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Today with Claire Byrne on Radio One, now, if assistant news editor at the Journal, Dotty is on the line and here with me in the studio is producer and director Brian Redon. You're both very welcome. You're going to talk to us about what to watch, see and do for the coming weeks, which is good because it's raining outside and we feel like finding nice things to do to cheer us up. So we're going to start with something that's become a September calendar staple in recent years, and that's Culture Night Effa.

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Very different this year, right? Yeah, it really is. I mean, it's 15 years now of culture night and it's a really great celebration of culture and the arts across like the whole island of Ireland and sometimes cities abroad as well, too. But this year they've had to go mostly digital. There are some offline events as well. If you check the website, you can find out those that that's a cultural idea. But they have decided to embrace the digital world, which means that people can still go and get their culture fixed.

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So I picked out a couple of highlights, but there's so much stuff that I would recommend. People just go straight to the website to one of these is Art Visual Karlo. That's the Center for Contemporary Art in Karlo. And they have a program called When I and as part of that and the writer John McKenna and spoken word artist Fairly Speaks are going to perform two new spoken word pieces is going to be original music as well alongside that. And then there's going to be some silent video portraits of people from across Carlaw, diverse kind of a group of people called us, we ours and also our visual kaido, Jessica Trayner, who's a writer, is going to be teaming up with the visual artist and choreographer, and they'll be doing a performance with the members of Carlos Migrant Community.

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And I think you can hear a clip. Etha are fairly speaks performing now. And this is an excerpt from her speech, her piece for our mothers. Our mothers are dancing on Thanksgiving, Sundays. What better stories in your mouth, too afraid to spit it out. Donees darkened by the weight of prayer. Teaching our daughters the necessity of a man is more important than the desire for one reminding but females in graduation gowns. My dear, you aren't getting any younger.

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And when their daughters recognize New Harper's, the reply with stern glares. You know, men are not to be trusted.

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That's visual, Karlo. And if anything else from the program that struck you. Yes.

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Read something really interesting happening down in Cork at the Glosserman, and it's going to be a public artwork unveiled that was created by teenage asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. They're involved with a couple of groups there like Cork Migrant Center on the Gluckman. They're basically reflecting what life is like for teenagers in 2020, Ireland, and they're influenced by the work of people like Joe Caslen and also by the Black Lives Matter movement. So it's really great to see the culture nature so diverse and kind of embracing everybody around the island.

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So Checo culture and I thought I'd get the full range of events. Really good idea to take a look, because there's lots of things happening there, really, as you say, really diverse, like a visitor casement aerodrome to discover the collection of of military aviation memorabilia. Lots of things on there to do and to see. Now, Brian, you want to talk to us about the Auti schedule, which was lost yesterday, yesterday, some great stuff, some brilliant.

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So some great documentaries coming up as a documentary on Main Finucan does one on Martin McGuinness, a lot of interesting things, the usuals overturning, returning. But the most interesting thing, the scenario for me, where were the dramas and the comedies that are coming up? And they're really interesting, two in particular, this one called The Westerly's. And I'm really looking forward to seeing and this is a drama, comedy, it's six parts. And the premise of it is that this Norwegian wind farm company have set up a wind farm off the southwest coast of Ireland and the locals are not very happy about it.

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Right. They think it's going to spoil the view. It's not environmentally friendly, so they object to it. So the Norwegian will be sending a personal undercover play by order. Brady, who's a former resident of the town, to try and keep the locals happy. So lots of different things happen. Obviously, there's lots of desire, romantic entanglements, and there's lots of comedy. And Patrick Bergen is in it. As I said, Ana Brady is in it.

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Steve Carell from The Stunning In The Walls is in it. The Great Paddy Courtney is in.

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It's such a great Irish cast. Looks really, really good. You're the great one. I think, which is going to be outstanding is dead still. And this is this is an interesting idea. It's set in the 80s. It's about so apparently during that period there was a great craze of photographing the dead. When you died, you were photographed, you were dressed up, your makeup was put on, your hair was fixed up, and you were photographed with your family as if he were still alive.

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And the photographer in question is played by Michael Smiley, the great actor from the North, and he's photographing all these corpses. But then a serial killer starts killing people and photographing them. And he is suspected of the murders. So he and his friends go in search of the serial killer in order to try and clear his name. So, as I say, it's set in 1887. It's a comedy. It's also, you know, it's a comedy, right.

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Set in that period. It's a serial killer thing. So it's kind of a mix of genres and it looks really interesting. Sound great.

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Yeah, they do have dates for those when they're on or I in the coming week.

