Danielle (Dany) Mitzman is a British freelance journalist who has been based in the north Italian town of Bologna since 1998. Before that, she worked in London as a producer for Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4. She makes features and documentaries for BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, Deutsche Welle Radio and Radio Netherlands. Her reports are often rebroadcast on other networks, including NPR, CBC, ABC Australia and SABC. Her favourite areas are human interest, arts and culture and Italy's quirkiest news stories.

Leonardo: the world’s most famous selfie?

September 1st, 2015

In the north Italian city of Turin, a rare exhibition called “Leonardo and the King’s Treasures” features as its main attraction a drawing widely considered to be Leonardo da Vinci’s self-portrait. It’s seldom on show because displaying it is a risky and costly business.

I was allowed a sneak preview inside the ‘caveau’ – the sealed vault where the red chalk drawing and many other invaluable works are kept.

(first broadcast on Spectrum, Deutsche Welle Radio, 15th December, 2014)

Pride – the real story

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)

Addicted to… the bidet

July 10th, 2014

The audio version.

Published on 7th July 2014 in the BBC Online Magazine