Official Secrets – BFI London Screening

I saw ‘Official Secrets‘ at the BFI London Film Festival last week and I absolutely loved it. I am genuinely not a big fan of Keira Knightly but she did a brilliant job in this movie. Official Secrets is a political drama about Katharine Gun, who worked at the GCHQ as a mandarin translator back in 2003. Have you hear about her? I am going to be honest here, I haven’t either before coming to this screening and I feel quite bad about this, actually. Check out below the director, Gavin Hood talking about Katharine’s story, and when he first … Continue reading Official Secrets – BFI London Screening

Curious Tavern

The Curious Tavern can be found in the city centre and it’s situated in Nottingham’s oldest hotel, constructed in 1822, and formerly known as ‘The George Hotel’. The Curious Tavern is part of an establishment steeped in history. Once one of Nottingham’s premiere hotels, the building has seen many famous guests stay within the walls including Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. This is one of those pubs that’s going to look very pretty on your Instagram feed. The interior design is really cool. The staff is very nice and helpful, and the selection of alcoholic beverages … Continue reading Curious Tavern

Five Leaves & Bookwise Secondhand Shop

When I travel one of the things on my must do list is exploring the local, independent bookshops. I do some research, go visit and buy some books. Also, I keep being loud about supporting local businesses. So when I was in Nottingham, I visited two bookshops; Five Leaves and Bookwise Secondhand Shop Five Leaves Publications was set up in 1996 and has published around 200 literary, political, social history and other titles, including a strong Jewish list and books for young adults. The bookshop opened in 2013 with a strong emphasis on independent publishing. – For more details go … Continue reading Five Leaves & Bookwise Secondhand Shop

Death of a salesman – Opening Weekend

It’s the opening weekend for Arthur Miller’s Death of a salesman at the West End! Leading the cast is Wendell Pierce & Sharon D Clarke, meeting them was an absolute honour.After the play I was rather emotional and discussing the play with the cast was the best perk. Death of a salesman is THE BEST play I’ve ever seen.The music, a mix of jazz, blues & gospel sets the atmosphere of the room. The casting is exceptional and the set is stunning. I wasn’t familiar with the story and this production brought me to tears 4 times in 3 hours. … Continue reading Death of a salesman – Opening Weekend

Lungs – Old Vic Theatre

Lungs is a play for our time. It’s a thought provoking climate change drama with often poignant scenes. The opening act welcomes us in the middle of a freak out session between our characters, played Matt Smith and Claire Foy. It sets the tone for the remaining 80 minutes of hilarious, emotional, hectic and gut-punching minutes we will go through. I haven’t seen the Crown – nor will I ever – but I am a huge Doctor Who fan, and this has nothing to do with what I am about to say but Matt Smith and Claire Foy show us … Continue reading Lungs – Old Vic Theatre

Rocks Screening at the BFI + Q&A

Rocks is a realistic, authentic portrait of growing up in London and navigating through high school every day life. It’s a female lead production, directed by Sarah Gavron, and written by Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson. For the first time in the London Film Festival History, the BFI Education Programme offered education screenings and events to young people across the UK and Rocks was one of this event. All the actors who appear in the film, are first time actors who were discovered through casting sessions at schools and who participated in months of workshops while preparing for their roles … Continue reading Rocks Screening at the BFI + Q&A

Letters Live – London, October 2019

Last night I went to the Royal Albert Hall, to attend – for the first time ever – Letters Live in London. Letters Live is a live celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. Each show always features a completely different array of great performers, reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world. One of the joys of Letters Live is that one never knows who is going to take to the stage or what letter they are going to bring alive. Letters Live has brought to the stage letters written by people as varied as David Bowie, Marge Simpson, Mohandas Gandhi, … Continue reading Letters Live – London, October 2019