BOOK REVIEW: ARIEL LEVY – THE RULES DO NOT APPLY

  The John Lennon lyric, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans” is applicable to Ariel Levy’s book, The Rules Do Not Apply. The New Yorker writer has penned a memoir about her life and when she had a fleeting glimpse of having it all before tragedy hit. This is…

BOOK REVIEW: MARTIN SIXSMITH – AYESHA’S GIFT

  Ayesha’s Gift is a book that could also be called “Ayesha’s Curse” because it is brimming with sorrow. It’s the fictionalised account of the real-life events that saw Philomena author and former BBC foreign correspondent, Martin Sixsmith assist in investigating the death of a British-Pakistani man. The book is ultimately a rather multi-faceted detective tale where…

DVD REVIEW: THE JINX: THE LIFE & DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST

  The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst is the television equivalent of peeling an onion. This true crime mini-series is a well-structured and well-edited look at the eccentric New York real-estate heir, Robert Durst. The recipient of the 2015 Emmy award for the most outstanding documentary or nonfiction series is a worthy…

DVD REVIEW: POLDARK TV SERIES

  Poldark is a TV series that will be loved by fans of Heathcliff and Mr. Darcy. It’s a sumptuous, period drama based on the novels by Winston Graham and is set in Cornwall in the 18th century. This is the second time it has been adapted for television (the first was in 1975) and…

DVD REVIEW: THE SECRET RIVER

  The Secret River has already been adapted into an acclaimed and successful stage play and Kate Grenville’s original, historic novel was a multi-award winning piece of literature. The latest adaptation sees the story transformed into a searing, two-part mini-series. The result is a complex look at a dark piece of colonial Australia. The series…

FILM REVIEW: GOOD OL’ FREDA

  When people think of John, Paul, George and Ringo, a name that doesn’t immediately spring to mind is Freda Kelly. But this humble, Liverpudlian woman was the group’s secretary; manager, Brian Epstein’s assistant; and the head of their fan club for 11 years. Good Ol’ Freda is a quaint little documentary about an inspiring woman who had one of the…