14 January 2003
The Film: 8 Mile
As Eminem, Marshall Mathers is probably the biggest popstar on the planet, having taken Black American rap over the tracks to a white audience while retaining credibility with its originators. Now, like Elvis before him, he has moved into the movies. In '8 Mile', he plays Jimmy 'Rabbit' Smith, a young would-be rapper with a dysfunctional mom. But this isn't a Colonel Tom Parker quickie: it's directed by Curtis Hanson, whose track record includes 'LA Confidential' and 'Wonder Boys' and includes bona fide stars such as Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy and Mekhi Phifer.

David Donohue, Belinda McKeon and Noel Sheridan discuss '8 Mile'

The Film: The Good Girl
'Friends' star Jennifer Aniston's films include 'She's the One', 'Picture Perfect', 'Til There Was You' and 'The Object of My Affection'. Now she has moved away somewhat from her usual relative cheeriness to take the lead role in Miguel Arteta's 'The Good Girl', playing a terminally bored Texas check-out cashier and wife to John C Reilly's permanently stoned house-painter.

The panel discusses 'The Good Girl'

The Book: Dancer
Colum McCann was born in Dublin in 1965, the son of Evening Press journalist Sean McCann. He followed in his father's footsteps and was named Young Journalist of the Year in 1990, the same year his first story 'Tresses' was published in The Sunday Tribune's New Irish Writing Page and won the Hennessy Literary Award. His first short story collection, 'Fishing the Sloe Black River', won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and other books include the novels 'Songdogs' and 'This Side of Brightness', which was nominated for an IMPAC Award. Now, in his new novel 'Dancer', he takes on the life of Rudolph Nureyev, who defected to the West in 1961.

The panel discusses Colum McCann's 'Dancer'

The Show: The Idea of North
The South, Southern Europe and South America, tends to get a much better press, at least in artistic circles, than the North. In the show 'The Idea of North', which he has curated at the Green on Red Gallery in Dublin, the Irish artist Mark Joyce has invited four colleagues from the North to exhibit. They are Americans David Deutsch and John Schabel, Mariele Neudecker from Germany and the Norwegian painter Olav Christopher Jenss.

The panel discusses 'The Idea of North'

The Performance: Tommy Halferty & Charlie Foyle
Born in Derry, guitarist Tommy Halferty began his musical career in the late 1970s by taking lessons with Louis Stewart. He has appeared with bands such as Jump and Nunn, led his own trio and played alongside figures like the great Czech double bass player, George Mraz, sax players Art Themen and Lee Konitz and violinist Stephane Grapelli. He is one of the founders of Khanda, the band that crosses musical borders between jazz, flamenco, Indian, Arabic and Irish traditional. Tonight, he's joined by Charlie Foyle on bass to give us 'Anda', a new composition for his other outfit, The Tommy Halferty Group.

Watch the performance

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