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Westerly's I think starts in September and dead come are dead still soon after that. So I think the on September cinemas have reopened haven't they.

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For the most part. How are they, how are they doing. And you know, are they getting the releases that we would have expected.

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No, all the big movies have been postponed are the streaming, you know, so I mean, there's a lot of controversy in the states, obviously, with big companies like Disney and Colombia putting their major movies onto the streaming platforms, not releasing them in cinemas that Tenet opens today. So that's the big one. It's getting mixed reviews. You know, it's over two and a half hours of bomb, no action. And apparently it's completely incomprehensible, but fantastic.

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So that's one thing that's a few interesting things for kids. I think Pinocchio is in cinemas at the moment and that's where we're seeing it's a live action version of Pinocchio. We all know that Disney animation from nineteen forty. This one is in Italian cinemas, Roberto Benigni. But the original book was in Italian. I didn't realize it's an Italian book originally for kids. It's really good, Roberto bringing the stars and that that's in the cinemas at the moment.

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But apart from that intent, doesn't a huge amount in cinemas. I mean, they're struggling to get people back in. And it'll be interesting to see this weekend people actually get it wasn't slashed and ran out. So it's a horrible day. So it's a good day to be in the cinema for two and a half.

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Yeah, it is a big one, but it's attracted lots of attention if at some theaters have opened their doors as well, haven't they. Yeah.

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So the new theatre in Dublin, it's a small theatre has has opened for some shows. People will know that the bigger theatres sometimes have gone online like the Abbey Theatre. The gate won't be reopening until 2021. And there's an interesting show, though, happening at the new theatre in Dublin. So people have probably heard of Dublin, one city, one book. So that's where every year the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature chooses a book for like the whole cities to get involved in reading.

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And this year it was Tattie, which is written by Christine Dwyre Hicky. I know people have a chance to hear dramatized excerpts being read from the book, and they're actually being performed by Fairly Speaks. We mentioned earlier the spoken word artist. And so that's going to be going on from the 1st to the 4th of September. So the story behind Tarty, it's basically a depiction of the breakup of a troubled goblin family. It's told through the eyes of the child.

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So the book follows through the narrative with that child at different ages. So the text reflects her age. So you get to follow her along, which is really nice. So you need to book that online head to the new theater website. And there are definitely tickets left for the Wednesday evening and Friday matinee. And tickets are just a tenner. And obviously they're following all the social distancing guidelines there at the new theater. And then coming back to the tally behind the fall is on Netflix.

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Someone text me during the week or the falls on Netflix. Great. I thought when I watched that in 2014 on Aute, but quite a few people have since said to me that they didn't catch at that time.

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No. And I'm one of them. I missed it. OK, it passed me by. Everybody watched it. I missed all three seasons of it. I don't know why I didn't see it at the time. So Netflix is streaming all three seasons now and I have to say I binge watch the whole thing over over a week. It's an easy time. Well, it's not easy to watch. It's a hard watch, but it's very, very compelling.

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So they've all three seasons of it, but people don't know it. It's a story of a serial killer played by Jamie Dawn. And this is the movie that made him this is a movie that broke him as an actor. And Gillian Anderson plays this. This English cop was brought in by the PSNI to help them solve the case because they can't catch this serial killer who by day is a perfectly normal man.

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He's a grief counselor. He's a dedicated father, and he looks after his kids.

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He's nice enough, fella. Don't let your father during the day at night, he strangles women.

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So it's it's it's an interesting it's a very interesting series. It's a great role for Jamie Doran. As I say, it really made his career. And if you haven't seen it, how do you rate it so well?

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Let's take a listen to a clip. He clearly has a victim type. They are not victims of chance. They are victims of choice.

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They don't know him, but he knows them. It's possible that he's out there stalking his next victim. Now, he may even have a waiting list.

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Gillian Anderson, I'm going to be interesting in her voice there, actually, because she's just been announced that she's going to play Thatcher in the crown. That almost sounds like her rehearsing the play Thatcher, doesn't it? You didn't hear her get out, out, out.

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She's fab, though, isn't she? Right. And if you have you Netflix pick for us. Yeah, I do.

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I on the Fourth of September is a new Charlie Kaufman film. It's called I'm Thinking of Ending Things. And it's not really a kind of a lighthearted romp or anything like that. So if you're looking for a wrong call or something, this isn't for you. So he's known for being the screenwriter of films like Being John Malkovich on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which are kind of modern classics, really. And as a director then he's directed films like Animal Science and New York.

