Cultural Life: Gary Kemp, Actor and musician
Saturday 20 October 2012
I really enjoyed Joe Wright's Anna Karenina. Sumptuously directed, although extremely brave, it dared to present film, and the story, in a more theatrical manner. This upset a lot of the realists out there, I'm sure, but I found it highlighted the political side of the tale. Tom Stoppard's script was also excellent.
I love Dexys' latest album, One Day I'm Going to Soar, and adored the show at the Barbican. Kevin Rowland is one of the most committed performers I've ever seen and the album is stunning. I also love old English folk, have done since I was a teenager, so check out Hannah James and Sam Sweeney's State and Ancientry.
Currently reading Ian McEwan's new novel, Sweet Tooth. I've read everything of his.
We roared with laughter at The Last of the Haussmans at the National. Fantastic performances from Julie Walters and Helen McCrory. How the baby-boomers seriously screwed up their kids.
Catching up on Mark Cousins's immaculately detailed The Story of Film. I loved The Bridge but I was disappointed by The Killing in comparison.
Gary Kemp will be in conversation with Richard Strange at The House of St Barnabas, London W1, on 23 October (hosb.org.uk)
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they're not working hard enough
MOBO Awards 2014: Jess Glynne hits back at 'ridiculous' criticism of nominated white artists
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - review: Silly, sensational and sensitive
The Apprentice 2014: Nurun Ahmed and Lindsay Booth fired in double elimination
MOBO Awards 2014: Sam Smith sweeps the board with four gongs
The Apprentice, episode 3 - review: Lord Sugar hacks away at the deadwood with double elimination
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters