The Diary: Tim Burton; Tate Modern; Pedro Almodóvar; Don Boyd; Janek Schaefer

Tim in blunderland at the Cannes Film Festival

Tim Burton, appearing for the first time in his formal role as president of this year's Cannes Film Festival, cut a kooky figure on stage when he was asked which previous Palme d'Or winning films he thought to be memorable. Staring into space for a minute, he said "I can't remember any", while the nine fellow jurors, including Kate Beckinsale, mumbled titles such as Apocalypse Now and Taxi Driver. "I always blank out," Burton added. Quizzed about the dearth of female jurors this year – only two against eight male counterparts – he said that in his experience at least half of the movie executives that have green-lit his films have been female. He also bemoaned the absence of the director Roman Polanski, currently detained in Switzerland, from the festival, as well as that of the Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was to sit on the Cannes jury of the Cannes before he was imprisoned by Tehran's authorities. "Yes, of course, there's an issue about political and freedom of expression. I would like them to be released," he said.

Sewell's different slant on Tate Modern

Amid the celebrations for Tate Modern's 10th anniversary a lone voice of dissent speaks out. The art critic Brian Sewell bemoans the gallery's layout, finding its sloping entrance reminiscent of "Nazi" architecture. Speaking to me this week, he doesn't find much to celebrate, a decade on: "I wouldn't have let Tate Modern get off the drawing board in the state that it is in. There are obvious points concerning access. I can't understand why they have got the escalators where they have, or the narrow staircase, or if you choose to use the lifts they are always full and you can't get in. God knows what would happen if there was a fire..." Moving on from health and safety gripes (and his view that the café is far too expensive) he speaks of his intense aversion to its sloping entrance: "Having to descend that slope is, so far as I can imagine, like walking into a gas chamber at Auschwitz. The slope says 'Nazi Germany' to me. It's the architecture that does it. One is inexorably thrust down the slope inside a huge chamber. You can't turn back, it's hateful."

It's All about Pedro Almodóvar

News that the acclaimed Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar is the subject of a feature documentary about his film- making career was greeted with excitement at Cannes this week. The film Insolent Frames chronicles Almodóvar's arrival in Madrid in 1969, the release of his first film, Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls on the Heap, in 1980, and short films and footage that the director has agreed to show for the "first time ever". Almodóvar is well-loved in Cannes: his films All about My Mother and Volver have received accolades at the festival.

Far from scummy

Don Boyd, the Scottish film director, producer and screenwriter, whose filmography includes the 1979 classic Scum, has made his first foray into novel writing with Margot's Secrets. The novel about Margot, an ex-pat American psychologist, will be launched on 3 June at what sounds like an uncharacteristically glitzy book bash, whose guest-list includes the directors Terence Davies and Stephen Frears, the singer Gary Kemp and Mark Thompson, the director general of the BBC. Never mind the quality of the writing, the party sounds impressive.

Supermarket beep

The sound artist Janek Schaefer has a bizarre installation in store for visitors to the Milton Keynes International Festival this year. He's created Asleep at the Wheel, a soundscape constructed in the old Sainsbury's superstore that will feature upended cars on a fake tarmac road running through the structure. Audiences, when climbing into the cars, will hear their radios mysteriously tuning into the newly composed sound-work. The festival takes place from 16 to 25 July, and includes a Swiss troop of aerial and high-wire artists, dancers, musicians, horses and their handlers who will perform in a Big Top.

Arts and Entertainment
Stewart Lee (Gavin Evans)


Arts and Entertainment
No half measures: ‘The Secret Life of the Pub’

Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air

Arts and Entertainment
Art on their sleeves: before downloads and streaming, enthusiasts used to flick through racks of albums in their local record shops
musicFor Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Arts and Entertainment
Serial suspect: the property heir charged with first-degree murder, Robert Durst
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Igarashi in her

Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
It's all in the genes: John Simm working in tandem with David Threlfall in 'Code of a Killer'

TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Far Right and Proud: Reggies Yates' Extreme Russia

TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Kanye West was mobbed in Armenia after jumping into a lake

Arts and Entertainment
The show suffers from its own appeal, being so good as to create an appetite in its viewers that is difficult to sate in a ten episode series

Game of Thrones reviewFirst look at season five contains some spoilers
Arts and Entertainment
Judi Dench and Kevin Spacey on the Red Carpet for 2015's Olivier Awards

Ray Davies' Sunny Afternoon scoops the most awards

Arts and Entertainment
Proving his metal: Ross Poldark (played by Aidan Turner in the BBC series) epitomises the risk-taking spirit of 18th-century mine owners

Poldark review
Arts and Entertainment
Eddie Redmayne is reportedly favourite to play Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Arts and Entertainment
Tom Hardy stars in dystopian action thriller Mad Max: Fury Road

Arts and Entertainment
Josh, 22, made his first million from the game MinoMonsters

Grace Dent

Channel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Disgraced Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson
Arts and Entertainment
Game face: Zoë Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood and Ethan Hawke in ‘Good Kill’

film review

Arts and Entertainment
Living like there’s no tomorrow: Jon Hamm as Don Draper in the final season of ‘Mad Men’

TV review

Arts and Entertainment
Yaphett Kotto with Julius W Harris and Jane Seymour in 1973 Bond movie Live and Let Die

Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment

  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

    Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

    A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
    Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

    Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

    The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
    How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

    How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

    Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
    From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

    The wars that come back to haunt us

    David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
    Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

    Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

    A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
    Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

    UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

    Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
    John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

    ‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

    Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
    Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

    Let the propaganda wars begin - again

    'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

    Japan's incredible long-distance runners

    Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
    Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

    Tom Drury: The quiet American

    His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
    You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

    You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

    Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
    Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

    Beige to the future

    Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

    Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

    More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
    Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

    Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

    The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
    Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

    Michael Calvin's Last Word

    Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own