In the Show – 3rd June 2008

Writer, dramatist, painter and filmmaker, Gao Xingjian is one of China’s best-known dissidents.

Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000, he was the first Chinese Nobel literature laureate, but his work’s been banned in the mainland since 1989,and is still controversial there.

Recently he was in Hong Kong as the guest of honour at an arts festival dedicated to his work.

“The Counterfeiters” is the Austrian movie that won this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s about the Jewish forger Salomon “Sally” Sorowitsch who is drafted by his Nazi concentration camp captors into literally making money for them. For him and the rest of his counterfeiting team, it’s a devil’s bargain. By doing this, they might survive the war, but what of the broader moral implications? At what cost can you buy your own survival? Gary Pollard reviews the film.

In our studio tonight is pianist, composer and music director, Warren Wills, who was last seen on our show in the company of jazz singer Rain Pryor. Warren left Australia for Europe in the early 1980s. Most recently, the classically trained musician has been working in small scale musicals for London’s fringe theatres, including a production of Woody Allen’s “Murder Mysteries”.

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