sun 29/03/2015

Features & Interviews

10 Questions for Filmmaker Damián Szifron

Demetrios Matheou

Nominated for Best Foreign Language film at this year’s Oscars, Wild Tales is that rarity, a portmanteau film; even rarer, it’s a good one. Though unconnected by plot or character, the six darkly comic stories are bonded by themes of revenge and fighting back – against cheating lovers, bad drivers, rank bureaucracy, the crook who ruined your life. It’s about people who cross a line most of us only fantasise about.A big hit on the festival circuit prior to its Oscar nomination, the film has...

Cheikh Lô: Dreadlocked Islamic Funk

Peter Culshaw

Cheikh Lô , the much loved Senegalese singer, is back with new recordings for the first time in five years with a three track EP trailing a new album in June, and theartsdesk has an early look at his new video for the lead track “Degg Gui” (see below).The EP is a typically adventurous mix of styles – “Degg Gui” includes a vocal contribution from much touted Brazilian singer Flavia Coelho (her own reggae-soaked debut Mundo Meu is out in May, when she is performing in London) and also...

Building a Library: Living with Sibelius

David Nice

I’ve just spent five weeks in the company of a very austere and sometimes frightening masterpiece, Sibelius’s Fourth Symphony, hearing a great many...

2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Peter Quinn

Compered by the velvet-toned broadcaster Moira Stuart, the winners of this year's Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced last night in a packed...

Opinion: Where's the crisis at ENO?

David Nice

Having been bowled over by the total work of art English National Opera made of Wagner’s The Mastersingers of Nuremberg on its first night, I bought...

First Person: The Meaning of Mermaids

Polly Teale

The Shared Experience director discovers a fresh path into the underwater world of Hans Christian Andersen

Rattle for the LSO: great or just good news?

David Nice

Sir Simon finally committed to London post in 2017

theartsdesk in Calais: Simon Faithfull – To the Bottom of the World and Back

Sarah Kent

Online messages sent from elsewhere by an artist who loves the sea

Extract: I've Always Kept a Unicorn: The Biography of Sandy Denny

Mick Houghton

Tables turned as Fairport Convention are auditioned by their new singer

theartsdesk in Moscow: Remembering George Costakis

Tom Birchenough

Moscow pays tribute to the great Greek collector of the Russian avant-garde

'I'm the photographer. Any nudity? Any fighting?'

Bill Knight

theartsdesk's theatre snapper exposes the secrets of the trade

theartsdesk in Moscow: A Bewitching Eugene Onegin

Fisun Güner

A magical realisation of Pushkin's verse novel that's coming to London

Steve Strange, 1959-2015

Bruce Dessau

Ghost biographer remembers the New Romantic leader as a creative spirit and true pioneer

theartsdesk in Aalborg: Northern Winter Beat 2015

Kieron Tyler

Peter Hook, Efterklang’s new band and the music of agitated hamsters in north Denmark

PJ Harvey: Recording in Progress, Artangel at Somerset House

Mark Kidel

The musician in full creative swing: a voyeur’s delight

Quick! Win tickets for the London Art Fair

Fisun Güner

For great British art under one roof

First Person: Finding Oppenheimer

Tom Morton-Smith

The author of the RSC's new play about the creator of atomic bomb seeks an elusive truth

First Person: Doing The Walworth Farce

Sean Foley

Acclaimed comedy director introduces Enda Walsh's new farce starring three Gleesons

The Story of The Beatles' Last Song

James Woodall

Extract from a new Kindle single about the recording of 'Abbey Road'

Best of 2014: Dance & Ballet

Hanna Weibye

A dozen unforgettable events from a rich year

Best of 2014: Top 13 Films, 5-1


The countdown concludes with our top five film picks

Best of 2014: TV

Adam Sweeting

Prog Rock, detectives, two world wars and the young Batman were among 2014's highlights

Best of 2014: World Music

Peter Culshaw

Best of the year, quite a lot of which was by revolutionary women

Best of 2014: Art

Fisun Güner

It was a year of remembrance - so who were the artists we couldn't forget?

Best of 2014: Top 13 Films, 13-6


First in our two-parter best of the year countdown

theartsdesk at the Dubai International Film Festival

Demetrios Matheou

Few festivals involve such contrasts as Dubai's, where Emirati showboating and kitsch parties accompany some important Arab cinema

Photographer Rena Effendi: 'Images of dislocation'

Tom Birchenough

Azeri photographer brings the world to us with striking, intimate immediacy

Wolf Hall comes to BBC Two

Adam Sweeting

Hilary Mantel's historical novels journey from page to stage to screen

theartsdesk in Oslo: Two Peer Gynts and a Hamlet

David Nice

Intermittently powerful new Ibsen opera outshone by hard-hitting Norwegian theatre


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