October 14th, 2011

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Stuart is staying



Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/stuart-a-life-backwards/

It has now been a week since I rebranded from Sherlock to Stuart and asked people to speak up if they wanted it changed back. No one has done so. I have also now included a friendship quote from Dinah Craik to go alongside the Stuart header photo.

I have also been doing some thinking about it. I now believe very strongly that Stuart as a piece is truer to the ethos of the community and more accurately represents and reflects the range of community interests ie Benedict AND social justice, big society and politics (with a small p). I am also keen to differentiate this com, and distance it, from the other Sherlock coms and the Sherlock fandom generally.

So Stuart is staying!
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Black Butterfly

Calling all Gatiss fans! Don't miss this long overdue new reading of his third Lucifer Box novel on Radio 4 Extra next week. Five instalments, over five days starting Monday 17 October, each repeated at various times so that there's really no excuse to miss it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01614qr

Hopefully the programmes will also be made available on BBC radio iPlayer.

Tune in! Nobody reads the hilarious and often naughty adventures of Lucifer Box better than his creator. I've read all three... hearing Mark's distinctive voice in my head throughout. :-))
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55th BFI London Film Festival: 50/50



Today was my first trip to the London Film Festival this year. I promised to write about those films that inspired me and this one most certainly did! I am booked to see eight films over the course of the Festival. This is the first film I have seen and I am going to stick my neck out and say it will be the best film that I will see at the Festival (even though I am seeing the new Benedict Cumberbatch film and the new Ralph Fiennes film). So what was it?



The film was 50/50, which is billed as an original story of friendship, love and survival - and finding humour in the most unlikely places. It is here:
http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/node/1612

This is another "Cancer" film. Unlike Third Star, which focuses on friendship and stays away from hospitals and all the associated paraphernalia, this film is most definitely about Cancer - diagnosis, treatment, doctors, patients, hospitals, chemotherapy, surgery, therapy etc. 50/50 refers to the chances of surviving this type of Cancer. It focuses very much on what it is like to get a Cancer diagnosis, how it makes you feel, and how others react to the diagnosis. It looks at the devastating impact it can have on your life, your relationships, your friendships and all those who care about you. It follows the male lead through the whole process from diagnosis, to treatment, to negative news, to recovery and hope. It looks at the support networks that you need to get you through this sort of experience - a best friend, family, and even a dog! This being Hollywood, there is a positive outcome, and we are left at the end of the film with a feeling of hope and optimism. This film is not dark or depressing to watch in any way - it is funny, very emotional, moving and deeply touching.

I will declare a personal interest here. I had a similar experience(s) a few years back. I had a much easier break than cancer. But I went pretty much overnight from being a busy professional civil servant to a professional patient. I would describe the whole experience as a nightmare and the road back to normality was long and hard but I made it - twice! So yes I connected with the film and it spoke to me.

This film was excellent - it reaches the parts other films do not reach - and I am highly highly highly recommending it.

London Film Festival. Browse the full programme and book tickets here:
http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/
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Sherlockology is now live



Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/sherlock-production-stills/

Sherlockology has gone live. It is here:
http://www.sherlockology.com/

Cut and pasted from the Sherlockology website:

Sherlockology is your ultimate unofficial BBC Sherlock fansite, the essential guide for visiting film locations, finding set props and identifying wardrobe pieces, as well as bringing you breaking news on the series, cast and crew and much more.

Obviously, I have no desire to compete with them - they are THE place to go for Sherlock news and information.

However, The Umbrella Organisation now covers Sherlock, London Theatre (especially the National Theatre), Film, Television (especially the BBC), Social Justice, Race, Politics and Religion. Hence the rebranding from Sherlock to Stuart.

Sherlockology for Sherlock (although I will still be covering it) and here for everything else!
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Black Voices - Platform, National Theatre



On Monday 17 October there is a Platform (Talk) at the National Theatre entitled "Black Voices". Paterson Joseph is joined by several generations of Black British actors to discuss the identity of the modern black voice in British theatre today.

The Platform is at 6pm at the Lyttelton, National Theatre and tickets are £4 (£3 concessions).

Buy your tickets here:
http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/66395/platforms/black-voices.html

I will be attending and reporting back.