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Naked Thoughts That Roam About (Nick Hern

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I first heard mention of this book at least as long ago as 1996. From time to time I would ask John McGrath of its progress and he would grow evasive and apologetic and mumble something about deadlines. I stopped asking. And now, three months after his death from leukaemia, a gift from beyond the grave: that long promised


Which is both a joy and a frustration. A joy because, bringing together essays, programme notes, interviews and articles from as early as his undergraduate days in Cambridge, through his pioneering role as founder, director and principal playwright of 7:84, to his more recent excursions as a film producer for Freeway Films, it forms a provocative, argumentative and passionate profile of a prolific artist and

committed agitator.

And a frustration because you’d just love to have McGrath around to let you argue further, to contest the ideas, to continue the debate. You’d want to agree that many arts funding decisions are determined by ruling class aesthetics, but also want to suggest that working class theatre is not beyond criticism and that it’s possible for even the most politically sharp company to run

out of artistic steam.

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And you’d want to say that the man who seemed bad tempered at the time of his second essay collection, The Bone Won’t Break, now sounds remarkably prescient. His anticipation of the power of the multinationals and the rise of postmodernist art, decades before those things really took hold, suggests we need his voice now more than ever. (Mark Fisher)

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Vi’liat's the point of going to film school. MacDonald asks. when ‘.'.’|lll digital yideo we can

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teachers. students and graduates for their take

on formal film education.

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'Aaron Winslow would never forget the next few minutes." \r‘y’liy'? Because poor old Aaron has the mischance to he caught up in the sharp shooting power games of a ".'.'l‘.ll(‘: supremacist serial killer with a grudge aga'nst cops and a irenrthant for Greek mythology. l. uckily for Aaron. tough San lrancrsco cop Lllldeél‘, ‘Buttercup' Boxer is on the case. and she's gonna pull out al: the stops to catch the killer.

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