Arts


Snippets For Our New World March 2020

There are so many stories and words that speak loudly in these crazy times so let me share some of what I’ve seen and heard this week.  One My amazing cousin took part in the World’s Greatest Shave 2020 to raise money for families impacted by blood cancer. Here’s what…

23 March 2020 | Arts

Stateless…. Dramatic Storytelling at its Finest

Upfront I need to declare that I have a special interest in this series. My son is an executive producer for this TV drama and I am a loud, proud mum. Over the months I’ve seen my son’s passion and hard work in bringing this story to screen. It’s a…

4 March 2020 | Arts

Inspired by Nature: The Architecture of Sou Fujimoto

Have you heard of Sou Fujimoto? I remember his name from a visit to the temporary Serpentine pavilion in London when I visited the gallery there in Hyde Park. Like a spider’s web this beautiful building makes you gasp at the imagination and technical skill displayed. The main image shows…

6 February 2020 | Arts

Sex Education

Do you remember learning about the ” birds and the bees?” or about Storks delivering babies? My mother was a midwife and her anatomy books were the source of much of my early sex education…you can imagine how well that went! I was hearing  rave reviews for a Netflix series…

30 January 2020 | Arts

A Not so Beautiful Film

Do you ever have that feeling that you are definitely not part of the human race? An alien perhaps? Or at a minimum lacking some basic human responses? I do. Like my brain reacts to what others say is ” lovely” or ” heartwarming” by feeling irritated and nauseous! I…

27 January 2020 | Arts

Bombshell Explodes on to the Screen

Director Jay Roach tackles sexual harassment in the workplace head-on in this powerful film. In the wake of the #MeToo movement this film is timely. It is also fastidious in working through the issues of workplace politics, power and gender through a compelling narrative that forms the basis of this…

23 January 2020 | Arts

Little Women: A Lot of Joy!

As a child one of my favourite books was  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It’s a coming of age story. Four sisters romping through life, love and misfortune embracing wholesome anglo – christian values. This is the world of 1860’s where charity and humility compete with ego and self…

16 January 2020 | Arts

Pain and Glory: Almodovar At His Best!

If you’ve read my year of film reviews you’ll know two things. Firstly, I see a lot of films. Secondly, I’m less Star Wars and Jumanji and more “off Broadway.” I’m less Spielberg and George Miller and more Almodovar and Spike Lee. Although I do need to tell you of…

31 December 2019 | Arts

Marianne and Leonard: A Filmic Love Affair

An extremely hot summer’s day saw me seek shelter  in my favourite cinema. A film about the singer and poet Leonard Cohen caught my eye. Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love. The film documents the relationship of Cohen with Marianne Ihlen, the muse behind the very successful ballad ” So…

31 December 2019 | Arts