13 May 2003
The Film: The Actors
Dublin-born Conor McPherson's new film 'The Actors' had its premiere in Dublin last week. McPherson is best known as a playwright whose works include 'The Good Thief', 'St Nicholas' and 'The Weir', for which he won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1999 and which enjoyed successful runs in the West End, Broadway and beyond. He wrote the screenplay for 1997's 'I Went Down' and three years later wrote and directed 'Saltwater', an adaptation of his own play 'This Lime Tree Bower'. 'The Actors' is based on a story by Neil Jordan, and again McPherson writes and directs. It's a comedy about two oddball actors, the ageing, classically-trained O'Malley, played by Michael Caine, and his young friend Tom, played by Irish comic Dylan Moran.

Catherine Cullen, Thomas McLaughlin and Breffni O'Malley discuss 'The Actors'

The Film: Secretary
American director Steven Shainberg has worked largely on short films, commercials and rock videos. In 1992, he wrote and directed the 50-minute film 'The Prom', starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and J T Walsh, which won the Grand Prize at the Houston International Film Festival. His first feature-length film, was released in 1998 and well-received critically. Shainberg's new movie 'Secretary' is a kind of sado-masochistic romantic comedy. It's based on the short story 'Secretary' by Mary Gaitskill and written for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson. It won the Special Jury Prize for Originality at last year's Sundance Film Festival and one of its stars, Maggie Gyllenhaal, was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in it. It tells the story of Lee Holloway (Gyllenhaal), a young woman taking her first-ever job after her release from a mental institution. Her new boss is lawyer E Edward Grey, played by James Spader.

The Panel discusses 'Secretary'

The Exhibition: Undeveloped Memory
Kimio Tsuchiya is one of Japan's most eminent artists. He was born in 1955 and qualified as an architect, later moving to London where he studied sculpture at the Chelsea School of Art. Throughout the 1990s he won a string of major sculpture awards, among them the Grand Prize at the 14th Exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Sculpture in 1991. An exhibition of his work, 'Undeveloped Memory', is currently running in the Fifth gallery at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. The work employs a diversity of materials, including the ashes of a burnt house.

The Panel discusses Kimio Tsuchiya's 'Undeveloped Memory'

The Book: Laptop Dancing and the Nanny Goat Mambo
2002 was a year most Irish sports fans will never forget, and even unsporty types will remember the whole Roy Keane business. Right in the middle of the World Cup fiasco, and most of the other big Irish sports stories, was Irish Times' columnist and sportswriter, Tom Humphries. He has written a book about his experiences last year: 'Laptop Dancing and the Nanny Goat Mambo'. It's his latest in a series of books written over the past decade.

The Panel discusses 'Laptop Dancing and the Nanny Goat Mambo' by Tom Humphries

The Performance: The Murder Ballads
Following its success at the Kilkenny Arts Festival last August, 'The Murder Ballads' is back for three nights at the Project. It's devised and directed by Finola Cronin who worked for many years with the famous German choreographer, Pina Bausch. Cronin took Caryl Churchill's play 'The Lives of the Great Poisoners' as her starting point. It uses music and dance to take a humorous look at the sinister world of poisoners and murderers and includes songs by Nick Cave and Tom Waits. The cast are cabaret singer, Camille O'Sullivan, dancers Ríonach Ní Néill and Ester O'Brolcháin and musician Sam Jackson.

Watch the performance

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