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Last Updated: Friday, 31 March 2006, 16:16 GMT 17:16 UK
Newsnight Review 31 March, 2006
Presented by Kirsty Wark

With guests:
Michael Gove
Andrew Motion
Natasha Walter
Mark Kermode
Michael Gove
Andrew Motion
Natasha Walter
Mark kermode

This week
  • THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
  • THE STREET
  • DISTRICT AND CIRCLE
  • PIXAR AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM


    Poetry

    Seamus Heaney

    Watch an extended online version of Kirsty's interview with the Nobel-winning poet on the launch of his new collection.


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    The Squid and the Whale

    Set in Brooklyn in 1986, The Squid and the Whale is an insight into the inner workings of the Berkman family.

    Publicity image from The Squid and the Whale
    Bernard (Jeff Daniels), a once successful novelist, and his wife Joan (Laura Linney), an up-and-coming writer, have given up on their marriage.

    Their two sons Walt (Jesse Eisenberg), 16, and Frank (Owen Kline), 12, are relegated to a jumbled calendar of Mum or Dad nights and the confusing and conflicted feelings that arise.

    It's an intense coming of age for Walt and a tortuously premature one for Frank.

    The Squid and the Whale is written and directed by Noah Baumbach who says the film is not autobiographical, although his parents did divorce while he was growing up in Brooklyn.

    Publicity images from The Squid and the Whale

    The film has earned Baumbach the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and the Best Dramatic Directing Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

  • CERTIFICATE 15
  • THE SQUID AND THE WHALE IS ON GENERAL RELEASE FROM 7 APRIL, 2006


    The Street
    BBC ONE

    From the writer of Cracker, Hillsborough, Sunday and Liam, comes The Street, Jimmy McGovern's first series for BBC ONE in almost a decade.

    Publicity images from The Street

    Set in a working class neighbourhood in the North of England, each of the six episode concentrates on a different house in the street, with each story interlinked with one of the others.

    The cast includes Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent, Sue Johnston, and in the opening episode, Jane Horrocks playing Angela Quinn, a mother of three, whose 15 year marriage to builder Arthur (Daniel Ryan) is growing stale.

    Jimmy McGovern says: "Lives and loves from the backstreets are the stories I am trying to tell. Behind every door in every street there's a story.

    "There may be poverty, crime, drugs and violence, but there's also laughter and love. And that's what I'm doing: telling love stories."

    Publicity images from The Street

  • THE FIRST EPISODE OF THE STREET IS ON BBC ONE ON 13 APRIL AT 9PM


    Poetry
    District and Circle
    By Seamus Heaney

    Seamus Heaney was born in Northern Ireland. His first collection of poetry, Death of a Naturalist, was published in 1966 and has never been out of print.

    Seamus Heaney
    Seamus Heaney
    He has published poetry, criticisms and translations and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.

    District and Circle is his 12th collection of poems and his first new collection for five years.

    In the poems, Heaney addresses what he calls the age of anxiety in which we live, particularly in Anything Can Happen.

    "Anything can happen, the tallest towers
    Be overturned, those in high places daunted,
    Those overlooked, regarded."

    He says his favourite poem in the book is The Blackbird of Glanmore, a poem about the death of his brother, which he first wrote about in Death of a Naturalist.

    "And I think of one gone to him,
    A little stillness dancer -
    Haunter-son, lost brother -
    Cavorting through the yard,
    So glad to see me home."

    The collection also includes a number of prose poems and translations.

    On this week's Newsnight Review, Seamus Heaney talks to Kirsty about his inspiration for the new collection and how he feels about his career of more than 40 years and his nickname "Famous Seamus".

  • DISTRICT AND CIRCLE BY SEAMUS HEANEY IS PUBLISHED BY FABER


    Pixar: 20 Years of Animation
    Science Museum, London

    Image from the PIXAR exhibition being held at the Science Museum
    Pixar, the animation company which made Toy Story, The Incredibles, It's a Bug's Life and Finding Nemo is celebrating 20 years of filmmaking.

    To coincide with the anniversary, the Science Museum has a new exhibition which provides both an artistic and technological insight into the studio's most famous films.

    Hundreds of artworks, models and digital paintings from their studios, as well as specially commissioned works are on show.

    There are rough sketches, character sculptures, storyboards and an eight foot zoetrope, a cinema device that creates the optical illusion of static images in motion, which features characters from the Toy Story films.

    Artscape is an 11 minute film which uses digital technology to immerse viewers into various works from the exhibition.

    Images from the PIXAR exhibition being held at the Science Museum
    Pixar is known for creating animated films that have grown increasingly sophisticated over the years and this exhibition goes behind the scenes of some of their most popular movies.

    John Lasseter, from Pixar Animation Studios, says:

    "Our artists work in traditional media - hand drawings, painting, sculpture as well as the computer - to create our films. In our world the computer is a tool, the same as a pencil or a brush. Our artists create so much beautiful art for each film that most people never get to see, so we are grateful that they will now have an opportunity to experience this unique collection of work."

  • PIXAR: 20 YEARS OF ANIMATION IS AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM, LONDON FROM 1 APRIL UNTIL 10 JUNE, 2006


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