7 December 2010
The Guests

My guests tonight are arts journalists Mick Heaney and Edel Coffey and Sunday Business Post arts editor Nadine O'Regan.

The Film: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is an award-winning festive movie which isn't exactly classic seasonal fare. In this film, the real Santa has been buried in an underground cave in the far and distant north. When a mining operation uncovers Santa, we discover that he was buried there all those years ago for very good reason, and only young Pietari knows what's really going on.

The Play: Anything But Love

The Belltable Arts Centre re-opens in Limerick with Anything But Love. Directed by Joan Sheehy and written by Mary Coll, it's a story of family tension which surfaces when siblings are brought together by the impending death of their mother. Here Richie and Vincent have words.

The Film: Of Gods and Men

Directed by Xavier Beauvois, Of Gods and Men won the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Set in the mountains of North Africa, it's loosely based on a true story about eight Christian monks and the difficulties they face when a group of Croatian workers are killed by Islamic fundamentalists. The monks have lived peacefully in the area for years but now they have a stark choice to make - accept help from a corrupt military, pack up and leave, or face almost certain death.

The Book: Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails

 "The words of the philosophers are as driven sticks, their assembled proverbs as lasting as firmly driven nails," a verse from Ecclesiastes used for the title of the new Stinging Fly anthology Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails. It features 22 short stories by some writers you may know like Kevin Barry and Christine Dwyer-Hickey and some who will certainly be new to you. The book is edited by the writer Philip Ó Ceallaigh.

The Performance: Kevin Doherty

Telegraph is the latest CD of Kevin Doherty, former frontman of Four Men and a Dog. It is quite a production, with as much care taken with the artwork as with the words and music. Here with Love and Money - Kevin Doherty.

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