Spencer at Venice Film Festival, Sally Rooney review, Mogwai, Redemption through reading, Cornish Ordinalia


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Irish author Sally Rooney’s third novel 'Beautiful World, Where Are You' has just been released amid a fanfare of publicity and speculation. It follows the runaway success of the TV adaptation of her Booker longlisted second novel, Normal People, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award. Essayist and critic Sinéad Gleeson and writer Zing Tsjeng, Executive Editor of Vice UK, join us to review. Film Critic Jason Solomons is Front Row’s correspondent at this year’s Venice International Film Festival. He reports on Spencer, the film portrayal of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, as she comes to terms with the end of her marriage; Dune – the sci-fi story that has become a Mount Everest-sized challenge for experienced and novice film directors alike; and festival favourite Pedro Almòdovar’s latest creation Parallel Mothers. Scottish band Mogwai formed 25 years ago in Glasgow, and this year released their 10th album ‘As the love continues’. The album achieved their first number 1 and their first Mercury Prize nomination. Guitarist Stuart Braithwaite joins John to talk about the band's history, future, and how much the nomination means to them. In St Just this weekend performances will begin of the Cornish Ordinalia - a medieval three-play cycle - Origo Mundi (The Creation of the World), The Passion & The Resurrection. It’s a vibrant drama and also a key text in the history of the Cornish language. To coincide with the performances, for the first time in centuries the manuscripts of the Ordinalia are on display in Cornwall at Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s archive centre. Matthew Rogers attended rehearsals, spoke to those involved and heard more about the text. Presenter: John Wilson Producer: Harry Parker

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