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A review of current trends and past influences in the cinema. TONY bilbow discusses the cult of the Western with CHARLES CHILTON and director MICHAEL WINNER, and features GEORGE ROY HILL'S Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starring PAUL NEWMAN and ROBERT REDFORD.
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looks at how two ' cult figures ' from literature have been brought to the screen : Barry Norman discusses The Adventures of Barry Mackenzie with a guest critic and Neville Smith looks at Jerry Cornelius , science fiction fantasy hero of The Final Programme.
Producer PATRICIA INGRAM
A critical look at the week's cinema releases.
Proof is the debut feature of director Jocelyn Moorhouse. It is the story of a photographer who has been blind from birth. He takes pictures in order to prove to others that the world he perceives is the same as the one that sighted people see. When his young housekeeper falls in love with him, and is rejected, she seeks revenge.
And Anjelica Huston talks about her role as Morticia in The Addams Family. The 60s cult TV show has been made into a funereal comedy feature co-starring Raul Julia , also seen in Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Presumed Innocent.
Director Marisa Verazzo
Producer Bruce Thompson
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Tonight's programme looks at "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle", the story of a psychopathic nanny starring Rebecca de Mornay and Annabella Sciorra, "Rebecca's Daughters", starring Peter O'Toole and based on a little-known Dylan Thomas screenplay, and the adaptation of "The Naked Lunch", William Burroughs 's cult novel, directed by David Cronenberg.
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Barry Norman reviews the new cinema releases, including: Sister Act, the suprise hit of the American summer, starring
Whoopi Goldberg as a nightclub singer seeking refuge from the Mob in a convent;
Single White Female, featuring Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh - when a woman advertises for a flatmate her worst fears become a nightmare; Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me, David Lynch's big screen "prequel" to his cult TV series.
And a report on location with Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn in Death Becomes Her. Director Liz Hartford
Producer Bruce Thompson
The first of the new year's films under review include Stargate, featuring Kurt Russell and James Spader in the US sci-fi hit; Killing Zoe, a heist thriller set in Paris, starring Eric Stolz and with cult director Quentin Tarantino as its executive producer; and Eat Drink Man Woman from Ang Lee. Plus a look at forthcoming releases.
Director Liz Ekberg ; Series producer
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Frida Kahlo is now considered one of the most successful of Latin American artists but, when she died in 1954, she was virtually unknown. This profile coincides with the release of a feature film based on her life.
Mark Kermode and Lauren Laverne present a celebration of movie locations across Britain, including rom com in Notting Hill and the backdrop for Brief Encounter's restrained romance, Carnforth railway station. Danny Boyle reveals how he created eerie, deserted London streets in 28 Days Later.... and Edward Woodward revisits the creepy landscape of cult horror classic The Wicker Man. Underworld perform their dance hit Born Slippy, which featured on the Trainspotting soundtrack. Producer Edward Morgan
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Cult horror director George A Romero talks to Francine Stock about his career, including Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow. Producer Stephen Hughes
Actor Rosamund Pike tells Francine Stock about her role in Fugitive Pieces, an adaptation of the award-winning novel by Canadian writer Anne Michaels. Director Mike Hodges discusses the restoration of Lola Montes , Max Ophuls 's 1955 cult epic, which was heavily cut at the time of its original release. Producer Stephen Hughes Repeated on Sunday at 11pm
Two fans mark the centenary of Errol Flynn's birth by discussing which of his films they believe to be the best, and presenter Francine Stock studies cult movie The Pool of London. Repeated on Sunday at 11pm
John Landis talks with Francine Stock about his 1981 cult horror comedy An American Werewolf in London, re-released in cinemas this week.
The Man Who Blew Up the Earth. A look at the life and work of author Douglas Adams, creator of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, who died in May of this year. With the help of contributions from friends, including Stephen Fry, Terry Jones, Clive Anderson and Griff Rhys Jones, the programme reveals that Adams was a man of contradictions: a writer who often found the experience torturous, a techie ill at ease with the modern world, a sci-fi fanatic who adored PG Wodehouse, a giant of a man at odds with the extent of his own body.
