For about a decade I've tried to catch every Oscar-nominated film. This year I actually managed it. Catching Oscar Nominees in a timely fashion sounds easier than it is. Many films fall in the early-year window, but there's always one or two that require some premonitionary skills the previous year. Often, a few features fall short of... Continue Reading →
"There's a hole in the world like a great black pit, and the vermin of the world inhabit it. And it's morals aren't worth what a pig can spit, and it goes by the name of London" - Sweeney Todd Alright Sondheim, give it a rest! This year, I finally made it to Lumiere, the... Continue Reading →
"Reliving the adverts, so you can't forget them" My second Christmas ad wrap - that makes a tradition! Here's my round-up of this year's best of British festive ads - the ones we've ALL waited a year for - could they ever live up to that hype? Well, let's jump right in, repeating the familiar mantra,... Continue Reading →
Hull: City of Culture 2017. In the year it dawned on some that the game will soon be up for European-supported cultural cities, Kingston-Upon-Hull embraced it. I stepped off Hull Trains for a weekend and my first visit to that patch of the East Riding. It was quick step around Hull, loosely demanded by some... Continue Reading →
Seven stages of Mark Bolan and T Rex's career to mark the 40th anniversary of the King of Hackney's death.
A year before his nostalgia-soaked comeback single Where are We Now did much the same, I took a walk through Berlin. Or rather, a Bowie commute.
The rain would have been even worse this August were it not for the return of Producer Week! And even worse in Hull, because this time it was dedicated to one of the current UK City of Culture's greatest sons, glam guitarist and power producer Mick Ronson... #RonsonWeek About that headline: you know it's tricky to... Continue Reading →