Arts features

Interview: Stacey Solomon

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2010

What's eating Stacey Solomon? In the past few weeks, the Dagenham diva emerged triumphant from the Australian jungle as winner of I'm a Celebrity… and made an emotional return to the X Factor. She is widely feted for her bubbly girl-next-door naturalness and generally regarded as the nation's sweetheart. Everything in the garden should be rosy. So what's the problem?

First of all she has had enough of reality TV. Then she is anxious about her employment prospects and craves a steady job. And to cap it all, she has got a bone to pick with Simon Cowell.


Interview: Ron Moody

By Michael Freedland, December 22, 2010

Every journalist hopes he can make predictions that, eventually, come true. Remarkably, as it may now appear, I made one in my first month as a junior reporter. I was sent to review a production by an amateur dramatic group in a Luton school hall. What I wrote was a few simple sentences: "The best performance of the evening came from a man who should think of becoming a professional. If he does, he's going to go places. His name, Ron Moody."


Interview: Carl Davis

By Jessica Duchen, December 22, 2010

Carl Davis has spent the past half-century specialising mainly in music for film and television, creating characterful and beautiful scores that often have helped to carry the movies they enhance to legendary status.


Interview: Elliott Gould

By Barbra Paskin, December 16, 2010

Elliott Gould is on a roll. It is a warm Shabbat afternoon and he is relaxing in his modest apartment in Brentwood, Los Angeles and expounding on his favourite subject - the meaning of life.


The secret of great photos - skill, sensitivity and luck

By Katie Taylor, December 16, 2010

How did you start out as a photographer?
I have always taken pictures but without having any knowledge of the technical side. When I was at university I would take pictures for the college newspaper. When I began at the BBC as a television documentary maker, I kept it as a hobby, but the photography finally took over. I left television with no money, no camera, no real knowledge of how to work a camera and took a risk.


Interview: Michael Codron

By John Nathan, December 9, 2010

A warning goes out to those visiting Michael Codron. To get to London's longest-serving producer, whose office sits at the very top of the Aldwych Theatre, you have to climb the kind of spiralling stairway that takes you to the top of castles or to the bottom of Tube stations. There are enough steps to take you past many of the framed posters that publicised some of the 200 shows that Codron has put on since he started producing in 1956.


Interview: Gerry Fox

By Julia Weiner, December 2, 2010

ITV's decision to drop The South Bank Show earlier this year was greeted with dismay by arts lovers who worried that British TV was in danger of becoming a culture-free zone. The good news is that the strand is to be revived on a satellite channel next year. The even better news is that fans can relive some of its greatest moments with a show at the National Portrait Gallery in London.


Interview: Robert Cohen

By Jessica Duchen, November 26, 2010

Many of us might be tempted to throw a party for our 50th birthday, but not Robert Cohen. The celebrated British cellist had a better idea - he asked the composer, Sally Beamish, to write him a new work.

It is a concerto, entitled The Song Gatherer, that draws inspiration directly from Cohen's Polish and South African Jewish family background. The substantial half-hour piece was a co-commission between the Minnesota Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, where Cohen will give its UK premiere on December 2.


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a Jewish superhero

By Rob Boffard, November 26, 2010

They call him Ragman.

Once a humble pawn-shop owner in Gotham City, Rory Regan is now a costumed superhero. Clothed in the mystical patchwork "suit of souls", he patrols the rooftops, protecting his city from miscreants. His crusade has seen him encounter fellow crimebusters Batman and Green Lantern. He is also the world's leading Jewish superhero.


Mike Leigh's wrong about Israel boycott

By Stephen Applebaum, November 25, 2010

The acclaimed New York artist Julian Schnabel never intended to make movies. But when concerns over the way a biopic about his late painter friend, Jean-Michel Basquiat, was going compelled him to take over and direct it himself, he became an accidental filmmaker. "I did it as a rescue mission," he says, "and had no intention of making another film. But it was just something that came very naturally to me."