Arena Season 1979
S1979 E01Jan 8, 1979
Who Is Poly Styrene? Jan 8, 1979 Film portrait of the New Wave singer-songwriter, Poly Styrene.
S1979 E02Jan 15, 1979
On Photography Jan 15, 1979 Featuring two of the greatest photographers of the 20th century Jacques Henri Lartigue began taking photographs at the age of seven in 1902. His celebrated Diary of a Century is a photographic record of his life from that time until the present day. This entrancing autobiography is a unique reflection of the passage of this century. 'Photography is a magic thing! Almost more enchanting and clear than the reality I was staring at.' Roman Vishniac a Russian Jew born in St Petersburg in 1897. His striking images of life in the Jewish ghettos-taken with a concealed camera just before the last world war-are extraordinary documents of a lost epoch, of a lost people. ' I returned again and again because I wanted to save their faces from the devastation of Hitler's Germany.'
S1979 E03Jan 17, 1979
Cinema Jan 17, 1979 Gavin Millar presents another edition in his regular series about the cinema today.
S1979 E04Jan 22, 1979
Who Is Poly Styrene? Jan 22, 1979 Film portrait of the New Wave singer-songwriter, Poly Styrene.
S1979 E05Jan 29, 1979
Athol Fugard: A Lesson from Aloes Jan 29, 1979 Aloe: a genus of plant indigenous to South Africa, noted for its ability to survive under the most adverse conditions. Athol Fugard is the author of such celebrated plays as The Blood Knot, The Island, and Sizwe Bansi is Dead. He is known throughout the world for his opposition to Apartheid, and, more importantly, for his determination to express these views through the theatre and within South Africa. Last month his latest play, A Lesson from Aloes, opened in Johannesburg. It was both written and directed by Fugard and Arena was there from the first day of rehearsals until the opening night. The film offers a unique insight into the evolution of a play and the remarkable tenacity of its author.
S1979 E06Jan 31, 1979
Cinema: John Carpenter and star Donald Pleasence Jan 31, 1979 Assault on Precinct 13 and Dark Star were two of the ' sleepers ' of the last two years - small-budget films from the USA that struck a chord right round the world. Their young writer/director John Car penter's third feature film Hal loween has opened in London. Gavin Millar interviews John Carpenter and star Donald Pleasence on location in Los Angeles.
S1979 E07Feb 5, 1979
Maler's Requiem Feb 5, 1979 Fibreglass carcasses, a flaming typewriter, and a troop of girl guides - each has been a -key ingredient in a work of art by Leopoldo Maler. Deliberately provocative, surprise and spectacle are key elements in Maler's work. Words and Images How do the verbal images of poetry relate to the visual images of painting? Charles Tomlinson , one of England's finest poets, is also a painter. In this film he explores the landscapes, urban and natural, which have inspired his work.
S1979 E08Feb 12, 1979
Piaf/What Did You Do in ' The Warp ' Daddy? Feb 12, 1979 he sell-out success of this year's Royal Shakespeare season at Stratford is the musical, play. Piaf. Jane Lapotaire, television's Marie Curie , has won universal critical acclaim for her performance as the great French singer. Tonight JANE LAPOTAIRE talks about imitating the inimitable. What Did You Do in ' The Warp ' Daddy? A cast of 50 actors and musicians playing over 200 parts were commandeered by Ken Campbell for his marathon production of The Warp at London's ICA. They were there to perform an epic cycle of ten plays running an uninterrupted 22 hours. Arena was there to witness the event and to film the cast prior to their collapse.
S1979 E09Feb 14, 1979
Cinema: John Barry Feb 14, 1979 JOHN BARRY (designer Star Wars and Superman) is now directing Saturn 3. RIDLEY SCOTT (The Duellists) is shooting The Alien. Gavin Millar reports on these two new British SF films.
S1979 E10Feb 26, 1979
Other Writers Will Tell You Different.... Feb 26, 1979 Lifers in prison cages, comedians in Hollywood, adolescents in the East End and female androids on the edge of the galaxy have all been subjects for Glasgow play-wright Tom McGrath in a career which started only in 1976. Arena profiles an original new talent. With extracts from The Hard Man and Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy. The Moving Picture Mime Show More like Tom and Jerry than Marcel Marceau , this highly unconventional group has attracted a cult following by combining traditional mime with their own fast-moving cartoon style. Unusual, original and very funny.
S1979 E11Feb 28, 1979
Cinema: Isabelle Huppert Feb 28, 1979 Isabelle Huppert is 23 - ' a stunning actress ', says Claude Chabrol ; 'Best Actress ' at Cannes in 1978 for Violette Noziere , the new Chabrol thriller. We talk to her in Paris. Alberta Hunter is 83, a classic blues singer who performs the soundtrack of Alan Rudolph 's Remember my Name. We catch her singing at The Cookery, New York
S1979 E12Mar 5, 1979
Arena presents Ubu Mar 5, 1979 The television premiere of GEOFF DUNBAR 'S brilliant animation film. Based on ALFRED JARRY 's notorious surrealist hero, Pere Ubu , it chronicles the rise to power of a kind of punk Macbeth, a lewd and unscrupulous despot with the mentality of a petit bourgeois and with absolutely no redeeming qualities. Ubu Roi was originally written by Jarry as a schoolboy in 1888 and eventually presented to an outraged public in 1896. For his version of the story Dun-bar has invented a brutal and graphic style to recreate the explosive impact of Jarry's original production.
