The Works

The Works

Type:VideoLanguage:EnglishCategories:Personalities FeatureArts & CultureStatus:On going Description: RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene.

The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .

Added illumination comes from interviews with leading performers and producers, interspersed with updates on events affecting the development of the territory 's artistic and cultural life. There's also a regular critical review of what' s on at the movies, and – most weeks – a live studio performance.

If you want to discuss anything you see on the programme, please visit our Discussion Board via the link at the top left of the page, or email us at

The Works is aired on TVB Pearl every Tuesday at HKT 1900 -1930.

Live webcast & RTHK31: Wednesday HKT 0100 - 0130

Archive available later after live webcast. ** Please note that the programme air-time on TV is different with webcast time.

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The movie "Ten Years", Terry Richardson "Portraits", Alonekafap, in the studio: Ensemble "Western Di 00:22:00 2016-02-03
Hong Kong film industry is one of the world’s most unrelentingly commercial. Local filmmakers have long believed that bringing politics into your films is the kiss of death at the box office, not to mention extremely problematic where mainland distribution is concerned. Well, one group of young filmmakers has decided that whatever the costs, Hong Kong NEEDS to talk about politics right now. And their portmanteau film “Ten Years” has surprised many in the conservative film industry by becoming a box office success.

Like the written biography, the portrait – whether painted or photographed - reveals both the artist and the subject, sometimes to controversial effect. Photographer Terry Richardson is no stranger to controversy. Some applaud his grungy and sexualized images, often for high fashion publications. Others just find them sleazy. Whatever you might think, he’s certainly translated what’s been described as his “sprezzatura” style into commercial success. On show until the 20th February at Galerie Perrotin are a dozen of Richardson’s works spanning two decades of his career.

For quite a while now the government has been trying to pass the 2014 Copyright (Amendment) Bill through Legco. Officials say its aim is to target the loopholes in the existing law to combat piracy. Those opposing it worry its real function is to crack down on internet parody of establishment figures, something they tend not to find particularly funny. Meanwhile, many creative people and groups whose work involves repurposing original creations worry the law is going to have a stifling effect.

Music now, and with us in the studio we have three of the ten member “Western District” ensemble. Their repertoire includes music that’s classical, hip, funky and unconventional. They are talking to Ben Pelletier.