Film director Haifaa al-Mansour, Sharp Objects, Brooklands Museum, Holiday reads
When Haifaa Al Mansour released Wadja in 2012 she became Saudi Arabia's first female director of a feature film. She has now directed her first English-language film - a biopic about Mary Shelley. Al Mansour talks why she wanted to make a film set in 19th-century England about the teenage creator of Frankenstein and how much film-making has changed in Saudi Arabia since her debut film six years ago.
Based on the debut novel of Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), Sharp Objects is a new HBO drama series starring Oscar nominee Amy Adams as a crime reporter forced to confront her own demons, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies). Sophie Wilkinson reviews.
Ahead of the announcement of the winner of the £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year Prize 2018, we are reporting from each of the five shortlisted museums. Today we hear from Brooklands Museum in Surrey, home of the world's first motor racing circuit. The museum's new exhibition spaces - the Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed - highlight the crucial role Brooklands has played in aviation, from Concorde to the Hawker Hurricane.
We're getting in the mood for holiday reads. Over the next few weeks we'll be offering inspiration on which books to cram into your suitcase. Today Sarah Ditum of the New Statesman joins us to recommend books for travellers destined for Italy, Germany and France.
Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Kate Bullivan.…read more