S1979 E13Mar 12, 1979
The Origins Of My Way Mar 12, 1979 David Bowie was the first person to write English lyrics to the original tune of what eventually became the global hit, My Way. Claude Francois, a big name in his native France, wrote and performed the original song called, Comme d’habitude which means ‘As Usual.’ It was quite common in the 60s for European hits to be picked up by British or American publishers, who would in turn commission somebody to apply an English lyric to the tune. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield is a good example, it was originally an Italian hit. The European publisher would make money from the re-version, the Brits and the American publishers would make money, so everybody ate.
S1979 E14Mar 14, 1979
Cinema: Don Siegel Mar 14, 1979 Twenty-three years ago Don Siegel made his famous horrorpic Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Now there is a new Invasion, even more chilling than the original; make-up effects by the man who dreamed up the aliens in Close Encounters, special sound effects by the man who ' voiced' R2D2 in Star Wars. Gavin Millar talks to star Donald Sutherland and director Philip Kaufman.
S1979 E15Mar 19, 1979
La Dame aux Gladiolas: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Edna Everage Mar 19, 1979 In this, the first-ever exclusive Arts Documentary about a living legend, our cameras probe and etch the enigma which is Dame Edna. Meet her in the privacy of her fabulously appointed penthouse suite atop the Dorchester Hotel, London, Wl. Witness the fabled finale of her current West End hit, A Night with Dame Edna. Visit her Melbourne home suburb, Moonee Ponds, now a national monument , . , and suffer with her the tears, terror and triumph as she daws her way to the top. Dame Edna talks fearlessly about her fame, her wealth and her humility, whilst wearing no less than ten unique couturier-simulated gowns. And much, much more. Dame Edna Everage is a division of the Barry Humphries group.
S1979 E16Mar 26, 1979
'Let Us Now Praise Famous Men ': Alabama 40 Years On Mar 26, 1979 At the height of the American depression in the summer of 1936, t writer JAMES AGEE and photographer WALKER EVANS travelled south to Alabama. There they lived with a family of poor-white farmers recording their daily lives in intimate detail. What finally emerged was an extraordinary and personal account of deprivation and poverty. The book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men has become a classic. More than 40 years later Arena returned to Alabama, in the foot-steps of Agee and Evans, to trace the survivors of that original family.
S1979 E17Mar 28, 1979
Cinema: Kung Fu, Run Run Shaw and Bruce Lee Mar 28, 1979 Everybody knows about Kung Fu, Run Run Shaw and Bruce Lee. They probably know less about the young film-makers who are trying to get a few of Hong Kong's more pressing problems on to the screen: over-crowding, poverty, refugees, and worries about China. There are, too, the glamorous invaders from Hollywood who see Hong Kong as another exotic backdrop where two hearts might beat as one. Candice Bergen has been there starring in Oliver's Story, the sequel to Love Story. Where's the neal Hong Kong gone? ' she asks.
S1979 E18Apr 2, 1979
Tell Us the Truth Apr 2, 1979 Rock band Sham 69 have a large and loyal following of working-class kids, who call themselves 'The Sham Army'. They have a reputation for causing trouble and Sham concerts have often been t disrupted and brought to an end by fighting. Jimmy Pursey , the lead singer, has struggled to prevent these outbreaks but the violent and conflicting passions aroused at Sham concerts have placed him in an increasingly difficult position. sham's latest album That's Life portrays the pressures that face the kids who follow the band. Arena this week re-creates scenes from that album and follows the story of one Sham concert which threatened to explode.
S1979 E19Apr 9, 1979
The King and I Apr 9, 1979 For David Oxtoby , Elvis is king. He's been painting rock 'n' roll stars since the 50s, much to the bemusement of the art establishment. Most of the paintings in this film-of Presley, Haley, Gene Vincent etc - were stolen and subsequently burnt by Italian bandits and so Arena presents a unique chance to view the work of this entertaining but ill-starred artist. Journey to the Surface of the Earth Last year the artist Mark Boyle attained the singular distinction of occupying the entire British pavilion at the Venice Biennaleastonishing visitors with a Sardinian mountainside, a ploughed field and a Liverpool pavement. Since pioneering light shows with Jimi Hendrix and the Soft Machine he has devoted his life to travelling the world, recreating with uncanny accuracy six-foot-square replicas of the Earth's surface.
S1979 E20Apr 15, 1979
Their Lips are Sealed Apr 15, 1979 Arena presents a film about the strange art of ventriloquism with Tattersall and his amazing life-size doll ' I'd always dreamt of having a dummy which would enter stage walking like a human being.' 'Terri Rogers with her truculent partner Shorty * One night the audience took such a dislike to Shorty that someone actually punched him.' and Saveen with Daisy May , the Scowl, and the wonderful talking dog. ' Daisy May is actually a sex change. I made her as a boy then turned her into a little girl ...'
S1979 E21Jun 14, 1979
Pictures of the Mind Jun 14, 1979 One in six people in Britain will spend some time in a mental hospital. For 50 years, painting or drawing have provided an important key to the problems of the mentally ill. This Arena film presents some of the extraordinary and moving pictures of the mind produced in Europe since the war.
S1979 E22Sep 29, 1979
Six Days in September Sep 29, 1979 John Hoyland is reckoned by many both here and abroad to be this country's finest abstract painter. A key figure for younger artists and critics, he has been both loved and hated to excess. As a major retrospective of his work opens in London, here is a film that stays close to the artist during six days when he faces hostile criticism, starts a new painting and explains why, in bleaker moments, painting can seem ' like flicking away in a corner with a feather duster '.