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Russell Crowe, Anish Kapoor, The Body in Greek Art

March 24th, 2015

Episode 823 of 1338 episodes

Russell Crowe discusses directing his first film, The Water Diviner. Set in Australia and Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli, the film also stars Crowe as a father who travels to Turkey to find the bodies of his soldier sons. Crowe explains why he chose to make a film about Gallipoli that focuses on the Turkish as well as the Australian perspective. Artist Anish Kapoor, best known for his grand architectural sculptures, discusses creating silicone works on flat panels for his new exhibition. The artworks resemble carcasses and recall works by Rembrandt and Bacon. Outlander, a new historical fantasy series based on books by Diana Gabaldon, combines a Highland backdrop with time travel and romance. The series has already done well in the United States. Sophia McDougall wonders whether it will be a hit with British audiences hungry for the next Game of Thrones. Bettany Hughes reviews Defining Beauty: The Body in Greek Art, which opens this week at the British Museum. She discusses how the ancient Greeks saw the body as both an object of beauty and a bearer of meaning. Presenter: Samira Ahmed Producer: Olivia Skinner.

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