November 10th, 2011

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Wuthering Heights in cinemas tomorrow (11 November)

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The new version of Wuthering Heights is out on general release, in cinemas across the UK, tomorrow (11 November). It was screened as part of the London Film Festival, where it was billed as Andrea Arnold's radical and beautifully filmed adaptation of this classic tale of obsessive love. It is here:

The key difference between this and other versions of Wuthering Heights, is that they have made Heathcliff in this version Black. Having a Black Heathcliff obviously heightens Heathcliff's alieness and his otherness, raising it to a new level and, given what was going on in the slave trade at the time, Heathcliff's treatment really spoke to me powerfully and resonated with me in a way it had not done previously. Two actors play Heathcliff and two actors play Cathy and both sets of actors really conveyed the passion between Heathcliff and Cathy, their deep and undying love for eachother, and the searing pain, grief and torment their love for eachother brought them.

In a nutshell, this film blew me away. It is a masterclass in how you can take a well-worn classic that has had countless adaptations, add in a new and unusual twist, and yet still remain true to the heart, spirit and the soul of the novel and the source material (Sherlock anyone?!). Highly highly highly recommended.

My feature and my review of Wuthering Heights is here:
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Wreckers: Screening and Q&A with Director and cast members, Curzon Soho

With huge huge HUGE thanks to for alerting me to this - I was completely oblivious!

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There will be a screening of Benedict Cumberbatch's new film Wreckers at the Curzon Soho on Saturday 17th December at 6.30pm. The screening includes a Q&A with the Director D.R. Hood and cast members (which cast members to be confirmed!). Tickets for this screening are £13.50 and were still available as of yesterday.

Wreckers had its World Premiere as part of the London Film Festival where it was billed as a haunting tale of secrets and lies in the English countryside. It is here:

My feature on Wreckers is here:

To recap and summarise, I fell in love with the film and I thought that it was truly beautiful and deeply moving. The film, like all great films, will obviously mean different things to different people and speak to different people on different levels. For me personally, the focus of the film was the marriage between Dawn (Claire Foy) and David (Benedict Cumberbatch), and the relationship between the two brothers, David (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Nick (Shaun Evans) - that is why I have run the photo above.

Highly highly highly recommended.
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Blood Brothers, starring Marti Pellow, Phoenix Theatre

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This is not too embarrassing as I have already confessed that Wet Wet Wet are one of my top three bands of all time. They are amazing live, and very giving of their time on stage. Like James, they are brilliant musicians, and also like James, they have a very charismatic lead singer who sings like an angel - his name is Marti Pellow.

Marti Pellow is also a God when it comes to musical theatre (I confess I am a tad biased!). Marti is now appearing in Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre from now until the end of January (at the very least). I have decided that this will be my birthday treat to myself!

Cut and pasted from the Phoenix Theatre website:

Blood Brothers is a musical by British dramatist Willy Russell, who also wrote plays Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine. First seen on stage in 1983, Blood Brothers is one of the longest running musicals ever in the West End and has developed a cult following. It is now in its 21st year.

Blood Brothers is an emotional and gripping tale of twin brothers from Liverpool, separated at birth by a mother who is desperate to survive in financial difficulty and cannot afford to keep both. The brothers are subsequently brought up in two different worlds, and their mother’s attempts at keeping them from discovering each other lead to tragic consequences as the brothers’ destinies lead them to each other.

I myself have never actually seen Blood Brothers - this is the perfect excuse to FINALLY do so!

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