Captured live from London's Royal Festival Hall, join us for a celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character. From his extraordinary Cold War novels – such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – to his powerful descriptions of the arms trade in The Night Manager, and the War on Terror in A Most Wanted Man, the writing of John le Carré has come to define the last half century. In this one-off event, the author discusses the full breadth of his career, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley. Coinciding with the publication date of his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, the event will include readings from the book by the author. The novel sees the return of some of le Carré’s most iconic Cold War characters, including George Smiley and his trusted lieutenant, Peter Guillam, as their past comes back to claim them in the present. With a rare question and answer session, this will be an unmissable opportunity to experience one of the foremost chroniclers of our age, direct and in his own words.
PG-13for mature thematic elements, some violence, sexual material and smoking
The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly.
This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world.
His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot.
Loving Vincent tells that story.
“Ponselle, Milanov, Sutherland, Callas … after last night, Radvanovsky can add her name to the list,” declared the Huffington Post when Sondra Radvanovsky made her Met role debut as Norma in 2013. The 2017–18 season opens with a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece, starring Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.
A screening of all of the entries in the O.W.L (Our Weird Little) 48 1/2 Hour Film Challenge
From the massive wild setting of the Altiplano to the green expanse of the Amazon and the great Andes mountains, Bolivia offers a spectacular taste of nature and colourful traditions. Its population, largely Quechua and Aymara, add to the uniqueness of this country.
Bolivia’s rich and diverse folklore is embodied by the government’s recognition of 37 official languages. Its people live largely to the pace of rigorous conditions, particularly the miners of Potosi who dig for veins of silver.
Embark on this epic journey across the land from West to East, discovering incomparable landscapes made up of volcanoes, geysers, salt flats and multicoloured lagoons, all unfolding before your eyes making for an unforgettable experience.
Home of the Gold Rush, the Yukon boasts many other natural treasures: the highest mountains in Canada, wild spaces, still untouched, and a unique fauna. Its origins are solidly anchored in its history and its vibrant communities continue to forge this land, a land that is even bigger than nature, in ways that defy the imagination.
There is much more to Vietnam than its more famous sites, such as Ha Long Bay, the Imperial City of Hue, the Mekong Delta floating markets, Dalat and Hoi An. Come and witness the third millennium knocking on the door of the big cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, where, behind the colonial architecture, modern buildings of glass and steel, luxury cars and sumptuous residential accommodations spring forth. Far from this modernity, the remote regions of ancient Tonkin still honour their ancestral traditions amongst extraordinary landscapes along hillsides shaped by rice paddies. There, “Mountain Princesses” pass on a wealth of knowledge from mother to daughter. Share in the everyday simplicity of the lives of these people, far from the touristy side of Vietnam. Whether it be rice transplanting, the creation of colourful costumes using the batik technique or an evening spent with a family around the fire, you will be dazzled by this unique world.
Follow the daily lives of a crew during a two-month trip across the Atlantic Ocean. See the crew board the ship, passing along coasts and islands, all the way to the heart of the French Antilles. Be a part of this unique nautical discovery of cultures and the ocean.
The Loire Valley was the playground of kings for three centuries, spurring the construction of countless castles. The region also boasts imposing medieval cities, a majestic religious heritage, as well as renowned cuisine and vineyards. Live like royalty during a trip into the heart of history!
Utah is renowned for its contrasting geological diversity. On one side, numerous snow-capped mountains surround Salt Lake City, the state capital. On the other, arid deserts give way to spectacular rock formations. Utah’s geological diversity is in contrast with its people, who for the most part live in urban areas and share a Mormon faith.
An intimate portrait of Canada’s most renowned artist, and the expansive landscapes that inspired him. Co-founder and leader of the legendary Group of Seven, Harris has become the most valued artist in Canadian history. His canvasses routinely sell at auction for several million dollars.
Who was this curious man, raised in a family of wealth and privilege, whose notebook doodlings compelled a professor to suggest he try art studies in Europe? Why was Harris so determined to battle the critics and paint a radical new vision of Canada with bold brush strokes and brilliant colours? And what led this driven man to the spiritual realm of stylized abstraction?