28 October 2008
The Guests

Columnist Roisin Ingle, Senator and broadcaster David Norris and arts journalist Sinéad Gleeson.

The Film: Ghost Town

Starring Ricky Gervais, 'Ghost Town' is a romantic comedy co-written by John Kamps and the movie's director, David Koepp, whose previous screenwriting credits include 'Jurassic Park', 'Spider-Man' and 'War of the Worlds'. Gervais plays a Manhattan dentist who dies for seven minutes during a medical procedure. When he wakes up - a tad confused - he realises he now has the power to see dead people - the dead people who didn't wake up. They're a demanding lot, too, with unfinished business in the land of the living. And they seem to think that the briefly deceased Manhattan dentist is the man to get things done.

The Film: Of Time and the City

Directed by Terrence Davies - perhaps best known for 'Distant Voices, Still Lives' - 'Of Time and the City' is something of a love letter to the city of Liverpool, now celebrating its place as European capital of culture. Davies himself guides us through his documentary - packed with archive footage and a soundtrack which mixes classical and pop. From grand civic monuments to grim council estates, Davies talks about a British genius for creating the dismal while celebrating Liverpudlian passion for football and comedy. And there are the odd moments of glamour, too. 'Of Time and the City' opens at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin on Friday and goes on a wider release at a later date.

The Book: Home

In her new novel, 'Home', Marilynne Robinson revisits the people and places featured in her novel of a few years ago, 'Gilead' - a book which won her the Pulitzer Prize. It brought us the figure of John Ames, a Kansas preacher who talked about life and belief in a letter to his six-year-old son. 'Home' centres on Ames' best friend, Boughton, and two of his children, Jack and Glory. And so in many ways it's a companion piece to 'Gilead', a novel with the same characters and which takes place in the same time frame. But the focus in this one is on Jack: gone for 20 years, the prodigal son now back home again and trying to make peace with his past. 'Home' is published by Virago.

The Exhibition: Recent Finds

Now on at the Gallery Of Photography in Dublin, 'Recent Finds' is an exhibition from Seán Lynch. Interested in the leftovers of stories, this show looks at a range of almost-forgotten historical subjects. One of them, 'Views of Dublin', is comprised of cut-out archival photographs and an accompanying publication in which Lynch traces a series of events during and after the making of the movie 'The Spy who Came in from the Cold'. It was back in 1965 that a replica of the Berlin Wall was constructed in Smithfield Market in Dublin and Liz Taylor and Richard Burton (the real ones) were installed in the Gresham Hotel for 10 weeks. 'Recent Finds' by Seán Lynch is at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar until 9 November.

The Performance: Colm Mac Con Iomaire

We leave you tonight with music from Frames man Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Having left college for a year to play with The Frames in 1990, 18 years later he is still there. But he has also found time to record a solo album, entitled 'The Hare's Corner'. Tonight he performs a track from it, 'Thou Shalt Not Carry Timber'.

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