The English theatre director Sam Mendes made his feature film debut in 1999 with 'American Beauty'. It was a spectacular arrival in the movie world, winning Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director and placing Mendes at the top table in Hollywood. For that all-important second film he has chosen an adaptation of a graphic novel set in the American Midwest in the 1930s. It stars Tom Hanks as an Irish hitman alongside Paul Newman as his Irish boss and surrogate father.
Catherine Dunne, Thomas McLaughlin and Karim Rehmani-White discuss 'Road to Perdition'
The Book: Downhill Farm
Wesley Burrowes created 'The Riordans' in 1964, an RTÉ drama serial which ran for 15 years. 'The Riordans' then begat the mini-series 'Bracken' which in turn led to 'Glenroe', which first came onscreen in 1983 and ended in 2001. So although he has also written plays, film scripts and at least one musical, perhaps it's not surprising that in his new novel, 'Downhill Farm: The Final Episode', he should set the action in and around the last days of a top-rated and much-loved rural soap.
The panel discusses 'Downhill Farm:The Final Episode'
The Exhibition: Hughie O'Donoghue
Hughie O'Donoghue was born in Manchester in 1953, went to Goldsmiths' College in London and lived there until 1995 when he moved to Ireland. He has exhibited in Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and the United States and now in Sligo. He is presenting a show entitled 'Ten Years: Painting, Memory and the Human Form' at the Model Arts and Niland Gallery.
The panel discusses Hughie O'Donoghue's exhibition at the Model Arts and Niland Gallery
On Stage: Ladies and Gents
The Dublin Fringe Festival has begun and amongst its many theatrical offerings over the next fortnight is Semper Fi (Ireland)'s 'Ladies and Gents'. The play, created especially by the company and author Paul Walker, is a tale of political corruption, blackmail and hypocrisy in 1950's Ireland. There have of course been plays written on these themes before, but very few of them have been performed in such a venue: the public toilets on St Stephen's Green.
The panel discusses 'Ladies and Gents'
The Performance: The National Chamber Choir
Since last May, the National Chamber Choir has had a new conductor, Celso Antunes. He has quickly made his mark and their concerts together have been universally praised. Now, the Choir is setting out on a tour of Ireland, North and South. Tonight the Choir sings Brahms's 'Im Herbst'.