04 November 2003
The Film: In the Cut
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, the director Jane Campion graduated first in anthropology and later as a fine art painter before going to film school in Australia. She then made a string of acclaimed shorts, one of which, 'Peel', won her the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Her first full-length movie was 1989's 'Sweetie', followed by 'An Angel at My Table'. Her most famous film, 'The Piano', arrived in 1993 and won three Oscars including Best Original Screenplay for Campion herself. Since then, there has been 'Portrait of a Lady' and 'Holy Smoke'. Her new film 'In the Cut' is based on Susanna Moore's novel of the same name and tells the story of a writing professor called Frannie Avery, played by Meg Ryan. She spies on a sexual encounter in the back of a bar, only to discover later that the woman was murdered shortly afterwards. Frannie then begins an affair with the detective investigating the murder, Giovanni Malloy, played by Mark Ruffalo. But exactly what she wants from him is a bit of a mystery given that she suspects he may be the murderer.

Catherine Brophy, Amanda Coogan and Noel Sheridan discuss 'In the Cut'

The Book James X & Nothing To Say
20 years ago, the actor Gerard Mannix Flynn was walking by a church when a hand reached out and grabbed his foot. He recognised the figure on the ground as someone he'd known from his childhood days in an industrial school. "Tell them what was done to us", the man said. "Tell the truth." And this, according to Flynn, was the spur he needed to write his novel, 'Nothing to Say', which was published in 1983. It told the story of 11-year-old James O'Neill, a victim of abuse in an industrial school run by the Christian Brothers. 20 years later, he expanded the story with his play, 'James X', a mix of performance, theatre and documentary, in which the child from the novel takes the State to court. And now 'James X' has just been published along with a revised edition of 'Nothing to Say' and there's even an 'exstallation', as Flynn calls it, to go with them.

The Panel discusses Gerard Mannix Flynn's 'James X' and 'Nothing to Say'

The Film: Cypher
The director Vincenzo Natali originally wanted to be a comic book artist but decided on film instead after he had a what he calls "a religious experience" - watching 'Star Wars'. He made lots of short films before graduating at the age of 28 to his own first feature-length movie. That was 1997's 'Cube', a scary and highly inventive sci-fi thriller made on a shoestring. Now he's back with another in the same paranoid, futuristic vein. Written by Brian King, it's called 'Cypher' - the story of Morgan Sullivan, played by Jeremy Northam, an out-of-work executive who becomes a corporate spy. Of course, in this convoluted world nothing is what it seems.

The Panel discusses 'Cypher'

The Exhibition: Daedal(us)
The artist Esther Shalev-Gerz was born in Lithuania and grew up there and in Israel, before moving to Paris where she now lives. She has worked throughout Europe on art projects in public places - often in areas undergoing transformation. So appropriately, thanks to the Fire Station Artists' Studios and curator, Brigid Harte, she is in Dublin's North East Inner City for a new work, 'Daedal(us)' - an obvious reference to Joyce's 'Ulysses' and a series of giant night-time projections on the front walls of houses, shops and offices.

The Panel discusses Esther Shalev-Gerz's 'Daedal(us)'

The Performance: The Gabriele Mirabassi Trio
Just finished their Music Network Irish tour are the Gabriele Mirabassi Trio, an unusual jazz combo comprising clarinet, accordion and tuba. Their music covers the unlikeliest spectrum from Italian baroque through jazz, Brazilian folk and even the modernism of John Cage - and somehow it all works beautifully. Tonight they play a tune from their new CD, 'Latakia Blend', entitled 'Girotondo'.

Watch the performance

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