04 March 2003
The Film: Far From Heaven
Director Todd Haynes' first film, 'Poison', won him prizes at the Sundance, Berlin and Locarno festivals. He then teamed up with Julianne Moore for 'Safe', in which Moore plays a California housewife who finds that she is becoming allergic to the 20th Century. In 1998 came his third feature, 'Velvet Goldmine', a glam rock epic starring Ewan McGregor, Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Now he is collaborating with Julianne Moore again in 'Far from Heaven', a melodrama set in 1957 in Hartford, Connecticut and taking its cue from the 50's weepies by Douglas Sirk.

Alice Maher and Bob Quinn discuss 'Far From Heaven'

The Book: On the Natural History of Destruction
WG Sebald was born in Southern Germany in 1944. He studied German language and literature and in 1970 he moved to England and later became Professor of European Literature at the University of East Anglia. He died in a car accident in December 2001, not long after the English-language publication of his last book, 'Austerlitz'. For all the time he spent in England, Sebald wrote in German and since his death, some previously un-translated work has emerged: the long poem 'After Nature' and now 'On the Natural History of Destruction'. The core of the book is the lectures he delivered in Zurich in 1997 on the bombing of German cities in the Second World War and the silence about this destruction on the part of German writers.

The Panel discusses WG Sebald's 'On the Natural History of Destruction'

The Show: Photoworks and Films, 1986-2002
The African-American artist Lorna Simpson was born and raised in New York and studied photography there and in California, coming to prominence in the 1980's with her photographs of black women accompanied by fragments of text. Since then, as well as photographs, she has produced installations and sculpture and also made films, continuing to deal with questions of ethnic and sexual identity. The show of Lorna Simpson's work, which opened last week at IMMA, is her first solo exhibition in Ireland and includes a selection of her work from 1986 up to last year.

The Panel discusses Lorna Simpson's 'Photoworks and Films, 1986-2002'

The Programme: The Last Peasants
The producer and director Angus Macqueen has worked on many of the most striking documentaries made for British television over the past ten years, from 'The Death of Yugoslavia' to 'The People's Century' to 'The Second Russian Revolution'. For his new series, 'The Last Peasants', he has gone to the heart of Europe, the small village of Budesti in Northern Romania, to trace the connections between this world of watermills and horse-ploughs and the streets of London, Paris and Dublin: the harsh world of illegal immigration.

The Panel discusses Angus Macqueen's 'The Last Peasants'

The Performance: My Children, My Africa
Galloglass Theatre Company are currently touring South African playwright Athol Fugard's 'My Children, My Africa', the story of two youngsters trying to keep a relationship going in a racist society. The play, which features Bisi Adigun, the presenter of the multicultural TV show 'Mono', is in Kilkenny this week and will travel on to Waterford, Roscommon, Birr, Skibereen, Listowel, Charleville and Wexford, before ending with a week at The Mint in Dublin.

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