Arts


Unorthodox….. worth a look!

Netflix is rolling out some fine drama and Unorthodox is one such example. It’s a 4 part series based on a memoir by Deborah Feldman. It tells the story of a young woman living in an orthodox Hasidic, Jewish community in New York. The restrictions and expectations of community life…

7 April 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