The Deep Blue Sea: review

The BFI have digitised the only remaining archival print of this film (faded, damaged, with splices and skips) as part of their major Vivien Leigh retrospective, which gives us a rare chance to see it as originally intended, in Cinemascope on a big screen....more

Wake in Fright: some thoughts (published 26th November)

To commemorate the Masters of Cinema Region 2 release, and accompanying cinema release in March 2014, of this seminal Australian classic (1971, directed by Ted Kotcheff, starring Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, and Chips Rafferty), I reproduce an essay I wrote on the Region 4 release two years ago, first published at a tribute site to Bond....more

Scarlett O'Hara's leading men

Yesterday I watched ‘Gone With The Wind’ for the second time on the big screen, this time at the BFI Southbank in a new 4k restoration, as part of the celebration to mark 100 years since the birth of Vivien Leigh.  I’m not going to use this post to review the film, or even to say how much I love it (I do), nor am I going to talk much about Vivien Leigh’s performance as Scarlett.  It was by far her best role, and the one which won her the first of two Oscars during her nineteen-film, one television play, career....more

BBC2's early morning RKO films

Since the start of 2013, BBC2 have been showing double bills of old RKO movies on Saturday and Sunday mornings, starting at around 6am.  They’re hidden in the schedules, but have included some gems, some turkeys and even some TV premieres....more

Three icons in one place (published on my blog 22nd November)

Spotted on Classic Movie Digest’s Facebook page:...more

Let's talk about NaBloPoMo (published on my blog 21st November)

I decided to join in the madness that is daily blog posting for NaBloPoMo and have gained over 100 followers on my blog because of it (hello there) but not a great deal of interaction.  And I do like interaction, so …...more

A very modern Holmes: a look at Elementary

While ‘Sherlock’ is heading towards its third series in its home country of the UK, we are a few episodes into the USA’s attempt at bringing Sherlock Holmes into the modern day.  Their version is called ‘Elementary’ and is set in New York.  One twist with this new series is...more

Defining 'the film musical'

Ever since the birth of ‘the talkies’ at the premiere of ‘The Jazz Singer’ in 1927, the genre of film referred to as ‘the musical’ has been strongly represented in the type of material brought to the screen.But what IS a musical?...more

Short story: Notations

This is a semi-autobiographical piece, shared as part of my daily blogging project.NOTATIONSThe first time I saw a ghost I was six years old. Whether it was sparked off by my great uncle dying after a year of oxygen tanks (when I had a verruca), or my mum always playing Elvis on a Sunday (and all I knew about Elvis is that he was newly dead), I couldn’t say....more

A quick London round-up

At London’s Transport Museum, Covent Garden, you can see the exhibition of posters brought together under the umbrella title ‘Poster Art 150′.  It’s on until January 5th – more details at