Also showing - Town of Runners / The Bad and the Beautiful / Breathing / Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy
Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.
Sunday 22 April 2012
Town of Runners (PG)
The winners of all four golds in the long-distance track events at the Beijing Olympics come from the same Ethiopian highland town, Bekoji, where they were trained by Sentayehu Eshetu. This documentary follows Eshetu and his young protégés as he prepares another cohort of champions.
The Bad and the Beautiful (PG)
Vincente Minnelli's classic 1952 critique of Hollywood ethics is a triptych of flashbacks depicting producer Jonathan Shields's ill-treatment of his collaborators. Kirk Douglas was Oscar-nominated for his performance, with Lana Turner as his star and spurned lover.
Compelling, coolly shot directorial debut for Karl Markovics. Teenager takes job at a morgue, after years in detention, tries to rebuild his life while coming to terms with guilt.
Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy (18)
Stars Kristin Kreuk of Smallville as one-half of a chemically enhanced Edinburgh romance. The marketing plays, perhaps rashly, on its connections to Trainspotting.
Threat of 'catastrophic cascade of collisions' must be averted, warn scientists
Arts & Ents blogs
Dennis Hopper's lost sixties photo album found
Top Gear makes Saudis look liberal, Kirsty Wark tells Independent Bath Literature Festival
Rachel Riley 'in line to replace Susanna Reid' on BBC Breakfast
Jenny Collier row: Comedy promoter apologises after dropping female comic 'because venue did not want too many women on the bill'
Lena Dunham strips naked for Girls spoof while hosting Saturday Night Live
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
- 1 Oxford is the least affordable city in the UK, where houses cost 11 times local salaries
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 North Korea elections: Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote
- 4 David Cameron resorts to paying for Facebook fans because not enough people like him
- 5 Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time