As somebody whose own awareness of African culture (and I suspect many other UK film fans of a certain generation) is limited to Euan Lloyd’s Boys Own adventure THE WILD GEESE (1978), it is fitting and timely that people are about to get a real sense of the real Africa through a wonderful new, perceptive and enlightening documentary. Continue reading “SEMBENE! Film Review”
Beth Orton takes a step outside the music arena in Esther May Campbell’s atmospheric and poetic analysis of family connection and dysfunction. Whilst at times the dream-like visuals can sometimes take the audience out of the focus upon what the underlying message of the film is – that Orton plays a mother, separated from her family, whose daughter, Rose (Zamira Fuller) who longs to see her. Continue reading “Light Years Review”
The BFI are launching a season of films to celebrate diversity in cinema.
The BLACK STAR event has been announced by the BFI as follows:
“Black Star explores the relationship between stars and the audiences who love them, spotlighting great performances by black actors on screen. Continue reading “A Celebration of Black Cinema This Autumn at The BFI”
Can you tell us about Her Name was Carmen? Why did you decide to create a contemporary spin on a classical piece?
As a mother of a young child I was struck by the number of children that are caught up in the refugee crisis. This shocked me and I knew I had to do something for them. As we are a ballet theatre, ballet is our tool. Continue reading “An Interview with Irina Kolesnikova”
The 9th June performance of Nabucco at Royal Opera House was a special treat, especially considering Placido Domingo’s age. A giant among tenors and a living operatic legend, Domingo was Nabucco, an aging king betrayed by a domineering adopted daughter, Abigaille. Continue reading “Nabucco with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House”
“Bigger, deeper, louder.”
After seeing ‘Walk It Home’, the new film about Beirut blues band, The Wanton Bishops, I was at a loss to describe it. Quasi-documentary, the film shows ‘the day(s) in the life’ of Nader Mansour and Eddy Ghossein as they travel around the Mississippi Delta. Continue reading “Film Review: Walk It Home”
To be frank, I don’t know much about psychosis, or mental illness in general. And given the recent attempt to raise awareness via social media, I am not alone in my ignorance. Continue reading “4.48 Psychosis – Collide Theatre Company”
For its 2015 international tour, the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre brought Swan Lake to the London Coliseum, decidedly raising the bar for future performances of this romantic classic tale. Continue reading “Swan Lake with the St Petersburg Ballet at the London Coliseum”
Para bailar la bamba, Se necesita una poca de gracia
The Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez re-visited London after a 20 year hiatus from this city. What did we expect? I’m not sure. What was it like? In a word: sensational.
The programme consisted of 9 sections, each act accompanied with the impressive, live, Mariachi-type musicians, replete with sombreros. Continue reading “Ballet Folklorico de Mexico De Amalia Hernandez at the London Coliseum”