London On Film

How Do You Prefer Your London?

Real or imaginary? In my head there’s another London where every fictional character from every London book and film lives. In this London the Droogs still maraud through Thamesmead, Mr Sloane strokes his tanned torso beside the Oasis pool, the sinister Professor Marcus knocks on a door in King’s Cross, Henry Earlforward destroys his marriage […]

Outsiders & Eccentrics: London On Film

After finishing ‘Film Freak’ I realised that the book was more or less a requiem for popular British film, and that the only future for a national cinema seemed to lay in arthouse independents or films selling ‘Englishness’ to overseas audiences. Since then, all that has come to pass, with even the delightful ‘Paddington’ films […]

More London Books

Because you can never have too many, can you? Recently I wrote the foreword for Antony Clayton’s excellent ‘Subterranean London’, and now I’m doing one for this enjoyable and well-informed book of walks following the paths of London’s lost rivers (not quite out yet). You start researching on one area and pretty soon you’re knee-deep […]