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Last Updated: Friday, 24 March 2006, 17:55 GMT
Newsnight Review 24 March, 2006
Presented by Kirsty Wark

With guests:
Richard Eyre
Julie Myerson
Charles Saumarez Smith
Hari Kunzru
Julie Myerson
Charles Saumarez Smith
Hari Kunzru

This week

  • TRANSAMERICA
  • MICHELANGELO DRAWINGS: CLOSER TO THE MASTER
  • SAMUEL BECKETT CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
  • ROMANCE AND CIGARETTES


    Transamerica

    Publicity image from Transamerica
    Bree Osbourne (Felicity Huffman) is a week away from gender reassignment surgery to complete her transformation into a woman when she is contacted by a teenage delinquent called Toby (Kevin Zegers).

    Toby claims Bree is his father and so, on her therapist's instructions, Bree makes her way across America to meet him.

    After she adopts a false identity to bail the boy out of jail, the two end up driving back across the country together. Bree is desperate to leave behind all associations with her male past and struggles not to get attached to the troubled teen as the full horror of his upbringing is revealed.

    Felicity Huffman, best known as Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives, has received a slew of awards for this role, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.

    Publicity images from Transamerica

    The film was made before Desperate Housewives hit the headlines, with writer and director Duncan Tucker spotting Huffman in an Off Broadway play.

  • CERTIFICATE 15
  • TRANSAMERICA IS ON GENERAL RELEASE FROM 24 MARCH, 2006


    Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master
    The British Museum

    Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master is a collection of Michaelangelo's draft works and other drawings, offering an insight into the creative thinking of one of the greatest artists of all time.

    One of the Michaelangelo sketches on exhibit at the British Museum
    Michelangelo fulfilled the Renaissance ideal of universal artistic genius, excelling as a sculptor, painter and architect.

    The originality of his works in paint, marble or architectural design were all achieved through an exhaustive process of refinement on paper. From pen studies made when he was in his early 20s to the visionary Crucifixion scenes carried out six decades later shortly before his death, this exhibition reunites material not seen together since the posthumous dispersal of his studio in 1564.

    The idea is to offer an opportunity to gain an understanding of Michelangelo's remarkable artistic powers, and to witness the invention and development of some of his most celebrated works.

  • MICHELANGELO DRAWINGS: CLOSER TO THE MASTER IS ON AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM FROM 23 MARCH - 25 JUNE, 2006


    Samuel Beckett Centenary Celebrations

    Image from a previous Beckett production
    Samuel Beckett is one of the 20th century's great literary and dramatic giants, probably best known for his play Waiting for Godot.

    Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969, Beckett is the figure who, perhaps more than any other writer or intellectual in mid 20th century Europe, articulated the sense of a civilisation in crisis in the post-War era.

    He was born on 13 April, 1906, and to celebrate this centenary the Barbican in London, in partnership with the Gate Theatre Dublin, launches its Beckett Centenary Festival, simultaneously in London and Dublin.

    For six weeks both theatres will host Beckett events encompassing drama, prose, poetry, talks, film, visual arts and music.

    Image from a previous Beckett production
    To tie in with the centenary celebrations BBC Radio 3 broadcasts two of Beckett's dramas and related features. Meanwhile, the Museum of Reading launches a major biographical exhibition exploring the life and works of Beckett from 25 March to 25 June, 2006.

    Also out to mark the centenary is Beckett Remembering, Remembering Beckett. Edited by James and Elizabeth Knowlson, it features interviews with Beckett is his own words, and memories of those who knew him.

    Our critics will be discussing a double bill of short plays which opened at the Barbican this week, Rockaby and Ohio Impromptu.

  • THE BECKETT CENTENARY FESTIVAL IS AT THE BARBICAN FROM 21 MARCH TO 6 MAY, 2006


    Romance and Cigarettes

    Image from Romance and Cigarettes
    Ironworker Nick Murder (James Gandolfini) has a difficult choice to make when his wife (Susan Sarandon) finds out about his affair with flame haired, potty mouthed Sheffield lass, Tula (Kate Winslet).

    John Turturro, the writer and director, has described the Queens set film as a working class opera. At points of high emotion, characters burst into classic tunes such as Tom Jones' Delilah or Engelbert Humperdinck's A Man Without Love.

    Produced by the Coen Brothers, the film has a stellar cast. Beside the leads, Steve Buscemi, Christopher Walken and Mary-Louise Parker have significant parts and Elaine Stritch makes a memorable cameo as Murder's mother.

    Images from Romance and Cigarettes

  • CERTIFICATE 15
  • ROMANCE AND CIGARETTES IS ON GENERAL RELEASE FROM MARCH 24TH, 2006


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