Red Joan: Judi Dench plays a spy in this rather leaden drama

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  The most traitorous act about this British spy story would be to admit that one didn’t like (Dame) July Dench’s performance as the octogenarian widow suddenly arrested by the Authorities for what she got up to at University in the 1940’s.  The hesitation is not a reflection of her in anyway, but in the … Continue reading



Tell It To The Bees : The magic of honey and horror

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  True Story: After waxing lyrical about this lovely film for ten minutes to a confused and concerned looking friend it turns out that ’ Tell it to the Bees’ pronounced in an English accent to an American ear sounds like Teletubbies. Once you are over that you are confronted by a love story that … Continue reading



Vita & Virginia : a tale of literary lesbian love

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  It is plain to see why, on paper, Vita & Virginia was an easy choice to pick as the flagship opening movie for the 2019 British Film Institute Flare LGBT festival. It checks all the boxes. British costume drama? Literary heritage? Lesbians? Gays? Transexual narrative? Sex? Flawless period costumes? Sets like oil paintings? Check. … Continue reading





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