08 April 2003
The Film: Open Hearts
Cecile and Joachim, young and very much in love, decide to marry. Then Joachim is paralysed from the neck down in a car accident, the car that hits him being driven by Marie, whose doctor husband Niels works at the hospital where Joachim is taken. Joachim, his life in tatters, viciously rejects Cecile, who turns for comfort to Doctor Niels. However, 'Open Hearts', directed by Susanne Bier, isn't a week in the life of your favourite soap characters but the latest film to be certified by the Dogme collective, the bunch of film directors led by Lars von Trier. They make a virtue of austerity, shooting mostly on digital tape rather than film, using only available light at real locations and rejecting both special effects and specially composed soundtracks.

Sarah Durcan, Brian Finnegan and Roberta Gray discuss 'Open Hearts'

The Exhibition: Gary Hume at IMMA
Born in Kent, England, in 1962, Gary Hume is one of that generation of artists who became internationally known as 'YBA's or Young British Artists. Hume first came to attention when he was included in Damien Hirst's seminal 'Freeze' show in 1988. Back then, he was producing minimal paintings, based on anonymous, hospital swing doors and using the gloss finish more normally associated with your banisters and skirting boards. Nowadays, he's still using the gloss but for the most part on aluminium, often leaving patches of the original metal to shine through. Hume's first exhibition in Ireland opened at the Irish Museum of Modern Art last week.

The Panel discusses Gary Hume's exhibition at IMMA

The Book: Personality
Recently named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, Andrew O'Hagan was born in Glasgow in 1968 and reared on the West Coast of Scotland. In 1999, his first novel, 'Our Fathers', was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread First Novel Award. In 'Personality', O'Hagan's new book, he tells the story of Maria Tambini, a 13-year-old girl with a great voice who's growing up above a chip shop on the Scottish island of Bute when she's plucked to stardom by Hughie Green's talent show 'Opportunity Knocks'.

The Panel discusses Andrew O'Hagan's 'Personality'

The Show: Stuck
Inspired by the Beat Poets and set in Toronto, 'Stuck' by Canadian writer David Rubinoff, is currently running at the Focus Theatre in Dublin. It features Seán Power in a one-man performance as an out-of-work actor who feels he is trapped in a dead-end life. There might be only one guy on stage but he introduces us to a host of different characters, from drug-dealers to a couple of door-to-door Mormons and Alan Ginsberg. Power has played the part in Toronto, New York and during the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2001, where he was nominated for a Best Actor award.

The Panel discusses David Rubinoff's 'Stuck' at the Focus Theatre

The Performance: Chequerboard
John Lambert studied graphics at Dún Laoghaire College of Art and Design so perhaps it's not surprising that his debut album as Chequerboard, entitled 'Gothica', should be not just a CD but also a storybook. On Easter Sunday, Chequerboard will be playing Easter Soup, an electronica evening in the newly opened Village in Dublin. He'll also be playing support to Hamburg's Felix Kubin at the 4th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast next month. On this week's programme, he's going to play a track called 'Hammerhead' from the album.

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