Archive for the ‘Arts and Culture’ Category

Pride – the real story

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Earlier this year, Pride won the Queer Palm at Cannes film festival. Since then it’s become one of
the most internationally popular feel­good films of 2014. Set in 1984, during the miners’ strike in Great Britain under Margaret Thatcher, it’s been likened to The Full Monty and Billy Elliot for its mix of social realism, pathos and inimitable British humour.

It’s the real­life story of an unlikely friendship which developed between a mining community in the Dulais Valley in South Wales and a London­based gay and lesbian group that raised money to
support them.

In the film, Dominic West plays Jonathan Blake, one of the original members of Lesbians and Gay
Men Support the Miners. The real Jonathan Blake was a special guest at Bologna’s Gender Bender festival when the film made its recent Italian première in Italy. I caught up with him there and found out more about the real life events of 30 years ago and what it was like to relive them on the screen.

(first broadcast on Inside Europe, Deutsche Welle Radio, 4th December, 2014)

Italy’s Sister Act

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Everybody loves a singing nun, whether it’s Julie Andrews crooning in the Sound of Music or Whoopi Goldberg belting gospel in Sister Act. But now Italy has its own singing sister who became an overnight international star last week, thanks to her performance on The Voice of Italy.

(first broadcast on Inside Europe, Deutsche Welle Radio, 10th April, 2014)

Berlusconi’s Media Legacy

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

At the end of 2011, Silvio Berlusconi finally had to admit political defeat and step down from the podium of a political empire whose foundations were built on his vast media empire. As the owner of Mediaset – the company which, until Sky, was the only competition for Italy’s state TV – together with his prolific publishing houses, Berlusconi has dominated the Italian media for the past 30 years. How much has he used his media influence to manipulate Italian culture?

First broadcast on WorldLink, Deutsche Welle Radio, 24th February 2012