11 November 2003
The Film: The Matrix Revolutions
Earlier this year, the Wachowski brothers brought us the second instalment of their Matrix movies. That was 'The Matrix Reloaded', the highest-grossing R-rated movie in history. The new one, The Matrix Revolutions', is really the second part of that second movie - the two were conceived and made together. This one has the same kooky spirituality, the same Hong Kong choreography and special effects. The same faces are there, among them Hugo Weaving, Laurence Fishburne and Jada Pinkett Smith, and of course, leading the fight against the Machine Army, Carrie Anne Moss as Trinity and Keanu Reeves as Neo.

Gerry Godley, Stephanie McBride and Christine Madden discuss 'The Matrix Revolutions'

The Show: Olga
Laura Ruohonen is one of Finland's leading playwrights. Her works include 'Fish or Fowl', 'An Island Far From Here', 'Queen C' and 'Olga'. A Rough Magic production, this is 'Olga's Irish premiere and it's directed by Lynne Parker. It's not a translation, however, but an adaptation of the original by the Scottish playwright, Linda McClean. It was written as part of the 'Playwrights in Partnership' scheme which aimed to solve the problem of poor translations of foreign plays into English. It gets more complicated, however, because the current production is in the Glasgow dialect. The play tells the unusual love story of an independent old woman, the Olga of the title, and an opportunistic criminal half her age, Rundis, played by Rosaleen Linehan and Fergal McElherron respectively.

The Panel discusses 'Olga'

The Show: As a Matter of Fact
'As a Matter of Fact' is the title of a new work from Dance Theatre of Ireland, which opened last week at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire. Conceived, directed and choreographed by Robert Connor and Loretta Yurick, it's notionally about facts but really it offers a much broader look at human society. It does this using a combination of an international cast of dancers, large 3-D projections of verbal and other graphic imagery, specially developed for the work by the Swiss graphics outfit 'Tenteki' and with the original music written and performed live by composer Dara O'Brien.

The Panel discusses 'As a Matter of Fact'

The Book: Shooting Stars: Drugs, Hollywood and the Movies
The author Harry Shapiro has written biographies of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, and his 1989 history of drugs and music, 'Waiting for the Man', is considered by many to be a classic. Now he has turned his attention to the cinema. 'Shooting Stars: Drugs, Hollywood and the Movies' is the title of his new book. It's not another 'Hollywood Babylon' concentrating on the stars themselves and neither is it a conventional book of movie reviews. Instead, it uses the medium of film to give us a critique of the myths and prejudices we have about those who use drugs. It also shows how little those myths have changed in the hundred or so years of film's history.

The Panel discusses Harry Shapiro's 'Shooting Stars'

The Performance: Paul Burch
The singer and songwriter Paul Burch arrived in Dublin last weekend where he played the Olympia along with Laura Cantrell and the amazing Dr Ralph Stanley. Fortunately for us, Burch stayed in the country for a few other dates and he even made the trip out to RTÉ to play something just for us. His new album is on the Spit and Polish label. Called 'Fool For Love', it's a collection of 12 songs celebrating the joys, but also of course the horrors, of love. Tonight he performs 'Lovesick Blues Boy'.

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