There are few more prominent authors and screenwriters in Britain today than Dr David Nicholls, so I couldn't miss the opportunity of seeing him discuss his work and inspirations at an event at the University of Bristol, where he graduated in 1988. In a bright and atmospheric lecture theatre, Dr Nicholls provided an extremely fascinating … Continue reading An Audience with David Nicholls
At the end of February Leonardo DiCaprio won the Academy Award for Best Actor at long last. That was for his role in The Revenant, where he played the hardy frontiersman Hugh Glass, and it was an award that I questioned not because of an absence of quality in his performance, but for his relative … Continue reading Lincoln: A top quality script and top quality acting
Anybody who pays the slightest amount of attention towards world politics will be a little concerned by the possibility of seeing Donald Trump elected as president of the United States. At present he is the clear frontrunner in the race to be the Republican candidate to stand in November’s vote, which means that he is … Continue reading Trump in line for a Love Actually moment?
In this day and age, every so often we see a book or a movie; perhaps even a television series that has a profound effect on language and popular culture. It is usually a measure of its level of success and influence, but in years gone by and especially during the 20th century there were … Continue reading Influence, Censorship, and George Orwell
Despite a somewhat underdeveloped plot, the movie adaptation of The Woman in Black was perceived to be such a success by its producers that they wanted to make a sequel. However, there hadn’t been a second novel. Determined not for this potentially lucrative opportunity to be wasted, they enlisted original author Susan Hill to come … Continue reading The Woman In Black – Book vs Movie Part Two
Back in January I went to the library to borrow a new book. I had a couple in mind, but then I noticed The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. I could not resist the temptation. Having already seen the film, and seeing that at less than 200 pages it was a relatively short book, … Continue reading The Woman In Black – Book vs Movie Part One
When I began this blog I insisted that I would never go more than five days without writing new material. Unfortunately it has not taken long for me to break that promise, which in fairness is due to an extremely busy week where a mounting pile of other writing commitments and social events has tied me … Continue reading A Defeat for Dialogue
I have decided to begin by referring to my favourite collection of books, which like a lot of other people is the Harry Potter series. I would say I am a huge fan without being a so-called superfan - in other words those who would go to the extraordinary lengths of habitually dressing up as … Continue reading Tying the Loose Ends