Vivien Leigh. September 2017.

Dear Rowley, I recall many years ago filming a documentary about Vivien Leigh for Channel 4 in which I commented that her life and her art on screen were in total harmony: from the skittish, delicious, courageous minx Scarlett O’Hara … Continue reading

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Fantastic Beasts & Fabulous Jewels. November 2016.

Dear Rowley, I don’t go to the movies very often. It simply isn’t safe. If the cheery chipmunks in the next row won’t stop chatting when the film starts, I am all on not to bludgeon them to death with … Continue reading

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Want to Buy Some Illusions? May 2016.

Dear Rowley, An invitation to a preview screening of Florence Foster Jenkins at the BFI this week with a Q&A featuring director Stephen Frears, writer Nicholas Martin and actor Hugh Grant. As you know, Florence Foster Jenkins was a Manhattan lady … Continue reading

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Follow the Fleet. April 2016.

Dear Rowley, We should all visit the BFI more, don’t you think? The British Film Institute is, quite simply, cinema for grown-ups who don’t need a bucket ‘o popcorn to munch or two litre bottles of Coke that gurgle like … Continue reading

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Blue Murder. November 2015.

Dear Rowley, It was with some trepidation that I heard Sir Kenneth Brannagh is determined to remake Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Granted, I found the Cybil Shepherd and Angela Lansbury reboot of The Lady Vanishes by far superior to … Continue reading

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