Glen Hansard: ‘When you meet a master, you know it. There’s a frequency coming off them, and whatever that high, sweet air is, when you come across it you feel different’

As usual, Glen Hansard is in thoughtful mode. With each passing year, his beard is more salt than pepper, and his hair is starting to swap red hues(...)

Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov looks on from a defendants’ cage as he attends a court hearing in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Photograph: Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters

A military court in Russia jailed Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film-maker, for 20 years yesterday for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks in Crimea, as (...)

Denis Conway in The Gigli Concert. Photograph: Pat Redmond

JPW King is a mess. Alcoholic, dishevelled, adulterous, fraudulent and far from home, he cuts a pathetic figure as the only practising “dynamatolog(...)

Eddie Marsan: ‘Nobody is saying Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne are bad actors. The problem is, there are other people with that potential who are losing out’

It wouldn’t be quite correct to say that a cult has gathered around Eddie Marsan. But the Londoner has become one of those actors whom connoisseurs(...)

Detail from Turner’s ‘A light in the Darkness’. Photograph: Alan Betson,

The muted lighting, the whispers and admiring sighs, the sense of privilege that hovers in the small, often crowded gallery room, are part of one o(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? Eva International, in Limerick, curated by Bassam El Baroni, was easily on a par with other art bi(...)

Timothy Spall as JMW Turner in Mike Leigh’s . Photo by Simon Mein, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

There is a scene about two-thirds of the way through Mike Leigh’s extraordinary study of JMW Turner when the painter, who is currently taking a lun(...)

Timothy Spall as Joseph Mallard William Turner in ‘Mr Turner’

You could be forgiven for thinking that the visual arts and cinema were made for each other. And there are some great films about artists, fictiona(...)

Self-help: Roselyn Sánchez, Edy Ganem, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez and Judy Reyes in Devious Maids (RTÉ Two, Tuesday)

‘Engels, I enjoyed your new essay,” says Marx. “It’s a very good analysis of the condition of the worker under capitalism. But . . .” “But?” asks Enge(...)

British actor Timothy Spall poses during the Award Winners photocall after he won the Best Performance by an Actor award for his role in the movie ‘Mr Turner’ at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes,

There were surprises galore when the Cannes Jury, headed by Australian director Jane Campion, unveiled the prizes for the 2014 festival, but, in the e(...)