Sex, violence and fame - The Hill was where I learned what I needed to do

By Steven Berkoff, November 20, 2014

In Stamford Hill, I had a sense of discovering a completely new world. We all seemed to have something unique in common, a sense of going nowhere. Most of us had left school at 15, had passed no exams, were utterly rootless and therefore we belonged to each other.


Review: My Old Lady

By Brigit Grant, November 20, 2014

It was the poet Philip Larkin who provided the most damning and potentially accurate assessment of parenting when he wrote: "They f--- you up, your mum and dad. /They may not mean to, but they do./ They fill you with the faults they had/ And add some extra, just for you."


Review: Life Itself

By Brigit Grant, November 13, 2014

Film critics are a very strange breed. Deprived of natural light for much of the working week, the profession is more exciting in the telling than in practice.


Review: Say When

By Brigit Grant, November 6, 2014

Unemployment, juvenile behaviour and a rudderless existence are so much sexier in cinema than in real life.


How not to propose - it's a movie idea

By Stephen Applebaum, October 14, 2014

When The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg got close to proposing to his wife, Jocelyn Towne, he panicked and broke up with her instead. She took off to Paris and he desperately went after her to try and salvage their relationship.


Director uses family knowledge for emotive tale of living with disability

By Simon Round, October 14, 2014

Asaf Korman must have realised that the chances of his film Next To Her becoming a box office hit were slight. He is, after all, a first time feature director and the subject he chose for the movie is not remotely commercial - a frank and at times uncomfortable portrayal of the co-dependent relationship between a school security officer and her seriously learning disabled sister.


Review: Palo Alto

October 14, 2014

According to my sources, Palo Alto is one of the most expensive cities in the United States and its residents are among the most educated in America. This and other little nuggets about the place - it is named after a tall tree and Joan Baez was born there - will hopefully lend a bit of colour to a place that is void of any in Gia Coppola's film.


Interview: Linor Abargil

By Simon Round, October 7, 2014

When Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World in 1998, she burst into tears. Nothing particularly unusual about that - pretty much every beauty contest winner cries. But for the then 18-year-old Israeli, it was different. On a modelling assignment in Milan several weeks previously, she had been brutally raped by the Israeli travel agent who was supposed to be driving her to the airport.


Review: Gold

By Brigit Grant, October 7, 2014

Gold would have been a good title for the George Hencken Spandau Ballet documentary that opened last week, but it suits Niall Heery's family reunion tale just as well because the film glistens.

You'll warm in minutes to central character Ray (David Wilmot) as he is down on his luck and broke after a failed suicide attempt that put him in a psychiatric hospital.

The decision to return to his


Review: Le Jour Se Lève

By Brigit Grant, October 2, 2014

David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller Gone Girl dominates the multiplexes this week, and probably next.