Henry Purcell – England My England

two stars out of five The words ‘very little is known about Purcell’s life’ should have been warning enough not to watch this film about, erm, Purcell, approximately. Continue reading


The History Boys

five stars out of fiveFor some reason, this film’s author, Alan Bennett (official National Treasure) is regarded as a bit cosy and safe. Presumably, this is by people who don’t take the time to listen to the frankness and intelligence of his writing. He’s also very adept at the pithy one-liner and there are plenty of these in The History Boys, which is by turns rather moving and very funny indeed. Continue reading