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Review: Talking Movies – Cannes 2013


Tom Brook - Talking Movies

BBC Wordlwide’s Tom Brook looks back at some of the highlights of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, hearing from the big name stars and major industry players congregating on the French Riviera.

Ex-pat British reporter Tom Brook has covered the film industry for the BBC for the past 30 years, sending back measured, intelligent coverage. Brook has been the face of Talking Movies on BBC World News from the programme’s first broadcast in 1999, presenting every episode of the show since it first began.

I recall seeing him first in 1985 as the US correspondent for the BBC’s top cinema programme in the UK presented by Barry Norman on BBC One.

In this review of Cannes 2013, a truly international event, Brook covers The Great Gatsby, Iranian and Indian cinema (celebrating 100 years of Bollywood), and gritty Chinese cinema defying censorship to portray violence and corruption.

British director Clio Barnard, whose social realist drama The Selfish Giant, screened at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, has received some of the best reviews British critics gave to any film at Cannes.

And of course, native French cinema gets a look in, too.

This Talking movies special edition was first broadcast 25 May 2013 and is still on rotation on the BBC News Channel and BBC Worldwide. RC

Related: Review: Danny Boyle – Man of Wonder (BBC Culture Show Special)

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