Film and Television


The Romance of Cinemas


  Cinemas are romance in so many ways, above and beyond even the magic of the silver screen;  the fantasy, the possibilities, the beguiling landscapes and beguiling beauties, the lifting of the heart to music or dance or humour, the racing of the heart to...

Meryl Streep, 9/11 and Mama Mia


  Yesterday, September 11th, was the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Centre; the day the world changed and nothing was the same again, either in the lives of those affected by bereavement, in peace and war and politics, in...

PAD WOMEN


  The film “Pad Man” is a great story about a difficult crusade. Essentially, the person who endeavoured to bring sanitary towels to all Indian woman suffered physically and emotionally, lost his spouse and was shunned….though he did not regularly bleed. This is how women...

Tapestry


    Because the world spins so fast and because he is away often, Himself and myself have ‘planning meetings’ when we sit down with calendar, notebook and diary and get organized, make lists, pencil in dates and discuss where each will be, what each...

Sex and Drugs and no Sausage Rolls


It was the second worst reception I have ever attended. (The worst ever was after the Tour de France set out in Ireland in 1998 and when they had raced as fast as their carbon fibre and Lycra would carry them up a ramp and...

“Queen of the Desert” The Answer Werner Herzog was too politically polite to make


“Somewhere in the letters home of Gertrude Bell, the doughty English archaeologist and colonial administrator, there is a description of a pleasant afternoon spent riding in the Mesopotamian desert in 1918 or 1919. Bell trails a walking stick in the sand. Behind her, Arab boys...

Berlinale 65, 2015. 2


    Oh the frustration! I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. The on-line booking system for tickets for the Berlin Film Festival is a mine field, a backwards and forwards relay race which ALWAYS results, when pressing the last button for payment…..in...

Loin Girding for the Berlin Film Festival


  Oh joy, oh bliss oh luxury! To-day I am girding my cinematic loins, perusing programmes and social media sites, cleaning my wohnung and buying in basic foodstuffs to Be Prepared. The 65th Berlin Film Festival (or Berlinale) begins tomorrow!   Alone in Berlin without...

Polar Bears and Peacocks….or How to Choose a Bank


  A friend posted yesterday the musings of her young step-daughter: “I like my cities. I like my sisters. I like peacocks when it snows on them.”   When we bought a place in Berlin some years back, we had to choose a bank to...

With “Pride” – “Miss Rhymney Valley 1985”


  After a weekend of age-tailored, females-only parties to celebrate the forthcoming betrothal of niece/goddaughter Rachael, which meant that we missed out on the events of Culture Night on Friday, we Members of the Wedding were unwilling to end the excitement, so last night my...