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LEIGH & LOPEZ (article first published : 2004-10-7)

Mike Leigh and Jennifer Lopez will discuss their new films on Talking Movies on BBCWorld on DStv next week.

Jennifer Lopez stars in the new film Shall We Dance? as a ballroom dancing instructor whose client, Richard Gere, falls for her skills. The singer's most recent cinematic releases, Jersey Girl and Gigli, flopped, and on this week's Talking Movies, Lopez is interviewed about the direction her acting career is taking.

Vera Drake is the story of a 1950s abortion practitioner whose beliefs bring tragedy to her family. Its director Mike Leigh, and the actress Imelda Staunton, discuss the controversial subject matter with presenter Tom Brook. The film won the Golden Lion for best picture at this year's Venice Film Festival and Staunton was named Best Actress for her role.

Is it possible to succeed in the music industry without losing credibility? The documentary Dig! follows two rival indie groups, the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, over seven years. The director responsible, Ondi Timoner, talks about this real-life tale of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll that won an award at this year's Sundance festival.

In the romantic comedy P.S., Laura Linney (Mystic River, Love Actually) stars as an ambitious but lonely woman who strikes up a relationship with a younger man. She speaks about the role, her feelings on the film's graphic sex scene and her career choices to date.

And the powerful documentary Tarnation takes an unusual look at the turbulent life of a man who grew up with a schizophrenic mother. It's received critical plaudits and its first-time director Jonathan Caouette speaks to Talking Movies as it premieres in New York.

Broadcast details: October 12 at 21h30; October 14 at 18h30; October 15 at 02h30, 09h30 and 15h30 and October 16 at 22h30.




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