…Cold Case Hammarskjöld (the 2019 doc to watch out for)

The one film I really wanted to see at the LFF – but couldn’t make – was Cold Case Hammarskjöld, directed and written by Mads Brügger. There are many advantages to having Paul (of Screen Mayhem and One Good Thing Podcast) as a best friend, but one of them is access to the press BFI […]

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…Four and a Half Films at the LFF

This year I saw five films at the London Film Festival: Wounds, Jo Jo Rabbit, The Lighthouse, Knives out and…the surprise film! Here I look at each one, giving my opinions on which you have to keep an eye out for. Wounds Director/Writer: Babak Anvari Starring: Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz After a fight […]

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…How should we feel about Zoos? (photo essay)

As a vegetarian, I feel weird about liking zoos. Should I? Should I be advocating for them or standing up against them? All photos, unless stated, used here are by me on 35mm film, no edits and no filters – see @35mmbee on Instagram. ZSL London, UK London Zoo, run by the charity ZSL (Zoological […]

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…Voldermort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody (a quickie review)

Genuinely funny, enjoyable and adorable, if you can ignore the straying from Potter canon. Last night my cousin took me to the King’s Head Theatre in Islington for a surprise birthday treat – Voldermort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody, which had gotten great reviews at the fringe. And of course, she had booked seats […]

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…Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge (Theatre Review)

I’ve seen my fair bit of Shakespeare, including three previous versions of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, but nothing has come close to being as spectacular, as immersive and as fun. I’m not going to give a detailed plot of the play, I could not to it justice. Only to say, for those in total ignorance […]

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…Midsommar (spoiler heavy long read)

I still can’t put my finger on it, and maybe writing this will help, but there was (as with Hereditary) something missing… Warning: Spoiler HEAVY I’ve been mulling over this for a while now, and I can’t work it out, but there was something about Midsommar that didn’t sit with me. So I’m going to […]

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… The Dead Don’t Die (spoiler free review)

Jim Jarmusch’s latest film is a wonderful comedy horror with a few small things that it could have done without… Spoiler Free! Plot The town of Centerville is a sleepy town with only three police (Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloë Sevigny), a small diner, a run down gas station run by comic book nerd […]

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…Boris v. Hunt (how did they vote?)

Through the awesome power of They Work For You, I have made this handy table, to compare Boris’ and Hunt’s voting records…let’s see if there’s any differences… The Votes As Boris was Mayor of London from 2008 – 2016, he wouldn’t have voted during that time… so for anything saying ‘no vote’ rather than ‘absent’, […]

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…Boris and Profumo

As the Tory leadership contest is coming to a close, I’ve been thinking a lot about 1963 and an incident that brought down the Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government. Scandal In 1961 John Profumo, the Minister for War, had a six week affair with dancer/model/says-she-was-never-a-call-girl, Christine Keeler. The affair didn’t last very long and was relatively […]

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…Woman at War (Film Review)

Beautiful, tense, funny and slightly surreal, Woman at War ticked all my boxes. Warning: Spoilers Plot Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), who in her day-to-day life is a choir conductor, is also an eco-warrior. The film begins with one of her attempts to call attention to the Rio Tinto aluminium plant’s impact on the environment – by […]

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