From 1905 until 1970, the Australian government forcibly removed half-and quarter-caste Aboriginal children from their families, in an attempt to completely absorb them into the white community and eventually, over a number of generations, see them disappear. These children, referred to as the Stolen Generations, were put into institutions where they were prepared for work as labourers or servants and three of them are the subject of 'Rabbit Proof Fence' - the new film from Philip Noyce.
Stephanie McBride, Thomas McLaughlin and Noel Sheridan discuss 'Rabbit Proof Fence'
The Book: The Dictionary of Film
Born and raised in London, David Thomson attended Dulwich College in the footsteps of PG Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler, and went on to teach film studies at Dartmouth College. In 1975, he moved to the US and published the first edition of his 'Biographical Dictionary of Film'. Now the third edition of his Dictionary is out. Updated, remastered and remixed with 300 brand new entries.
The panel discusses David Thomson's 'The New Biographical Dictionary of Film'
The Exhibitions: False Memory & Unknown Male Figure
Willie Doherty was born in Derry and since 1980, has been showing his photographs, slide-tape and video installations across Europe and the US. He has represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, been shortlisted for the Turner Prize and won the Glen Dimplex Award. Further confirmation of his reputation comes in 'False Memory', his current show at IMMA, a mid-career retrospective which is accompanied by an exhibition of new work at the Kerlin Gallery: 'Unknown Male Figure'.
The panel discusses 'False Memory' and 'Unknown Male Figure'
The Show: Autumn Dances
John Scott's company Irish Modern Dance Theatre makes a habit of importing choreographers. Its latest guest is John Jasperse of New York City. He contributes 'MIS/fit', one half of the double-bill 'Autumn Dances', which opened at Dublin's Project last Wednesday, alongside a piece by Scott himself entitled 'Left and Right'.
The panel discusses 'Autumn Dances'
The Performance: Freddie White
Freddie White was born in Cobh, began playing professionally when he was 17 and moved to London where he busked in the Underground. He co-founded Scullion in 1974, formed The Fake in the late Seventies and later toured the Freddie White Band. Currently resident in the US he has returned to Ireland to support the CD re-issue of his albums 'Live on Tour' and 'Do You Do', now re-mastered and titled 'Lost and Found'. Tonight he performs Irving Berlin's 'My Walking Stick'.