Gavin Hood and Katharine Gun: How we made Official Secrets
From government whistle blower to Hollywood movie. The director Gavin Hood and the former British intelligence worker Katharine Gun speak to The Cultural Frontline about how her decision to leak the details of an alleged US plan to bug UN delegates before the Iraq war changed her life and became an acclaimed film starring Keira Knightley.
How far would you go for a good story? Taking untrained child actors on a rehearsal boot camp or filming in the jungle with the help of local goldminers? We speak to Alejandro Landes the director of Colombian kidnap drama Monos about the lengths he went to for his art.
Plus the Saudi writer-director Shahad Ameen reveals how she was inspired by Arabic folklore to make her new film, the feminist mermaid fantasy, Scales.
Presenter: Tina Daheley
(Photo: Keira Knightly as Katharine Gun and Director Gavin Hood. Credit: Entertainment One/Columbia Pictures)
Aida Muluneh: Can you change lives through art?
What comes to mind when you think about the world of art?
Perhaps it’s million dollar auctions or celebrated galleries like the Louvre and New York’s Metropolitan. But what about issues such as land rights, the battle for democracy or access to safe drinking water?
Three acclaimed artists, Aida Muluneh of Ethiopia, Cian Dayrit from the Philippines and Zimbabwe’s Kudzanai Chiurai speak to Brenda Emmanus about how their work takes on those issues and reflects upon some of the greatest social and political challenges faced by people in their countries.
We also hear from the artists Angela Su and Mary Sibande about how their new work addresses the continuing democracy protests in Hong Kong and the post apartheid politics of South Africa.
Presented by Brenda Emmanus
Image/Credit: Aida Muluneh
Corsak and the changing culture of China
On this week’s Cultural Frontline, seventy years after the birth of the People’s Republic, how does China’s culture reflect the life of its people?
In the seventy years since Mao Zedong and the Communist Party declared the foundation of the People’s Republic of China, the nation has gone from amongst the poorest on earth to a modern day global superpower. The writer Karoline Kan charts the history of her nation through the personal stories of the women of her family.
The Uyghur poet Abduweli Ayup shares the story of how his fight to keep Uyghur culture alive led to his imprisonment in the Chinese province of Xinjiang.
Have you ever heard of Jin Yong? Prepare to explore the world of martial arts, heroes and chivalry made famous by the legendary Chinese author with Jin Yong super fan, the writer Amy Ng.
Plus he’s one of the biggest names in China’s growing dance music scene, the superstar producer Corsak tells us how he creates music that makes 1 billion people party.
Presented by Tina Daheley
Image: music producer Corsak. Credit: Will Kyaw
How to fix the world of fashion
You are what you wear? We head to London Fashion Week and speak to a new generation of designers and fashionistas working to solve humanitarian and environmental challenges through ethical and sustainable fashion.
High fashion but minimal pay. Tina speaks to the writer and fashion activist Giulia Mensitieri and the campaigning model Ekaterina Ozhiganova about challenging exploitative working practices for creatives and models in the global luxury fashion industry.
Get your fashion fix while fixing the world. In an exclusive preview of the new podcast, Fashion Fix, the model and activist Charli Howard reveals how we can right the wrongs of the fashion industry while staying stylish.
Plus we meet the creative forces behind ADISH, the Israeli and Palestinian streetwear brand trying to build bridges through fashion.
Presented by Tina Daheley
Image: Activists demonstrate outside the Foreign Office ahead of Victoria Beckham's show at the London Fashion Week on 15 September, 2019 in London. (Credit: Wiktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/Getty Images)
Murad Subay: The walls remember
When war broke out in Yemen, Murad Subay began painting murals on the shelled and bullet-marked buildings of his home city of Sana’a.
His colourful messages of protest and hope raised awareness of the conflict’s impact on Yemeni civilians. He encouraged passers by to join him as he worked, and together they filled ruined homes with images of peace.
Journalist Sumaya Bakhsh traces Murad’s journey as he leaves Sana’a for Cairo. International travel is rarely simple for citizens of Yemen, and we hear from Murad as he languishes in Egypt, stuck without a visa and unable to create new work. Murad is used to living and working in the toughest of conditions, but this period of inactivity is a new test for the prolific artist.
Eventually Murad receives a visa and arrives in the UK to launch a new campaign. Painting with Murad on the streets of London, Sumaya digs into his process as Murad explains why ultimately he must return to the conflict in Yemen, armed only with his brushes and spray cans.
Photo: A mural by Murad Subay Credit: Murad Subay
Murad Subay is voiced by Fayez Bakhsh
Presenter: Sumaya Bakhsh
Producers: Robbie MacInnes and Simona Rata
An SPG production for the BBC World Service