10 September 2002
The Films: Once Upon a Time in the Midlands and The Importance of Being Earnest
For his third movie, 'Once Upon a Time in the Midlands', British director Shane Meadows has assembled a thoroughly dependable roster of stars. Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans, Kathy Burke, Shirley Henderson and Ricky Tomlinson all do their funny walks in what seems like a Nottingham Spaghetti Western with a touch of Shane - sort of. Meanwhile director Oliver Parker has taken his life, and the not inconsiderable ghost of Oscar Wilde, in his hands and written and directed a new version of 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. It stars Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Frances O'Connor and Judi Dench.

Lenny Abrahamson, Belinda McKeon and Colm O'Briain discuss 'Once Upon a Time in the Midlands'

On Stage: Lolita
Corn Exchange is a Dublin theatre company which is known for its commedia dell'arte style - a technique which employs masks, make-up and non-realistic acting to achieve, among other things, a bit of necessary distance from the matter in hand. Now, in partnership with the Peacock Theatre, they've taken on some very tricky subject matter indeed: Nabokov's 'Lolita'.

The panel discusses 'Lolita' at the Peacock

The Exhibition: John Noel Smith
The Dublin-born painter John Noel Smith went to school in Wexford, art college in Dún Laoghaire and has lived for the past 22 years in Berlin. Now he's coming home, returning to live in Ireland in his late forties and marking the fact with a Nissan Art Project mid-career retrospective at the RHA Gallery and a show of new work at the Green on Red, where he has exhibited since 1997.

The panel discusses the work of John Noel Smith

The Performance: The Camembert Quartet
The self-described anarcho-pop musical comedy act The Camembert Quartet have just released their debut album 'Music Is War'. It's a comprehensive lash at almost every inhabitant of the international music scene, from nu-metal to boybands and Hip-Hop.

Watch the performance

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