Reviews

  • Out of Chaos: Ben Uri 100 Years in London
    Posted in: Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    The current global migrant crisis, where predominantly Muslim nationals are fleeing war and poverty draws some parallels with Jewish refugees fleeing persecution at the turn of the century and during World War 11. This exhibition at Somerset House also titled Art, Identity and Migration focuses on the work of Jewish immigrants or their descendants with […]

  • The Barjeel Art Foundation Collection (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    In a mammoth programme from September 2015 to Jan 2017 the Whitechapel Gallery hosts the Barjeel Art Foundation Collection in a series so big it requires four separate exhibitions. This is the largest exhibition of Arab art ever held in the UK and comes from Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi’s UAE based archive of work sourced from […]

  • The Force of Destiny by Verdi (Opera)
    Posted in: Drama & Theatre, Reviews

    Many of Giuseppe Verdi’s operas explore relationships between fathers and daughters. His The Force of Destiny, currently performed by the English National Opera at the London Coliseum, explores the collapse and end of a relationship between a father and his daughter. The controversial director Calixto Bieito has produced a thrilling staging that is well worth […]

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

    A revenge story set in a small town in Australia’s 1950’s outback, The Dressmaker has its highs and lows. Some comedy works, other moments seem bizarre. Yet the world this film is set in doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously anyway, which makes for good entertainment, even if it’s over the top at times. […]

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

    Black Mass reinstates Johnny Depp as one of the finest actors of our generation and puts him back on the map of serious actors after a few well-paid commercial disasters. The story the Director Scott Cooper and screenplay writers Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth tell is the story of the rise and fall of South […]

  • Simon Schama’s Face of Britain (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews

    Historian Simon Schama’s five part series of the same name was recently broadcast on BBC-2 and this exhibition of portraiture featuring powerful figures from British history runs in conjunction with a similarly themed book. The exhibits are divided into Power, Love, Self, Fame and People and it is left up to the visitors to attach […]

  • Black British Art in Action
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    The Black British experience is explored on many levels by this selection from the London Metropolitan Archives. Covering issues such as identify, struggle and broader culture, the work is varied, and incorporates many platforms of expression and creative tools. Its ‘No Colour Bar’ banner underpinning the work of all of these British-centred artists, but also […]

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

    Denis Villeneuve’s newest film is an action packed thriller whose intensity gives the audience few moments to catch a breath. This movie is an adrenaline fuelled craze that will keep your eyes clued on to the screen, with a score by Jóhann Jóhannsson that will accentuate even further a sense of imminent doom as we […]

  • Posh Nosh Vegan Dining at The Gate
    Posted in: Food & Dining, Reviews

    Nestled in the borough of Islington about 200 yards from Angel underground station is The Gate. In comparison to the Hammersmith location of the restaurant known to have been graced by the crème de la crème of diners such as Madonna, Paul McCartney, Stella McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow, the Islington branch is slightly low profile. The […]

  • Black Representation in Medieval and Renaissance Art
    Posted in: Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    It’s easy to become distracted at the V&A. It’s not everyday you have Leonardo da Vinci’s handwritten notebooks within eyeshot, competing with the sensual overload of countless other glorious artefacts and paintings spanning centuries. Within this glory, understated and enlightening, lies the history of the black experience in the medieval and renaissance period. Understated because […]