Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Venice Film Festival

69th Venice International Film Festival   Director: Alberto Barbera 29th August > 8th September 2012 The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote all the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment…

Ludwig Wittgenstein

By Ray Monk “Thinking in pictures,” Sigmund Freud once wrote, “stands nearer to unconscious processes than does thinking in words, and is unquestionably older than the latter both ontogenetically and phylogenetically.” There is, in other words, something primordial, something foundational,…

Charles Rosen

By Ivan Hewett The word polymath is overused, but Rosen is one writer who surely deserves the epithet. The whole of Western culture seems to lie stored behind his domed forehead, allied to a penetrating intelligence that makes critical adversaries…

Tom Stoppard

One of the greatest living playwrights is also a sought-after screenwriter and a conservative modernist. As his adaptations of “Anna Karenina” and “Parade’s End” arrive, Victoria Glendinning goes for lunch… Tom Stoppard turned  75 this summer. There is a line…

2012 Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

HEAR exclusive audio from the 2012 Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, including interviews with authors Stuart MacBride, Mark Billingham and Steve Mosby. More than 8,000 people attended the three-day festival at Harrogate’s Old Swan Hotel, and the Yorkshire Post was there…

Happy Days Enniskillen International Samuel Beckett Festival

HAPPY DAYS is the world’s first annual festival to celebrate the work and influence of Nobel Prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett. It takes place annually in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, where Beckett spent his formative years attending Portora Royal School. Irleand’s only Island…

The Kauno Bienale, Lithuania

      13 09 2013 – 31 12 2013 THE INTENDED VENUES: The M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum, M. Žilinskas Art Gallery (Nepriklausomybės a. 12), Kaunas Picture Gallery (K. Donelaičio g. 16) Kaunas / Lithuania Invitation to apply  …

Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes has died, aged 74 Pugnacious art critic, best-selling historian and aspiring artist as a young man Robert Hughes, the Australian art historian and critic, died on 6 August, aged 74. He was born and educated in Sydney and…

Eloquent silent support for Pussy Riot

As three of the members of the punk band Pussy Riot, who have been charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, gave their closing statements in court today (8 August), and international pop stars including Madonna call for their release,…

The greatest films of all time

Gilbey on Film: The Sight & Sound Poll Modern cinema makes a paltry showing in the Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films of all time. Picture the scene: the newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane is gravely ill in…