C o N T E N T 5 Thursday 18 — Thursday 25 August 2005
2 TOP 20 4 NEWS 6 LEECH
10 MICHEL FABER
20 PENNY SPUBB'S PARTY, SEYMOUR MACE 22 SIMON AMSTELL
32 DANCE BASE
38 JOSS WHEDON
46 FAIRYTALE ROUND-UP
Cover story: Elijah Wood
This little man with the boyish face and piercing eyes was very nearly going to be typecast for the rest of his life after his performance as the cute Hobbit in The Lord of the Rings. But when we caught up with him 50 DRESDEN DOLLS last week, we found a man determined to move on from all things Tolkein.
First there was last year’s cheeky performance in Eternal Sunshine of the 55 Theatre
Spotless Mind, and now Wood has taken on his biggest challenge yet: 56 YOUNG THEATRE
the role of an American college drop out who winds up as part of a gang TALENT
of London football hooligans. lmplausible? Yes, but Wood has risen to the role and produced a surprisingly powerful performance in what is a H surprisingly powerful British film. And it’s one of many great Britflicks in 70 IAN HAMILTON HNLA
a Film Festival that is turning out to be the finest in ages. See page 36.
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76 OUTER DRIVE 10 Michel Faber You might imagine that this Scotland-based
Dutch author has a long writing career mapped out ahead of him, Escape
but the reality could be quite different, as James Smart discovers. 79 FESTIVAL OF pQLlTICS
22 Comedy’s unknowns Jim Bowen, Demetri Martin, Daniel Kitson: it‘s easy to spot the big names. But who will be tomorrow’s put)le by [he 1 .3r ltd superstars? Brian Donaldson names two surefire successes. “LAD” * “3‘1
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. , i t i Hi H 38 Joss Whedon Cult filmmakers don t come cultler than the ’ki,"1;;§;‘31:030;
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70 Ian Hamilton Finlay No other artist can boast four shows at
the Festival this year but Finlay — the salty dog — has just that, as For celebrations for his 80th birthday go off all over town. Ruth Hedges complete takes a tour round all the exhibitions and gives her verdict. eigm'day
information about non- Re r I 8 Win tickets to T on the Fringe gigs Emilia ff 9 r S I 8 Win tickets to Edinburgh’s Surprise Movie Glasgow and I 8 Win tickets to Zadie Smith at the Book Festival “WW”, I 8 Win tickets to the reading of A Wonderful World of Dissocia Zﬁﬁiffﬂia'