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Baby Driver, 2017 – ★★★★

I never really got the fuss about Edgar Wright, until I met Baby. He can add choreographer to the acting, writing and directing credits.

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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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