Spike Jonze made his new name as a video director for musicians like Sonic Youth, the Beastie Boys and Fat Boy Slim. With his first film 'Being John Malkovich' in 1999, he was nominated for a Best Director Oscar and earned huge critical acclaim. The screenplay for that movie was by Charlie Kaufman, who had been writing for TV sitcoms for ten years. Now they've banded together again for 'Adaptation', the story of a writer named Charlie Kaufman, played by Nicolas Cage, who has been commissioned to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief' by real-life New Yorker writer Susan Orlean, played by Meryl Streep.
Louis Lentin, Stephanie McBride and Susan McKay discuss 'Adaptation'
The Film: The Good Thief
Neil Jordan's fourteenth feature film is a heist movie, set in Nice and Monte Carlo, as a gang of low-lives led by gambler and junkie Bob Montagnet (Nick Nolte) plot to lift a clutch of priceless paintings from a casino. Nolte is surrounded by a cast of actors from France, North Africa and even Georgia.
The Panel discusses 'The Good Thief'
The Book: Another Kind of Life
Catherine Dunne was born in Dublin, her mother a Dubliner, her father from County Down. It's a combination with some relevance to her new novel 'Another Kind of Life'. It takes as its starting-point the fact that Catherine Dunne's own grandmother left Dublin in 1899 to marry a Belfast man 20 years her senior and builds a picture of the lives of five sisters in the two cities across 20 years.
The Panel discusses Catherine Dunne's 'Another Kind of Life'
The Show: Antigone
'Antigone' was written by the Greek actor and writer Sophocles in 442 BC, the story of what happens when King Creon of Thebes refuses to allow funeral or burial for the corpse of Polynices, the fallen leader of a failed rebellion. And if she's to bury him, Antigone, heroine of the title and sister of the dead man, must risk Creon's sentence of death by stoning. It has been produced in settings ranging from pre-historic times to Nazi Germany to the Middle East, which is where Conall Morrison has set his new version, which he also directs.
The Panel discusses 'Antigone'
The Show: Glass Hour
Born in 1967, Clare Langan studied Fine Art at NCAD and film at New York University, and worked in feature films during the 1990s as she simultaneously built a reputation in the art world. 'Glass Hour' is the third and most recent part of a trilogy of films, the others being 'Forty Below' and 'Too Dark for Night'. It's set in a deserted urban wasteland, shot on 16mm film, using hand-painted filters and lens attachments on the camera, so all the manipulation of the image is done when shooting, not in post-production. You can see all three films at Dublin's RHA Gallagher Gallery.