Monday, October 26, 2009

Prix Europa (radio drama) 2009

Best European radio drama (prize donated by Radio France): I will tell you/Ik Zal Het U Vertellen, written and produced by Joris van Damme for Belgian radio (Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel Departement Rits).

A special Prix Europa for Best Episode of a radio drama series or serial (donated by NRK Norway) went to Norway's own Twisted Mirror/Trollspeilet episode 1, dramatised by Carl Jorgen Kionig from Tom Egeland's book and directed by Else Barratt-Due. NRK also picked up a special commendation for Liv Heloe's Lise L.

For TV and new media winners see:

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Surrealism, the forgotten women

Manchester Art Gallery have an exhibition of female surrealists which I wish I could afford to go see (but such things are not affordable in Gordon Brown's Glum World). The above is by Leonor Fini (1907-96) who, according to Sarah Kent in today's Sunday Telegraph is a sort of female Dali - colourful, extravagant, as famous in her heyday for her personal appearance as her art and ostracised by Andre Breton, which is always an inverse recommendation.
There is also a new book, Sphinx: The Life and Art of Leonor Fini, by Peter Webb, on sale for a mere £60. Now that's what I call surreal.

Monday, October 19, 2009

State of art? I hope not

Nominations for the Writers' Guild radio drama award 2009 have been announced - and evidence the loss of airtime for original single dramas, which I consider critical to the heath of British drama in general.

The only 'play' nominated is Peter Souter's Puddle. Jonathan Myerson's Number 10 is actually a series of Friday plays from 2007 but at least has the virtue of being original. The other two nominees - Linda Marshall Griffith for A Prayer for Owen Meaney and Andrew Lynch for Ragged Trousered Philanthropist - are dramatised novels, one of which (the latter) has been dramatised so often that many think it actually is a play.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Essential Reading

Best new book I've read in years. Cannot be recommended too highly.

How come it didn't win the Booker? Is it because it's northern and about socialism?

In Treatment

Stunning to begin with but will struggle to maintain the same level of interest as the run progresses. It's only halfway through week two and I'm already disengaging. The acting, nevertheless, is of the highest quality and that alone makes the show compulsory. Typically for British TV du jour, it is not available on terrestrial. Still, all kudos to Sky Arts.