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AMY: Documentary + Q&A with Director, Asif Kapadia

Posted on by Janet Awe

I feel like my heart has been broken, just a little bit, this evening. Asif Kapadia’s two hour documentary about the singer, Amy Whinehouse, who died aged only 27, is a wonderfully personal and extremely moving portrait of a young woman, desperate FOR love and desperate TO love, whose internal demons were stoked by the […]

Alan Rusbridger Steps Down from The Guardian, After 20 Years

Posted on by Janet Awe

Today, Alan Rusbridger, steps down after 20 years’ of amazing service as editor of the world-respected, Pulitzer Prize-winning Guardian newspaper. He took over the reigns in 1995, after initially joining in 1979, leaving for a short stint then returning for good, to launch the Weekend magazine in 1988, followed by the paper’s G2 section in 1992. […]

Je Suis Charlie

Posted on by Janet Awe

I was intending my first post in a while – and the first for 2015 – to be something suitably uplifting and inspirational, as is befitting a new year. Sadly, it’s not to be. I’m on a beautiful, remote island in Thailand and was feeling refreshed and positive about the months ahead – until yesterday, […]

Inspiration from Wadsworth Longfellow and My Mum

Posted on by Janet Awe

It’s 5am on August Bank Holiday weekend, in London.  I want to be out playing. Instead, I am chained to my laptop all weekend, working on the final assignment for my Masters in Screenwriting, which is due in less than four weeks. It’s very hard and I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself. But I’m […]

Books About Town

Posted on by Janet Awe

Delighted to have found one of the Books About Town. There are 50 of these wonderful bench sculptures dotted around London, designed to look like open books, to celebrate London’s literary heritage and promote reading for enjoyment. This bench is homage to The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde. I feel like an intrepid hunter, having […]

EIFF Review: The Guvnors

Posted on by Janet Awe

Violence has a starring role in this film, as two generations of London gangsters go head-to-head. Adam may be young but he works hard to maintain his reputation as the face to fear, on the South East London housing estate where he lives. Backed up, unquestionably, by his army of teenage foot soldiers, he terrorises […]

RIP Frankie Knuckles

Posted on by Janet Awe

Known as the Godfather of House, Frankie Knuckles was a massive part of the soundtrack of my life.  Really sad to hear of his passing last night, aged only 59.  The music, memories and love that he leaves behind are immeasurable. So many classic songs. But Your Love has to be the one (having problems […]

Film Review: Starred Up

Posted on by Janet Awe

Bold. Brash. Violent. Vulgar. Frightening. Funny. Jaw dropping. Gut wrenching. Bloody brilliant. Starred Up takes gritty realism to a whole other level. It had me cowering in my seat. Laughing out loud. Jumping from shock. And at one point not-so-silently praying that what I was witnessing wasn’t really about to happen. Seen at the London […]