14 October 2003
The Film: Kill Bill: Volume 1
It has been six years since Quentin Tarantino's last movie, 'Jackie Brown'. His new movie, 'Kill Bill: Volume 1', opens on Friday with the second instalment next February. This one is as bloody as ever, a kind of movie mish-mash of Hong Kong martial arts, Japanese samurai movies and animé, with a big dose of spaghetti western thrown in. It stars Uma Thurman as a lone survivor whose entire wedding party, including her unborn child, are ambushed at the altar and left for dead. She's in a coma for four years but comes out of it and sets about getting revenge.

Amanda Coogan, Thomas McLaughlin and Fintan O'Toole discuss 'Kill Bill: Volume 1'

The Exhibition: Love Letters
The simple act of writing a letter was once an important part of daily life. And painting seemingly ordinary scenes of daily life is something Dutch artists did particularly well for many centuries. An important exhibition of Dutch 17th Century paintings has just opened in the National Gallery in Dublin. 'Love Letters - Dutch Genre Paintings in the Age of Vermeer' includes masterpieces by Vermeer, Metsu, ter Borch and de Hooch, drawn from the great museums of the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Britain and the US as well as from the Gallery's own collection.

The Panel discusses 'Love Letters' at the National Gallery

The Film: Song for a Raggy Boy
Irish director Aisling Walsh has worked extensively in British television, where her credits include 'The Governor', 'The Bill', 'Forgive and Forget' and the BAFTA award-winning 'Dr Finlay'. She directed her first feature, 'Joyriders', after leaving Britain's National Film and Television School in the late Eighties. Her most recent movie was last year's 'Sinners', about the Magdalene Laundries, which won a string of awards at this year's Shanghai Film Festival, including Best Director. Her new film is on similar ground. 'Song for a Raggy Boy' is based on part of Patrick Galvin's 'Raggy Boy Trilogy'. It tells the story of a lay teacher, William Franklin, played by Aidan Quinn, who arrives at St Jude's reformatory school on the eve of World War Two. Franklin, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War and a gifted teacher, makes an impression on the boys. He makes an altogether different impression, however, on the violent prefect, Brother John. . .

The Panel discusses 'Song for a Raggy Boy'

The Book: Movers and Shapers
'Movers and Shapers - Irish Art since 1960' is a new book from Vera Ryan, an art historian who has taught at the Crawford College in Cork for over 20 years. She interviews 12 significant figures within the Irish art world - mostly (though not all) non-artists but people who have had a significant impact on the Irish arts scene.

The Panel discusses Vera Ryan's 'Movers and Shapers'

The Performance: Die Drei Pintos
This year's Wexford Opera Festival kicks off on Thursday 19 October and, as always, it includes a mix of new productions of unfamiliar works, opera scenes, symphony concerts, recitals and a choral work. The opera rarities this year include the Festival opener, 'Die Drei Pintos', the composer Weber's only comedy. Begun in 1820, it was left largely unfinished at the time of his death six years later. It was continued, and completed, by fellow-composer Gustav Mahler almost 70 years after that. 'The View' caught up with some of the opera's performers recently during rehearsals.

Watch the rehearsal performance of 'Die Drei Pintos'

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