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TALKING MOVIES (article first published : 2003-11-17)

On the Talking Movies programme from November 18 to 22 is a feature that discovers whether Russell Crowe can master a British accent in the historical drama Master & Commander: The Far Side Of The World. Presenter Tom Brook is at the premiere, catching up with Crowe, his co-star Paul Bettany and the film's director, Peter Weir. Crowe plays Captain Jack Aubrey in a production that aims to recreate a British fleet sailing 200 years ago.

Laura Metzger sits down with Benicio Del Toro and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to discuss 21 Grams. As in the Mexican film maker's debut, Amores Perros, the movie has a narrative about three individuals (Del Toro, Sean Penn and Naomi Watts) who are brought together by a tragic car accident.

A huge internet campaign appears to be underway to promote Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion Of Christ. Some are already branding it anti-Semitic and although it's not out until the New Year, websites supporting The Passion Of Christ are flourishing. Tom Brook looks at the heated debate and asks whether these websites are spontaneous or part of an orchestrated publicity campaign.

The former Beverley Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley discusses his move into independent cinema. He's now appearing in the comedy Die, Mommie, Die, which was among the winners at this year's Sundance Festival.

There's also an interview with Anne Reid, who stars in The Mother as a grandmother, aged 65, caught up in a love affair with her daughter's 30-year-old boyfriend. She's asked whether her role might challenge the way the sexuality of older women is depicted on-screen.

Talking Movies is transmitted on BBC World on DStv and is repeated on November 20 at 18h30; November 21 at 03h30, 10h30 and 15h30; and November 22 at 23h30.




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