Arts features

It’s thanks for the memory as Lipman takes scientific journey

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2013

For the last 15 years of his life, Maureen Lipman’s father Maurice struggled with short-term memory loss and the actress was “afraid it was going to happen to me”. It was the inspiration for If Memory Serves Me Right, a prime time BBC documentary broadcast on Thursday night in which she explored issues of memory and memory loss.

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Merrily she rolls along with a hit show set for West End

By John Nathan, April 17, 2013

It is the second day of rehearsals and one of the West End’s favourite leading ladies, Maria Friedman, is at the Harold Pinter Theatre singing every note and saying every word in Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant musical, Merrily We Roll Along.

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Gatekeepers director Dror Moreh: Why I had to make this film

By Anne Joseph, April 11, 2013

"I knew I had dynamite on my hands," says director Dror Moreh. He is talking about his Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers which has provoked wide international debate across the political spectrum since its release. Even Israeli embassies have had to grapple with how to respond to its frank revelations, admissions and insights.

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Is Schindler’s List fatally flawed?

By Nathan Abrams, March 27, 2013

Steven Spielberg’s landmark Holocaust film Schindler’s List celebrates the 20th anniversary of its release next month. An adaptation of Thomas Keneally’s historical 1982 novel, Schindler’s Ark, it recounts the story of Oskar Schindler, a businessman and Nazi Party member who, by the end of the war, had saved hundreds of Jews from extermination.

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Nimrod Borenstein: With that name, he was born to be a composer

By Jessica Duchen, March 15, 2013

When Nimrod Borenstein first came to the UK to study at the Royal College of Music, he couldn’t understand why his fellow students would start whistling a particular melody when they saw him.

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The return of Sara Sugarman

By Stephen Applebaum, March 14, 2013

‘I love making films,’ says Sara Sugarman. “I don’t get to do it that often, just because it’s so hard to make a film, and it breaks your heart. You fall in love with each project and they often don’t come to fruition. But when you get the privilege of shouting ‘Action’, it’s fantastic.”

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Meet a true comedy master (and it's not who you think)

By Anna Sheinman, March 8, 2013

I have only just turned on my Dictaphone and Dan Patterson is already at it. The creator of TV comedy behemoth Mock The Week fires off the first of a series of snappy one-liners more than worthy of any of the comedians on his show. Sadly, it is not printable, but suffice to say I now feel very differently about my Dictaphone.

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How R B Kitaj created his Holocaust masterpiece

By Eckhart Gillen, March 8, 2013

Not until the mid-1970s, at the age of 43, did R B Kitaj start a series of paintings demonstrating his growing interest in the Holocaust.

His first work on the subject was If Not, Not (1975-76). The title, as so often in Kitaj’s work, goes back to a book from his library, in this case historian Ralph E Giesey’s 1968 work, If Not, Not.

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Ready, aim… best-selling scientist targeted for his ‘dangerous’ views

By J Po'Malley, March 8, 2013

I have spent less than three minutes in the company of Jared Diamond and he assures me that he does not pose a threat to my life.

“I can promise you that I have not made a move to kill you yet. Nor have I detected any move on your part to kill me. But in a traditional society both of us would have made a move to kill each other by now, or else run away,” he says solemnly.

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Where Chasids and gay Filipinos collide

By John Nathan, March 8, 2013

If you are going to the Tricycle to see the north London theatre’s latest production, who exactly are you?

Are you a Chasid curious to see how a musical depicts your community? Are you a Filipino wanting to see a show whose heroes are emigres from Manila?

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