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Review: Goodbye Christopher Robin

Director Simon Curtis has carved his niche in the film industry by specialising in historical dramas and biopics, starting with the lovely My Week with Marilyn and recently The Woman in Gold. This time he's turned his focus onto A.A. Milne, the writer best known as the creator of Winnie the Pooh, in Goodbye Christopher Robin.  The final product is a busy reflection on the grasping nature of celebrity and trauma, and despite some powerhouse performances, is hindered by a…

Review: Victoria & Abdul

Just as film and television has turned its eyes to Winston Churchill's legacy in the last year, it's also been reassessing the character of Queen Victoria. A queen given her title at a very young age, she went on to become the 'grandmother of an empire'. The after-effects of that empire would go on to define leaders like Churchill, and the damage left behind by British rule is still felt today. It gives those in charge of cinematic portrayals a…

A Late Arrival’s Thoughts on Outlander Episode 1

As a television show that aired in 2014, I understand that I'm a very late arrival to the period drama Outlander. Yet despite being a British-American production filmed in Scotland, the show has only been aired on television channels in the US, Canada and Australia, whilst British audiences have only been able to watch with an Amazon Prime subscription. Part of this was due to the reluctance of British broadcasters to show the adult content of the show, and it's…

Adrien Brody Peaky Blinders

Adrien Brody Joins ‘Peaky Blinders’ Cast For Season Four

In exciting news for Peaky Blinders fans, Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody has joined the cast of the gritty period drama series. Joining lead actors Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Helen McCrory, Brody is rumoured to play a character with a 'formidable presence', that writer Steven Knight wrote with the actor in mind. Adrien Brody is an American actor who reached worldwide recognition in 2002's The Pianist, which won him the Oscar for Best Actor. Since then he's alternated between big budget…