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Frantz, 2016 – ★★★★★

A journey of friendship, love, grief and forgiveness.

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Colour: psychology, storytelling and ownership

I am one of those people who is extremely affected by and drawn to colour. Yet I think I’ve only become aware of this recently through exploring my own creative practice and reflecting on how I experience art.

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The Age of Shadows, 2016 – ★★★½

A decent spy thriller set against the backdrop of Japanese occupied Korea in the 1920s. At times I found it a little difficult to follow the intricacies of the plot, I think as a result of my own lack of knowledge about the time and context in which it was set.

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Fences, 2016 – ★★★

This is a piece of theatre. You could be forgiven for thinking you were watching a National Theatre Live screening. It’s probably a result of the relatively fixed staging – I can only recall a couple of scenes that weren’t either in the house or the yard.

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Hacksaw Ridge, 2016 – ★★★½

Since The Passion of the Christ I have come to expect to be challenged by films directed by Mel Gibson. The first half of Hacksaw Ridge lulled me into a false sense of security. We see Desmond Doss tackling the challenges of a childhood with a drunk for a dad, growing into an upstanding member of the community and falling in love. It was hard not to get swept away in the romance of it but I knew war was coming.

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What I’ll be watching this Christmas

Every year I get asked ‘What are your favourite Christmas films?’ And I’ve never had a satisfactory answer… until now.

After much head scratching, and much discussion, I’ve settled on three films that I could watch every year to give me that festive feeling.

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Mustang, 2015 – ★★★½

The best thing about this film is the juxtaposition of the childhood innocence – encapsulated for me in the indoor swimming scene – and the perceived promiscuity of the five sisters at the centre of the story.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014 – ★★★★

I’ve been putting off watching The Grand Budapest Hotel since its release. Wes Anderson’s films intrigue me but it is rare that I enjoy them. Sometimes I wonder if I just don’t ‘get’ him.

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Carol, 2015 – ★★★★★

Opening with a tracking shot through the streets of New York in the 50s, Carol is reminiscent of Far From Heaven, Todd Haynes’ homage to Douglas Sirk. Carol is shot with the same care and attention to detail.

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