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Last Updated: Friday, 3 March 2006, 18:14 GMT
Newsnight Review 3 March, 2006
Presented by Hardeep Singh Kohli

With guests:
David Aaronovitch
Rachel Campbell-Johnson
Mark Kermode
Ekow Eshun
David Aaronovitch
Rachel Campbell-Johnson
Mark Kermode
Ekow Eshun

This week

  • THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO
  • THE GOOD LIFE
  • RESURRECTION BLUES
  • TATE TRIENNIAL


    The Road to Guantanamo
    Directed by Michael Winterbottom

    The Road to Guantanamo is a feature-length factual drama, using first-hand interviews with the Tipton Three, the three British prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay.

    Directed by Michael Winterbottom, it won the Silver Bear for Direction for Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival.

    The Road To Guantanamo is the story of four friends, Ruhel (19 years old in autumn 2001), Asif (19), Shafiq (23) and Monir (22). They set off on a journey from Tipton in September, 2001.


    Two-and-a-half years later, three of them return. Their story is told through a mixture of interviews with the men, news archive and recreation of the events.

    Their journey took them from Tipton in the UK, to Karachi, Kandahar, Kabul and Konduz, where they were captured by the Northern Alliance, imprisoned in Sheberghan, then flown by the Americans to Kandahar.

    From there they were taken to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba where they were imprisoned in Camp X-Ray, then Camp Delta, for more than two years.


    The Americans accused them of being international terrorists and claimed they had footage of them with Osama Bin Laden and Mohammed Atta.

    They were released when they proved that one of them had been working at Curry's at the time and the other two were on parole in Tipton.

  • THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO IS ON CHANNEL 4 ON 9 MARCH AT 9PM
  • IT WILL BE ON LIMITED CINEMA RELEASE AND DVD FROM 10 MARCH


    The Good Life
    By Jay McInerney

    In the Good Life, Jay McInerney revisits some of the characters that populated Brightness Falls, 10 years ago.

    Author Jay McInerney
    Luke McGavock, having made more money than he can spend, has chosen to take a sabbatical in which he tries to recover the sense of purpose suddenly lacking in his life, and begins to question the lifestyle of his wife and the effect it's having on his teenage daughter.

    Meanwhile, Russell and Corrine Galloway have survived a separation and the difficult production of two children, who help bind them together.

    Russell is still in publishing, though in a diminished role, while Corrine casts about for a role she might play, other than mother.

    All of their lives are transformed by 9/11, in which both the McGavocks and the Calloways lose a friend. Luke and Corrine soon find themselves working together, volunteering to provide food and drink to workers at the devastated site.

    However, McInerney chose not to describe the events of the 11 September 2001, but the day before and the emotional aftermath.

    Jay McInerney is the author of seven previous novels, including Bright Lights, Big City, Ransom, Brightness Falls and Model Behaviour.

  • THE GOOD LIFE IS PUBLISHED BY BLOOMSBURY


    Resurrection Blues
    The Old Vic

    Resurrection Blues was the play Arthur Miller was working on before his death a year ago.

    The story is set in an unknown South American country, where a revolution is brewing. When the rebels' messiah-like leader is captured, an American pharmaceutical company offers the military dictator 75 million dollars to televise his execution - death by crucifixion.

    The play received a lukewarm reception in its first incarnations in the US in 2002 and 2004. Miller continued working on it. By the time of his death a play some 80 per cent different from the original version was ready for production.

    Before his death, Miller also approved two big decisions. Robert Altman, the veteran director of M*A*S*H, Gosford Park and other major films, was to stage it. And the renovated play would get its first production at The Old Vic, in the belief that London, which had staged several Miller premieres in the 1980s and 1990s, was more receptive to his work.


    This production marks Robert Altman's British directorial debut and the cast includes Matthew Modine, Neve Campbell and James Fox.

  • RESURRECTION BLUES IS AT THE OLD VIC, LONDON, UNTIL 22 APRIL


    Tate Triennial
    Tate Britain

    Every three years Tate Britain holds a Triennial exhibition which showcases contemporary British Art.

    Tate Triennial 2006 New British Art
    This year it's curated by Beatrix Ruf from the Kunsthalle in Zurich, and she's brought together 36 artists from across different generations.

    The exhibition includes a wide range of art from film, painting, photography and sculpture, to installation and performance.

    Many of the artists in the exhibition focus on the theme of appropriation - the idea of reusing existing cultural material. So for example, John Stezaker's Masks is a series of collages where postcards of landscapes obscure portraits of 1950's film stars. Michael Fullerton has created Gainsborough-inspired landscapes for his corner of the gallery and one artist, Jonathan Monk, has stuck pins into someone else's drawings.

    There will also be live performances - one-off events which combine music, dance, film, puppets or actors with invented and historical material.

  • TATE TRIENNIAL CONTINUES AT TATE BRITAIN, LONDON, UNTIL 14 MAY


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