The Fabulous Picture Show
Rather than guess what cinema audiences want to know from filmmakers, The Fabulous Picture Show invites them to ask the questions.
 
The Fabulous Picture Show (FPS) is hosted from a live cinema event that brings filmmakers from across the world face-to-face with an international audience, and lets the public set the agenda.

After watching a specially screened film at the Everyman Cinema Club in London, our audience is invited by entertainment editor and presenter Amanda Palmer to question the guests in a lively, insightful, and often revealing debate.

As well as seeing filmmakers face their public, Amanda Palmer and the FPS team also talk to actors, directors, cinematographers, composers, costume and set designers –  just about everyone involved in making interesting films.
 
Our features cover everything from world cinema, to experimental, from the best of Hollywood to Nollywood, from shorts and music videos to documentary-style pieces that tell the stories of real people engaged in all levels of filmmaking.
 
Whether we're covering the latest glitzy Hollywood premiere, or the most moving personal story, The Fabulous Picture Show aims to apply rigorous journalistic standards, a critical contextualising eye and, where appropriate, an irreverent sense of humour.
 

Amanda Palmer conceived The Fabulous Picture Show concept series, and leads a talented team in producing the bi-monthly programme for Al Jazeera English's entertainment strand.

 

Coming up on the next edition of The Fabulous Picture Show:
 
Special Screening – This is England
 
Amanda Palmer with Andrew
Shim and Stephen Graham
 
As 2007 commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Falklands war, acclaimed British director Shane Meadows releases his take on how the legacy of former prime minister, Margaret Thatcher shaped a whole cultural movement. 
 
This is England is Meadows' semi-autobiography, but is also a harrowing tale of how racism became embedded in skinhead culture.
 
The film is set in 1983 North England, rife with unemployment and loss of life from the Falklands war. Twelve-year-old Sean, sick of being bullied about his clothes and the death of his father in the Falklands, befriends a colourful gang of skinhead punks on the way home from school. In the days when to be a skinhead meant Doc Martens, braces, Ska music and anarchic antics, the gang is a mixed bunch of likeable misfits. But before long, hardened former gang-leader Combo (Stephen Graham) returns from a three-year stint in prison, inflamed by the state of Thatcher's Britain, he channels his bitterness into racism and a call for violence.
 
Amanda Palmer is joined by actors Stephen Graham and Andrew Shim in our Q&A at the Everyman Cinema Club, where Stephen reveals how having a Jamaican grandfather helped him explore the rise of racism in Combo, and Andrew Shim, having played the lead in Shane Meadows' earlier film A Room for Romeo Brass, tells us how Meadows' methods create his acclaimed style of realism.
 
Enlightened by Fire
 
Enlightened by Fire
While the Falklands war fuelled discontent in the UK, in Argentina it caused devastation, leaving 931 dead and the group of islands still under British control. 
 
A new film, Enlightened by Fire, based on the memoirs of a 19-year-old Argentinean conscript, tackles the subject and has fast become Argentina's most successful film ever. 
 
Jindabyne
 
Laura linney stars in Jindabyne
Australian director Ray Lawrence, whose films include dark drama, Lantana, is best known for a fascination with torn communities and broken relationships.
 
His latest film, Jindabyne, is a disturbing tale of a small town facing questions of moral responsibility when a group of fishermen discover the dead body of a girl, and do nothing until the end of their three day trip. 
In an interview with Ray Lawrence, Amanda Palmer asks the director why breaking relationships and community unease form the main focus of his movies. 
 
Disengagement
 
Amos Gitai
Israeli director Amos Gitai has in the past caused controversy back home with left-wing depictions of the Arab-Israeli conflict. 
 
In his latest film Disengagement, the 2005 Israeli withdrawal from Gaza settlements comes under scrutiny, when a French woman(Juliette Binoche) is reunited with her estranged daughter just before the army begins to move the settlers out. 
 
FPS goes behind the scenes to talk to Gitai about the personal experiences which inspired his latest film.
 
This edition of The Fabulous Picture Show will air at the following times GMT:
 
Saturday 5th May 1430, 2230; Sunday 6th May 0230, 1230; Monday 7th May 0730; Tuesday 8th May 0700, 1330; Wednesday 9th May 0030, 1130, 2030; Thursday 10th May 0530, 1930; Friday 11th May 0300, 1630; Saturday 12th May 0630
 

 
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