Cultural Life: Tim Minchin, comedian
Friday 15 April 2011
Books: Christopher Hitchens's autobiography, 'Hitch 22', is a poignant read, and very interesting because I have a very poor knowledge of recent political history – or for that matter distant political history. I'm also reading 'Jasper Jones' by Craig Silvey, about an Aboriginal kid and a white kid who find a dead woman, hanging from a rope. I was completely sucked in.
Films: The only film I've seen recently is 'Griff the Invisible', written and directed by a friend of mine, Leon Ford. Ryan Kwanten, from 'True Blood', stars in it. It's about a guy who thinks he's a superhero. Really it's a gentle love story based around a guy who's a bit nuts and gets bullied a lot, but has this alter ego that allows him to see the world as a less miserable place.
Television: I never watch television, although the other night my wife and I caught an episode of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', from season six. It's the only series of which I've ever watched every single episode.
Theatre: I saw 'The Wild Duck' at the Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney, and it was one of the best pieces of theatre I'd ever seen. Re-translating Ibsen for a modern context could just turn into a melodramatic bunch of nonsense, but it was so beautifully performed and – typical Ibsen – heartbreaking.
Theatre: There's a place called MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, which was built by a dude called David Walsh in Hobart, Tasmania. He dug a massive hole in a hill and built this huge underground lair, into which he put the most extraordinary collection of modern art I've ever seen – much more intriguing than the Tate Modern. It would be worth flying to Tasmania for no other reason than to see this exhibition.
Tim Minchin and his orchestra start their tour of the UK at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 16 April (www.timminchin.com)
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 I was raped by another man. And now the Government wants to take away the one thing that saved my life
- 2 Wikipedia edits from inside Parliament removing scandals from MPs' pages, investigation finds
- 3 Preston fan who appeared to snatch Jermaine Beckford's shirt from eight-year-old boy identified and says: 'the truth will come out'
- 4 Johnny Depp facing 10 years in jail for illegally bringing dogs to Australia
- 5 Iran launches anti-Isis cartoon competition 'to expose true nature of Islamic State'
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote