26 November 2002
The Film: 8 Women
François Ozon was born in Paris, went to film school there and in 1998 his first feature, 'Sitcom', was accepted for competition in the Cannes Festival. Since then, he has produced 'Criminal Lovers', 'Water Drops on Burning Rocks' and 'Under the Sand'. Now he has assembled eight of France's most renowned actresses, led by Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert and Fanny Ardant, put them in an isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France, thrown in some songs - and a murder.

Dennis O'Driscoll, Brenda Power and Karim Rehmani-White discuss '8 Women'

The Exhibition: flex & Monkey Drummer
The English video artist Chris Cunningham began work in the film business as a special effects model artist. In 1995, he began directing music videos, for friends and collaborators such as the Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Portishead and Bjork. Three years ago, Cunningham left the music world to dedicate time and energy to making his own video projects and now we have the opportunity to see two of the resulting pieces at the 5th @ the Guinness Storehouse Gallery in Dublin.

The panel discusses Chris Cunningham's 'flex' and 'Monkey Drummer'

The Book: The Inferno
Writer Ciaran Carson was born in Belfast and after graduating from Queen's University, he worked for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland until 1998. His collections of poetry include 'The Irish for No', winner of the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award; 'Belfast Confetti', which won the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Irish Literature Prize and 'First Language', winner of the T S Eliot Prize. His prose includes 'The Star Factory' and 'Fishing for Amber'. Now he has turned his attention to 'The Inferno', the first volume of Dante Aligheri's 14th Century 'Divine Comedy'. The is the first translation by an Irish poet of Dante's journey through hell.

The panel discusses Ciaran Carson's translation of 'The Inferno'

The Programme: Ireland's Own
If you drop into the newsagent, there amongst the lad rags and the gossiping glossies you will find a weekly magazine which has been publishing uplifting moral stories, corny jokes and sensible advice to readers for 100 years. The demise of 'Ireland's Own' has been predicted many times, but the Wexford-based magazine with a circulation of nearly 50,000 has been quietly refusing to die in the face of a supposedly changing Ireland. Earlier tonight on RTÉ in the 'True Lives' series, a documentary simply titled 'Ireland's Own' was broadcast.

The panel discusses the 'Ireland's Own' documentary and magazine

The Performance: James Yorkston
Born and raised in the Scottish village of Kingsbarns, James Yorkston followed a girlfriend out of the village to settle in Edinburgh at the age of 17. He began to write songs, inspired by his love of music by the likes of Madagascan guitarist D'Gary and folk singer Anne Briggs. His first album, 'Moving Up Country', released in June 2002, was very well received. The List called it the best debut record of the year and the NME thought it was electrifying. He is about to head out on a nationwide tour of Ireland.

Watch James Yorkston play live in studio

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