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Sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events

Sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events
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Sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events




Coco, Tim Pears, All's Well That Ends Well, Hauser and Wirth Somerset, The Bastard of Istanbul

Disney Pixar's latest release is their first with an all-Latin cast. Coco explores the Mexican tradition of The Day of The Dead and a young boy's coming to terms with his heritage The new novel from Tim Pears is the second in his proposed trilogy. The Wanderers is the story of two young people in pre-WW1 England and the horses that are part of their lives All's Well That Ends Well has opened at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at London's Globe Theatre Hauser and Wirth Somerset has opened a new...

Duration: 00:48:55

Rita, Sue and Bob Too; 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri; Lily Tuck; History In The Making; Britannia

The controversy surrounding London's Royal Court Theatre's staging of Andrea Dunbar's semi-autobiographical play Rita Sue and Bob Too led to it being postponed and then rapidly reinstated. Written in 1982 when she was 19, can it now be seen as a period piece? 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is a darkly comic film starring Frances McDormand, written produced and directed by Martin McDonagh Lily Tuck is a winner of The National Book Award in the USA. Her latest novel Sisters imagines a...

Duration: 00:46:56

Digital arts: Crown Heights, The Boat, Google Cultural Institute, The Miniaturists

A digital edition of Saturday Review presented by Antonia Quirke. Crown Heights is a new on-demand film based on an episode of NPR's This American Life, telling the true story of Trinidadian teenager Colin Warner's twenty year wrongful incarceration. The Miniaturists takes a long-running short play night and turns it into a podcast with five new short plays from up and coming British playwrights. The reviewers explore the world's greatest and strangest museums, galleries and monuments with...

Duration: 00:41:49


A review of the week's cultural highlights.

Duration: 00:50:23

Hamilton musical, Irish film Sanctuary, Louise Erdrich novel, BBC TV Christmas specials

The much-anticipated musical Hamilton has opened in London. It tells the story of Alexander Hamilton; one of the Founding Fathers of The United States with intentionally colour-conscious casting of non-white actors as the Founding Fathers. It has been a phenomenon on Broadway and across the US; how will it play with British audiences? Irish film Sanctuary has a cast made up almost exclusively of actors with learning difficulties. It lightly tells the story of a trip to the cinema where the...

Duration: 00:46:24

Crooked House, League of Gentlemen, Twilight Zone, From Life, The Odyssey

A review of the week's cultural highlights.

Duration: 00:55:35

Menashe, Parliament Square, Carmen Maria Machado, Winnie The Pooh, Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Menashe is a new film set in the Hasidic Jewish community in New York with almost the dialogue in Yiddish. It's a story about a hapless father trying to bond with his son and also conform to religious expectations Parliament Square is the 2017 Bruntwood Prize winning play at London's Bush Theatre about a woman on a mission Her Body and Other Parties is a collection of short stories by American author Carmen Maria Machado The story of the creative minds behind Winnie The Pooh - AA Milne and...

Duration: 00:48:01

A Christmas Carol, The Disaster Artist, An Unremarkable Body, Rose Wylie, Crown Court

A Christmas Carol is London's Old Vic Theatre's Christmas offering this year. It's a new version by Jack Thorne (who wrote Harry Potter and The Cursed Child) directed by Matthew Warchus and starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge The Disaster Artist is a tribute to one of the worst films ever - Tommy Wisseau's The Room. If the original was such a stinker, can a film about it be funny about the ineptitude or just cruel? Elisa Lodato's novel An Unremarkable Body tells the story of a...

Duration: 00:47:18

The Secret Theatre, Paul Theroux, Erte, Beach Rats, Joe Orton Laid Bare

A new play by Anders Lustgarten, The Secret Theatre opens at London's Sam Wannamker Playhouse and is about Sir Frances Walsingham- Queen Elizabeth I's spymaster Paul Theroux's latest novel Mother Land is comic work about a ghastly matriarch exerting a poisonous influence on her grown-up children 20th century designer Erte worked in fashion, jewellery, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theatre, and opera, and interior decor. An exhibition of his work at London's Grosvenor...

Duration: 00:47:37

Mudbound, Network, Javier Cercas, She's Got To Have It, North exhibition

Mudbound, is a searing look at prejudice set in the Jim Crow deep south of the United States shortly after WW2 Network is a new production at The National Theatre in London. It's an adaptation of the 1976 Oscar-winning film about a TV anchorman who announces that he's "mad as hell and not going to take it anymore" which appalls then delights and ultimately infuriates his network bosses. It stars Bryan "Breaking Bad" Cranston as the newsreader who wigs out. Javier Cercas's novel The...

Duration: 00:48:12

Glengarry Glen Ross, Marjorie Prime, Howards End, Richard Flanagan, Red Star Over Russia

Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross is revived at London's Playhouse Theatre, starring Christian Slater John Hamm and Geena Davis in Marjorie Prime - a film about love loss and avatars There's a new BBC TV adaptation of E M Forster's Howards End Richard Flanagan's novel First Person - his first since the Mann Booker winning The Narrow Road To The Deep North - draws on his own experience as a ghost writer. Red Star Over Russia is an exhibition at Tate Modern marking the 100th anniversary of the...

