16 September 2003
The Film: Calendar Girls
Imagine the fallout if the good women of the ICA were to strip off and pose naked for a calendar. Well that's exactly what happened in Yorkshire when a brave bunch from the Women's Institute - the British equivalent of the ICA - did just that. It caught the public's imagination at the time, particularly because one of the women had just lost her husband to cancer and they were trying to raise money to assist the local hospital. 'Calendar Girls' is directed by Nigel Cole, whose first feature was 'Saving Grace', starring Brenda Blethyn. She's not in this film, but just about every other British actress is: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Penelope Wilton, Annette Crosbie, Celia Imrie - plus Ciaran Hinds and John Alderton.

Noel Sheridan, Catherine Ann Cullen and Fintan O'Toole discuss 'Calendar Girls'

The Exhibition: Superbia
Dublin's Ballymun is a place undergoing some change. After years of debate, many residents are moving out of the tower blocks and into new houses and the supervising body behind it all, Ballymun Regeneration Ltd, is also organising a wide range of community initiatives. One of these is the artistic programme, 'Breaking Ground', funded through the Government's 'Per Cent for Art' scheme. The exhibition 'Superbia' is a part of that. In a regular, 3-bedroom house, several artists have been invited to deal creatively with the family home, with some unexpected and spooky results.

The Panel discusses 'Superbia'

The Film: Spirited Away
'Spirited Away' is the latest feature from Japan's master animator, Hayao Miyazaki. It won the Golden Bear award at last year's Berlin Film Festival, an award it shared with the Paul Greengrass movie, 'Bloody Sunday', and it also took this year's Oscar for Best Animated Feature. As well as the prizes, it has become Japan's highest-grossing film ever, taking over €200m at the box office. It tells the tale of 10-year-old Chihiro, upset about moving home, who soon finds herself - through the looking glass, as it were - working in a psychedelic bathhouse populated by all sorts of grotesque gods.

The Panel discusses 'Spirited Away'

The Book: The Stealing Steps
Born in Yorkshire, John Arden has been a notable figure in British theatre since the Fifties. His plays include 'The Waters of Babylon' and 'Serjeant Musgrave's Dance', and he has for many years collaborated in writing plays with his wife, Margaretta D'Arcy. His first novel, 'Silence Among the Weapons' was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1982. His other novels include 'Books of Bale' and 'Cogs Tyrannic', which won the PEN 'Silver Pen' Award in 1992. His new book 'The Stealing Steps' is a collection of nine stories: tales of love, betrayal and approaching old age, set in various periods, from 14th-century England to present-day Ireland.

The Panel discusses John Arden's 'The Stealing Steps'

A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Tonight, we pay a small tribute to the late Johnny Cash, who died last Friday, with a look at his final video, a cover of the Nine-Inch Nails song, 'Hurt'. Directed by Mark Romanek and photographed by Jean-Yves Escoffier, it won the award for Best Cinematography at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

Watch the tribute to Johnny Cash

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