Alan Yentob doesn’t really address these issues adequately and, in fairness, the concept is slippery given the wildly variable work under discussion – which ranges from the beautiful to the desperate. There is a revealing moment, however. ‘It’s not for profit or fame,’ he muses. ‘So where does this urge to create come from?’ It’s almost as if Yentob is surprised that anyone should be creating art for any reason other than commercial success. Which makes him a dubious choice to helm an arts strand.
Oh well, most of us already knew this. Even if it doesn’t get near the heart of the matter, the film still works as a useful primer, albeit to an arbitrarily defined scene.
Leon Carnaby Street
At the end of Carnaby Street, this branch of Leon is deceptively spacious, its small entrance stretching back past the tills to seating behind. There are tables outside, too. The chain's ethos of nutritious fast food is continued here, with breakfast items such as smoked salmon with avocado or yoghurt with blueberries and seeds alongside lunch and dinner options including Thai green curry and a pork chilli and apple stew. Milkshakes, fruit juices and smoothies are on the drinks list, alongside six teas and eight coffees. Brownies, cookies and other cakes and pastries are available throughout the day. A special children's menu - developed in line with guidelines from the Children's Food Trust - offers dishes served with a drink and an activity pack.
Venue says: “The Leon Lover Club: when you first sign up we'll send you a starter treat of 40% off after 5pm.”