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6 Feb 2023
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Guillermo del Toro: 

We speak to Mexican film-maker Guillermo del Toro, who is known for making movies underpinned by a sense of the mythic and filled with ghosts and monsters. His most recent film, ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ is an intricate stop-motion reinvention of the familiar story. We catch up with the two-time Academy Award winner and the film’s co-director, Mark Gustafson.

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30 Jan 2023
30 min

Monocle on Culture - This year’s Oscar nominations : 

Robert Bound is joined by Karen Krizanovich and Fernando Augusto Pacheco to review the surprises, snubs and stars of this year’s Oscar nominations.

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23 Jan 2023
30 min

Monocle on Culture - 2023 on the stage: 

Robert Bound is joined by theatre critics Natasha Tripney and Matt Wolf to discuss what 2023 looks like on the stage. We turn the spotlight on showstopper musicals, a play starring the actor of the moment, and staged versions of bestselling novels by Olga Tokarczuk and Hanya Yanagihara.

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16 Jan 2023
30 min

Monocle on Culture - ‘Tár’: 

Todd Field’s new film, ‘Tár’, tells the story of fêted conductor Lydia Tár (played by Cate Blanchett) and her unceremonious undoing. Robert Bound is joined by critics Jason Solomons and Ashanti Omkar to discuss the aesthetics of the film, Blanchett's performance and the controversial issues at the film’s core.

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2 Jan 2023
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Looking ahead to 2023: 

Robert Bound looks at the cultural year ahead with guests Francesca Gavin, Chris Power and Scott Bryan to explore the very best upcoming art exhibitions, books and TV shows.

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26 Dec 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Best of Monocle on Culture 2022: 

We bring you the very best of this year’s Monocle on Culture including literary genius Ali Smith, music industry legend Chris Blackwell and genre-defying composer Benjamin Clementine.

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19 Dec 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - 2022 in review: 

Robert Bound is joined by Kate Hutchinson, Mia Levitin and Tim Robey to round up the very best of this year’s albums, books and films.

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12 Dec 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Who has the best Christmas song of 2022?: 

Robert Bound is joined by Georgie Rogers and Will Hodgkinson for their annual festive review of the season’s music releases including albums and singles from Backstreet Boys, Phoebe Bridgers and Lizzo.

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5 Dec 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Is jazz having a resurgence?: 

We examine the triumphant resurgence of jazz, which seems to be front and centre in a bold new live scene across the world, and whose sounds have been incorporated into everything from hip-hop, pop, rock, classical to electronica. Robert Bound is joined by music writer Ammar Kalia, London Jazz Festival director Pelin Opcin and trumpeter, Yazz Ahmed. 

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28 Nov 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Twenty years of Art Basel Miami Beach: 

Robert Bound and guests mark 20 years of Art Basel Miami Beach. Artnet’s executive editor Julia Halperin shares her memories of the fair, while outgoing and incoming directors Marc Spiegler and Noah Horowitz discuss the history and future of Art Basel Miami Beach. Plus: Heather Hubbs, director of the New Art Dealers Alliance fair, on how this upstart art fair became an institution all on its own.

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7 Nov 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - George Saunders: 

Booker Prize winner George Saunders is a master of the short story form. His latest collection, ‘Liberation Day’, contains nine tightly constructed tales that are underpinned by a sense of dystopia and the absurd. He joins Robert Bound to discuss the collection and what makes a great story.

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31 Oct 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Benjamin Clementine: 

Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine is known for his genre-defying music, soulful voice and poetic lyricism. He joins Robert Bound in the studio to discuss his new album 'And I Have Been' and its creation high in the Santa Monica hills, his musical influences and his affinity for snakes.

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24 Oct 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - The Banshees of Inisherin: 

Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Simran Hans and Tim Robey to review the latest film from Martin McDonagh, ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ – a darkly comic tale of friendship and isolation. 

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17 Oct 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Do literary prizes still matter?: 

We draw back the curtain on literary prizes – what they mean for writers and literary agents – and what it’s like to be a judge on a major literary award. We speak with Clare Conville, co-founder of the literary agency C+W, Monocle’s books editor and Baillie Gifford prize judge, Georgina Godwin, and Eleanor Catton, winner of the Booker Prize in 2013 for her novel, ‘The Luminaries’.  

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10 Oct 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Commercial photography – or fine art?: 

This week we look through the viewfinder at the world of photography and explore whether the fields of commercial and art photography are beginning to merge. We speak to Matthew Beaman, Monocle’s photography director; stop by London agency East’s gallery space, 10 14; and catch up with photographer Mark Mahaney.

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3 Oct 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - Espionage, Black History Month and ‘Natasha’: 

We explore the relationship between British espionage and male homosexuality with writer, author, and artist Huw Lemmey. Plus: dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and artist Ben F Jones reflect on their relationship with art and activism in celebration of Black History Month and we learn about the seventh edition of the Singapore Biennale, also known as ‘Natasha’.

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26 Sep 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - The music press: how it started and where it’s going: 

We look at the past, present and future of the music press. Robert Bound meets Paul Gorman, whose new book, ‘Totally Wired: The Rise and Fall of the Music Press’ details the ‘glory days’ of the industry. Plus: Laura Snapes and Natty Kasambala on where the digital press is heading and we hear the musings of Monocle’s Andrew Mueller on his former life as a music journalist.

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12 Sep 2022
30 min

Monocle on Culture - The Technicolor world of David Bowie: 

Fifty years after the release of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’, we look at David Bowie’s legacy and what the evolution of his visual world tells us. We speak to ‘Moonage Daydream’ director Brett Morgen and Mark Paytress, author of ‘Glam! When Superstars Rocked the World, 1970-74’.

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