Promising Young Woman

“Can you guess what every woman’s worst nightmare is?” Emerald Fennell’s debut feature film, Promising Young Woman, has finally been released in the UK – and it could not have come at a more apt time. It’s been roughly six weeks since the news broke of the tragic death of Sarah Everard, a moment which led to women […]

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Out of 2020 – Into 2021

I’ve ummed and ahhed over doing this sort of post, but (now the end of January is in sight) I’ve finally decided that I might as well follow up my ‘favourite things‘ post with a bit of a round-up – and some kind of look forward. One thing that I did manage was to get […]

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End of 2019 report

Well, it’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? The less said about the political landscape the better, except for the fact that it’s probably given James Graham enough material to last a lifetime… I can’t help but wish that I had some play writing ability to lighten the load (and for my own catharsis)! Back […]

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Favourite films 2019

A new one for Mind the Blog this year! Following Bohemian Rhapsody last autumn, I started paying more attention to cinema; it’s cheaper than theatre (especially with my work perks), I was interested in seeing the awards competition, and there seemed to be a lot of interesting stories being told. I learned quickly that there’s a […]

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Rocketman

Superheroes and musicians seem to be the go-to subjects for films at the moment; after the success of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody over the winter, we now have Rocketman gracing the screens. Written by Lee Hall (best known for Billy Elliot and also responsible for the stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love, amongst others) and directed […]

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Bohemian Rhapsody

This post has been rather a long time coming… Many of you reading this will know me either for my usually quite forthright opinions about theatre, or my dedication (let’s say) to the Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon. What you’ll be less aware of is that my first love was Queen. It goes back so far […]

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Jermaine and Elsie

Winner of the Best Drama Award at last year’s Portobello Film Festival, Jermaine and Elsie tells the story of two worlds colliding through the form of a short film. Jermaine is a carer who’s always willing to go the extra mile, and sticks with it even if he’s not treated in the nicest way – […]

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