He’s Behind You. December 2016.

Dear Rowley, When I heard pantomime was coming back to the London Palladium after a thirty-year hiatus, my mind wandered to the am dram Christmas shows put on by my cousin Charlotte’s dance school in Sheffield. The director would finagle … Continue reading

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Women on the Verge. September 2013.

Dear Rowley, I think we agree that movie making colludes in the infantilisation of adults. I could not be less interested in reboots of cartoon franchises, Hugh Jackman in a werewolf costume or Jennifer Aniston in another hair-flicking docile RomCom. … Continue reading

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The Oscars. February 2013.

Dear Rowley, The red carpet arrivals at the Oscars always bring out the Madame Defarge in fashion critics. All the trolls come out of their caves to mock, knock and hurl derision in a colloquial, condescending tone as if given … Continue reading

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Les Misérables. January 2013.

Dear Rowley, Devastating news that HMV has gone into liquidation, no? I was interviewing the fragrant Emma Willis today for a Rake feature. Her admittedly young team couldn’t understand why we old timers were so depressed by the demise of … Continue reading

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