09 November 2004
The Film: Birth
'Birth' is a new dramatic mystery film starring Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall, and is set in New York's Upper East Side. It's directed by Jonathan Glazer, who leapt to prominence with his film 'Sexy Beast'. Kidman plays Anna, a young widow who is finally getting on with her new life, when she meets a 10-year-old boy who claims to be her re-incarnated husband. Suddenly she is questioning all her choices and decisions, to the concern of her fiancé, played by Danny Huston.

Katie Verling, Ivana Bacik and Harry Browne discuss 'Birth'

The Book: Four Quarters of Light: An Alaskan Journey
Brian Keenan's fascination with Alaska began when, as a small boy, he chose his first library book in a Belfast school. It was Jack London's 'The Call of the Wild' and it has stayed with him ever since. Last year, he travelled with his wife and two young children to the great wilderness of Alaska and travelled all over the land known as 'The Big Lonely', whose vastness has a magical appeal. He has now published a book 'Four Quarters of Light: an Alaskan Journey'.

The Panel discusses Brian Keenan's 'Four Quarters of Light: An Alaskan Journey

The Series: The Clinic
Back for a second series, 'The Clinic' is a four-part television drama based in a busy city general practice, and has been screened on RTÉ 1 over the last four weeks. It covers the usual mix of ethical problems; personal dilemmas and medical emergencies, as GPs Ed and Cathy, played by David Wilmot and Aisling O'Sullivan, muddle through their hectic day.

The Panel discusses 'The Clinic'

The Film: Hereafter
Two years ago, filmmaker Paddy Jolley was commissioned to make a film in the north Dublin suburb of Ballymun. Residents of the tower blocks there were being moved to new houses after many years in the sometimes notorious flats. He collaborated with German Artist Rebecca Trost and Norwegian artist Inger Lise Hansen, and their film focuses on the freshly departed flats, and the physical items left behind in them. The film's sound is based on recordings made in the buildings, which were later distilled and worked into 40 short atmospheric sound clips. The film is called 'Hereafter' and can be seen nightly at Meeting House Square, from 7-10pm until the 4 December.

The Panel discusses 'Hereafter'

The Performance: The Shanghai Percussion Ensemble
The Shanghai Percussion Ensemble was founded in 1998 and its members are graduates of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. They perform different styles of music, from Chinese traditional music to contemporary works, and appeared on the soundtrack of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'.

Watch the performance

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