12 November 2002
The Film: Bowling for Columbine
The American journalist and filmmaker Michael Moore was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. He founded the alternative newspaper The Flint Voice when he was 22, produced, directed and wrote the Emmy Award-winning series TV Nation and in 1989 produced the highest grossing documentary of all time, 'Roger and Me'. Now he has made a new documentary, 'Bowling for Columbine', a journey to the heart of the US' gun culture, in an attempt to discover why the pursuit of happiness is so riddled with violence.

Ellen Cranitch, Karen Fricker and Gerry Gregg discuss 'Bowling for Columbine'

The Exhibition: Lifelines
Prison, for some people, is where their education begins, or maybe begins again after falling out of the school system. In Dublin, the City of Dublin VEC works with the Prison Service to provide six education units, one of them the Training Unit which is part of the Mountjoy complex. Amongst the range of subjects on offer is Visual Arts and this week prisoners' work spanning the past 16 years is being presented in a show entitled 'Lifelines'.

The panel discusses 'Lifelines'

The Play: The Buddhist of Castleknock
Originally from Dublin, Jim O'Hanlon works as a writer and director for television in Britain, where his credits include 'Bad Girls', 'Casualty' and 'Coronation Street'. Fishamble Theatre Company, led by Jim Culleton, has something of a reputation for producing new plays. Now these forces have come together to present O'Hanlon's 'The Buddhist of Castleknock', an account of one Christmas in the lives of Seán and Edie and their family.

The panel discusses 'The Buddhist of Castleknock'

The Book: A Love Supreme
John Coltrane's four-part suite 'A Love Supreme' is considered to be one of the most influential and enduring records ever made. Now the album is being duly celebrated by the publication of 'A Love Supreme: The Creation of John Coltrane's Classic Album' written by Ashley Kahn, who previously examined Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue'.

The panel discusses Ashley Kahn's 'A Love Supreme: The Creation of John Coltrane's Classic Album'

The Performance: The Simulacra Stories
For its latest production, Dance Theatre of Ireland has invited the Belgian-based choreographer Joanne Leighton to make a new piece for them and the result is 'The Simulacra Stories', currently on a nationwide tour. It combines words, music and dance in a show, which takes its inspiration from the work of the Swiss architect Bernard Tshumi.

Watch the performance

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