Out of Blue

A special preview of “Out of Blue” at the Broadway in Nottingham.
The film comes from a short story by Martin Amis and is a slow-moving “film noir”. An immersive pleasure rather than action movie; even the detective’s car shining blue lights is relatively slow moving.
The film draws heavily on ideas from quantum and astro physics, include the mind exercise of “Schrödinger’s cat“.
The movie’s director, Carol Morley, was there to take questions after, and said that when she met Stephen Hawking, she talked about us being made of stardust – woah – something the hippies were already singing about in the sixties. So after 3 arty questions from the audience, I asked her how physics had changed her life. Her answer – how bewildering the double-slit experiment is.
(3 stars; e:3, s:3, p:3; Guardian review – 3 stars)


The Funeral Director

Go see.
Not the finished article.
But with protests in schools about sex education, the themes in this play are more current that you might imagine, fifty years after changes in legislation.

At Nottingham Playhouse, a play to make you think.
(3 stars; e:3, s:4, p:3; Nottingham Post)

The Aftermath

Saw the reviews – soap drama or Mills & Boon – panned as a failed romance movie, so only went cos I was intrigued to know what the British Armed Forces might have had to deal with in post-war Hamburg. And felt rewarded. So what went wrong?
The film’s 4 leads are all characters who for various, or similar reasons, can’t really engage in interesting conversation. So it’s a bit hard to be believe narratives of falling in love, or have ever having been in love.
Again, an undue influence on cigarettes. And I know enough to know the currency they represented meant you didn’t throw a half-finished cigarette into a bucket of water.
Still, least I know why you had to be careful to be British in Hamburg after the war. And have a sense of the effort put into de-Nazi-fication.
(3 stars; e:4, s:4, p:2; wiki; Guardian – 2 stars)


A customs officer has an almost supernatural ability to realise when people entering Sweden are doing wrong, as they are disembarking from a ferry. I could have watched that sense of justice for 100 minutes.
At her home in the forest, she can relate to animals, talking to a fox, realising deer are about to cross the road in front of her and standing alongside a moose enjoying the peace. I could have watched that peace with the animals for 100 minutes too.
But the story is deeper and goes on at times to be very dark.
I say go see, but it’s not your normal entertainment.
(4 stars; e:3; s:4; p:5; Wiki; Guardian review – 4 stars.)

Bohemian Rhapsody sing-along

Never went to the original showing. Queen started well for me, but became a symbol of strut and arrogance (no time for losers); and then came Sun City. Live Aid became a symbol of something else and I was glad to miss it on TV.
But I’d never been to a sing-along and the lead actor had pointed out this was a story of an immigrant and a gay man who’d been a victim too.
Turned out of the 21 people at the showing, only 2, perhaps 4, wanted to sing-along. I wonder if the rest of us was there to see if we’d misjudged the film, suspicious previously of awards for actors playing show people.
And it was kinda alright, until watching the reviews on youtube afterwards made you realise how many liberties had been taken with the truth. Warnings too of the portrayal of the gay community.
(2 stars; e:4, s:1. p:3; wiki; Guardian review – 2 stars)

Ladies in Lavender

Sad story of 2 sisters who’ve lost in love and whose yearnings are stirred by the rescue of a young man washed up on the beach. Further frustration for a widower doctor who develops a crush on a young woman painter enjoying the Cornish seaside.
Performed in Oswestry by Attfield Theatre company who care for the arts, on an excellent set.