Johnny Depp 2006

It’s the summer of 2006 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the second in the yo-ho-ho franchise, is about to be released. The first film was a runaway success, but there was some doubt about whether or not a sequel would do as well. What was way beyond doubt though was that Johnny Depp Read More…

Tyneham: Slight Return

It’s a place like no other, certainly not in this part of the world. The echoes of a way of life long since past rattle around its part-renovated ruins. There is a strange, uneasy peace as if the place itself is all too aware of the contradictions brought to bear upon it. Cradled in the long Read More…

Hope Springs 2003

With solid work like Brassed Off, Little Voice and even Purely Belter behind him, writer-director Mark Herman would appear to be a safe pair of hands in which to entrust your cinema admission fee. But, be warned, despite the obvious cross-gender temptations of a cast headed by Colin Firth, Heather Graham and Minnie Driver—and the Read More…

A man called Yob

A LITTLE marvel he was, stood outside the amusement arcade at Rockley Sands holiday camp… It was the summer of 1971 and 14-year-old Poole lad Robin Williams was hanging around, staring at the rudeboys. He looked the part, as well. Royal loafers, red H&J socks, Levi Sta-prest trousers, gingham check Ben Sherman shirt, red braces Read More…

Alex James

It’s late autumn in the year 2000 and the Britpop party was over long ago, leaving its most creative mixers with almighty post-Millennial hangovers. One of its most dedicated bons vivants, Alex James is sitting at his glass-topped kitchen table in the basement of his home in Seven Dials, off Covent Garden.  Over there is Read More…