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I was not sure about seeing this, as it has been condemned by historians for including a fictitious character when there were plenty of real women who could have been in the cast list. But they seem to have been expecting a documentary rather than a really gripping drama which tried and largely succeeded to … Continue reading

Do You Own the Dancefloor?

This is a documentary that will be released soon, about the end of the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester which gave rise to the Madchester music scene of the 1990s. It went bankrupt and was demolished for yet another block of inner city flats, but everything was auctioned to raise fund for charity. I heard an … Continue reading


I’ve heard mixed reports on this film by Abderrahmane Sissako, and I almost didn’t see it, but I’m glad I did. Sort of. It is a beautifully made film, about an area taken over by Islamic extremists who are mostly shown as clowns so has drawn parallels with Chris Morris’s brilliant black comedy. Four Lions. … Continue reading

Clouds of Sils Maria

This is a near two hander for Juliette Binoche as an aging actress and her PA played by Kristen Stewart. the film opens with them en route to Switzerland to accept a prize on  behalf of a director, but he dies before they arrive, and the film segues into the two of them rehearsing for … Continue reading

Force Majeure

This is a Swedish film about an affluent young Swedish family on a ski holiday in France to get the overworked father to reconnect with his family. The image of them all sleeping inthe same bed like kittens summons up an idyllic relationsip, but when an avalanche si seen heading towards them, the father Tomas … Continue reading

While We’re Still Young

This film starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts is about modern technology, drifting towards middle age, having kids or not, and also about living in New York. Stiller is a documentary maker married to the daughter of his mentor, who meet a younger couple who they befriend. They were drifting away from long term friends … Continue reading

Charlie’s Country

This is another Australian film from the wonderful Wales One World festival, starring a man  they describe as ‘legendary,’ actor David Gulpilil. Well, he’s the only famous aboriginal actor, so is well deserved, and says much about the industry. It is an incredibly powerful film about life in a native settlement near Darwin, focusing on an … Continue reading

Celebrity Cameos

I heard a great phonein on the radio concerning appearances by celebrities – not the usual ones on The Simpsons, the Muppets  etc, but genuine surprises.  Here are a few I managed to jot down and some that I remember: Johnny Cash in Columbo Sting in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Spike Milligan in … Continue reading

Film Review – Hysteria

When I read the reviews of this I didn’t really believe the story was based on a true story, as it is just so utterly … well unbelievable. It is about a young doctor in Victorian London who cannot get a position as he believes in the germ theory and everyone else is still using … Continue reading