1 COLLEGE HOUSE ...Return Lindsay Anderson's If.... has returned to cinema's for it's 50th anniversary and I was very excited to catch it on the big-screen - in a evocatively worn 35mm print - recently at the GFT as part of their Spirit of 68 season. On it's London premiere, in December 1968, the film looked to have bottled the fevered mood of the moment. It formed part of artistic statements that seemed to have the heavy shadows of the year's new stories at every turn, work
(Clockwise from top left): Sterling Hayden, Henry Gibson, Nina van Pallant This summer, I read for the first time Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, the late masterpiece from perhaps the most celebrated mystery writer. Alongside the trademark pulp dialogue was the (semi-autobiographical) running themes of hangovers - with the characters waylaid by alcoholism and the rippling trauma of WW2, with the latter perhaps as the reason for many turning to the former. I followed up r
This year's Glasgow Film Festival had a host of great screenings. The films I caught were: Berlin Syndrome With it's title, a play on Stockholm Syndrome, this Australian drama directed by Cate Shortland suggests claustrophobia and danger. A tense thriller, that's only flaw is perhaps a set piece too long, it got a positive audience reaction and was an excellent drama. Actors Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt were excellent and Palmer in particular gave a vanity-free performance.