FILM REVIEW: LOVING

  Loving is a film that shares a few things in common with A United Kingdom. They are both based on true stories and at the centre of each film you have a married, interracial couple who just want to live together as husband wife and leave the politics out of the bedroom. Loving 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…

BOOK REVIEW: CAREK STELSON – SACHIKO – A NAGASAKI SURVIVOR’S STORY

  The story of Sachiko and other hibakusha are important, as they chronicle a fundamental part of history. This book also supports Yasui’s work as an activist for peace, as it is a cautionary tale about nuclear weaponry, but also one of hardship and human resilience. At 144 pages there were elements that could have…

DVD REVIEW: THE STORY OF GOD

  Morgan Freeman has played God before. In the documentary series, The Story Of God it does what it says on the tin. It sees Freeman travelling to a number of different countries to explore religion and God. It’s a respectful and informative series that suffers because it is rather short for such a big subject….

FILM REVIEW: TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

  Vera Brittain was a feminist trailblazer, pacifist and activist. Her memoir about World War I, Testament Of Youth, was a detailed account of her coming of age and experience as a volunteer nurse on the frontline. Her story has recently received its second adaptation (the first was as a TV series decades ago), and…

FILM REVIEW: THE CIRCLE (DER KREIS)

  The Circle (Der Kreis) was a gay magazine produced in Switzerland and distributed internationally between 1932 and 1967. It is also the name of a docudrama film by director, Stefan Haupt. The film tells the story of a couple who were members of this underground movement that went on to become Switzerland’s first legally-married…

FILM REVIEW: DEPARTURES (OKURIBITO)

  Departures (Okuribito) is a simple, Japanese film about some big subjects: love, life and death. This existential family drama was the winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2009. It is also a subtle and nuanced story where a Zen-like air means that even though the final message is poignant and meaningful, it is…