Bronson (2008)

Bronson first published by Little White Lies, 20th Feb 2009 “You’re a very sweet man, Charlie,” says Irene (Kelly Adams), “but you’ve got no ambition.” It is hard to know whether to agree or disagree with Irene’s assertions. Charlie (Tom Hardy) may be blessed with a roguish grin and a charismatic naïveté, but he is…


The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)

The Notorious Bettie Page first published (in a slightly different version) by musicOMH Times Square, 1955. A shifty looking fellow casts his eye over shelves of ‘glamour’ magazines before working up the courage to ask the shopkeeper if beneath the counter there is something a little different, “with unusual material that shows restraint”. No sooner…


All Is True (2018)

All Is True first published by Sight & Sound, March 2019 Review: In a scene near the beginning of All Is True, William Shakespeare is shown outside his Stratford home, telling the housemaid that composing plays is just like tending a garden or baking bread. While these are just the sort of homely similes to…


Edvard Munch (1974)

Edvard Munch first published by Film4 Synopsis: Peter Watkins’ recently restored telefilm documents the angst of an artist and an era. Review: Peter Watkins’ Edvard Munch opens with both a text (in Norwegian) and a voice-over (in English, narrated by Watkins) that impart introductory information about both the film’s use of Munch’s diaries as source material and Munch’s…


Domino (2005)

Domino first published by EyeforFilm The real Domino Harvey was born into a world of glamour, showbiz and high society. Her father was the film star Laurence Harvey (of The Manchurian Candidate fame), her mother was a wealthy English supermodel, and she herself was named after the Bond girl from Thunderball. Yet, after a brief stint…

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

Review first published by Film4 Synopsis: Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) directs a sprawling biopic of individual change and national revolution, with Idris Elba assuming the role of Nelson Mandela. Review: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is an homage in the true sense, with the first three letters of its title setting the theme….