In the Show – 6th April 2010

Bossa nova songstress Lisa Ono was born in Brazil. Her parents took her back to Japan with them when she was ten. Her father opened a Brazilian restaurant in Japan, and it was here she began singing in public. She was drawn to the music of her childhood. The night before our programme, she performed a concert in Hong Kong. She spoke to The Works.

Performing in our studio, cast members of “Remembering the Sixties” talk to us about the show and treat us to a colourful rendition of “Let the Sunshine In”, and “The Rhythm of Life”.

In Part Two of the show tonight, a story that was a labour of love for our film reviewer Gary Pollard. The Hong Kong International Film Festival, is featuring, among other things, a short retrospective of the work of Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi. In 1979, Krzysztof Zanussi played a short part in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s second film, “Camera Buff”. He was by this time already an acclaimed filmmaker, known for films like his 1972 semi-autobiographical “Illumination”, about a young physicist looking for certainty but confronting the uncertainties of life. Other Polish filmmakers like Andresz Wajda were more overtly political, but like Kieslowski, Krzysztof Zanussi was dealing with more complex moral issues. His 1971 “Family Life” reflected a disintegrating society in its story of an engineer who returned to his family after a long absence, only to discover that his relatives are mostly alcoholic, suicidal or insane. 1977’s “Camouflage” is about a young idealistic language teacher trying to resist the cynical and corrupt worldview of an older professor. In 1980’s “The Constant Factor” a young engineer clashes with the corrupt society around him. In his latest film “Revisited” Zanussi returns to the protagonists of those three movies to see how they have changed in the intervening years.

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