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Sex, death, money... Cronenberg takes R-Patz for a spin

Film and television industry 'discriminates against women, ethnic minorities and the working class'

The British film and television production industry is dominated by the middle-classes who “hoard” opportunities and benefit from family ties, new research has found.

Jane Eyre - Reader, she's marrying him again

She's 18, he's old enough to be her dad, but film-makers still fixate on the love story of Jane Eyre and Rochester. Gerard Gilbert explores a long-held romantic obsession

The Messenger (15)

Starring: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi

A fresh pass from the Farrelly brothers

The kingpins of dirty comedy's comeback film aims at a mature audience, but they haven't given up on gross-out gags. Gill Pringle hears how the toilet humour titans keep the laughs coming

Actresses are victims of 'class snobbery'

The actress Maxine Peake has attacked what she believes is the continuing class snobbery within the television industry.

Watch out, Keira: Meet the new generation of British actresses making waves on the small screen

There was a time when British starlets would make their names treading the boards. No longer: now TV is king – and it's turning out a new generation of actresses ready-made for big-screen success

DVD: The Unloved (15)

In the land of the dispossessed, belonging is king. Feeling loved is the antidote to the trauma of abandonment, the Holy Grail sought by Lauren Socha in Samantha Morton's The Unloved, a semi-biographical tale of children in care.

One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley by Carol Ann Lee

May she rot in hell the headlines screamed when Myra Hindley died in November 2002. Yet even the prospect that the Moors Murderess is now enduring eternal damnation in the firey pit doesn't seem to have caused the memory of her and her crimes to burn any less fiercely in the public imagination. Since her death, there have been several 'personal' accounts published, purporting to reveal what she was really like (often by those who scarcely knew her), two prize-winning TV dramas starring Maxine Peake and Samantha Morton, and now there is Carol Ann Lee's biography. Hindley, it seems, continues to intrigue us from beyond the grave every bit as much as she did during her long incarceration for her part, alongside her lover Ian Brady, in the murder of five youngsters in and around Manchester between 1963 and 1966.

The Unloved (nc)

First shown on Channel 4 last year, this drama about an 11-year-old girl who ends up in a care home has the grit of lived experience.

Keira Knightley and Stalker No. 6

Man charged with harassing actress who left Britain to escape attention

Artist back at Tate after porn controversy

Artist Fiona Banner has been invited to create an installation for Tate Britain, eight years after plastering the gallery's space with a vivid description of a pornographic film.

'Shocking' sickness rates in social work

Stress blamed for absence rate that is 60% higher than national average

Goldie backs Social Worker campaign

Musician and actor Goldie paid tribute today to the social workers who helped him as a young man as he backed a national campaign to improve the image of the profession and attract more people to it.

Actors aid government campaign to recruit more social workers

A number of big-name actors – including the Oscar-nominated Samantha Morton – have lent their support to a government campaign to recruit more than 5,000 new social workers.

The return of Big Brother

As a new season of 'Big Brother' looms, should we see it as a seasonal filler, or a slow-burn drama worthy of Beckett? By Gerard Gilbert
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