11 December 2007
The Guests

Historian and critic Roy Foster; theatre director Rachel O'Riordan; film critic Donald Clarke.

The Film: I'm Not There

Directed by Todd Haynes, 'I'm Not There' is a movie based on the life of Bob Dylan. An ambitious project - given the subject matter. Certainly Haynes knew what he was up against and perhaps that's why he came at it sideways. For example, he cast six different actors to play Dylan at various stages of his life - big names like Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Richard Gere and notably Cate Blanchett - in an attempt to somehow capture the essence of the always elusive Bob. But as any Dylan fan will tell you, Dylan is a trickster and shapeshifter and trying to pin him down is not necessarily possible.

The Film: The Killing of John Lennon

Directed by Andrew Piddington, 'The Killing of John Lennon' stars newcomer Jonas Ball as Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon outside the Dakota Building in New York in December 1980. The film follows the killer's days and hours prior to the murder - making his preparations, hanging around outside Lennon's apartment building and generally getting more and more disturbed. We hear in Chapman's own words what motivated him: in particular his take on JD Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye' and his belief that Lennon was a phoney.

The Book: How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read

'How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read' by Professor Pierre Bayard was described by the New York Times as a "survivor's guide for the chattering classes". Professor Bayard argues that you don't necessarily have to have read a book in order to be able to talk about it. The book is already a bestseller in France, but no doubt there is a market for it everywhere - even in the birthplace of Wilde, Beckett and Joyce. 'How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read' is published in paperback by Granta.

The Production: I Can't Make It Alone

Now on at the Project Arts Centre, 'I Can't Make It Alone' is the latest production from the Dublin-based dance company Rex Levitates. Choreographed by their artistic director, Liz Roche, the piece is inspired by a Dusty Springfield recording from 1969 and features a cast of seven dancers from home and abroad, with music from composer David Turpin. 'I Can't Make It Alone' is at the Project until Saturday 15 December and is followed by a nationwide tour.

The Performance: Paddy Casey

We leave you with a homegrown singer-songwriter who needs little by way of introduction. On the back of his latest album, 'Addicted to Company Part 1', Paddy Casey is currently on a national tour. Tonight he performs for us 'Not Out to Get You'.

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