Cultural Life: Jodhi May, actress
Friday 09 January 2009
I love Clint Eastwood's films. 'Changeling' was beautifully shot and crafted to perfection. Erick Zonca's 'Julia' is a crazy, exhilarating film; Tilda Swinton is compelling.
The 'Bob Dylan Chronicles', a meandering stroll through his mind and times; 'Baghdad Burning', a fascinating diary of daily life by a young Iraqi woman; Haruki Murakami's 'After Dark'.
While filming in Johannesburg, I saw a great play at the Market Theatre, 'Silent Voice', about carjackers. The actors brought a raw energy and humour to a dark subject. 'The Year of Magical Thinking' was mesmerising; Vanessa Redgrave was extraordinary. I also enjoyed the Juliette Binoche dance piece 'in-i'; funny, tender, just a joy to watch.
'Stuart: A Life Backwards' was brilliant; it was directed by David Attwood, with whom I've just finished working. 'Sweet Bird of Youth' was a reminder of how dazzling Paul Newman was.
I've been listening to Beck's 'Modern Guilt' and Grace Jones's 'Island Life'.
The Francis Bacon exhibition was amazing.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
Better Call Saul creator Peter Gould on the creative concerns of a prequel, season 2 and the mind-numbing realities of the small courts
Game of Thrones season 5: Emilia Clarke praises characters who 'accept their femininity'
Britain's Got Talent 2015: RSPCA investigating Marc Metral's miming dog after cruelty complaints
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Glastonbury 2015 tickets: How to make sure you’re successful in Sunday's re-sale
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate