We are pleased to announce the first events for Hay Festival 2018. The full programme will be released in the Spring.
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How do you create unmissable cliffhangers and characters that listeners both love and love to hate? Alison Hindell, Head of Audio Drama for the BBC, will discuss the art and technique of writing serials and long-running series with two leading writers of radio drama.
The world’s favourite singleton is back with a bump. Fielding discusses the (gloriously different) book and film versions of her comic masterpiece.
BBC Two’s ground breaking, one-off drama King Charles III has been adapted by playwright and television screenwriter Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, Press) from his Olivier Award-winning play. Daringly written in blank verse, King Charles III is an imagining of Prince Charles’s accession to the throne following the Queen’s death. As Charles wrestles with his own identity, this playful and poignant drama explores the implications for him, his family and his subjects. The TV adaptation reunites many of the original creative team, including director Rupert Goold, and Tim Pigott-Smith in the title role of Charles. Join Mike Bartlett as he discusses the process of turning his critically acclaimed stage play into a compelling TV drama.
A Drama Republic production for BBC
The actor reminisces in an intimate self-portrait, with stories and photographs from her long career – from classic movies Georgy Girl and The Night Porter to Broadchurch and The Sense of an Ending.
A wonderful opportunity to explore the adaptation of the book to big screen of Stephen Fry’s novel, with clips from John Jencks’ new film starring Roger Allam, Emily Berrington, Tim McInnerny, Geraldine Somerville with Fiona Shaw and Matthew Modine. Join the film-makers and the author for a unique insight into the movie. Hosted by celebrated film critic Mark Kermode.
Burney, author of Murder and the Making of English CSI, and Machin, creator of the BBC’s Waking the Dead, discuss the history of English crime scene investigation. They will consider how, in the first half of the twentieth century, homicide investigations – in fact and in fiction – turned their attention from a primarily medical and autopsy-based interest in the victim’s body to analysis of minute trace evidence discovered at the murder scene..
The producers of the cult noir film thriller are joined by photographer David Wilson to talk about the silent character in the hit TV show: the landscapes of Ceredigion. Wilson has captured these landscapes for the new book Hinterland Landscapes and the panel will reflect on what the settings have brought to the show, and the impact the show has had on this quiet part of Wales. Chaired by Jon Gower.
Ever since Thomas More coined the term, ‘Utopia’, it has been constantly re-imagined and re-invented by new generations of writers and dreamers. Now a major new arts series for BBC Four examines the enduring appeal of utopias and asks what it is in the human condition that yearns for it. Richard Clay, professor of Digital Humanities at Newcastle University, talks about his experience of making the series, from being shouted at by guards at a Soviet nostalgia theme park in Lithuania to exploring the acid house scene of Chicago’s south side and experiencing a marathon Steve Reich minimalist music concert. The session will also feature exclusive preview clips and a Q&A.
Utopias is made by ClearStory for BBC Four and will broadcast this summer
Notoriously private and guarded, Paula Rego opens up for the first time to her son in this film about the secrets and stories in her life. Born in Portugal, trained in London, she nevertheless used her powerful pictures as a weapon against the Portuguese dictatorship – a country her father told her was no good for women – and continued to target women’s issues such as abortion. The film, graphically illustrated in pastel, charcoal and oil paint, combines a huge archive of home movies, family photographs and interviews spanning 60 years, to paint an extraordinary portrait of an artist, whose legacy will endure. Her son, filmmaker Nick Willing, talks about the challenges of confronting his mother about her past with clips from the film.
A Lonestar film for BBC Two. Warning: film clips may contain strong language
An evening celebrating the outstanding work of the cinematographer whose films include The Reader, Dirty Pretty Things, Notes on a Scandal, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. He has won two Oscars: for The Killing Fields and The Mission.
An all-star group of entertainment and sustainability industry pioneers come together to debate the role content plays in focusing world attention on global warming. Writer James Cary’s comedy hits include Bluestone 42 and Miranda; Rebecca Welsh is a producer of Strictly Come Dancing and Come Dine With Me. Juliet Davenport is CEO of Good Energy and Catherine Davies is the Development Director at Shire Oak Films.
Film maker George Carey has spent the past five years exploring the interlocking worlds of spying and the British establishment in a trilogy about famous traitors. His films on Kim Philby and George Blake have already gone out in BBC Four’s Storyville strand, and as he completes his film on Guy Burgess he discusses the challenges of making documentaries about the men who, for their different reasons, put Soviet communism before the society that had nurtured them. Featuring clips from the trilogy including ones from the upcoming film on Guy Burgess, followed by a Q&A.
Award-winning film maker Jill Nicholls makes compelling intimate films about some of our greatest writers. Her films for the BBC’s flagship arts documentary series Imagine… include profiles of Toni Morrison, Diana Athill, Salman Rushdie, Judith Kerr, Doris Lessing and most recently Egyptian author and activist Nawal El Saadawi. Jill talks to Jonty Claypole, Director of Arts, BBC, about how she has persuaded some of our greatest literary talents to open up and share their creative insights as well as how she has confronted the challenge of bring books to life on television.
Presented by Alan Yentob, Imagine is the home for original, thought-provoking, intelligent and highly accessible films on the arts and popular culture; bbc.co.uk/imagine
Inspired by his acerbic and often hilarious diaries, this film reveals Bennett as he’s never been seen. Intimate encounters, filmed over the course of a year, reveal a writer who is bemused by his own popularity and is still as angry and irreverent in his 80s as he was in his 20s. Filmmakers Adam Low and Martin Rosenbaum talk to Mark Bell, Head of Commissioning TV Arts BBC, to reveal what it was like filming the nation’s best loved writer with clips from the film and followed by Q&A.
A Lonestar film for BBC. There will be a full screening of Alan Bennett’s Diaries following this event at 7PM.
A special feature-length screening of the BBC Two documentary made by Lonestar for BBC.
There is a discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers prior to this event at 5.30PM.
Carnage is a feature length documentary written and directed by the comedian Simon Amstell. Set in 2067, a time when the entire population of the UK is vegan and the consumption of meat and animal products is illegal, the documentary takes a satirical and entertaining look back over the previous 150 years, telling the story of how this vegan future came to pass. The film was originally commissioned for BBC iPlayer and this special screening of the film will be followed by a Q&A with Simon Amstell and the producers behind it. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
Carnage is available to download or stream from iPlayer. Warning: Contains some strong language and some upsetting scenes.
The director and screenwriter discusses his new film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel. His screen credits include Venus, The Mother, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and Notting Hill.
A new tale of ageing, lust, helplessness and deception told with the trademark black humour of one of the great British novelists whose films and books include The Buddha of Suburbia, Venus, The Mother and My Beautiful Launderette. Kureishi is one of the wisest and most humane writers with an acute eye for vulnerabilities and quiet desperation.
A radical look at Jane Austen as you’ve never seen her – as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. Byrne celebrates Britain’s favourite novelist 200 years after her death and explores why her books make such awesome movies, time after time.
The film director talks about culture and society and his style of socialist realism from his earliest 1960s television plays like Cathy Come Home to the masterpiece I Daniel Blake.