Cultural Life: Joseph Fiennes, actor
Friday 16 April 2010
I loved 'An Education'. Rosamund Pike was wonderful in such a small part and Carey Mulligan was just mind-bogglingly brilliant. Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' has one of the best opening scenes.
The book that got me into reading was 'Siddhartha' by Hermann Hesse. Now I'm re-reading Emile Zola's 'Thérèse Raquin' and Charles Dickens's 'Little Dorrit'.
Because of the long hours filming the series, 'FlashForward', I don't really have time for other TV shows. I've got the DVD set of 'Lost' though, and it's wonderful. I'm half way through it and I'm really enjoying it. I love 'Mad Men' too. I think the writing is exceptional.
My music taste is right across the board. I love jazz and Miles Davis; Sibelius and other classical stuff. I'm into Kings of Leon. Who doesn't like them right now? I'm finding as I get older I am just more temperate. When I was 18 I loved any kind of angry hip-hop. Now I can't bear anything that's got a thumping bass and some aggression. I'm turning into an old, grumpy man.
Joseph Fiennes fronts the Carte Noire Readers campaign. See him read scenes from a mixture of modern and classic Penguin novels at www.cartenoire.co.uk
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 3 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 4 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
- 5 New route to Mars could make manned mission much cheaper and easier
Christmas Day TV guide 2014: What to watch from Strictly Come Dancing to the story of Frozen
Cruel Woman in Black prank sees cinema-goers terrified by movie poster - watch their reactions
Best underrated Christmas movies: From Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
Christmas TV guide 2014: The best shows to watch from Doctor Who to Downton Abbey
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food