Irish podcast exploring what's happening in the world of arts, culture and entertainment. Listen live every weeknight on RTÉ Radio 1 from 7-8pm. Listen to individual clips at rte.ie/arena. Presented by Sean Rocks.
40 years after being dismissed by critics and audiences, Blade Runner is now regarded as one of the most influential science-fiction films ever made - Poet Padraig Regan's debut collection, called Some Integrity, is already making its mark on the awards circuit - New albums for review by James Vincent McMorrow, Soccer Mommy and Regina Spektor.
New films - Man vs Bee - Schmerzbau: It’s not all just misery
Films up for review are: Elvis, The Black Phone , Cannon Arm & the Arcade Quest - Man vs Bee, a new series on Netflix starring Rowan Atkinson, who takes on a house-sitting job - Stephen Brandes' new exhibition in The Model in Sligo is called 'Schmerzbau: It’s not all just misery'
Remembering Dennis Cahill - Voyage: a performance by digital avatars of ABBA - Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest - Loot
A tribute to musician Dennis Cahill, whose death was announced today - Voyage: ABBA’s virtual tour using digital avatars of the group - In Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest, Kim sets his heart on becoming the greatest of them all in an arcade game - Loot, a ten-part comedy series starring Maya Rudolph, kicks off on Apple TV+ this Friday.
Witch It Up is Bronagh Gallagher's new EP - Crossing Skin by Junk Ensemble, which explores our relationship to the sea - Composer Deirdre Gribbin at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival - Meat, a poem by Victoria Kennefick - This Train Is For, Bernie McGill's new short stories collection.
Paul McCartney turns 80 - New albums
Paul McCartney turns 80 on June 18th, and he’s still writing, recording and performing. In a writing career that began in 1956, he has written or co-written more than 400 songs. We look back on his prolific career with Dr Holly Tessler - Dave Hanratty and Nadine O'Regan review new albums by Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, Foals and Melts.
Film Reviews - Bloomsday Special - Ulysses 100
Chris Wasser & Roe McDermott tell us about Lightyear, Good luck to you Leo Grande & Spiderhead - Colm Toibin & Catherine Flynn celebrate James Joyces great work, Ulysses, on it's 100th anniversary of the publication this year.
Ziggy Stardust at 50 - Francois Ozon - David Baskeyfield
Paul McLoone celebrates 50 years since THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS - The French filmmaker, Francois Ozon, is back with a new film, taking on the subject of euthanasia - Dublin’s Summer Organ Festival will fill the various churches with uplifting and fun performances.
Pistol on Disney+ - The Wanderer - Actors who’ve played Elvis
Steve Jones discusses Danny Boyle’s new 6 part series about the band, simply called PISTOL - Jessica Traynor Stories of migration with Irish Modern Dance Theatre will present THE WANDERER as part of Corks Midsummer Festival - Alan Corr on the array of actors who have played Elvis – from Kurt Russell to Val Kilmer to Jack White.
Emma Thompson & Daryl McCormack discuss their new film, Good Luck to you Leo Grande - Sinead Campbell Wallace INO production at the Bord Gais - Tolu Makay @ Cork Midsummer - The Last Spring of the World is the second collection by Belfast-based poet Maureen Boyle
ET at 40 - A Safe Passage - Albums
John Maguire - 40 years ago, this month saw the release of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Irene Kelleher’s new play, A Safe Passage, opens next week at Firkin Crane, as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. - Andrea Cleary & Paul McLoone - George Ezra, Sinead O’Brien and Vance Joy
Film reviews - The United States vs Ulysses - Sherwood
Donald Clarke & Cara O Doherty give the low down on Jurassic Park: Dominion, Swan Song and Earwig - New work from playwright Colin Murphy & show Director Conall Morrisson, The United States v Ulysses - Declan Burke - Loosely inspired by events in real life, Sherwood is a new 6-part BBC crime drama, starring David Morrissey and Lesley Manville.
THISISPOPBABY – Party Scene - Paddy McAloon at 65 - Bob Fosse profile - Hugh Lane Gallery
Writer/Director Philly McMahon discusses Party Scene, from theatre company THISISPOPBABY - Paddy McAloon turns 65, Colm O’Callaghan takes a look at his work - David Bolger CoisCéim, This month, the IFI celebrates the work of director Bob Fosse with a retrospective of his films - 19th century French artist, Eva Gonzales exhibition.