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Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art; Film Review: "10,000 BC"; Authors Dava Sobel and Anne Enright (11 Mar 2008)


In Shanghai's Renmin Park, or "People's Park", on land that once used to be the Shanghai Racecourse, stands the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art. But few visiting the park or the museum are aware that it was set up, and initially financed, by a Hong Kong businessman, jade jewellery designer Samuel Kung. For Kung, his first sight of the location, a former greenhouse in the park, proved to be a life-changing experience. He'd planned to create a showcase for his own jewellery there, but friends convinced him the location would be an ideal art venue. Since then, running it has taken up a large part of his time. In our film review this week, Gary Pollard reviews "10,000 BC" the movie that definitely suggests its director Roland Emmerich was away from school for lessons on history, geography, biology, and even physics. Gary's opinion in a nutshell? It's so bad you can only enjoy it if you have a definite sense of humour. Oh, and it helps if you have a very forgiving nature about film-makers who consider the audience idiots. Around fifty authors are visiting Hong Kong in connection with this year's Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival. Tonight we talk to two of them Man Booker Prize winning novelist Anne Enright, whose "The Gathering" explores the secrets of a large and dysfunctional Irish family, and science writer Dava Sobel, whose "Longitude" became an international best-seller.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
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