22 November 2011
The Guests

My guests tonight are poet Theo Dorgan, art critic Cristín Leach Hughes and columnist Brenda Power.

The Film: My Week With Marilyn

Directed by Simon Curtis, My Week With Marilyn takes us back to the summer of 1956 when a young toff called Colin Clark got a job with Laurence Olivier and, with no experience at all, ended up working on The Prince and the Showgirl - a movie which starred the hottest movie actress of the time - Marilyn Monroe. And so with Olivier clashing with Marilyn and her method, the 23-year-old Clark finds himself falling for Miss Monroe. Quite understandable that part but could it be that the great screen goddess is also falling for him? The movie stars Michelle Williams as Marilyn and Eddie Redmayne as Clark.

The Film: Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey

Lelia Doolan's award-winning documentary, Bernadette; Notes on a Political Journey, combines archive footage and a series of interviews to create a portrait of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey. It charts a very unique career in Irish politics from the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, through her election as the youngest ever woman to be elected to the House of Commons in 1969, through the Northern troubles to her current work in community development in her native Tyrone. Here, the very young Bernadette is at the front door of Downing Street and she's looking for answers.

The Exhibition: Modern Languages

Now on at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny, Modern Languages is an exhibition which gives the contemporary perspectives of five international artists and designers on the familiar traditions of Irish craft. Nao Matsunaga, Laura Mays, Deirdre Nelson, Ciara Phillips and Barbara Ridland have here re-interpreted the sometimes very familiar but often forgotten skills of Ireland's craft tradition. The exhibition is curated by Katy West.

The Novel: The Prague Cemetery

The Prague Cemetery, the new novel from Umberto Eco, tells the complicated story of Simone Simonini, half-Italian, half-French and brought up by a grandfather who hated the Jews and a father who hated the Jesuits. And so this young man, already under the influence of conspiracy theories, sets off around Europe indulging his love for food and his hatred of sex.

The Music: Gavin Friday

Tonight, music from singer, composer, actor and provocateur Gavin Friday. On the back of his critically acclaimed release Catholic, he plays the Olympia Theatre in Dublin next Tuesday. He should have been with live tonight but unfortunately he's been struck down by a bug. Instead, here's the video for Able, directed by the pioneering Kevin Godley.

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