Voices

This definition of anti-Semitism has been too stretched for too long

Arts: Grounds for divorce

Stardom does not rest easily with David Thewlis - hell, he's not even sure if he likes acting.

Theatre: Wanted: a brand new caste

In America, legislation has ensured that non-white faces abound on stage, television and film while over here black actors struggle to land decent roles. Why, in multi-racial Britain, are so few black faces treading the boards and gracing our screens?

Made in Britain, and bleak as hell

He made 'Scum', 'The Firm', 'Christine'. His vision was raw and hard. His name was Alan Clarke. By David Thomson

Media: Cult viewing worth paying for

Analysis

Books: A Mike Leigh heroine

MAD ELAINE by Helen Stevenson, Anchor pounds 9.99

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Real living: Inside... There was a crooked house

A narrow, wedge-shaped corner house in London's East End would not be everyone's dream home. But novelist Emily Perkins and artist Karl Maughan have lovingly transformed it into a Nineties urban fantasy, reports James Sherwood

Media: So you want a career in television, do you?

Strictly speaking, it's impossible, writes Richard Cook. But there are ways in ...

Blair necessities

Film-maker Les Blair is not big on scripts. In fact, he never writes them until he has finished three months' improvisation and actually started shooting. And he admits that this approach doesn't always endear him to producers. "What a producer wants to do is read a script and say, `yes, I like it. Who can we get to play this part?' But all I could say to the producer at the beginning of Stand and Deliver, my latest film, was that it was going to be about a comedian who comes up to Glasgow for the weekend and does a gig. I can understand how my method can be a problem."

Videos: Delayed reunions, chance encounters

Career Girls (15), Film Four (available to rent 23 Feb)

Film: Trendspotting: Four's shot in the arm for new movies

The relationship between cinema and television was changed 15 years ago with the launch of `Film on Four'. Not just because television ceased to be merely a consumer of films but, as Sarah Gristwood argues, because it created some of the finest of our contemporary movies.

Arts: Alas, Smith and clones

So many people resemble Robert Smith of the Cure that he gets taken for a lookalike. Suzi Feay talks to the bloke in the baggy black jumper about his popularity, his band, his drinking and not growing up

WHAT WAS THIS CHANNEL FOUR?

On this day in 1982, Channel 4 went on air. Its brief? To innovate, to serve minority interests, and, some thought, to swear. Certainly, it's kept changing of the original programmes only five have survived. David Aaronovitch reports

Interview: Alan Parker - Parker's new suit

John Walsh reels in the movie maverick turned white knight

Win a mobile phone and Secret & Lies

To celebrate the retail video release this week of Mike Leigh's Oscar- nominated, Bafta- and Palm d'Or-winning comedy drama Secrets & Lies - The London Eye and VCI/Film Four have joined forces to offer readers a first prize of a Philips Xalio DECT mobile phone (left, worth pounds 250), plus a copy of the video and a screenplay of the film, which stars Brenda Blethyn (right), Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Twenty- four runners-up will receive a copy of the video and screenplay.
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