A welcome HOME on 4 September?

There’s light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel, my friends. We all know the worries and concerns for the theatre, and indeed arts and entertainment industry as a collective. But as 4 July becomes some sort of D-day, a heralding of freedom, venues who have been left out of the loopContinue reading “A welcome HOME on 4 September?”

Film Preview: Military Wives

I will be honest, and I don’t mean this to be offensive to any film that is based on a true story about real people, with real life events and feelings, but I generally, and admittedly cynically, run a mile from anything that has a whiff of ‘feel-good’. But I’ll happily (yes i can doContinue reading “Film Preview: Military Wives”

Film Review: Greed

As a child i was terrified of the poem, The Lion and Albert, by Marriott Edgar. Set at a ‘famous seaside place called Blackpool’, it was all literally a bit close to home for me (growing up in a small village about 3 miles out….) It still haunts me. Anyway, I’ll just leave that hereContinue reading “Film Review: Greed”

Film Review: Queen & Slim

Queen and Slim is Crash, meets Bonnie and Clyde, meets True Romance. But most of all it’s Queen & Slim. Read my view of Queen & Slim on my sister blog What the Projectionist Saw – https://whattheprojectionistsaw.wordpress.com/2020/01/30/review-queen-and-slim/ Copyright: Universal Pictures Opening in cinemas across Greater Manchester from 31 January 2020 including https://www.myvue.com/film/queen-and-slim Home MCR https://www.everymancinema.com/film-info/queen-slim

Film Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

Dickens, eh? Have you ever noticed the sheer amount of old English pubs which boast the accolade that Charles Dickens once drank there? It’s a wonder he got anything done. Well done he did and one of the things wot he done was David Copperfield. And now Armando Iannucci did done it too. Read myContinue reading “Film Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield”

News: HOME brings in 2020 with a retrospective of award-winning Mancunian screenwriter, Robert Bolt

I’m currently trying my hand at screenwriting (under the excellent tutorage of Scriptwriting North), love a regular visit to HOME and dip my toe in the world of film both here and over at What the Projectionist Saw So battling my way through a frankly annoying barrage of emails in my inbox about Black Friday,Continue reading “News: HOME brings in 2020 with a retrospective of award-winning Mancunian screenwriter, Robert Bolt”

FilmFear and chills…Film Festival returns to HOME Mcr this Hallowe’en

October is about Hallowe’en and Hallowe’en is basically about films. Keep your costumes and candy (yes I know we’re British but the whole trick or treating is increasingly of the USA and essentially it was good alliteration. Last year’s FilmFear brought us many cinematic sensations but most of all Nicolas Cage being more Nicolas CageContinue reading “FilmFear and chills…Film Festival returns to HOME Mcr this Hallowe’en”

Film Review: Mrs Lowry & Son

One of my favourite sketches, amongst thousands (which, incidentally, does not include the bloody parrot one), is Monty  Python’s irreverent (could it be anything else) look at working class life: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2q1ojy Turning matters on their head, whilst t’father in ‘is rolled up sleeves, braces and britches, sweats over his work as an award-winning playwright inContinue reading “Film Review: Mrs Lowry & Son”

Review: Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

My mum told me this story of being at the cricket at Old Trafford. Frank Sidebottom had made a glorious appearance (actual Frank – there were many pretenders to the papier-mâché head aesthetic with ‘hilarious’ consequences…) In fact in Being Frank… John Thomson tells us of Chris Sievey getting out a scrap book he keptContinue reading “Review: Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story”