11 March 2003
The Film: Frida
She was practically unknown outside of Mexico until the mid-1980s, but the artist Frida Kahlo, who died at the age of 47 in 1954, is probably now the world's most coveted female painter. Her own image as well as the ones she created is everywhere, from mugs to mouse-mats, and her turbulent life engages as much attention as the work. As her stock began to rise in the 80's and 90's, Hollywood began to take an interest and at one stage both Madonna and Jennifer Lopez were scheduled to lead Frida Kahlo movies. But it was the Mexican actor Salma Hayek who won through in the end, producing and starring in 'Frida', directed by Julie Taymor and co-starring Alfred Molina and Geoffrey Rush.

Rachael Dowling, Noel Sheridan and Dearbhla Walsh discuss 'Frida'

The Film: The Life of David Gale
The new film from director Alan Parker, 'The Life of David Gale', picks up on a thread which has run through some of his movies - like 'Midnight Express' and 'Mississippi Burning' - combining thrills and suspense with a polemical point of view on political questions. The end results have caused a considerable amount of fuss, some people taking the view that the demands of entertainment simplify the complexities of the argument. Parker tells the story of a longtime campaigner (Kevin Spacey) against the death penalty, who finds himself on Death Row in Texas, convicted of the rape and murder of a colleague (Laura Linney) and trying to convince a reporter (Kate Winslet) of his innocence.

The Panel discusses 'The Life of David Gale'

The Book: The Memory Stones
Kate O'Riordan grew up in Bantry, worked in the travel business and won the Sunday Tribune/ Henessy 'Best Emerging Writer' award in 1991. Her first novel 'Involved' was published in 1995 and was shortlisted for the Dillon's First Fiction award. Since then, there has been 'The Boy in the Moon' and 'The Angel in the House'. Her fourth novel, 'The Memory Stones', is the story of what happens when Nell, a middle-aged Irishwoman living in some comfort in Paris, is forced back home to the West of Ireland to intervene in the life of her daughter Ali, the daughter she had when she herself was just 16.

The Panel discusses Kate O'Riordan's 'The Memory Stones'

The Show: Wordsong
Laura Gannon was born in 1972, studied in France, Belfast and at Goldsmith's College in London and moved from sculpture into film with pieces such as 'Underswim' at the Temple Bar Gallery in 2000. Her new show at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, 'Wordsong', includes four 16mm films on the theme of intimate relationships and the use of language, with soundtrack by the composer Ronan Coleman.

The Panel discusses Laura Gannon's 'Wordsong'

The Performance: Gearóid Mac Lochlainn
Gearóid Mac Lochlainn is one of the poets who will be appearing at Poetry Now, the international poetry festival in Dún Laoghaire running from Thursday 20 to Sunday, 23 March. He will be joined by, amongst others, Roger McGough, Dennis O'Driscoll, Frieda Hughes, Eamon Grennan, Michael Longley, Sharon Olds, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Michael Hoffman, Paul Muldoon and Hans Manus Enzenberger. His most recent book, 'Stream of Tongues/Sruth Teangacha', won the Michael Hartnett Award and from that collection, he give us 'Teanga Eile/Second Tongue'.

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