What I’ve Been Reading Lately – January 2018

I was gifted a lot of books in December, and in January I couldn't seem to stop buying them! As a result I thought I'd share what I've been reading lately, and what I loved and didn't love. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. 5/5 Initially, I was attracted to this book because of …

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Review: Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London

In December I went to see Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London. The musical is sung through and revolves around the life of Alexander Hamilton, an American founding father and secretary of the treasury. The musical features Rachel John, Cleve September and Jamael Westman as Alexander Hamilton himself. The opening of Hamilton in …

King on Screen: The Stephen King Season at the BFI

Stephen King is one of my favourite authors ever, and has been a big inspiration to me for years, so I was so excited to hear that the BFI were doing a Stephen King season over September and October! As I was especially busy over this time, I didn't get to go to many events, …

Review: Ghost Stories (Dyson and Nyman, 2017) at the London Film Festival

Ghost Stories is a UK 2017 drama film directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman. The plot revolves around Phillip Goodman, who is sceptical of the supernatural and attempts to disprove it's existence. The film stars Martin Freeman and Andy Nyman, one of the directors. I was able to see this film as part of …

Review: Adriana’s Pact (Orozco, 2017) at the London Film Festival

Adriana's Pact is a 2017 Chilean documentary that focuses around the director's aunt, her dark secrets and her past in Argentina. It is directed by debut filmmaker Lissette Orozco, who features in the documentary. I was able to see this film has part of the Debate strand at the London Film Festival. The Debate strand …

Review: Breathe (Serkis, 2017) at the London Film Festival

Breathe is an UK 2017 biography film revolving around the story of Robin and Diana Cavendish. After Robin develops polio, the couple must fight against the disease and the treatment of it. The film is directed by Andy Serkis of Lord of the Rings fame, and stars Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy and Diana Rigg. I …

Stand Up At The Greenwich Comedy Festival

I love going to stand up comedy shows. I used to go to discounted shows at my university's student union all the time and I made sure to go to 'The Best of Edinburgh' stand up show at the Fringe. I had found out about the Greenwich Comedy Festival years before when I applied to …

Review: Kiki’s Delivery Service at the Southwark Playhouse, London

On Saturday 2nd September I saw the matinee performance of Kiki's Delivery Service at the Southwark Playhouse in Elephant and Castle, London. The story follows Kiki, a young witch who has left home for the first time and sets up a delivery service in a new town.   Although I knew of the Studio Ghibli anime, …

Review: Vesper (Sheikhalishahi, 2017)

Vesper is a French 23 minute long short film directed by Keyvan Sheikhalishahi. It is a psychological thriller surrounding Marge, her nephew Christian and a mysterious man from her past named Walter. The film features Götz Otto and Agnes Godey. The film's aesthetic is very reminiscent of film noir which works really well, as it …