Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

In Where the Wild Things Are Spike Jonze takes the “much-loved” children’s book by Maurice Sendak and expands it to feature length. I confess to being underwhelmed by the original book, despite its awards and a lot of people analysing its thin plot. Bad boy gets sent to bed, in his imagination escapes to a […]

Nowhere Boy

Nowhere Boy (cert. 15, released Boxing Day) takes us into John Lennon’s teenage years, and to his relationships with his mother Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) who abandoned him and his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) who raised him. Both Duff and Thomas were nominated for the British Independent Film Award for best supporting actress; Anne-Marie Duff […]

The Kronos Quartet / Floodplain

San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet have grown their huge reputation largely by pushing the boundaries of what you can do with two violins, a viola and a cello. This disc continues that tradition, mixing a few challenging tracks in among the distinctive radio-friendly three-minute pieces (Tashweesh and Ya Habibi Ta’ala). The sumptuously packaged collection is based […]

Come Celebrate

Come Celebrate

In the spring of 1964 I wrote a hymn to celebrate the birthday of the Young People’s Fellowship of Edgware Parish Church in North London, where, for five years, I had been Curate. I called it Christ Triumphant and I still have the pencilled original. I had no idea it would become world famous and […]

Gillian Tett's message to the Church

Gillian Tett's message to the Church

By Derek Walker The Financial Times’ Gillian Tett is still getting used to being on the ‘wrong’ end of a microphone. As the Press Association’s current Journalist of the Year, hard on the heels of her award as the 2008 British Business Journalist of the Year, she is more used to asking questions than answering […]

Seriously Funny: Marcus Brigstocke

Seriously Funny: Marcus Brigstocke

Religion is to comics what a 20-acre field of waist-high grass is to a cow – a never-ending feast to gorge on. Sometimes it feeds the wry observational humour of those like the late Dave Allen, who loved to goad the Catholic Church; sometimes it is simply an excuse to vent irrational bile, as with […]