August 14, 2019

With the Chichester International Film Festival scheduling a screening of Monsoon Wedding on 20 August at 20.45 I thought I'd post a review of the film I wrote for the now defunct website back in 2002 (I haven't re-edited it).  At the end are images from...

June 4, 2015


It’s been 75 years since Disney’s Fantasia was released, and 15 years since Fantasia 2000 so I thought it time to re-visit them.


Fantasia (1940)

Prd. Walt Disney,  Dir. Samuel Armstrong, James Algar, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley, Ford Bee...

June 2, 2015

Ahead of Thursday's screening of Sense and Sensibilty as part of Worthing WOW's Jane Austen season here's an extract from the chapter on the film from my book on Ang Lee.


Sense And Sensibility (1995)



Director: Ang Lee. Screenplay: Emma Thompson. Based on the novel...

May 25, 2015

This year is the 50th anniversary of Diana Rigg's first appearance as Emma Peel in the British TV show The Avengers.

Fifteen years ago I wrote an article for the now defunct Classic Television about this culutral phenomena.

I have reproduced  the text here as it app...

May 21, 2015

150 years ago, people read for the first time Alice’s immortal line “And what is the use of a book, without pictures or conversation?”  How she would have loved the movies!  

On Saturday 23 May 2015 I'll be giving a paper at the Wonderlands: Reading/Writing/Telling...

May 14, 2015

Last year I invested (via kickstarter) in London Symphony, a brand New Silent Film about the Culture and Diversity of London.  The director/editor Alex Barrett referenced some of my favourite films as his influences inlcuding Man With a Movie Camera (1929) and Night Ma...

May 7, 2015

With the UK release of Christophe Gans new version of the Beauty and the Beast myth still a few months away, thought I'd revisit Cocteau's 1946 classic.

La Belle et La Bete (1946)

Director: Jean Cocteau

For those only familiar with the Beauty and the Beast fable from Disn...

May 4, 2015

I have always had a soft spot for the MGM musical extravaganzas of the 1950s, particularly those starring Esther Williams, the swimming superstar.


Reading her autobiography reveals a fascinating story of heartache and triumph behind the fabulous smile.



The Million Dol...

May 4, 2015


A few years ago I had what for many people would be THE perfect job.  I had to watch every single film Audrey Hepburn had ever made, for a book I had to be asked to write the Pocket Essential Audrey Hepburn.


Imagine my delight, when caught curled up on the s...

May 4, 2015


Recently I've been working on a chapter for Aurora Metro's forthcoming Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema (exploring women’s contribution behind the camera in these early days of cinema.  The focus of my research was female cinematographers, and was astonished by the mi...

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