February 19, 2019

As you know I love a bio-pic - so much so that I wrote a book on them! Bio-Pics: a life in pictures

Last year I was mourning the lack of actors nominated for playing real people in this blog: only 5 out of the 20 nominees, although congrats to Gary Oldman and Alison Jan...

January 7, 2019

Last year I wrote a blog asking whether the Academy Awards had fallen out of love with Bio-Pics, as nominations and wins were down on previous years.  Read it here.

And you can read more about 21st century Bio-Pics in my book Bio-Pics: A life in pictures (Wallflower Pre...

January 3, 2019

Narrowing down my top 10 films to just 10 was really tough. Could have easily been a top 20! And there's still some films that have been appearing on other people's lists which I've not yet see, these include Roma, Shoplifters. But from the films I've seen these are cu...

March 6, 2018

Actors appearing in Bio-Pics or films based on a true story have once again had a strong presence in the Oscar nominations for the 90th Academy Awards.

January 4, 2018

Is it any surprise that Darkest Hour (2017) is doing better at the Box Office and in Award Ceremonies than Churchill (2017).  Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman depicts the Churchill of popular national memory, the Churchill who won the war. Whereas Churchill starring B...

April 6, 2017

Last month I graduated with a MA in Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture from St Mary's University Twickenham. The University is next door to Strawberry Hill House, the Gothic home of Horace Walpole who wrote what is considered the first Gothic novel, The Castle...

August 10, 2016

Next month I will be giving a conference paper on films featuring plastic surgery which is part of my research for my MA in Gothic studies.

So far in my research I have watched 50+ films and half a dozen TV shows! (see list below)

As you can see they cover a wealth of ge...

July 15, 2016

Today (15 July) would have been Iris Murdoch's 97th Birthday. Born in 1919 she died aged 80 in 1999.

In my book Bio-Pics: a life in pictures I explore four films about writers, one of which was Richard Eyre's 2001 film Iris. Here's an extract ...

Screenwriters Eyre and W...

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