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Max Alexander, Stanley Donwood and Dr Tessa Roynon

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8 March 2020

Episode 557

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We meet Secret Cinema CEO Max Alexander to learn about experiential cinema and artist Stanley Donwood to discuss creativity in the anthropocene and his new book of linocuts, ‘Bad Island’. Plus, as a new documentary on Toni Morrison hits cinemas, we talk about the author’s legacy with Oxford academic Dr Tessa Roynon.

8 March 2020

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Max Alexander

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Since 2007, Secret Cinema has been turning its unique blend of immersive theatre and cinema on silver-screen classics. We meet CEO Max Alexander to learn more about the company – and its plans for the future.

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Stanley Donwood

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Stanley Donwood is a visual polymath working across album design, illustration, typography and painting. He joins us to discuss his latest book of linocuts, ‘Bad Island’, a simultaneously contemporary and timeless exploration of the anthropocene age.

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Dr Tessa Roynon

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Toni Morrison is one of America’s most important novelists. Her works illuminated the African-American experience, bringing black stories from the margins into the mainstream. As a new documentary about her life hits cinemas, we’re joined by Oxford academic Tessa Roynon to learn more about Morrison’s influence and legacy.

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