27 April 2004
The Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Frenchman Michel Gondry made his name as the director of outstanding commercials, and music videos for the likes of Bjork. His first feature film was 1992's 'Human Nature' but much bigger things are expected of his new one, 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'. It stars Jim Carrey as Joel, about to undergo a medical procedure to erase the memory of his ex, Clementine, played by Kate Winslet. But once the operation is underway, and fearing he'll lose her forever, he starts to remember the good times they spent together. The film is written by Gondry's former collaborator, Charlie Kaufman, the screenwriter of 'Adaptation' and 'Being John Malkovich'. No surprise then, that this one is also, literally, a bit of a mind game.

Roberta Gray, Declan McGonagle and Karim Rehmani-White discuss 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'

The Exhibition: Vectorial Elevations
If you live in Dublin and you've been looking up, you may have seen strange lights flying across the sky. They belong to what's billed as the world's largest online artwork, 'Vectorial Elevation', part of the Cultural Celebrations of Ireland's Presidency of the EU and the lead up to 'The Day of the Welcomes' for the new EU member states on 1 May. It's created by the Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and it has already won awards after its earlier outings in Mexico, Spain and France. There are 22 robotic searchlights placed on buildings along O'Connell Street. Log on to a website which contains a virtual model of downtown Dublin and by using the mouse, direct the lights and design your own light sculptures. There's a queue, but everyone eventually gets their 14 seconds of fame - with their own pattern of light high above the city, visible from 10 miles away.

The Panel discusses 'Vectorial Elevations'

The Play: The Real Thing
It's not that often we get the chance to see the work of the important, contemporary British playwrights on the Irish stage. To partly redress the balance, we had David Hare's 'Skylight' earlier in the series and now it's time for something by Tom Stoppard. His play 'The Real Thing' is now running at Andrews Lane Theatre in a new production by Gúna Nua Theatre Company. It's about a successful playwright, Henry, and his love affair with an actress, Annie, played by Chris McHallem and Morna Regan. Stoppard began writing plays and screenplays in the 1960s, the best-known of which include 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead', 'Jumpers', 'Travesties', 'Night and Day' and 'Arcadia' - and 'The Real Thing'.

The Panel discusses Gúna Nua's production of 'The Real Thing' at Andrews Lane Theatre

The Book: Dispatching Baudelaire
The writer Ken Bruen was born in Galway in 1951. He's now written 15 novels, among them 'Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice', the White Trilogy and the Jack Taylor stories 'The Killing of the Tinkers', 'The Magdalen Martyrs' and 'The Guards', the last of which is shortlisted for Best Novel in this year's Edgar Allan Poe Awards, results of which will be known on Thursday. He has two new novels, one of them another Jack Taylor mystery, 'The Dramatist', and his recently published 'Dispatching Baudelaire'. This one was written in the early 1990s and is set in post-Thatcher London. It's about a boring accountant, Mike Shaw. Bruen says he wanted to explore what happens when a safe character is seduced by the three usual suspects, money, power and greed, and so he introduces Shaw to sexy, rich and dangerous Laura.

The Panel discusses Ken Bruen's 'Dispatching Baudelaire'

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