9:00pm Wednesday 12th June 2013
AFTER EARTH (12A) There was a time when Will Smith could greenlight a film with just his name above the title. There was a time when M Night Shyamalan was considered the one to watch, after his brilliant early work starting with The Sixth Sense.
3:54pm Wednesday 12th June 2013
THERE are many firsts this summer at Longborough Festival Opera which this month stages its long-awaited complete Ring cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen from June 16 to July 12. After successfully presenting the ‘mini’ Ring cycle some years ago, Longborough has slowly been building up its full versions.
1:08pm Friday 7th June 2013
FROM the writers, producers, creators and director of the huge success that is Dreamboats and Petticoats, Save the Last Dance for Me will take you back through the 'music and magic' of the early 60's, a time when each passing week brought another Rock 'n' Roll classic.
1:05pm Friday 7th June 2013
THE PURGE Once a year all crime is legal. It's a great pitch and one that you can see grabs the attention of a film studio. You hear time and time again about films being made because of a brilliant 30 second pitch. The problem is you then have to come up with a 90 minute plus film which not only explores this great idea, but creates a plausible story, characters and an engaging film. Time and again, the brilliant idea runs out of steam after about 30 minutes. It is of course hard to predict the success of a film - who would have thought that a character piece about a man overcoming his stutter to deliver a two minute piece to radio would make an award winning drama, but the King's Speech did all that. It did it because the script, characters and execution were superb - not because the idea was really cool.
1:02pm Friday 7th June 2013
WILLIAM Gaminara (Silent Witness) and Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses and Calendar Girls) star in Less Than Kind, an "undiscovered masterpiece" by the celebrated author of The Browning Version, The Winslow Boy and Deep Blue Sea, Terence Rattigan .
12:58pm Friday 7th June 2013
WETPAINT Gallery is pleased to present the work of three established local artists as part of Cotswold Open Studios 2013, a biennial artist-led initiative with well over 25 exhibitors at 17 venues in and around Cirencester which takes place at the end of this month. Leading the show is internationally acclaimed sculptor Sophie Ryder, best known for her striking images of hares and mythical creatures. Inspired by Picasso, Goya and Henry Moore, Sophie famously developed the Lady Hare as a counterpart to Ancient Greek mythology's Minotaur. Much of her work is on a grand scale and is designed for public spaces, but this exhibition will feature some of her smaller, lesser known works including etchings, drawing and small scale sculptures.
12:54pm Friday 7th June 2013
PIGNOSE are a strange brew indeed. They fall into what can only be described as Primal Swamp Boogie with a heavy pinch of Work Rags, Hollers and Country Blues. Enter the realms of Sea Sick Steve and beyond into Gothic Roots Rock territory. Geographically we're bound on a journey south of the Mason-Dixon Line, deep into the Southern States of America. Set your watch to a time somewhere between the Civil War and the Great Dustbowl Depression - way back into the black origins of the Delta Blues with its devotional gospel and the occasional whiter Country influences. The band's maelstrom is the two distinct vocal deliveries of Blues diva Anish Noble-Harrison and the (Tom Waite-esque) tones of Pete Cousins with it's roughly hued intensity. Peter O'Driscoll lays down the voodoo rhythms while Michael King provides the slide.
1:49pm Friday 10th May 2013
1:46pm Friday 10th May 2013
MR MAUGHAM at Home is the story of one of Britain's most celebrated authors and playwrights. Anthony Smee (The English Patient, Star Wars, Channel 4's The Queen) delivers the performance of a lifetime in this hugely entertaining one man drama of the life of William Somerset Maugham written by Anthony Curtis.
1:40pm Friday 10th May 2013
21 AND OVER (15) THERE used to be something beguiling about a "coming of age" movie. Its central character, often somewhat na•ve in the ways of the world, growing up over the course of the film and often getting together with the lover of their dreams and moving on to the next phase of their life. However the rise of the "gross-out" film - where the purpose became much more about people doing outrageous and disgusting things, often at the expense of plot - changed the focus. The better films have been relegated to smart independent status and the mainstream has become about being a lewd as possible. 21 and Over is directed by the two writers of The Hangover, who also wrote the script.