08 October 2002
The Film: Red Dragon
Thomas Harris began his writing career covering crime in the US and Mexico. His first novel, 'Black Sunday', was published in 1975. And then he came up with Dr Hannibal Lecter. The good doctor first appeared in 'Red Dragon' in 1981, moved centre-stage in 'The Silence of the Lambs' in 1988 and lost the run of himself completely in 'Hannibal' in 1999. And, of course, the films followed. 'Manhunter', an adaptation of 'Red Dragon' directed by Michael Mann was the first, followed by Jonathan Demme's film of 'The Silence of the Lambs' and Ridley Scott's 'Hannibal'. Now, with no more books to adapt, producer Dino de Laurentiis has returned to 'Red Dragon', still starring Anthony Hopkins as everybody's 'favourite' serial killer.

Susan McKay, Fiona O'Malley and Tony Ó Dálaigh discuss 'Red Dragon'

On Stage: Ariel and The Duchess of Malfi
Marina Carr was born in Dublin, raised in County Offaly and had her first play produced in 1989, 'Low in the Dark' at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin. Her new play 'Ariel' opened at the Abbey last Wednesday night, set like much of her work, in the Midlands and featuring an ambitious politician haunted by ghosts and dreaming of glory. Elsewhere, the Loose Canon Theatre Co is that rare thing: a genuine theatre company, a group of people who've been working together day in and day out for the past two years. Director Jason Byrne and actors Deirdre Roycroft, Kevin Hely, Bryan Burroughs and Karl Quinn have spent the past ten months rehearsing their production of 'The Duchess of Malfi' which opened last night as part of the ESB Dublin Fringe Festival.

The panel discusses 'Ariel'

The Exhibition: The Floating World
Gary Coyle is a graduate of NCAD and the Royal College of Art in London. His new show at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery is entitled 'The Floating World', a translation of the Japanese phrase Ukiyo-e which was used to describe Japanese block prints from the mid 17th to 19th Centuries, pictures of urban life, often erotic in nature. The phrase 'Ukiyo-e' literally means this "wretched world" or "this world of miseries" and originally referred to the ephemeral and illusory nature of our world.

The panel discusses 'The Floating World'

The Performance: Katell Keineg
Katell Keineg has been compared to Leonard Cohen, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake and Doris Day, which probably tells you more about rock journalists than it does about her music. She's been releasing her distinctive songs since the early Nineties on albums including 'O Seasons O Castles' and 'Jet'. Now she's got a new 4-track EP in the shops and she's on tour around the country.

Watch the performance

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