Just a heads up/plug to say that the first pressing of the new Blu-Ray from Arrow Films of this is released on 11th March, 2019 with a booklet featuring a new critical essay of the film written by yours truly.
After both My Left Foot and In The Name of the Father you would think that any collaboration between director Jim Sheridan and star Daniel Day-Lewis would be a knockout, but The Boxer is certainly no hit. I hadn't seen this one in a good many years and recall finding it melodramatic but still quite enjoyable, but that really wasn't the case tonight; this is as limp and soggy as a cornerman's towel after fifteen rounds.
Sheridan needs to hang…
There have been four dramatisations of the estimated £200m Hatton Garden robbery of Easter 2015, known as the 'largest burglary in English legal history'. I've seen three of them now, and mark my words, this one is undoubtedly the best and certainly the most atmospheric. It ought to come as no surprise really, as it's from the pen of Jeff Pope, a past master at true-crime TV biopics.
What works best of all about this telling is that Pope (and…
St Helens Disability Advice and Welfare Network, St Helens Jobcentre, Ashton-In-Makerfield Jobcentre, Huyton Jobcentre, Apex Charitable Trust, Shaw Trust St Helens, Starting Point St Helens.
Just some of the places I've worked at that involve helping people into work, getting people 'job ready' or dealing with people's benefit claims.
Jobseekers allowance, Incapacity benefit, Employment and Support allowance, Carers allowance.
Just some of the benefits I've claimed since (and between) those jobs.
I've ran jobclubs, CV making courses and jobmatch programmes,…
I find it amusing that people are trying to suggest that, because he followed Mr Turner up with this, Mike Leigh is currently on a historical trend. If you think that Peterloo is something that belongs to the past, then you're living in cloud cuckoo land.
The Peterloo Massacre of 16th August, 1819, may have occurred almost two hundred years ago now, but the event itself is still fresh in the memory. Why? Because we've seen it so many times…