11 May 2004
The Film: Shattered Glass
In 1998, 'Vanity Fair' published an article which blew a hole in America's political and current affairs journalism. The piece, entitled 'Shattered Glass', was an exposé of extremely inventive reporting on the part of one Stephen Glass, a highly-regarded writer with the influential, Washington-based magazine, 'The New Republic'. How he got found out is now the subject of a movie, also called 'Shattered Glass', from first-time director Billy Ray. Hayden Christensen plays Stephen Glass. Also starring in the movie are Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria and Chloe Sevigny. Glass is thought to have made up all or part of 27 of the 41 articles he wrote for 'The New Republic'- particularly worrying when you consider that 'The New Republic' was known as the 'in-flight magazine of Air Force One'.

Gerry Godley, Christine Madden and Peter Murphy discuss 'Shattered Glass'

The Show: Very Heaven
After its long-running success with David Auburn's 'Proof', the Focus Theatre presents another transatlantic offering - this time it's 'Very Heaven' from Montreal playwright Ann Lambert. Directed by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh, it's the story of three sisters who reunite to scatter the ashes of their late mother - clearly, a recipe for a bumpy ride. Lambert is known for both radio and stage plays. Her first was 1986's 'The Wall', and other works include 'Self Offence', 'The Mary Project', co-written with Laura Mitchell, and the collection, 'Along Human Lines'.

The Panel discusses Ann Lambert's 'Very Heaven' at the Focus Theatre

The Exhibition: Jasmin Vardimon versus The Dance Machine
The London-based Israeli artist Guy Bar Amotz is known for his sculptural works, some of which have an interactive element. Named by Art Forum magazine as one of the artists to watch in 2004, he's had several major solo shows and group exhibitions around the world. His new installation in the Project, 'The Dance Machine', is one of an ongoing series of collaborations with his partner, the dancer and choreographer Jasmin Vardimon. It involves Vardimon dancing to the machine - in fact all visitors to the gallery are invited to do likewise - and while you're doing it, you create a unique pattern of sounds.

The Panel discusses 'Jasmin Vardimon versus The Dance Machine'

The Book: Dead I Well May Be
Adrian McKinty is from Carrickfergus. After studying politics at Oxford University, he began a legal career but that didn't work out so he went to live in Harlem in New York. His first novel, 'Dead I Well May Be', was published in the US last year and a screenplay based on it is currently being written-up by Steve Gaghan - he of the movie 'Traffic'. 'Dead I Well May Be' is about a Belfastman, who makes the same journey to Harlem that the author made - only this guy - Michael - ends up working for an Irish criminal gang. He then makes the really rather stupid mistake of having an affair with his boss' girlfriend.

The Panel discusses Adrian McKinty's 'Dead I Well May Be'

The Excerpt: Thierry De Mey's Rosas Danst Rosas
The International Dance Festival Ireland has been up and running around Dublin for a week now but as it continues until the 23 May, there's lots more to see. Still to come are shows from Dance Theatre of Ireland, Stephen Petronio Company, Sonia Sabri, Déja Donné, Jonathan Burrowes and Matteo Fargion and more - plus a whole range of special events. The Belgian choreographer, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and her dance company, Rosas, have already performed at this year's Festival but there's a Special Event this Thursday at the Samuel Beckett Theatre in Trinity College when de Keersmaeker herself will perform her solo show, 'Once', set to music by Joan Baez. Tied-in with this is a retrospective this weekend at the IFI by the great dance filmmaker, Thierry De Mey, a long-time collaborator of de Keersmaeker. We'll leave you tonight with a clip from his award-winning 1997 film, 'Rosas Danst Rosas'.

Watch the excerpt

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