Producer John Bush : Series editor Basil Comely (S) (W) The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy continues on Monday at 11.25pm
The late Douglas Adams, creator of the cult radio and TV series and bestselling book The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams: Omnibus Special
According to his entry in The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the most important thing to know about writer Douglas Adams is that he's tall. "Really tall, you just won't believe how vastly hugely dwarf-scaringly tall he is," is what it says. But there is more to Adams than his height, as this profile, being screened a few months after his sudden death, shows. Adams, who originally wanted to be a performer then started working as a comedy writer and only became a sci-fi writer "because I exaggerated so much", wrote a radio play (broadcast in March 1978) that turned him into a cult. Hitch-Hiker became a series of bestselling books, a TV series (repeats of which conclude Monday and Tuesday on BBC2), an album, a computer game and an online guide "to life, the universe and everything". It may even become a Hollywood film. As well as footage of Hitch-Hiker in its various forms, there's some of Adams's lesser-known comedy writing, including a Pythonesque sketch about the picking of a peony that ends in the world being blown up, and previous interviews with the writer himself. Friends and colleagues - including Terry Jones, Stephen Fry, John Lloyd and Geoffrey Perkins share their memories of him, and recall their feelings when they first heard the warm tones of Peter Jones narrating the radio show. Naturally, they all compliment Adams and his abilities, but former Python Jones is refreshingly honest, too: "Mike Palin and I went along to the BBC and thought it was funny... I wish I could say we thought, 'This is a work of genius,' and spotted its place in history, but after about three episodes we decided we'd rather go and have a beer."
The Rev Sun Myung Moon : Emperor of the Universe.
The fifth film in this eight-part series presents a profile of the controversial leader of the Moonies, the Rev Myung Moon. While claiming to be the new Messiah, he is accused of heading a ruthless cult that abducts and brainwashes teenagers. He runs an empire worth billions and to his friends he is a hero, a man of profound spirituality who strives to vanquish evil. To his detractors, however, he is a megalomaniac, a fraud who plans to dominate the world. Director Christopher Olgiati
Series editor Jenny Abbott (S) (W)
Sue MacGregor reunites the cast and director of the British cult movie Withnail and I. Actors Richard E Grant, Paul McGann, Ralph Brown and writer and director Bruce Robinson are on the stage of the BFI. Richard Griffiths recorded an interview about his role as Uncle Monty. Producer Kevin Dawson Repeated on Friday at 9am
Coinciding with the start of David Lynch 's series Twin Peaks (Tuesday BBC2), Moving Pictures takes a critical look at this cult director as he moves into the mainstream.
American film critic John Powers presents an illustrated reappraisat of Lynch's work including his most recent cinema success Wild at Heart. There is also an interview with controversial British film-maker Derek Jarman on the eve of the London Film Festival premiere of his new film, The Garden. And screenwriter
Richard Price , responsible for such scripts as The Color of Money and an episode of New York Stories, speaks about the trials of writing, and re-writing, the Al Pacino/Ellen Barkin thriller, Sea of Love.
Director Janet Fraser Crook
Series producer Paul Kerr
The last in the series that puts ideologically opposed people together.
Cradle of Filth are a cult "black metal" band. With their make-up, loud music and ugly lyrics, they are a parent's worst nightmare. Janet Robinson is a mother from Yorkshire, whose teenage son idolises the band. Janet and her daughter spend a week on tour with the band. A new series of Living with the Enemy is planned for next year. See today's choices.
Executive producer Debbie Christie; Producer Gabe Solomon
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Continuing the new Saturday-night strand celebrating a decade of popular culture, spotlighting everything from the fads, fashions and films to the stars, sounds and sport. Ends 2.00am. See Choice.
8.55 I Love 1971
A series focusing on every year of the decade, each presented by a celebrity well known for their connections with the seventies. Tonight Britt Ekland looks back to 1971, the year in which she broke into the limelight with her role in the cult thriller Get Carter. She recalls the craze for space hoppers, the wonderfully insane children's television show, Banana Splits and ponders the success of singles like Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep. (S) W)
New series 1/13. Thy Kingdom Come. Andrew McCarthy stars in Stephen King 's adaptation of Lars von Trier's cult mini-series The Kingdom. When the victim of a road accident is admitted to hospital, he encounters a ghostly figure. The second episode follows on BBC3 at 11.20.
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