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Newsnight Review 5 August, 2005
Kirsty Wark
On Newsnight Review this week Kirsty Wark is joined by guests Sarah Churchwell, Paul Morley and John Harris to review:

CRASH

HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON

SAD TO BE GAY

QUINTESSENTIAL NEWSNIGHT


Crash
Directed by Paul Haggis

Publicity images from Crash

Crash follows 36 hours in the lives of a multi-ethnic group of Los Angeles residents. Their lives are knitted together by a series of coincidences following a car crash. As the characters cross paths, personal disappointments and fears become indistinguishable from racial hatred. The lines between victim and aggressor are blurred and the audience's stereotypes are challenged and underlined in unexpected ways.

The strong ensemble cast features Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Thandie Newton, Terrence Howard and Ryan Phillipe with Chris "Ludacris" Bridges crossing over from rapping to acting.

Stills from Crash

Director Paul Haggis is chiefly known for his Oscar winning screenplay Million Dollar Baby. His previous directing experience is in television and Crash has already been picked up in the US for a television adaptation.

Crash opens nationwide on August 12th rated 15.


Henri Cartier-Bresson
The Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

The poster for the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition
Henri Cartier-Bresson was one of the 20th century's most influential photographers. We'll be discussing a major new exhibition of his work at the Dean Gallery in Edinburgh.

Cartier-Bresson worked all round the world, photographing historic events from the Spanish Civil War to King George VI's coronation to Gandhi's funeral as well as ordinary people, politicians, writers and artists.

His phrase, "the decisive moment" - the moment a photograph captures that reveals a sometimes surprising truth - has passed into the language.

The Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition is open between Saturday 6 August - 23 October 2005.


Sad to be Gay
BBC TWO

Reporter David Akinsanya in London's Soho
David Akinsanya says if a pill could make him heterosexual he'd pop it
Journalist David Akinsanya is unhappy with his life as a gay man. He has been out for twenty years but fears that being homosexual will not bring him the things he wants most from life - kids and a stable home life.

Through conversations with his friends he comes to feel his sexual preference is a result of his abusive past in a children's home and difficult relationship with his father. With this in mind he sets off to try and make himself straight.

His quest leads him to a Christian sexual reorientation centre in America - can they help?

Sad to be Gay is on BBC TWO at 9pm on Tuesday 9th August.


QUINTESSENTIAL NEWSNIGHT


We've been asking Newsnight viewers to take part in a survey of their cultural favourites, from albums, through films, books, works of art and finally theatre pieces. The results have been surprising.

Have Tolkien and Citizen Kane triumphed again? Will it be Radiohead over the Beatles? Or will it be none of these? And what do The Manic Street Preachers, Velasquez and Gabriel Garcia Marquez have in common?

One Newsnight viewer regards the Colt Thunderer, an 1877 firearm, as one of his top five works of art - what do the others think?

Kirsty's guests will be on hand to deliver their verdicts on the tastes of the Quintessential Newsnight Viewer.


Newsnight Review is broadcast after Newsnight every Friday at 11pm on BBC Two.


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