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Issue No. 2335

Chasing Ice

Photographer James Balog has been using time lapse cameras to record the retreat of 95 percent of the world’s glaciers.

In this powerful, shocking film he describes the ice as the canary in the climate change coal mine.

Here is climate change in action. The team filmed in Greenland, Iceland, the Alps, Canada, the Rockies, Alaska and the Andes.

Chasing Ice, directed by Jeff Orlowski, is on release now. Go to

Sarah Ensor

A Place in the Sun

This re-released 1951 film is from a period when Hollywood aimed to see off its new competitor, TV, by confronting serious themes of sex, class and frustration.

George (Montgomery Clift) works in a factory. His co-worker girlfriend Alice (Shelley Winters) becomes pregnant but he is drawn to socialite Angela (Elizabeth Taylor).

It is a good melodrama that conveys the clash between personal longing and social restrictions.

Louis Bayman

My Mad Fat Diary

Rae (Sharon Rooney) is a funny, music-mad 16 year old. As this new TV drama opens she is trying to fit in with her best mate’s new friends after being released from psychiatric hospital.

The six-part series is based on the diaries of Rae Earl from the 1980s, which she published in 2007. My Mad Fat Diary is on channel E4, 10pm, on Mondays from 14 January.

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Sat 12 Jan 2013, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2335
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