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London in Autumn
London in Autumn
Posted in: Features, Photos, Places

Now in the last few weeks of autumn and with the festive season rearing it’s antlered head and the distant sound of sleigh bells ringing, you might be in danger of forgetting there’s an important season in between summer and winter that you just might have missed. Check out our London in Autumn feature. Poems […]

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Crisis? What Crisis? immersive theatre by Collab Factory
Crisis? What Crisis? [Theatre review]
Posted in: Drama & Theatre, Reviews

It’s 1979, the UK is hit by soaring inflation rates, economic problems and civil unrest that threatens to spill over into full-scale rioting. Jim Callaghan’s Labour government are hanging on to power by a thread while opposition leader Margaret Thatcher threatens to call a no-confidence vote. But all is not lost. YOU have been appointed […]

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Movies & TV Shows

  • Music Moguls ; Masters of Pop
    Of Moguls in Pop
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows

    Is the traditional pop svengali dead in the age of social media where info is easily shared directly from star to fan with little use for a middleman? How did PR teams in decades past promote their acts? This BBC4 documentary sought to answer those questions, unlocking the secrets of how household names established their […]

  • Perspectives: Bruce Forsyth On Sammy Davis Jr
    Posted in: Highlights, Movies & TV Shows

    ITV’s Sunday evening tribute to entertainer Sammy Davis Jr was a combination of dazzling tap dancing skills and commentary on the racial politics of 1950s and 60s America. Host Bruce Forsyth described him as the best black tap dancer ever – pointing out that the hunched shoulder style differed from the stiff, upright style of […]

  • Spotlight (Film)
    Spotlight (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Spotlight tells the true story behind one of the Boston Globe’s biggest news stories, which caused a massive public outcry still going strong today. The film goes behind how journalists at the Globe uncovered an intense year-long scandal of child molestation within the Catholic Church and the consequential decade-long cover-up. The film has been nominated […]

  • The Hateful Eight
    The Hateful Eight
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    A film that feels more like a play than a film, but with the special effects plays could never feature. The sets are minimal, a carriage and the interior of a wooden frontier hut. Not many directors can hold an audience’s attention for three hours with dialogue and blood alone, yet not many filmmakers write […]

  • The Revenant
    The Revenant
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Could 2016 be the year that Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar? Anyone who has seen his latest, The Revenant, seems to think he stands a very strong chance. The Revenant, which translates roughly as someone who returns after death or a long absence, is DiCaprio’s first collaboration with notoriously-method director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, who […]

  • Beowulf
    Beowulf
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    In a week where black actors were snubbed at the Oscars and actor Idris Elba addressed MPs over the lack of diversity on television, two black British actors stole the show in ITV’s £17million TV series Beowulf. Strangely enough, the drama is based on an Anglo-Saxon poem written in 700 AD when black numbers in […]

  • War & Peace BBC1
    War and Peace – First take
    Posted in: Highlights, Movies & TV Shows

    Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel about Napoleon’s invasion of Russia is certainly a book and a half. Renowned for being one of the longest ever written, my earliest memories are of buying a copy as a teenager and being determined to read it cover to cover. The ‘big read’ factor didn’t put me off, in fact […]

  • Youth film review
    Youth (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Quirky, yet philosophical, the film combines humour and high art all in one. Aesthetically reminiscent of Fellini’s 8½ director Sorrentino succeeds in creating a visually outstanding piece. Youth is a remarkable motion picture, whose composition grasps your attention and delight. The film is about life, aging, time passing and our change in perspective as the […]

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    The latest in the Star Wars saga is a welcome throw back to the barnstorming action of the Star Wars- ­Empire Strikes Back- ­Return Of The Jedi trilogy. Directed by J.J Abrams, whose science fiction CV includes Cloverfield and Star Trek, there was always that lingering question about whether he would be able to match […]