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The weird wave of Greek cinema

26 August 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Are the brilliantly strange films of Yorgos Lanthimos and Athina Rachel Tsangari a product of Greece's economic turmoil? And will they continue to make films in the troubled country?

It must be the worst kiss in screen history. Two young women face each other in front of a white wall. They crane their necks, lock lips and awkwardly flex their jaws. There's no hint of passion. They look more like two birds trying to feed each other. After an excruciating minute of this, they pause. One of them says she feels like throwing up. They clumsily rub their tongues together a little more, only to end up spitting at each other, then blowing raspberries, before hissing at each other like cats.

Attenberg, by Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari, doesn't get much more normal from there on in. Its heroine, Marina, is a 23-year-old outsider who's largely disgusted by the idea of human contact. »

- Steve Rose

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Is there life on earth after Attenborough?

12 June 2011 2:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sir David brought the natural world to the TV generation. But now that every corner of the planet has been captured on screen, Andrew Anthony asks how do his heirs build on his legacy?

In the beginning there was the word, and the word was with Attenborough, and the word was Attenborough. As an evolutionary scientist, Sir David Attenborough may laugh at the biblical allusion, but he has certainly had an instrumental role in creating our modern perception of the world. For not only did Life on Earth, his landmark 13-part 1979 natural history series, change our relationship with television, it also transformed our understanding of nature and the planet at large.

Tim Scoones, who is executive producer of populist wildlife show Springwatch, is in no doubt of the legacy of Life on Earth and its countless imitators. "It has been significant in reconnecting an increasingly disconnected human population with the »

- Andrew Anthony

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Q&A: David Attenborough

13 May 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

My most treasured possession? My front door key

David Attenborough was born in London in 1926. He went to Wyggeston grammar school in Leicester and won a scholarship to Cambridge, where he studied Natural Sciences. In 1952 he joined the BBC and, two years later, he launched his Zoo Quest series, which, over the following 10 years, took him all over the world. He also worked on political broadcasts, archaeological quizzes, gardening and religious programmes, and as a senior manager at the BBC. His films and series – such as Life On Earth, The Living Planet and The Trials Of Life – have won nearly every major award in television. His new film, Flying Monsters 3D, is at the BFI Imax in London and cinemas nationwide. He has two children and was widowed in 1997.

What is your greatest fear?

A long, protracted illness preceding death.

What is your earliest memory?

A staircase in a house »

- Rosanna Greenstreet

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