December 13th, 2011

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Britz - Sohail's Story and Nasima's Story, BFI

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I saw this when it was originally screened on Channel 4 in 2007 and it is outstanding. It is a powerful drama, with standout performances, that tackles issues facing the Muslim communities today, in the light of Radical Islam. I am seeing it again next Monday (19 December) when it is being screened at the BFI as part of the Peter Kosminsky Season. I am highly highly highly recommending it.

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Two siblings in two films portray two very different sides to Muslim life in modern-day Britain

Winner of the BAFTA Best Drama Serial and written as well as directed by Kosminsky, this is his first totally fictional work, a complex interlocking story of the reaction of a brother and sister, brought up as Muslims in contemporary Britain, to perceived Islamic terrorism.

Sohail's Story portrays a young Muslim man embracing his British identity to the extent that he is willing to help the British establishment weed out what he sees as those ungrateful enough to turn on their own country.

Nasima's Story shows how an accumulation of heavy-handed victimisation by the British authorities and the extreme experiences of family and friends subject to new anti-terrorist legislation leads to her own fateful radicalisation, although she is bought up in the same environment as her brother.

Kosminsky asks the discomforting question: in permitting institutionalised victimisation of Muslims, are we not all to blame for the radicalisation of Britain's Islamic youth?

For more information and to book tickets follow the link:
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London Walks

The new London Walks Winter-Spring 2011/12 leaflet, covering November 1 to April 30, is out. Belatedly, I am running a promo for them.

I did two London Walks with Richard IV in February 2011. Richard IV is the London Walks's Sherlock specialist.

Below is the feedback that I provided on the Walks, which is now on the London Walks Website here:

Rakshita Patel - London
February 2011

Yesterday, me and a friend did Richard IV's "In the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes" walk, which Richard runs every Friday afternoon. Today, I did Richard IV's "Sherlock Holmes saves the Nation" walk, which he does as a one-off every now and again. I have also done Richard IV's Arthur Conan Doyle walk in the past.

Having done these walks, I felt compelled to write in and say that I think Richard IV is an excellent guide - one of the best - he is superb. All the walks were excellent and I loved every minute of them (even though the second was plagued with rain!). I have done a few London walks and have enjoyed each and every one and have recommended the company to friends and family. But Richard IV is the best guide I have had. He is knowledgeable, informed and entertaining. Thank you Richard IV!

Therefore, I am highly recommending the "In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes" Walk. The Walk runs every Friday, starting at 2pm from Embankment Tube station. More details about the Walk is available on the London Walks website. Follow the link:

Richard IV is also doing a couple of one-off walks this season. They are:

10.45am Sunday 18 December
The Arthur Conan Doyle Walk: The Adventures of Sherlock's Creator
Piccadilly Circue by Eros Statue

12 noon Monday 26 December
The Sherlock Holmes Christmas Mystery Walk
Tottenham Court Road, Exit 3

2.30pm Sunday 26 February
Sherlock Holmes Saves the Nation! The Great Detective in Westminster
Green Park, North Exit

The home page of the London Walks website is here for general information about the company and their Walks:
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Wreckers: Benedict attendance confirmed at Wreckers screening, Curzon Soho, 17 December

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Benedict Cumberbatch has been confirmed as attending the Wreckers screening and Q&A at Curzon Soho on Saturday 17 December 2011. Benedict will take part in a Q&A after the screening of the film, alongside co-stars Claire Foy and Shaun Evans and director Dictynna Hood.

Wreckers is due for release this Friday at Curzon Soho, Manchester Cornerhouse and Curzon HMV Wimbledon. It will also be shown at Phoenix Square Leicester from 30th December 2011 and at the Quad in Derby from 13 January 2012. If you can't get to the cinema to see the film you can access it on Curzon on Demand (UK only).

For all the details on the film, follow the link:

My feature on Wreckers is here: