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2 Es Devlin, Drama by postcard, Ali Smith's Summer, photographer Alys Tomlinson2020-08-07 19:01:00
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3 Arts in the Midlands, Love Letters to Scotland, Soweto Kinch2020-08-06 19:10:00
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4 Maggie O'Farrell, Singing in Choirs and Covid, Mark Billingham's Lockdown Discovery2020-08-05 19:01:00
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5 Little Birds writer Sophia Al-Maria, Simon Armitage, Summer reads, Tara Gbolade2020-08-04 18:55:00
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6 Barbara Kingsolver as poet, Es Devlin's Lockdown Discovery, Sculptor Thomas J. Price, pianist Leon Fleisher remembered2020-08-03 19:08:00
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7 Sir Alan Parker remembered, Beyoncé's Black is King, Prodigal Son, Natasha Trethewey, Don Hahn2020-07-31 19:04:00
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8 Whipped cream on The Fourth Plinth, Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee, and Booker Prize nominated Avni Doshi2020-07-30 19:18:00
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9 Hilary Mantel, Electronic at The Design Museum, Ai Wei Wei, the future for the panto?2020-07-29 18:57:00
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10 Shawanda Corbett, Booker longlist 2020, Claire Oakley2020-07-28 19:11:00
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11 Shirley Collins, Kit de Waal, Caine Prize for African Writing winner, Olivia de Havilland remembered2020-07-27 18:57:00
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12 Mira Nair on A Suitable Boy, Taylor Swift's album Folklore, the film How to Build a Girl, Alberta Whittle and Theatre News2020-07-24 19:11:00
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13 Jimmy McGovern; crime writing prize; dancing in lockdown; photographer Tyler Mitchell2020-07-24 09:06:00
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14 Tom Sutcliffe talks to screenwriter and film director Oliver Stone about his memoir Chasing the Light2020-07-23 10:25:00
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Tom Sutcliffe talks to screenwriter and film director Oliver Stone about his memoir Chasing the Light

Oliver Stone has written or directed some of cinema's most powerful films - Midnight Express, Platoon, Scarface, Salvador, Natural Born Killers. Now he has written a memoir, Chasing the Light - How I fought my Way into Hollywood From the 1960s to Platoon. Making films, he tells Tom Sutcliffe, is his vocation, but getting them done...that's never come easily. Feeling betrayed by his parents' divorce Stone dropped out of Yale, he enlisted as a 'grunt' and fought in Vietnam, then was briefly imprisoned for smuggling hash from Mexico. He recalls studying on the film course at New York University - where Martin Scorsese,a tutor, admired his first short. Even so, throughout his career Stone has struggled to finance his projects - he had to flee from Canada with the print of his first feature. Decades later, making Salvador after global success and winning an Oscar, the difficulties were much the same. Early on Stone worked with Michael Caine and Robert Bolt, gaining insight into acting and writing. While directors such as Jean-Luc Godard improvised, Stone respected the script, yet left room for great actors to work. So Al Pacino 'punched up lines' in Scarface. Stone talks about his cocaine use - which brought him into contact with dealers and gangsters - so was crucial research. Writing Scarface opened doors - wherever Stone went afterwards, he says, corrupt, powerful men had respect for him. Narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar was a big fan. These days Stone is making documentaries. He admires the films being made for television - streamers - but regrets the loss of the communal experience of cinema, a couple of thousand people together, responding to the film. There aren't, he laments, any movies anymore. Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe Producer: Julian May…read more

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16 Josephine Mackerras, Sean Edwards, summer theatre round-up, John Mullan on Mansfield Park2020-07-20 18:55:00
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17 Alfre Woodard, film Come As You Are and Ellie Goulding album Brightest Blue reviewed, Richard Herring2020-07-17 19:02:00
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18 Get Carter director Mike Hodges, Tate Bursary artist Oreet Ashery, the plight of arts freelancers in the pandemic2020-07-16 19:31:00
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19 Winning back audience trust, the doctor turned novelist, musical collaboration in lockdown2020-07-16 10:26:00
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20 The Chicks, Hammed Animashaun, Liz Johnson Artur2020-07-14 18:59:00
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