Rob Sharp

Rob Sharp is a freelance journalist specialising in arts and culture. He was on staff at The Independent from July 2007 to December 2011, first as a features writer, and then as the paper’s arts correspondent. He has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines. For more information visit his website, www.robsharp.com or email him at rs@robsharp.com.

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Out with the new: Turbine Hall's latest work is tribute to old movies

Tate Modern's showpiece gallery celebrates art of analogue film-making

Terry Gilliam: still animated, but not walking quite as silly a path as he once was

Ex-Python movie director Terry Gilliam may never make another film, as he tells Rob Sharp

Terry Gilliam: 'I used to think I could will things into existence. Not any more'

The Monday Interview: Rob Sharp has an audience with the creative genius and former Python

Pythons annoyed by 'inaccurate' portrayal of debate in BBC drama

It was supposed to be a tribute to one of Monty Python's most famous moments, when the comedians took on religious figures incensed by their 1979 satire The Life of Brian. But the writers and producers behind the BBC's forthcoming comedy drama Holy Flying Circus have angered rather than flattered them.

Pullman's spat with council over library cuts, the sequel

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the library, an ongoing war of words has reignited between Oxfordshire County Council and the author Philip Pullman over proposed cutbacks.

Lars von Trier's latest shock statement: a vow to remain silent

In the latest in a bizarre series of proclamations which have seen him banned from the Cannes Film Festival for claiming to be a Nazi, Danish director Lars von Trier, after being questioned by police in his homeland, has said he will never give another interview or speak in public again.

Kiss me quick: masterpiece finds a place at the seaside

It is an artistic vision of two fictional figures locked in an intimate embrace. But it spent a decade in its early history languishing in a stable. Now Auguste Rodin's The Kiss, the public's favourite sculpture, begins a fresh chapter in its varied life as it goes on display in Kent.

Young Vic to adapt Wild Swans, the Mao-era bestseller

In 1978 the author Jung Chang left China to study in Britain. Ten years later, inspired by a visit from her mother, she began writing about her life in her homeland.

Wild Swans transformed: Young Vic to adapt Mao-era bestseller

In 1978 the Chinese author Jung Chang left Communist China to study in Britain. Ten years later, inspired by a visit from her mother, she began writing about her life in her homeland. The resulting book, Wild Swans – which is still banned in mainland China – went on to smash bestseller records worldwide. Now Chang's story is set to make history again, with an international collaboration to perform it on stage for the first time.

Wind denies town giant heart work on a rope

The residents of Folkestone don't know how close they came to having to live in the shadow of a huge balloon shaped like a human heart, looming over the town centre.

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