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Director Danny Boyle has again teamed up with scriptwriter Alex Garland, author of The Beach and 28 Days Later for this sci-fi thriller.
Set 50 years into the future, the Sun is dying and mankind is facing extinction. Earth's last hope is the eight strong crew of Icarus II and they're flying a bomb the size of Manhattan to the Sun in the hope of reigniting it.
Deep into Space and out of radio contact with Earth, the crew pick up the distress signal from Icarus I, the ship which disappeared on the same mission seven years before in 2050. The crew find themselves fighting for their sanity and their lives when a tiny mistake throws their whole operation into jeopardy and it looks like Earth's future is doomed. And who or what is the mysterious presence that is haunting the ship?
Cillian Murphy - one of the stars of 28 Days Later - plays Capa, the physicist who built the bomb and the only person capable of operating it. Rose Byrne plays Cassie, the pilot of Icarus II; Michelle Yeoh is Corazon, the biologist; Chris Evans is Mace, the engineer; Hiroyuki Sanada is Kaneda, the mission's Captain and Troy Garity is Harvey, his number two in command. Cliff Curtis is Searle, the psychologist fascinated by the Sun's effect on body and mind and Benedict Wong plays Trey, the mathematician whose mistake sets off the catastrophic chain of events.
Boyle, Garland and the producer Andrew MacDonald wanted to present a believable space mission rather than a science fantasy but have they succeeded?
SUNSHINE IS ON GENERAL RELEASE FROM 5th APRIL.
On Chesil Beach
by Ian McEwan.
Ian McEwan's latest novel, On Chesil Beach, takes on a much smaller subject than the class clashes of Saturday, but no less universal.
It tells the story of the wedding night, and in flashback the courtship, of Edward and Florence, married in Oxford in July 1962. They travel to the Dorset coast for their honeymoon, where their anxieties about the consummation become apparent.
Both recently graduated from London universities, at the time when London had not started swinging, their pre-sexual revolution educations have compounded their neuroses. Edward has a propensity for street-fighting, while Florence finds expression in her music. Neither outlet is shared with the other. As the wedding night draws near they are isolated from each other by the things they can't or don't want to articulate.
McEwan has been accused in the past of assumption and even misogyny when writing about female sexuality. It may be here he is attempting a different portrayal. Will the panel be convinced by it?
ON CHESIL BEACH BY IAN McEWAN IS PUBLISHED BY CAPE ON APRIL 5TH
Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design
Surreal Things at the V&A explores how Surrealism evolved from its radical avant-garde beginnings to become one of the most influential movements of the century.
It is the first exhibition to examine the impact of Surrealism on architecture, design and the decorative arts. It traces the development of Surrealism from the creation of the first objects in the 1920s to its commercialisation after World War II, as the movement was absorbed into the worlds of fashion, commercial design, advertising and film despite the objections of some of the movements founders who saw any commercial work as untrue to the spirit of Surrealism.
Although it contains masterpiece paintings, including works by Magritte and Miró, it is emphatically about objects rather than art. From the sensuality of Dali's Mae West Lips sofa to Schiaparelli's disturbing Tear dress, Surrealism produced some of the most extraordinary objects ever created.
Through painstaking research the V&A has brought together over 300 works from public and private collections from around the world, giving an intriguing insight into Surrealism's journey from art movement to commercial phenomenon.
SURREAL THINGS: SURREALISM AND DESIGN AT THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON UNTIL 22 JULY 2007.
The Mark of Cain
Shane Gulliver (Matthew McNulty) and Mark "Treacle" Tate (Gerard Kearns) are lifelong friends and raw 18 year-old army recruits serving their first tour of duty in Basra, Iraq in 2003.
The platoon is on a peacekeeping mission but when two soldiers are killed on patrol by a bomb feelings begin to run high in the camp. Several local Iraqis are rounded up as suspects and orders from the Company's commanders are confusing. Goaded on by Corporal Gant (Shaun Dooley) and bullied by Lance Corporal Quealy (Leo Gregory) events spiral out of control. Back in the UK, pictures of the abused captives are all over the press and Shane and Mark face a court martial. But when instant moral judgements have to be made in a highly-charged, life-threatening environment have they got anything to answer for and were they acting alone?
Written by BAFTA winner Tony Marchant, The Mark of Cain is the first of a slew of television dramas based on the war in Iraq and Paul Greengrass is to begin work on a film based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran's book "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" about life inside Iraq's green zone.
Tony Marchant is famous for his provocative and graphic dramas and based the screenplay on interviews with soldiers and their families. But will the panel feel he's got inside the lives and minds of these people?
THE MARK OF CAIN IS ON CHANNEL 4 ON THURSDAY 5th APRIL AT 9PM.
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