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.



By Brigit Grant, March 26, 2015

I moaned when they remade Audrey Hepburn's Sabrina.


Review: The Face of an Angel

By Brigit Grant, March 19, 2015

There has already been a film about the murder in Italy of British student Meredith Kercher but, as it wasn't directed by Michael Winterbottom, you probably haven't heard about it.

This has been steeped in the sort of controversy that bodes well for the box-office as accused Amanda Knox's lawyers threatened to sue the moment they got wind of the movie and the Kercher family gave it their blessi


Review: The Cutting Cloth

March 19, 2015

The times are not just a-changing, they are changing faster than ever.


Live long and prosper

By Josh Glancy, March 5, 2015

A Jew need only watch Star Trek for five minutes to notice that Spock is a member of the tribe. He's saturnine, difficult, bumptious, awkward with women, clever and thoughtful. As a half-human and half-Vulcan he's the eternal outsider, living and working on the Starship Enterprise but always feeling somewhat detached.