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July 6, 2019

 A tarnished hero, a colourful cast of characters and a prized Falcon. 

It was a pleasure to recently watch John Huston's directorial debut The Maltese Falcon, a powerhouse film noir adapted from the novel penned by Dashiell Hammett. I'd watched a few weeks earlier...

December 28, 2018




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 premi...

April 3, 2017

 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 f...

March 11, 2017

Having long been a fan of the kitchen sink dramas of the 1960's, I finally got around to reading two books by Alan Sillitoe, a highly-influential figure in the movement. Starting with his short story collection The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, I got cau...

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Which side will you be on?: The 50th anniversary of Lindsay Anderson's If....

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