Gender politics in Turkey

Gender politics in Turkey

In Mustang (Turkish, English subtitles, cert. 15), five orphaned sisters live with their uncle Erol (Ayberk Pekcan) and grandmother (Nihal G Koldas) in northern Turkey. A relatively innocent after-school romp in the sea (fully dressed) with some boys from school leads to increasingly strict conditions on their movements and dress, and one by one they’re […]

Florence + the machinations

Florence + the machinations

Florence Foster Jenkins (dir. Stephen Frears, cert. PG) should garner Meryl Streep a 20th Oscar nomination, for her portrayal of Jenkins, a New York patron of the arts whose love of music was matched only by her inability to sing. The film traces her last months of life in 1944; then 76, she had contracted […]

A biopic with a difference

Miles Ahead (cert. 15), directed by, co-written by and starring Don Cheadle, is not a standard musical biopic. It concentrates on a period when jazz trumpeter Miles Davis stopped playing for five years in the late 70s, health problems and drug use seemingly ending his career. Columbia Records held his contract, and were looking for […]

CD Choice: The Best of Eddi Reader

CD Choice: The Best of Eddi Reader

(Reveal Records) Eddi Reader MBE is probably still best known as the voice of Fairground Attraction, so you would expect their ever-popular “Perfect” to be on here. But I had forgotten that they also had success with “Find my Love” – a simple acoustic gem that seems to reflect hints of music from around the […]

Review: Faith on trial

Review: Faith on trial

God’s Not Dead 2 *** By Peter May As persecutions of Christians becomes more commonplace within todays society, this film aims to tackle the issue taking inspiration from 25 real life American court cases. This is the sequel to you guessed it, God’s Not Dead. The original made a surprisingly huge box office splash, amassing […]

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