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Mark Kidel

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Mark is a documentary filmmaker and writer specialising in the arts and music. Recent films include "Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance ", "Road Movie: A Portrait of John Adams", "Painting the Moment", a film about the French painter Fabienne Verdier and "Martin Amis's England". He is current developing a feature-length documentary on Sly and the Family Stone and a film about Cary Grant

Articles by Mark Kidel

DVD: The Hateful Eight

Tarantino’s latest bloodfest is a claustrophobic piece of cinema in which a very wild bunch, holed up in a Wyoming shack in the middle of a blizzard, confront their various pasts, recent and less so...

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CD: Brian Eno - The Ship

Brian Eno has consistently explored the frontiers of music, bravely charting new territories of sound in a way that’s never left his audience behind. He can bring his finely attuned ears and...

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All's Well That Ends Well, Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Andrew Hilton’s new production of All’s Well That Ends Well makes the most of the complexities of a "problem play", neither comedy nor tragedy, and navigates this startling mix of emotional depth and...

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CD: Damir Imamović's Sevdah Takht - Dvojka

Black bile, the dark blood which feeds the melancholy mood, runs through musics that resonate with the heart’s longing. In Arabic sawdah is a word which draws together the ideas of black bile and, in...

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Long Day's Journey Into Night, Bristol Old Vic

Lesley Manville’s performance as Mary, the tortured morphine addict, wife and mother in Eugene O’Neill’s dark masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night, directed by Richard Eyre, is breathtaking,...

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CD: Jeff Buckley - You and I

Jeff Buckley, who died much too young, only made one studio album, Grace. Part-channelling his sweet-voiced father Tim, and part-exploring a strand of rock that was both dangerously wild and...

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Hamlet, Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Alan Mahon’s Hamlet in Andrew Hilton’s production for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory bristles with teen spirit and this is no bad thing. The Prince of Denmark, even before his father dies, is...

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The Odyssey, Mark Bruce Company, Circomedia, Bristol

Mark Bruce did very well with his last dance theatre production Dracula, but this time around he has reached a little too far. The Odyssey is a great text, but with the twists and turns of Ulysses’...

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CD: Rokia Traoré, Né So

The Malian music scene has always been dominated by the griot caste, the jalis who serve as historians, praise-singers and guardians of the tradition. Rokia Traoré, like Salif Keita, isn’t a griot,...

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CD: Sidestepper – Supernatural Love

Sidestepper have been ploughing the rich ground of "electro-cumbia" for some years now. Their appealing contribution to the world dance scene is the fruit of a collaboration between Richard Blair,...

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CD: Tricky – Tricky Presents Skilled Mechanics

Tricky navigates a kind of penumbra, a fertile and ever-renewing source of inspiration in which his mixed-race, gender-fluid self can re-invent itself periodically, while staying true to his roots...

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CD: Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20

Lucinda Williams steers just the right side of mannered, with a voice that’s raw and bruised, and a slurring delivery that would do a barstool drunk proud. She is the deep South incarnate, evoking...

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DVD: 45 Years

Andrew Haigh’s portrait of a marriage on the rocks has plenty of style, and a near-funereal pace suffused with the decay that gnaws away at long-term relationships. He has also elicited brilliant...

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Albums of 2015: Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night

From the younger generation’s offerings of the past year, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly stands out, sparkling with invention, risk-taking, personal openness and social engagement. Bob Dylan’s...

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DVD: Lambert and Stamp

Few rock managers deserve a full-length documentary as much as Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, who breathed life and inspiration into a lively young Mod group the High Numbers, and transformed them into...

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Sleeping Beauty, Bristol Old Vic

Christmas pantomime is all about letting go, and being carried away on a wave of communal jollity. The genre also delights in carnivalesque gender-bending, the anarchic undermining of authority and...

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