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Ant-Man, Artist Marc Quinn, Clueless at 20, North Korean author Hyeonseo Lee

July 13th, 2015

Episode 951 of 1502 episodes

Ant-Man is the latest Marvel comic to make it to screen, this time starring Paul Rudd as a petty criminal who acquires a suit which helps him decrease in size but increase in strength. Tim Robey reviews the film. As a new exhibition of his work opens at the White Cube gallery, artist Mark Quinn discusses why he has moved from creating portraits to seascapes and how 3D technology has changed the way he makes sculptures. Amy Heckerling's 1995 film Clueless was the surprise hit of that year and became a cult favourite due to its idiosyncratic costumes and much-quoted dialogue. Jen Chaney, author of an oral history of the film's production and Bim Adewunmi, Culture Editor at Buzzfeed, discuss why the film made such an impact. In her memoir The Girl with Seven Names, Hyeonseo Lee describes life growing up in North Korea and how she defected from the secretive and brutal regime at the age of 17. Lee discusses her mixed feelings as she made it to China but was cut off from her family who remained, and how 12 years later she found herself back on the North Korean border in a dangerous bid to spirit away her mother and brother. Presenter: Samira Ahmed Producer: Ellie Bury.

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