Karl Broderick: My cultural life
Karl Broderick is a producer, writer and composer from Artane, Dublin. He is married to TV's Alan Hughes and together they produce the hugely popular Cheerios Panto at Tivoli Theatre. This year Karl has written his 21st panto - The Cheerios Panto Snow White and the Adventures of Sammy Sausages & Buffy - which runs at the Tivoli from December 4-January 13. www.tivoli.ie/ He is also a successful composer with more than two million hits on YouTube.
Film: I Tonya
The best film I saw this year. It's the story of ice skater Tonya Harding and that infamous run-in with her main competitor Nancy Kerrigan. It's quite a sympathetic look at Tonya's road to ruin, but it's a stunning movie... I was blown away by how good it was. It was nominated for Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actress, and Allison Janney won for Best Supporting Actress. It's a very clever film and really makes you think about how some people get pushed down the wrong path in life. I have to give a quick mention to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; a very original movie written, directed and produced by the amazing Martin McDonagh.
Artwork: Fairytale of New York
This may be an odd choice of 'artwork', but I believe the song Fairytale of New York to be a work of art. It always moves me. Lyrically it's just modern-day poetry and songwriting at its finest. I love the Irish connection and it actually makes me proud that it's considered one of the most popular songs ever. It's storytelling; it's visual; it's moving - everything a work of art should be.
I've never been hugely into bands, always preferring solo artists like George Michael and Robbie Williams. The songs these artists wrote were a big influence on my own style of songwriting. If I had to choose a band, I guess it would be Queen. Again, the songwriting is amazing. There's this great YouTube video series called 'Kids react to...' and in one 'episode' small kids react to hearing Queen songs for the first time... and they were so impressed. I can't wait to see the movie about Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody. Freddie Mercury was just so talented.
Musical: Les Miserables
This musical had such a profound effect on me. It's just incredible. When I first heard it, I couldn't stop talking about it for an entire year - to anyone who would listen, and I played the cassette of the show every single day. I know every single word. When I met Alan, on our first date, it was only going to be a matter of minutes before I brought up the topic of Les Mis... but to my joy, he mentioned it first... I think I fell in love right there and then.
TV: The Golden Girls
When I was a kid, my dad was still choosing to watch TV shows from his youth - like Star Trek and Rawhide. I used to wonder why he constantly watched them on repeat. Recently I spoke to my hubby about this... and how I am doing exactly the same thing. I love The Golden Girls (above) so much. Those ladies practically raised me! It's so interesting to see how many gay issues were tackled in The Golden Girls.
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