11 October 2011
The Guests

My guests tonight are producer Bill Hughes, Sunday Business Post arts editor Nadine O'Regan and Irish Independent film critic Paul Whitington.

The Film: Parked

Parked is the directorial debut feature from Darragh Byrne. It stars Colm Meaney as Fred Daly, an upright citizen back in Ireland but with nowhere to live but his car. And so, parked beside Dublin Bay, he soon becomes part of a trinity of outsiders - the others being a drug-addicted 21-year-old called Cathal and a Finnish piano teacher called Jules. Here Fred, trying to find his feet, comes face to face with the Department of Social Welfare.

The Book: The Fear Index

The Fear Index is the latest novel by Robert Harris. Dr Alex Hoffman, a former top scientist at CERN, working on the Particle Collider, is now heading up a Geneva-based hedge fund which, thanks to one of Dr Hoffman's algorithms, makes a fortune for a very select group of international billionaires. But when a book by Charles Darwin arrives in the post, marked at a passage about fear, things start to go very wrong inside Dr Hoffmann's very privileged head.

The Play: The Lulu House

Louise Brooks was an iconic star of the silent screen - best known for the 1929 classic Pandora's Box - the story of a beautiful young woman whose spirit and sensuality eventually brings about her downfall, a tale with resonances in the actress's real life. Now on at part of the Dublin Theatre Festival, The Lulu House is a Siren Production directed by Selina Cartmell and starring Camille O'Sullivan and Lorcan Cranitch. A site-specific promenade piece set in the James Joyce House at 15 Ushers Quay.

The Exhibition: Cut Ground by Sean Scully

Sean Scully is seen as perhaps the leading abstract painter of his generation. Now on at the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin, Cut Ground is an exhibition of eight new works, seven oil on linen and one pastel on paper.

The Performance: Eliza Carthy

Twice nominated for the Mercury prize, Eliza Carthy - daughter of folk legends Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson - is on tour on the back of her album Neptune. She's at Cleere's in Kilkenny this Sunday and on Monday at the Belfast Festival at Queen's, then at Whelans in Dublin this day week. Here she is with Hansel, Breadcrumbs, with Cian Boylan on piano.

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