The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa

The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa

Candid rarely leaves the confines of its Greater London surrounding but when invited to The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, we decided to make an exception. Nestled away in the greenery of the 30,000 acre Bolton Abbey Estate in The Yorkshire Dales National Park, sits this quaint 1600s offering which...
THE BABADOOK - Review

THE BABADOOK – Review

There is nothing more exciting for a film buff and aspiring screenwriter like yours truly than discovering a new exciting filmmaking talent. But the excitement is even sweeter when said talent happens to be a woman and in this case, there’s another variable that makes The Babadook one of the...
Joan Fontcuberta, Stranger Than Fiction - Media Space Gallery, Science Museum

Joan Fontcuberta, Stranger Than Fiction – Media Space Gallery, Science Museum

  Mind-blowing would be the term that best describes the experience at Joan Fontcuberta’s exhibition. The first room of the exhibition is called Fauna, 1987 and is a very elaborate documentation of a so-called ‘Professor Peter Ameisenhaufen’. A unicorn monkey, a great winged cat, a flying elephant, a cannibalistic rabbit,...
The Wild Wild New Age West

The Wild Wild New Age West

The Wild Wild New Age West Photographed by Anna Fearon Styling: Sean Azeez Assisted by: Valerie Kandu and Marlon Henry Grooming: Ruth Campbell Set Design: Sarah Gobourne Models: Sam and Blythe at PRM Blythe wears jacket by Kit Neale, jumper by Samsoe, trousers by Antony Morato, shoes by Robert Clergerie and hat...
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Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - REVIEW

Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – REVIEW

The temptation to go for the jugular and say they should’ve called it “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Script” was strong but it subsided as I’m well aware that it could’ve been so much worse. In the end Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is just an...
CAMP X-RAY & FISHING WITHOUT NETS - BFI London Film Festival 2014

CAMP X-RAY & FISHING WITHOUT NETS – BFI London Film Festival 2014

The films in the Debate category at this year’s BFI London Film Festival have been selected for their tendency to “rush headfirst and unafraid into some of the stormiest issues of today”. Camp X-Ray and Fishing Without Nets, both listed in this section, keep this promise only in part. CAMP X-RAY Camp X-Ray is the...
Sigalit Landau - Knafeh - At Marlborough Contemporary

Sigalit Landau – Knafeh – At Marlborough Contemporary

  Considered to be one of ‘Israel’s foremost contemporary artists’ and consistently noted for her unusual processes, Sigalit Landau has been on our radar for two decades.   Graduating from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in the year of 1994, she soon found herself represented at the Venice Biennale in 1997, and 2011 saw...
THE WAY HE LOOKS - BFI London Film Festival 2014

THE WAY HE LOOKS – BFI London Film Festival 2014

You may colour me sappy as much as you want after reading my thoughts on The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho) because I am sappy indeed and I’m proud of it. But I’d like to consider myself a more sophisticated kind of sappy man. One who doesn’t get lured in by cheap...
Eat Film at London Restaurant Festival

Eat Film at London Restaurant Festival

‘Dinner and a movie’ is such an ubiquitous concept that it’s surprising that there aren’t more events that bring the two together – aside from overpriced nachos or the occasional ‘gourmet’ cinema. Eat Film, part of the London Restaurant Festival, does exactly that, treating guests to canapés and drinks, a film screening and a three-course...
SERENA - BFI London Film Festival 2014

SERENA – BFI London Film Festival 2014

Serena is a beautifully shot, artfully costumed and well acted romance which ultimately collapses under its own weight thanks primarily to confused pacing and a central relationship that’s so underdone it’s still cold inside. Based on the novel of the same name by Ron Rash, Serena follows timber baron George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) as he...
Artist's Reimagine Film Posters For The Dark City Gallery

Artist’s Reimagine Film Posters For The Dark City Gallery

    Established in 2009, Dark City Gallery specialises in limited edition handcrafted screen prints by leading contemporary artists and graphic designers, inspired mainly by films and music. Their recent exhibition of prints at The Phoenix Cinema in Finchley consisted of reimaginings of some classic film posters. For those film buffs with wonderful taste, you are...
The Merchant Fox

The Merchant Fox

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SON OF A GUN - BFI London Film Festival 2014

SON OF A GUN – BFI London Film Festival 2014

There isn’t any novelty to be found in crime drama and heist flick Son Of A Gun which screened as part of the First Feature Competition at the BFI London Film Festival 2014. Yet writer/director Julius Avery is definitely commendable for nonchalantly staging adrenaline-fueled action sequences and directing a film icon like Ewan McGregor with...
H&M x Alexander Wang

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  On Thursday night, a plethora of H&M and Alexander Wang’s friends and fans waited in anticipation in New York’s Armory show space for his other AW14 collection to hit the athletics track runway. Supplied with stadium-style beer, snacks and foam hands – reimagined by Wang as boxing gloves – it had been a long...
BAD MILO - DVD Review

