Unman, Wittering and Zigo – anarchy in the classroom

As a rebellious teenager, I read the play Unman, Wittering and Zigo at school in the late 1970s with a mixture of relish and disbelief. Giles Cooper’s story about a class of arrogant public school pupils who threaten to murder… Continue Reading →

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style

The final room of Ocean Liners: Speed and Style offers a sombre reminder of the perils of sea travel. A piece of carved wooden panel salvaged from the RMS Titanic is displayed bobbing gently on a simulated sheet of water…. Continue Reading →

The Killing of Butterfly Joe

You shouldn’t read too much into a dustjacket, but Rhidian Brook’s novel The Killing of Butterfly Joe comes wrapped in something beautiful, ingenious and rather sinister. Inside you will discover a skilfully plotted tale about butterflies, a deeply dysfunctional family,… Continue Reading →

Neo-Romantic Book Illustration in Britain 1943–1955

A new exhibition at the Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner evokes a golden age of book illustration. Neo-Romantic Book Illustration in Britain 1943-1955 features work by John Minton, Keith Vaughan, Edward Bawden, Eric Fraser and Barnett Freedman. Afterwards, you’ll find… Continue Reading →

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a Molotov cocktail of a movie, propelled by brilliant performances from Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. In a week when the gender pay gap has hit the headlines again, it was cathartic to… Continue Reading →

Detectorists – comedy grounded in reality

I can’t listen to Simon & Garfunkel without thinking of the ‘lookalike’ duo played by Simon Farnaby and Paul Casar in the BBC4 series Detectorists. The resemblance to the real Paul and Art may be slight, but there’s always time… Continue Reading →

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is the film adaptation of a memoir by English actor Peter Turner about his two-year affair with veteran Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame. This movie, which stars a luminous Annette Bening opposite the excellent Jamie… Continue Reading →

Gun crazy: Donald Trump and the politics of denial

‘Fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction … otherwise it would have been much worse.’ On Sunday 5 November 2017, 26 people were murdered at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas by… Continue Reading →

Designs on Britain – from Shanks’s Pony to Chopper bikes

If you’ve never visited the Jewish Museum in Camden Town, London, you’re missing out on one of the capital’s best small museums. Following the 2014 exhibition on Abram Games, Designs on Britain celebrates the work of several more Jewish émigré designers… Continue Reading →

Call Me by Your Name

Critics have fallen head over heels for Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name. Usually I’d be suspicious of any movie that was being lauded as “ravishing”, “triumphant” and “sublime”, but this time the hype is justified. I saw this… Continue Reading →

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