Arts features

Israel is tense and violent — perfect horror material

By Anne Joseph, October 27, 2011

'It's like an emotional roller-coaster. You're going to be scared, you're going to laugh and sometimes it's going to be dramatic," enthuses Israeli film director Navot Papushado, talking about the experience of watching a horror film.


TV review: Rosh Hashanah: What is the point of religion?

By Simon Round, September 27, 2011

If Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks's career had taken a different turn, he would have made a wonderful broadcaster. As listeners to Radio 4's Today programme will know, he has a deep, mellow, reassuring speaking voice.

Once a year, he gets to use this talent in his New Year broadcast (think of it as a rabbinical version of the Queen's speech).


TV review: Curb Your Enthusiasm

By Simon Round, September 22, 2011

Curb Your Enthusiasm is back for its eighth series. As usual, devotees live from one episode to the next while the rest of the country completely fails to get it.

So what is so funny about an outspoken, sex-obsessed, obnoxious bald guy who swears a lot?


After The Dinner Party

By Julia Weiner, September 8, 2011

Judy Chicago might be forgiven for feeling frustrated.


TV review: The Man Who Crossed Hitler

By Simon Round, August 25, 2011

There is nothing more gripping than a good courtroom drama. But how about a courtroom drama where the star witness is Adolf Hitler and the man cross-examining him is a Jewish lawyer?

Mark Hayhurst's intelligent film portrayed Hans Litten, the lawyer who in 1930 really did interrogate Hitler in a Berlin court, as a brave and audacious man.


The Who? Led Zeppelin? I'd rather photograph trees

By Jonathan Wingate, August 25, 2011

'The terrible thing about digital cameras is that they make everyone think they're a photographer," says Ross Halfin almost as soon as we have sat down in a dark corner his favourite Japanese restaurant in Soho. "It's the same as someone having a laptop and assuming that they are a writer. It's a ridiculous idea, isn't it?


Ernst Haas: the Mad Men's favourite photographer

By Melanie Abrams, August 11, 2011

Ernst Haas was a maverick. He used his camera almost as an antidote to the hardships he had suffered in Nazi Vienna. With only sporadic training, he turned to photography after being kicked out of medical school for being Jewish, forced into hard labour and seeing his father die, heartbroken, at being stripped of his position in the Austrian government.


TV review: Great thinkers: in their own words

By Simon Round, August 8, 2011

The cuts are biting hard at the BBC, and the resulting industrial action has hit news programmes this week.


Why go to Edinburgh this year? Here are at least 12 good reasons

By Lee Levitt, August 4, 2011

1. Andy Zaltzman: Armchair Revolutionary/political animal
The Oxford classics graduate, experienced stand-up and co-star of BBC Radio 5 Live's 7 Day Sunday, has been performing at the fringe since 1999. This year he brings his popular brand of political satire to the Stand Comedy Club. Performance details:

2. Ruby Wax: Losing It


Review: The Apprentice

By Simon Round, July 21, 2011

Cast your mind back 15 years. Alan Sugar was not then what you would call a national treasure. His reputation was as a belligerent, bad-tempered, hard-nosed businessman who had alienated the fans of Tottenham Hotspur FC for committing the cardinal sin of running the football club as if it were a business.

But then came The Apprentice.