See it, Read it, Play it...
Updated: Feb 28, 2019
Sorry I'm so late with this one! Things have been a little manic at the Magazine and on the home front, so I apologise for the neglect. I hope you all managed to catch these two great January film releases! This month's recommended 'play it' is in podcast format - available always and definitely worth a listen. The book isn't brand new, but it's a great little flick - perfect for a some much needed, easy reading (or listening), down time. Enjoy!
UK RELEASE DATE: 4th January
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Dan Fogelman
As a young New York City couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes. From the creator of This Is Us, set in New York City and Carmona, Spain, ‘Life Itself’ celebrates the human condition and all of its complications with humor, poignancy and love. The all star cast includes Oscar Isaac, Oliva Wilde, Annette Bening, Mandy Patinkin and Antonio Banderas.
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
UK RELEASE DATE: 18th January
DIRECTOR: Josie Rourke
Starring Academy Award Nominees Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan, Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. She returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne, but Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, these female regents in a masculine world must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Co-starring David Tennant and Gemma Chan.
ALSO OUT THIS MONTH: Glass, The Upside and Destroyer
GREAT FOR THE KIDS THIS MONTH: A Dog’s Way Home
By Dawn O’Porter
Released in 2017, I’ve only just got around to this “fearless, frank and funny” debut novel by Dawn O’Porter. The Sunday Times Bestseller follows the lives of three working women, judging others and themselves. In the noise of modern life, they must find their own voice.
Also available on Audible (features a special Q&A with author, Dawn O’Porter).
Ways To Change The World
with Krishnan Guru-Murthy
This month, in place of a new album, I wanted to recommend a podcast.
Channel 4 News frontman, Krishnan Guru-Murthy interviews one guest or week on big ideas, current hot topics and the events that have helped shape their thinking. With a fantastic range of guests, from Lea Delaria to Jacob Rees-Mogg, WTCTW is informative, inspiring and entertaining.
A few of my favourite episodes so far include: Jameela Jamil on the Me Too movement, her ‘I Weigh’ campaign and the toxic influence of the Kardashians; Jacqueline Gold on sexual culture, empowering women and British high streets; and Richard Curtis on his films, optimism and the future of charity.