The Monocle Arts Review

Podcasts, photographs and independent filmmaking

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19 May 2017

Episode 522

45 minutes

We review the latest book and podcast releases with publisher John Mitchinson and writer Pete Naughton. Plus: art adviser Kathlene Fox-Davies gives us her take on Photo London, we meet a film producer to find out just how difficult it is to get your film on the big screen and we listen to Portugal’s top-five music chart.

19 May 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Photo London

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Art adviser Kathlene Fox-Davies discusses the third edition of Photo London, the capital’s biggest photography art fair, which takes place this weekend at Somerset House.

10 minutes

Chapter 2

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Photo: Flickr

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Chapter 2

Pete Naughton’s podcast review

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Journalist Pete Naughton joins Holly Fisher in the studio to discuss the BBC’s foray into the world of podcasting and a show that’s taking the temperature of global politics made by Cambridge University, ‘Talking Politics’.

9 minutes

Chapter 3

12 minutes


Photo: Alexander James

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Chapter 3

John Mitchinson’s book review

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Unbound co-founder John Mitchinson brings in two of his favourite books this month: Megan Hunter’s ‘The End We Start From’ and Richard Ford’s memoir ‘Between Them’.

12 minutes

Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

The journey of ‘The Journey’

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A new movie called ‘The Journey’ tells how the leaders of the warring tribes of unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland risked the wrath of their followers to rescue a faltering peace process. It’s a narrative that should appeal to audiences at home and abroad but, as Ian Wylie reports from Belfast, the movie’s struggles to get a theatrical release – despite a highly regarded cast, experienced producer and film festival plaudits – demonstrate the increasing difficulty in bringing independent films to a cinema screen near you.

7 minutes

Chapter 5

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Photo: Flickr

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Chapter 5

Global countdown: Portugal

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Fernando Augusto Pacheco joins Chris Lord in the studio to discuss what’s made it into Portugal’s top-five music chart this week.

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