Arts Hour, The [world Service]


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This week on The Arts Hour Tom Cruise talks his most dangerous stunts

Tom Cruise talks about his most dangerous stunts and describes how he persuaded Annabelle Wallis, his co-star in The Mummy, that she’d enjoy filming in zero gravity.

Broadway’s leading lady, Audra McDonald, explains how she channelled her own grandmother to find the right voice for Billie Holiday in her show about the jazz icon. Thomas Keneally discusses why he cut out adjectives in his new novel tackling child abuse in the Australian Catholic church.

We hear from the young British songwriter Carla Marie Williams - you may not recognise her name, but she wrote Beyonce’s Freedom.

The world’s leading tenor Jonas Kaufman claims opera is dying.

And Nikki is joined by the Kurdish poet Choman Hardi and the film writer and critic Tanul Thakur.

(Photo shows: Carla Marie Williams (c) BBC, Tom Cruise (c) James McCarthy/Getty Images, Audra McDonald (c) Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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Gal Gadot talks about playing the role of Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot, the star of the new Wonder Woman film, talks about playing the role that has broken the box office records in its first week in the United States. Elisabeth Moss who stars in the new TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale recalls Atwood’s cameo moment on set.

The film actress Lily Collins explains what it is like to work with a giant computer-generated pig for her latest film Okja.
From the US and Sudan we hear the music of Sinkane. Every year the Golden Dagger is awarded by the Crime Writers’ Association for the best novel in the genre and this year it was granted to Dodgers by Bill Beverly for his debut novel. Some people have compared the book to TV series The Wire crossed with Mark Twain or J.D. Sallinger. We hear from the author.

Joining Nikki Bedi in discussion about all this are Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit who will also tells us about his Oscar nominated film The Red Turtle and culture commentator and critic Angie Errigo.

Producer: Nicky Barranger and Edwina Pitman

(Photo: Gal Gadot (c) Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Michael Dudok de Wit (c) Frederick M Brown/Getty Images, Elisabeth Moss (c) Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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The best global arts coverage from across the BBC

On this week’s Arts Hour, Salma Hayek talks about working in close-up for her new film Beatriz at Dinner and how the director commanded her not to show facial emotion.

British film director Mike Figgis demonstrates his pack of cards specially designed to help free writers from creative block. Nikki and her studio guests test out the cards.

The Belgian superstar director Ivo Van Hove argues that theatre is the art form of the future. Natasha Lyonne and Danielle Brooks, stars of Orange is the New Black, discuss the new series of the hit TV series. We hear about the art deco cinema in Wales that inspired legendary Welsh actors Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins to go into film.

Bestselling South African writer Deon Meyer joins Nikki Bedi to discuss breaking out of the crime genre and writing a Utopian novel set in a post-apocalyptic South Africa. Also joining Nikki is the American Vietnamese journalist and blogger William Lee Adams.

(Photo shows: Salma Hayek (c) Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images, Deon Meyer (c) Guido Schwarz, Danielle Brookes (c) Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)


The best global arts coverage from across the BBC.

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Joining Nikki Bedi in the studio are legendary Mexican band, Los de Abajo

The Arts Hour on Tour is in Mexico City to see how arts and artists are involved in the country’s recovery from recent major earthquakes and to discuss the cultural response to Donald Trump’s proposed wall, Narco culture and violence in the city. Presenter Nikki Bedi is on stage, in front of a live audience, with writer and broadcaster Gabriela Warkentin and film producer Martha Sosa. There’s live satire from political comedian Chumel Torres, known as the man who changed the way Mexico watches the news, and live music from Mexico City’s legendary band, Los de Abajo and singer Jenny Beaujean.

Image Credit: MARIA CALLS/AFP/Getty Images

The Arts Hour On Tour In Reykjavik20170626

Joining Nikki Bedi is the queen of Nordic crime writing Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

The Arts Hour on Tour comes from Reykjavik, in the week of the longest day to explore how the white nights, extreme climate and dramatic landscape shape culture in Iceland.

Joining Nikki Bedi on stage at the Tjarnarbio Theatre in downtown Reykjavik are the queen of Nordic crime writing Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, actor and star of Icelandic drama Trapped Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and poet and former presidential candidate Andri Snær Magnason.

Plus live music from pioneering rap collective The Daughters of Reykjavik, haunting melodies from Icelandic indie band Mammút and comedy from star of the stand-up circuit Ari Eldjárn, who explains how the Icelandic banking crisis provided plenty of material for his comedy.

(Photo shows The Daughters of Reykjavik performing live for The Arts Hour (c) BBC)

The Arts Hour: Actor Tom Hanks On Writing Fiction, Musician St. Vincent And Actor Michael Fassbender20171030

Tom Hanks on becoming a fiction writer and Michael Fassbender on his new film The Snowman

Nikki Bedi is joined by Chilean novelist Gonzalo C Garcia and American film critic Richard Cline to discuss the hottest topics in the arts this week.

Hollywood actor and Academy Award winner Tom Hanks talks about the unique challenges of writing fiction as his first collection of short stories, Uncommon Type, is published.

Musician St. Vincent explains why she’s making a modern day film version of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Irish actor Michael Fassbender on why he enjoys the challenge of a very long take and Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, discusses how the epic show has changed the aesthetic and ambitions of TV.

Russian ballerina Olesya Novikova on why she started training for the classical ballet in St. Petersburg when she was just eight years old and music from French Cuban musicians Ibeyi.

(Photo shows: Michael Fassbender © Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images, St. Vincent © Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images, Tom Hanks © Christopher Polk/Getty Images)