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Danny Boyle at Home, Simon Stephens, Lee Miller and Picasso

May 21st, 2015

Episode 907 of 1333 episodes

HOME is the new venue for film, theatre and the visual arts in Manchester. It brings together two former Manchester institutions - the Cornerhouse, so named because of its distinctive shape, and the Library Theatre which used to have its home in Manchester's Central library basement. Danny Boyle, filmmaker, theatre director, and now patron of Home, and Home's chief executive, Dave Moutrey, assess what this new 25 million arts centre brings to Manchester's cultural landscape. Playwright Simon Stephens, best known for his adaption of Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, discusses his commission to write the inaugural play, The Funfair, for Manchester's newest dramatic stage - the main theatre at Home. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a genre-defying mishmash of cinematic and popular culture references. This black and white Iranian vampire movie is also the debut of Iranian-American filmmaker, Ana Lily Amirpour. A big hit at last year's Sundance festival, it's just about to open in the UK. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews. 'Lee Miller and Picasso' is a new exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, drawing on the thirty year friendship between the photographer and artist. The collection includes personal photographs and items from the Miller Archive. Antony Penrose - Miller's son - reflects on the compelling relationship between the two revealed by his mother's photography. Presenter - John Wilson Producer - Ekene Akalawu.

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