Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch are the beating heart of The Umbrella Organisation - they are what brought us all together in the first place. I apologised for neglecting Benedict lately. As trailed, I will be running a few Benedict stories this week.
The first is that the amazing Third Star is out on DVD as of today. You can get your copy here:
I really love this film and I have taken it straight to my heart. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Why?
What struck me most was that Benedict in real life is full of life and energy and looks healthy. In Third Star, he looks so thin and frail and ethereal and vulnerable and - quite literally - as though he is at death's door. His performance in the film is - as expected - heart-breaking. He really conveys the anger and frustration and sadness of someone who has unexpectedly - against their will and hope - run out of time. The film is sold as being about male friendship and terminal cancer, which it is, but it is also about something else which I won't reveal as that would be a major spoiler! Anyway, I thought the film was excellent as it looks at a range of serious subjects in a thought-provoking way.
This is a link to a review I like by Kate Muir in The Times:
And a short but pithy review from my favourite paper for Arts coverage The Telegraph:
And finally, I am going to leave you with what remains my favourite still image from the film. When I first saw this image it quite literally took my breath away. It still has this effect on me!
This still photo speaks a million words. It is dedicated to all those members on the com whose own lives, or those of their friends and family, have been touched by cancer ...