director Joe Talbot and star Jimmie Fails on their acclaimed new film The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Plus we discuss the economics of the publishing industry.

Following a Best Director win at Sundance, Joe Talbot discusses his film The Last Black Man in San Francisco, along with its star Jimmie Fails. Based on Jimmie Fail's own life, it's about his attempt to reclaim the house his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco.

At the busiest time in the publishing calendar with Frankfurt Book Fair just around the corner, agent Clare Alexander and Unbound publisher John Mitchinson discuss the economics of the publishing industry, from huge advances to the impact of Amazon.

Oxford Professor Alain Goriely thinks that the repetitive rhythm in Ravel's Bolero might have been influenced by the composer's early dementia. He talks to Kirsty ahead of his lecture at King's Place in London, in conjunction with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Timothy Prosser

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco opens in the UK on 25 October 2019, certificate 15.

Images: main image above: Jimmie Fails in The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Image to the left: Director Joe Talbot

Images credits: A24

Ravel's Bolero

Ravel's Bolero

Prof Alain Goriely gives a talkĀ on Mathematics and the Brain with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment playing a Bach cantata on 13 October 2019, at 1130 at King's Place, London; and at 5.30pm on the same day at the Oxford Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford.

Image: Prof Alain Goliery

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