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But this particular film is called, like I said, I'm thinking of ending things. And it's about a young woman who's played by the Irishwoman Jesse Buckley, who's from Kerry. And he's been having a great few years on screen and people haven't seen Wild Rose. Am I getting the name of the movie, right?

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Yeah, right. Yeah, she's fabulous. She's great. She's like, multitalented, amazing singer, amazing actress. And it sees her and her boyfriend in the film played by Jesse Plemons going to visit. His parents are called David Thewlis and Toni Collette. It's kind of a quirky, surreal, weird kind of horror. It's based on a novel to come out in 2016 by Ian Reid. And you followed the kind of copple along in this long journey that they go to the house and then things start going a bit weird when they get to Jake's parents house.

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And suffice to say, they'll keep you guessing basically until the very end. So that's out on the Fourth of July.

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I'm thinking of ending things. Brian, you have a movie called Greyhound, which is not not about dogs.

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No, surprisingly, not about dogs. That's on Apple TV at the moment. And you mentioned earlier on about movies. They were supposed to be in the cinema. This is one that was supposed to be in the cinema. It's a big World War Two epic. It's written by and starring Tom Hanks. And it's based on true stories. And it's really interesting story because you're in the Second World War. What happened was American destroyer ships were used to help convoys of British ships crossing over the Atlantic.

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They acted as guards to try and help them against German U boats. At a certain point leaving America. They were covered by the Air Force. The Air Force could cover them up until a certain point, but there was a blank spot right in the middle of the Atlantic where the planes couldn't reach. And during that 72 hour period is when the U. Boats used to attack the ships. So before they got they got cover from America up to one point cover from the UK up to another point.

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But in that middle zone, that's where they got hit. And this film is all about that. Tom Hanks is his first job as a captain of a destroyer. And he's he's looking after these British ships and he's trying to stop the German U. Boats from from sinking them. It's really tense.

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It's really, really good. It's an apple. It's worth two hours of art. I know. It is really it's really it's really tense. It's great performances, good characters in it. And it's based on the story that I never knew anything about. So it's really interesting.

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I'm going to jump ahead now for two people who might like to curl up with a good book over the weekend. And you've a couple of recommendations. They're absolutely.

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So the first one is A Ghost in the Throat by Darren Negre of which is just come out. It's been published by Crown Press. Darren is a poet as well. So it's got a number of poetry collections in English on. And an Irish and this is such an interesting and unique book. It's basically about how Darren herself became obsessed with the writer Evelyn Nicole, who wrote a poem, A Queen, a back in the 70s, hundreds. And it's basically about how Evelyn husband was murdered so dear in the grief.

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I guess quite obsessed that this poem and she writes about White says that this woman and her story in her life, but she weaves in her own life story with it. So you get everything from motherhood, relationships, domestic work, but you also get creativity like desire, Irish history. It's so unique. It's really beautiful.

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And Dani Griefers, such a stunning writer, the so called Patrick Frayn's new book, The Irish Times writer. You're a big fan of that one as well. And we all love Patrick. Patrick is one of those writers who you laugh out loud at some of those TV reviews that he writes, I don't usually slagging off my staff.

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I think he's a terrible writer. Hatam never read.

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But besides, Brian will find a lot of love in this book. So there's a lot of comedy in it, obviously, but it's not a comic collection of essays. He touches on things like mental health, on not having children, as well as being in a band in the 90s and the crack that he had there spending his summer in Bremen growing up on the Corica because his dad is in the military. So you get a real sense of his life.

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But he also touches on kind of social things that were happening in Ireland and really like the pre Internet world in many ways to and what it's like just to be a working journalist. So if you're a fan of his writing, you've got loads in it, but it's got loads more besides the kind of humor that you used to as well with him.

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OK, and an honorable mention for a concert for cancer. This is on first an idea tonight.

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It's on Virgin Media one tonight at nine o'clock. Obviously, a lot of charity has been devastated by the coverts pandemic. I mean, this charity, the Marikina Foundation, which was founded by Ronald Reagan in memory of his mother, died of cancer, is down nearly 40 percent in donations. So tonight, Ron has pulled in, has opened up his whatever. He's given up his final faxes now and rang all of his mates and got them all to come along and perform.

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So starting at 9:00 tonight, him, Gary Bernoulli's. And I'm Brian Kennedy. The hottest Clairsville. Quite a lot of Isacson all come together to perform this concert for concert. You can donate online to online right now. You can donate tonight. It's a worthy cause. It's well worth helping out. It's on a nine o'clock tonight.

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Brian, thank you very much indeed for thank you to you, too. Let's go to Tommy Maskell in the NEWSROOM.