Nepalese writer Ram Krishna Bantawa has lived in Hong Kong since 1997. He is known in his own country for his novels, lyrics, and poetry. His most recent novel, Shrill Mist, published in 2008, spans the period from Nepal’s first constitution in 1846 to the murder of King Birendra in 2001.Nepal has a 55% illiteracy rate. Many of the uneducated are women who have been treated unfairly for centuries. “Shrill Mist” focuses on the injustices, love and courage in the lives of two women. Bantawa says Hong Kong helped inspire him to write the book.
“The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” was initially a novel, and is now a film, by Rebecca Miller, daughter of playwright Arthur Miller. It’s the story of the fiftyish Pippa, who is married to the semi-retired publisher Herb. Her friends consider her, as they say, an enigma, and “the very icon of an artist’s wife”. Tired of both images, she wants to tell us about her past and perhaps break free from her present. The film stars Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, and Keanu Reeves. With us in the studio is reviewer Gary Pollard.
“Little Snow White” was published in 1812 in “Children’s and Household Tales”, better known today as “Grimms’ Fairy Tales”, a collection of stories that had been handed down through generations. There have since been many interpretations and adaptations. Walt Disney’s 1937 “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is a perennial favourite. Now the classic fairy tale has been reinvented as a new ballet. Choreographed by the company’s founder Angelin Preljocaj, Ballet Preljocaj’s “Snow White”, with costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier, goes back to the origins, and presents a much more adult view of the tale. It was performed in Hong Kong last weekend.