14 October 2008
The Guests

Actress Kate O'Toole, playwright and crime novelist Declan Hughes and writer Brian Keenan.

The Film: Burn After Reading

'Burn After Reading' is a new comedy from the Coen brothers which takes its material from the espionage thriller genre. It has an all-star cast: John Malkovich stars as heavy drinking analyst Osborne Cox; Tilda Swinton play his wife, who is having an affair with a federal marshall played by George Clooney who is also involved with a fitness fanatic called Linda, played by Frances McDormand, who just happens to work out with Brad Pitt, in a gym in which a disc full of CIA secrets turns up.

The Film: Gomorrah

We are all well used to Mafia movies by now, but this new Italian film has been hailed as one of the most accurate and realistic ever to hit the big screen. Directed by Matteo Garrone and based on a bestselling book by Roberto Saviano about the mafia in Naples - the Camorra - it uses mostly non-professional actors to tell the stories of five people involved with the organisation. The book didn't go down too well on this programme last season, so it will be interesting how it fares as a movie.

The Book: The Other

Written by David Guterson, the best-selling author of 'Snow Falling on Cedars', 'The Other' is a novel of youth, idealism, adulthood and friendship and an examination of what it means to live a good life. It begins with an athletics event and a race where Neil Countryman meets John William Barry. They are from very different backgrounds but they are both 16 and they are brought together by a love of the outdoors that eventually takes them into wilderness. 'The Other' is published by Bloomsbury.

The Play: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

This new Corn Exchange production for the Dublin Theatre Festival is the Tennessee Williams' classic but with a difference. It uses the very particular conventions of Comedia Dell Arte and the whole thing has been shifted to Ireland, with frequent references to Ennis. As per the original, however, it's Big Daddy's birthday. He's dying, doesn't know it and his family are forming up to take over his enormous estate. His favourite son, Brick, is only interested in the bottle, however, and not even his wife - Maggie the Cat - can turn his head.

The Performance: Conway Savage

For the last 15 years Conway Savage has been a stalwart of that extraordinary line-up, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. But throughout that time he has also released his own solo albums. In Ireland at the moment on tour, he's at the Spirit Store, Dundalk tomorrow night and then moves on to Mullingar, Belfast and Manorhamilton on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tonight he performs for us 'Trail of Broken Hearts'.

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