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Ill Manors

This gritty urban film came out in 2012 by rapper Plan B aka Ben Drew. It was highly praised at the time as being far from a predictable pop star vanity project. It’s a grim, fast paced but at times touching and even humorous view of the lives of young people on east London’s housing … Continue reading

Celebrities Changing the World?

Here’s a piece by the brilliant Grace Dent in the i paper on the impact of celebrities opposing Trump. It’s also a lesson for politicians here, of course. When William Morris wrote “Nothing useless can be truly beautiful” he patently had never visualised an anti-Trump public service announcement starring the thinking woman’s crumpet Mark Rufallo … Continue reading

Liverpool Biennial – ABC Cinema

After struggling to focus on my writing over the summer, I waited till the schools were back and prices down to escape to Liverpool for the tail end of their festival, in the hope of kick-starting my brain. My first stop was this GradeII listed Art Deco cinema, now gloriously ruinous, dimly lit, with artworks … Continue reading

Steve Buscemi the Firefighter

All actors have had other jobs before becoming successful – many of them in catering which allows flexible hours. Steve Buscemi has always stuck me as an interesting actor, often cast in a marginal, character roles, but this shows him to be a brave and civic minded  individual as he helped out in the aftermath … Continue reading

Captain Kirk vs Jesus

You couldn’t make this up – this is from the i paper a few days ago, headed ‘Why Kirk didn’t boldly go up against God’: It’s the greatest Star Trek movie never made – Captain Kirk and Jesus Christ slugging it out on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. Gene Roddenberry, the Star Trek creator, … Continue reading

Funding Jan Svankmaer’s Last Film

Svankmaer has been called a genius by Terry Gillam, so that makes him rather special. His animation is like nobody else’s and this film will be based on a play by the Capek brothers, who are also extraordinary talents from the country that has thrown up more than its fair share of strangely talented artists. … Continue reading

The First Chaplin Museum

It seems odd that one of the world’s most famous actors has never had a museum dedicated to him, until now. “That changed yesterday with the public opening of “Chaplin’s World”, a multimillion-solar project in the Swiss village of Corsier-sur-Vevey. Its director Jean-Pierre Pigeon says the museum is the first of its kind to honour … Continue reading

Antony Sher on Falstaff

Sher is one of our finest and most knowledgeable Shakespearean actors, and was featured in the i’s series on the Bard’s plays. I saw him play Falstaff in the RSC production. He makes some very good points not just on the subject but much wider aspects of characters: Falstaff is an astonishing Lord of Misrule. … Continue reading