SEE IT, READ IT, PLAY IT...
By Danielle Daggett, for Aspire Magazine (Blue Leaf Media Ltd) January 2019
UK RELEASE: 1st January
Director: Taika Waititi
Writers: Taika Waititi (screenplay) Christine Leunens (novel)
A true new year's treat written and directed by Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit is a satirical black comedy based on Christine Leunens's book Caging Skies.
Roman Griffin Davis portrays the title character, a Hitler Youth who finds out his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. He must then question his beliefs while dealing with the intervention of his imaginary friend, an idiotic version of Adolf Hitler (Waititi).
Described as heart-crushing and brilliantly sweet, the film also stars Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, and Sam Rockwell.
UK RELEASE: 17th January
Director: Jay Roach
Writer: Charles Randolph
Based on the true scandal, Bombshell follows several women at Fox News who set out to expose CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment and toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.
The all-star cast is led by Academy Award Winners Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman and Academy Award Nominee Margot Robbie.
John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Malcom McDowell and Allison Janney appear in supporting roles.
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We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World
By Malala Yousafzai.
Written by the inspirational female education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, We Are Displaced follows Malala's experience being displaced in Pakistan and later forced to move to England, and tells stories from nine other displaced people around the world.
“What tends to get lost in the current refugee crisis is the humanity behind the statistics,” says Malala. Her book introduces the people behind the numbers, providing them with the opportunity to tell their own story. It received positive critical reception and reached the top 10 in The New York Times' bestseller list under the "Young Adult Hardcover" section.
THANKS A MILLION
Presented by Angela Scanlon
The podcast that thinks about thanks, with the good, the great and the grateful.
In this new podcast, Irish TV presenter and broadcaster, Angela Scanlon chats with celebrity guests and friends about what they’re thankful for and why. The ‘big thanks’, the ‘thanks that got away’ and the ‘thank you, next’. From finding joy and the power of saying no, to battling loneliness and the importance of friendships, the conversations are frank, heartfelt and down to earth, with humour throughout. Guests so far include Aisling Bea, Andy Leek and Stacey Dooley.