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Monocle 24: Monocle on Culture

Robert Bound and his guests discuss what has piqued their interest in our one-stop shop for lively reports and in-depth interviews on the newest and finest in art, film, books and the media business.

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The Technicolor world of David Bowie

Fifty years after the release of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’, we look at David Bowie’s legacy and what the evolution of his visual world tells us. We speak to ‘Moonage Daydream’ director Brett Morgen and Mark Paytress, author of ‘Glam! When Superstars Rocked the World, 1970-74’.


12 Sep 2022

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‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’

Elves and orcs return to our screens in Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’, purportedly the most expensive TV show ever made. We speak to the series’ showrunners, JD Payne and Patrick McKay, and our own ‘Lord of the Rings’ authority, John Mitchinson, to find out more about the show and where it places us in Tolkein’s infinitely complex world.


5 Sep 2022

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‘Official Competition’

Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas star in ‘Official Competition’, a new satirical film poking fun at the movie industry and the art of acting. Critics Caspar Salmon and Hannah Strong join Robert Bound in the studio to ask whether it is a winner and to dwell more widely upon the movies-about-movies genre.


29 Aug 2022

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Mohsin Hamid

International best-selling novelist Mohsin Hamid has been nominated for the Booker prize twice and is perhaps best known for his work ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’. He joins Robert Bound in the studio to discuss his new novel, ‘The Last White Man’. Modelled on Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’, it asks powerful questions about race in the modern world.


22 Aug 2022

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Acclaimed writer and director Jordan Peele is back with another ambitious and eerie cinematic extravaganza: ‘Nope’. Critics Leila Latif and Tim Robey join Robert Bound in the studio to discuss their thoughts on the film and examine its abundance of cinematic references.


15 Aug 2022

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‘The Passengers’ by Will Ashon

Writer Will Ashon joins us in the studio to discuss his new book, ‘The Passengers’, which brings together 180 anonymous voices whose only link to each other is a connection to the British Isles. This unique work of nonfiction tells the story of what it feels like to be alive in a particular time and place.


8 Aug 2022

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Weird-and-wonderful theatre

We take a deep dive into immersive theatre with the acclaimed company Punchdrunk and offer recommendations for what to watch if you’re heading to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Plus: a musical treat from comedian Jazz Emu.


1 Aug 2022

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How did drag become mainstream?

Drag culture has sashayed its way into the mainstream. Robert Bound speaks to Nicole Pasulka, the author of the new book, 'How You Get Famous: Ten Years of Drag Madness in Brooklyn', and one of the UK's best-known drag queens, Amrou Al-Kadhi — otherwise known as 'Glamrou' — about the sparkliest of art forms.


25 Jul 2022

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Summer reading

Is there such a thing as a ‘beach read’? Susannah Butter and John Mitchinson join Robert Bound in the studio to share their top recommendations of new books – and to question the idea of summer reading.


18 Jul 2022

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Music for moons

Robert Bound is joined in the studio by composer Amanda Lee Falkenberg to explore how she created her new work, ‘The Moons Symphony’. It tells the story of seven moons in our universe and dramatises the past, present and future of moon explorations.


11 Jul 2022

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