22 October 2002
The Films: The Magdalene Sisters and Simone
Actor Peter Mullan's first feature, 'Orphans', won Best Film at the Venice Film Festival in 1999 and now he's repeated that success with his second, 'The Magdalene Sisters'. It's the story of three girls who are sent to a Magdalene home in the Irish countryside. As the man who wrote both 'Gattaca' and 'The Truman Show', Andrew Niccol is interested in the way show business likes to mess with reality and illusion. In his latest movie, 'Simone', starring Al Pacino, he's turned his attention to Hollywood studios and actors.

Charlie McCarthy, Patsy McGarry and Siobhán Parkinson discuss 'The Magdalene Sisters'

The Book: The Crimson Petal and the White
Michel Faber was born in Holland, grew up in Australia , where he studied Victorian literature and now lives in the Scottish Highlands. His first short story collection, 'Some Rain Must Fall', was published in 1998 and his Whitbread-shortlisted first novel, 'Under the Skin', was nominated for the Dublin Impac award earlier this year. Now he's produced a real blockbuster, an 835-page account of a prostitute called Sugar as she progresses through the streets and drawing-rooms of 1870's London.

The panel discusses Michel Faber's 'The Crimson Petal and the White'

The Exhibition: Herald or Press
Born in Dublin, photographer and video-maker Gerard Byrne has exhibited throughout Europe and the US. Earlier this year, he was the only Irish artist to be selected for Manifesta 4, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Frankfurt. His current show at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College is called 'Herald or Press' and is based on panel discussions, which were hosted by Playboy magazine in the late 60s and early 70s.

The panel discusses the exhibition 'Herald or Press'

The Performance: Eleanor Dawson plays Bach
The Festival of Baroque Music at the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo takes place this weekend. Performers include the renowned soprano Emma Kirkby, Malcolm Proud on the harpsichord and violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch as well as the group London Baroque. Joining us on the programme tonight to play the Sarabande from Bach's Partita in A minor for solo flute, here is one of the weekend's performers: Eleanor Dawson.

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