Review: We Are Many

By Brigit Grant, May 21, 2015

Everyone remembers where they were when the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001, but for 30 million people around the world February 15 2003 remains just as significant.


Review: Clouds of Sils Maria

By Brigit Grant, May 14, 2015

The cast and plot of Clouds of Sils Maria immediately grabbed my attention - even though the title did not. Like the movies Rancid Aluminium and To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar, the names offer insufficient clues about the storyline and, as the latter didn't fit across any cinema marquees, most assumed it was an Ang Lee doc about a Chinese restaurant. Needless to say it wasn't.


Review: Phoenix

By Brigit Grant, May 9, 2015

Many years ago while working on a newspaper story in Germany, I attended a Friday-night service at a synagogue in Munich. The elderly rabbi was a Holocaust survivor who had returned to the city of his birth after Dachau camp was liberated and I kept looking at him and wondering why?


Review: Far from the Madding Crowd

By Brigit Grant, April 30, 2015

It wasn't until I saw Julie Christie in John Schlesinger's film of Far From The Madding Crowd, a decade after it was made in 1967, that I knew who I wanted to look like when I grew up.


Arts genius who has become the job inbetweener

By Brigit Grant, April 23, 2015

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at Tessa Ross's Friday night dinner last week. Chances are the BBC arts editor, Will Gompertz, was harnessed to a lamppost on her Camden street in order to get wind of the "real" story behind her departure from the National Theatre as chief executive.


Review: The Good Lie

By Brigit Grant, April 23, 2015

The poster for The Good Lie features a winsome looking Reese Witherspoon looking off into the distance while, beneath her, three Africans in tribal dress wander across a sun-bleached plain. But don't let the poster fool you.


Review: The Last Five Years

By Brigit Grant, April 17, 2015

If you hated Tom Hooper's epic screen production of Les Misérables and were ready to walk out of Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, I'm guessing that movies which rely on songs to tell a story aren't your thing. And that is exactly the format for The Last Five Years, which is Richard LaGravensese's film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway stage show by Jason Robert Brown.


Interview: Nancy Spielberg

By Stephen Applebaum, April 16, 2015

Film producer Nancy Spielberg doesn't make a habit of reading obituaries. But when she received an email with one about a former TWA flight engineer called Al Schwimmer attached, the title grabbed her.


Review: Altman

By Brigit Grant, April 2, 2015

In striking contrast to most actors, directors are almost always interesting, none more so than the rebel Robert Altman who defied the conventions of Hollywood cinema to make his own movies, which exploded myths about American culture.

In Ron Mann's affectionate documentary tribute we hear the maverick auteur dismiss the idea that he was intentionally taking a swipe at the system - "I reflect


How we won the Austrian art war

By Stephen Applebaum, March 26, 2015

It wasn't only the lives of Jews that the Nazis stole, but their homes, businesses, jewellery, paintings and other personal artefacts. Jews forced to hastily flee for safety often sold off expensive works of art for a song. If there was no time, they left them behind.

For years, work has been going on to return paintings to families from whom they were stolen or extorted.