26 March 2003
The Film: The Rules of Attraction
Beginning with 'Less Than Zero' in 1985, the novelist Bret Easton Ellis has produced a series of apparently satirical accounts of the generation known as 'X'. 'Less Than Zero' became a film in 1987, and 'American Psycho' was adapted for the cinema in 2000 with Christian Bale as the murderous yuppie Patrick Bateman. Easton Ellis likes to make connections between characters from his different books and Patrick's brother Sean turns up as one of the students at Camden College in 'The Rules of Attraction'. It is adapted for the screen by Roger Avary, co-writer of Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction'.

Karen Fricker, Charlie McCarthy and Thomas McLaughlin discuss 'The Rules of Attraction'

The Film: Personal Velocity
The daughter of playwright Arthur Miller and photographer Ingeborg Morath, Rebecca Miller began her career as a painter and sculptor at Yale before turning to acting. She began writing and directing in 1990 with 'Florence', a 30-minute film about an amnesiac featuring Marcia Gay Harden, and her first feature, 'Angela', the story of a little girl who thinks the devil causes her mother's emotional problems, won the Filmmaker's Trophy at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. Her new film is 'Personal Velocity', based on three of her own short stories and starring Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey and Fairuza Balk as her three heroines.

The Panel discusses 'Personal Velocity'

On Stage: Bright Colours Only
Pauline Goldsmith is an actor and writer from Belfast who has worked extensively in theatres throughout Scotland and recently appeared in Kenny Glenann's 'Gas Attack' for Channel 4 and Peter Mullan's film 'The Magdalene Sisters'. 'Bright Colours Only', the one-woman show, which she also scripted and directed, arrives at the Helix in Glasnevin by way of last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, having first seen the light of day in November 2001 at the Tramway Theatre in Glasgow. Goldsmith brings the wake tradition onstage, assembling the audience around an open coffin and plying them with tea, sandwiches and her own memories of death.

The Panel discusses Pauline Goldsmith's 'Bright Colours Only'

The Book: 101 Poems Against War
Artists and writers have been in the vanguard of the anti-war movement of the past few months, marching, writing and lending their often well-known names to the cause. And some of the response has taken the shape of poetry, for example Salt Publishing's '100 Poets Against War', which you can find online at, and Faber's '101 Poems Against War', an anthology ranging from Ancient Greece to the chemical warfare of the present day Gulf. It includes familiar names - Owen, Larkin, Brecht, Longley, Dickinson, Durcan and Heaney - as well as work by contemporary Vietnamese and Arabic poets.

The Panel discusses '101 Poems Against War'

The Performance: The Lynn Arriale Trio
After spending her childhood and teens studying classical music, New York pianist Lynne Arriale moved to jazz in her mid-20s, winning the International Great American Jazz competition in 1993. Together with bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Steve Davis, she has toured all over Europe, the US and Canada and the trio has recorded seven CDs. Their latest release, Inspiration, recently hit No 1 on the US radio jazz charts and was awarded the German Record Critics' Award. The Lynne Arriale Trio is just coming to the end of a Music Network tour and tonight they give us Lennon and McCartney's 'Blackbird'.

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