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Event 415

Paul Fischer

A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Incredible True Story of North Korea and the Most Audacious Kidnapping in History

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Before becoming the world's most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's film industry. He directed every film made in the country but knew they were nothing compared to Hollywood. Then he hit on the perfect solution: order the kidnapping of South Korea's most famous actress and her ex-husband, the country's most acclaimed director.

In a jaw-dropping mission the couple were kidnapped, held hostage and then 'employed' to make films for the Dear Leader, including a remake of Godzilla. They gained Kim's trust – but could they escape?

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Paul Fischer

Event 411

Nigel Kennedy in conversation with Clemency Burton-Hill

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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In an informal pre-concert interview, the violinist talks about his approach to music, his Polish band, his 1732 violin made by Carlo Bergonzi of Cremona, jazz, Villa and Vivaldi.

45 mins
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Nigel Kennedy in conversation with Clemency Burton-Hill

Event 412

Satish Kumar talks to Andy Fryers

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Satish Kumar, a former monk and long-term peace and environmental activist, talks us through his life: his 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage, co-founding the Schumacher College, and his hopes for the future.

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Satish Kumar talks to Andy Fryers

Event 372

Virginia Nicholson

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes: The Story of Women in the 1950s

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Nicholson tells the story of women in the 1950s: a time before the Pill, when divorce spelled scandal and two-piece swimsuits caused mass alarm. She is the author of Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900–1939, Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived Without Men after the First World War and Millions Like Us: Women’s Lives During the Second World War. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

45 mins
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Virginia Nicholson

Event 413

Francine Stock, Tim Robey, William Nicholson and Bruce Robinson

Nobody’s Perfect: Golden Words From the Silver Screen

Venue: Starlight Stage
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What makes a great screenplay? Structure? Dialogue? Can it take us places a novel can’t reach? Francine Stock of The Film Programme, Tim Robey, The Telegraph film critic, Oscar-winning (Gladiator) playwright of Mandela, Shadowlands and Les Miserables, Bill Nicholson and the legendary director and screenwriter of Withnail and I, Jennifer 8 and The Rum Diaries debate the strengths of their favourite film scripts and recommend a top ten screenplays of all time list. To join the conversation and make your own arguments for favourite movie scripts, please post on Hay Festival’s Facebook page or Twitter @hayfestival #nobodysperfect.

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Francine Stock, Tim Robey, William Nicholson and Bruce Robinson

Event 414

Nigel Kennedy

Closing Night Concert

Venue: Tata Tent
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Violin maverick Nigel Kennedy and his band bridge musical boundaries in an evening of brilliance, improvisation and showmanship. Expect the unexpected and come prepared for breath-taking performances of works new and old, including music written by Kennedy himself.
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Nigel Kennedy

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