BAD MILO – DVD Review

So, Halloween is fast approaching and you need to find the right film to salute the ‘holiday’ with. Will you be going to the cinema to see Annabelle, or maybe The Babadook? Perhaps this year you should stay in with a DVD and stick on Bad Milo. Duncan (Ken Marino) is having a bad day...
New Music: Weyes Blood

New Music: Weyes Blood

The evolution of a musical genre over time is almost always inevitable, and can attract a wider array of people or even an altogether different group of listeners. Take reggae for example, which, over time, gave us dub. Dub itself spawned dubstep; yet now if you put dubstep next to reggae people would think you...
Director Jim Mickle discusses COLD IN JULY

Director Jim Mickle discusses COLD IN JULY

After its theatrical run in the summer, indie thriller Cold In July is released on DVD today and the occasion has allowed me to have a quick chat with filmmaker Jim Mickle about his genre-splitting film which I reviewed when it was released in June. It’s a unique film that shatters your expectations before building...
London Collections: Men Expands

London Collections: Men Expands

The British Fashion Council have announced the dates of 2015’s London Collections: Men. Starting a day earlier than usual it will allow more time for the already jam packed schedule of shows, presentations and events. Dylan Jones OBE Chair of London Collections: Men commented: “Now in its sixth season, LC:M has continued to grow year...
Calder – Miró – Dubuffet - Opera Gallery

Calder – Miró – Dubuffet – Opera Gallery

  October in London is renowned for its focus on art. The capital becomes a hive of activity with a series of celebrated art fairs, important auctions, and spectacular exhibitions across both public institutions and commercial galleries. Trends are set, names are established, and a vast quantity of money changes hands.   Opera Gallery has...
FURY - BFI London Film Festival 2014 Closing Gala

FURY – BFI London Film Festival 2014 Closing Gala

The oversaturation of serious World War II films hasn’t left much space to fit in something new. It has been taken on by everyone from Spielberg to Tarantino. Yet, David Ayer’s Fury manages to squeeze itself into a spot as a refreshing take on the band-of-brothers war film. As usual, we follow a rag-tag bunch...
LIPSTIKKA - Review

LIPSTIKKA – Review

A title symbolic of the transition to womanhood (well, according to director Jonathan Sagall), Lipstikka tells the story of two Palestinian women living seemingly normal lives in London. Lara (Clara Khoury), an outwardly happy wife and mother has an unexpected visitor in the form of her estranged friend Inam (Nataly Attiya). The air of awkwardness...
Live Review: Lucy Rose

Live Review: Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose’s transition from Bombay Bicycle Club backing singer into fully fledged acoustic singer songwriter has made for fascinating observation since the release of debut album ‘Like I Used To’ back in September 2012. The delicately constructed blend of hushed vocals swelling to strident instrumental led highs were the template for an album capturing the...
New Music: Kindness

New Music: Kindness

After several listens of this album it is hard not to say that I am hooked. With its jazzy baselines, melodic vocals and rhythmic beats, this is an album for the Palo Alto watching generation of perfectly quaffed alt pop listeners. It wouldn’t be surprising to find it comfortably nestled between the vinyls and Polaroid...
THE CUT and DIFRET - BFI London Film Festival 2014

THE CUT and DIFRET – BFI London Film Festival 2014

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Rodolfo Villaplana The Naked and the Nude

Rodolfo Villaplana The Naked and the Nude

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CITIZENFOUR - BFI London Film Festival 2014

CITIZENFOUR – BFI London Film Festival 2014

The world of Laura Poitras’ sterling new film CitizenFour is a quasi-dystopia in which every phone call you make, every email you send, every Google search you do is being watched. Your private life is not so much being interfered with as it is being entirely eradicated, undercut by governmental surveillance: this world is our...
A LITTLE CHAOS - BFI London Film Festival 2014

A LITTLE CHAOS – BFI London Film Festival 2014

The setting is 17th Century France. King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman) has commissioned work to be completed for the gardens that continue to be preserved at the Palace of Versailles. The honour falls upon renowned architect André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to deliver, enlisting the assistance of gardener Sabine (Kate Winslet) to create The Ballroom...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Review

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Live Review: Losers

Live Review: Losers

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Fab Fad Frieze: Our Highlights

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WILD LIFE (Vie Sauvage) - BFI London Film Festival 2014

WILD LIFE (Vie Sauvage) – BFI London Film Festival 2014

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New Music: Tinashe

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Made Corrections Exhibition at Garden Court Chambers, Holborn

Made Corrections Exhibition at Garden Court Chambers, Holborn

  “Can you imagine a life without art?” –Dean Stalham   This is the question that the dynamic artist and writer Dean Stalham posed, trying to convince the authorities to let him into the Kaunas Youth Correctional and Interrogation Facility in Lithuania. The Made Corrections team wanted to bring art to a place where the...
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY - BFI London Film Festival 2014

THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY – BFI London Film Festival 2014

Peter Strickland takes his mesmerizing and twisted approach honed in Berberian Sound Studio to a tribute and reinvention of the seventies kitsch European erotica films. The Duke of Burgundy is a hazy, hypnotic study of an intense relationship between two women that has all the same arguments, problems and passion as any normal couple has,...