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The Fabulous Picture Show returns
Amanda Palmer returns with a new series of the truly global film show.
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2008 15:34 GMT

The Dardenne brothers cast virtual unknown Arta Dobroshi in their award-winning film Lorna's Silence; she joins The Fabulous Picture Show for the second show of this season [GALLO/GETTY]

The Fabulous Picture Show returns for a second season of six spectacular shows, with features and interviews including Oliver Stone, Sir David Frost, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, the Dardenne Brothers, and Ron Howard to name just a few.

Season two of The Fabulous Picture Show airs from Saturday, November 22, 2008.

Show one: Hunger

Director Steve McQueen won a Camera d'Or for his film Hunger at the Cannes Film Festival

The Fabulous Picture Show screens Hunger, winner of the Camera D'Or (for best first feature) at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

We are joined by four members of the cast as they discuss their experiences of working on the stunning directorial debut of the Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen.

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland, with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA hunger strike, led by Bobby Sands.

With an eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit.

Show two: Lorna's Silence

Arta Dobroshi stars in the Dardenne brothers' award-winning film Lorna's Silence

The Dardenne Brothers' Lorna's Silence won the award for best screenplay at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The film follows Lorna, a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, who becomes an accomplice in a diabolical plan devised by a mobster, Fabio.

He orchestrates a sham marriage between Lorna and a naiive Belgian drug-addict named Claudy. However, this comes at a high price.

We are joined by Arta Dobroshi, a virtual newcomer from Kosovo, who was cast after an exhaustive search by the famous Dardenne Brothers, Luc and Jean-Pierre.

Arta discusses her role and how it was working with the famous brothers who have now been the victors of four major awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

Show three: Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone's latest film, W.,  is a biopic of George Bush, the US president

We are joined by one of the most controversial and politicised American filmmakers of recent decades – Oliver Stone. 

His films have covered topics ranging from the Vietnam conflict to US presidents, American football, love stories and modern-day media satires.

Stone joins The Fabulous Picture Show audience to discuss his latest feature, W, a biopic of George W. Bush. 

He gives the audience the opportunity to ask him first-hand what he really thinks about the United States of America – and if president Bush has watched his film.

Show four: Machan

Machan is the story of the Sri Lankan handball team who went missing in Germany

We are joined by Uberto Pasolini, the producer of The Full Monty, one of the most financially successful British films in history.

Pasolini joins The Fabulous Picture Show audience to discuss his directorial debut – Machan, a film geographically thousands of miles away from The Full Monty, but not so dissimilar in sentiment. 

Machan, based on actual events, tells the story of the not-so-real Sri Lanka National Handball Team, who in 2004 went to Germany officially representing the country, only to disappear and never be seen since.

Pasolini discusses why he chose this story as his directorial debut, and why he sometimes feels an instant compulsion to tell the stories of people who are not as privileged as he is.

Show five: Far North

Far North's cast and crew were challenged by the Artic temperatures while making the film
Two-time Bafta award-winning director Asif Kapadia joins The Fabulous Picture Show audience to discuss his most recent work, Far North, a dark epic tale set in the harsh beauty of the Arctic featuring accomplished performances from Michelle Yeoh and Sean Bean.

The audience asks Kapadia where the concept for his dark thriller came from, and how he managed to shoot a whole feature in temperatures of -40 degrees.

Show six: Frost/Nixon

Presenter of Frost Over The World, Sir David talks to FPS about his historic encounter 

It is an interview that has gone down in television history. 

In 1977, 45 million viewers tuned in across the world to watch the disgraced former US president Richard Nixon state to interviewer David Frost that he had let down the American people. 

Fast forward three decades, and award-winning playwright and screenwriter Peter Morgan has adapted his critically acclaimed stage play for the big screen. 

Frost/Nixon is an electrifying depiction of the historic encounter between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, directed by award-winning director Ron Howard.

The Fabulous Picture Show audience is joined by Sir David Frost himself, who tells us first-hand what really happened and what made his heart stop when interviewing the former president.


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