I know this site is London-centric, so today let’s broaden the subject matter.
Granada Television has often been described as the best television company in the world, with good reason. Founded in 1930 by Sidney Bernstein and his brother Cecil and began serving Manchester and the North West of England in 1954, when it quickly became famous [...]
Young director Sean Ellis has hit upon a wheeze recently used by two other directors who have found that there’s no money to film in Britain unless you’re making period snoozefests like ‘The Other Woman’ or doom-laden arthouse fare like ‘The Selfish Giant’. Gareth Jones and Gareth Evans made the startling ‘Monsters’ (shot in [...]
‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘American Hustle’ are modern spins on age-old con stories, but they get it right. Given the number of crime novels out there these days, you need to do something special to stand out from the crowd, but when you’ve found your characters and milieu, you then have to cope [...]
Interviewed about ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ recently, Leonardi DiCaprio said he’d seen a lot of his heroes disappear. It’s not just our role models who have vanished – if you’re thinking of trying your hand at writing crime – still the most popular form of fiction in the world – don’t look to the [...]
It says a lot about the British habit of cussing that I didn’t even notice how much swearing was in ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’, apparently the sweariest film for many years. We love a good bout of inventive invective. I guess the problem with ‘Wolf’ ( and I loved the film as a black [...]
While I’m writing, I never shut myself away. Quite the reverse, really; I talk to people, read and watch and share as much as possible. Inevitably I meet fans and newbies, and people who guiltily admit they don’t read (Hey, that’s okay, it’s not compulsory). The main thing for me during the first draft process is [...]
This is from a wonderfully strange Italian film which seems to have completely vanished, despite getting full theatrical release worldwide. Could somebody please release it? Here’s the question:
Q: The film is about a statue of an animal sitting on its hind legs – which animal?
Well, that was fun: On Thursday I went to see my local GP. On Friday I saw a specialist and he diagnosed a double hernia. On Saturday I had the operation for both. On Sunday I went to lunch with friends. And next week I’m due to go down a bob-sled run in Latvia with the [...]
Ironically, what may ultimately kill Martin Scorsese’s best film in years is bad timing; is the world ready for a movie in which the excessive lifestyle of a criminal banker is regarded with grudging admiration? Leonardo DiCaprio has already been forced into a position of defence after preview audiences took the nearly three-hour fable at face [...]
Keeping with the theme of Peter Greenaway, composer Michael Nyman re-edited the walking shots from ‘The Draughtsman’s Contract’ to allow his music to play. The film is an intriguing murder mystery that plays like a moving Spot The Difference picture; an arrogant draughtsman demands sexual favours from his client ‘s wife in return for twelve [...]