Duration: 00:47:53

Heather at the Bush Theatre; 78/52 film; Ali Smith's novel, Winter; Monochrome at the National Gallery; Babylon Berlin

Heather is a play at London's Bush Theatre about a reclusive children's author who becomes famous 78/52 is a star-studded 90 minute film analysing the infamous shower scene in Hitchcock's Psycho. In less than three minutes it has 78 set-ups and 52 edit cuts and is a transformatory moment of cinema. Ali Smith's second novel in her seasonal series is Winter; family ructions around a Christmas gathering looking back through previous gatherings Monochrome at The National Gallery in London is...

Duration: 00:46:19

Young Marx, Call Me by Your Name, Art since 9/11, Susie Boyt - Love & Fame, Alias Grace on Netflix

Young Marx is the opening production at Nicholas Hytner's newest venture; the brand new Bridge Theatre in London. It stars Rory Kinnear as a youthful version of the writer of Das Kapital Armie Hammer plays a visiting professor who is the object of a crush by a younger man in a new film Call me By Your Name. The exhibition Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 has just opened at The Imperial War Museum in London, showing works by an international array of artists created in the wake of the events...

Duration: 00:47:56

The Death of Stalin, Philip Pullman, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Albion, Gunpowder

Armando Iannucci's film The Death of Stalin is described as "A comedy of terrors" and "A comedy of hysteria". How funny can a film about the death of the man whose regime saw the murder of hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens actually be? There's a new trilogy of Philip Pullman books on the way; it's both the sequel and prequel to His Dark Materials. We're looking at Part 1 of The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage An exhibition of work by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov at Tate Modern in London...

Duration: 00:47:24

The Party, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, The Sparsholt Affair, Degas at the Fitzwilliam, The Gamble

Sally Potter's new film The Party is her funniest to date with an all-star cast telling a neat little tale of a disastrous dinner party Heisenberg:The Uncertainty Principle is a new play by Simon Stephens. relating physics with relationship advice The Sparsholt Affair is Alan Hollinghurst's new novel about a love affair set in Oxford during the Second World War Degas: A Passion for Perfection is at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum, with works by Degas himself and also looking at those who...

Duration: 00:46:58

Blade Runner 2049, Labour of Love, Eight Ghosts, Ghosts: A Cultural History, Timewasters, 140 Years of Recorded Sound

Blade Runner 2049; 35 years after the original cult film, Denis Villeneuve directs the sequel starring Ryan Gosling. How can anyone follow up such a classic? James Graham's comic play Labour of Love tells the story of The Labour Party over several elections in the same fictional constituency somewhere in the north Midlands. starring Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig Halloween may be a few weeks away but Saturday Review is getting in early with two books - Eight Ghosts, commissioned by...

Duration: 00:46:34


British film Daphne portrays the hectic life of a young woman in an overwhelming, contemporary London The National Theatre's touring production of Jane Eyre started in London, has been around the country and its back in the capital before heading off on tour again Multi award-winning American documentary maker Ken Burns has a new series. It's about the Vietnam war and has just begun on BBC4 Italian author Nicola Lagioia's novel Ferocity won that country's highest literary award, how well...

Duration: 00:47:32

On Body And Soul, Our Town, Jennifer Egan, Basquiat, The Deuce

This year's Golden Bear winning film On Body And Soul is a peculiar love story between two social misfits who work at a Hungarian abattoir A revival of Thornton Wilder's most-performed play Our Town at Manchester's Royal Exchange resets it to reflect the local audience Jennifer Egan's follow up to her multi prize-winning A Visit From The Goon Squad is Manhattan Beach. Set in the docks of New York during wartime, Egan has described it as "a fairly straightforward, noirish thriller". Will...

Duration: 00:48:06

Mother, Smile, Kathe Kollwitz, Prism, Title sequences

Writer / director Darren Aronofsky's Mother! is a horror film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. A young woman is single handedly restoring her husband's country home which has been destroyed by fire, when their seemingly tranquil life is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious couple played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris. Booker prize winning Irish writer Roddy Doyle frequently returns in his novels to a childhood in the 1960s and 1970s on a housing estate in north Dublin....

Duration: 00:47:07

Follies, The Golden House, Wind River, Tin Star, Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?

Stephen Sondheim's Follies starring Imelda Staunton and directed by Dominic Cooke is staged at the National's Olivier Theatre for the first time. The story concerns a reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre of the past performers of the "Weismann's Follies", a musical revue (based on the Ziegfeld Follies), that played in that theatre between the World Wars. Salman Rushdie's new novel The Golden House invokes literature, pop culture and cinema to spin the story of the American zeitgeist...

Duration: 00:48:20

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