12 September 2006
The Film: Little Miss Sunshine

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, 'Little Miss Sunshine' is a comedy almost certain to work. Take a dysfunctional family and send them on a road trip in an equally dysfunctional bus and you are virtually guaranteed a barrel of laughs - the best of them very uncomfortable indeed. Olive is a little girl who dreams of winning the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. Her family is right behind her - although with a family like this they couldn't be far enough behind her. Her dad - an expert on how to be a winner - is, ironically a complete loser; her teenage brother reads Nietzsche and has taken a vow of silence; her Grandfather snorts heroin in his room and her uncle has just tried to kill himself. As for mother, she's just trying to get through the day. So, before they even get on the minibus to California, there are quite a few issues to be dealt with.

Read the RTÉ.ie Entertainment review of 'Little Miss Sunshine' here.

The Book: Mothers and Sons by Colm Tóibín

It has been a busy few years for Wexford writer Colm Tóibín. In 2004, his novel 'The Master' was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; a year later it won the LA Times Book Award; and it also won the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His new book is a collection of short stories entitled 'Mothers and Sons'. We met at his Dublin home where we talked about his new book and about the impact of the IMPAC. 'Mothers and Sons' by Colm Tóibín is published by Picador and costs €18.

The Film: An Inconvenient Truth

Directed by Davis Guggenheim, 'An Inconvenient Truth' is a feature-length documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the world wake up and smell the coffee when it comes to global warming. Al Gore was, of course, the man who lost the US Presidential Election in 2000 despite getting the most votes so perhaps it's just as well he had an old cause to fall back on. The cameras follow Gore as he takes his message from city to city, trying to convince a country which, at the highest levels, refuses to even acknowledge that global warming is a fact.

Read the RTÉ.ie Entertainment review of 'An Inconvenient Truth' here.

The Event: Dublin Fringe Festival

First there were the flames at George's Dock but it was surely the human sheep on Stephen's Green at the weekend which signalled the start of the 2006 Dublin Fringe. Highlights include 'Teatro Delusio' - physical comedy from German company Familie Flöz in which stage technicians Bob, Bernd and Ivan bring over 30 characters to life at the Pavilion Theatre - and, of course, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre is back with 'The Flowerbed' at the O'Reilly Theatre. Productions from all over the world contribute to this years festival, including a sitcom from Norway with 'Duel: Sons of Liberty', nudity from France in 'Inexhib' and dance from Argentina in 'Dreamers'. The 2006 Dublin Fringe Festival runs until 24 September.

The Performance: Organics

Jazz organ trio Organics are Justin Carroll on Hammond organ, John Moriarty on guitar and Kevin Brady on drums. They will be playing a Music Network tour this Autumn - all details on - and their CD 'New Light' is in the shops now. They are joined by Richie Buckley on sax for 'Lion and the Wolf'. RTÉ is not responsible for the content of external websites.

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