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Film review: Lion

The film Lion, an adoption drama, is based on Saroo Brierley’s real-life memoir, A Long Way Home. It looks at Saroo’s experience of being adopted and his search for his real family in India, exploring universal themes of childhood, family and dislocation. Lion is directed by Garth Davis and adapted for the screen by Luke Davies. It takes place in three stages. The first…

Exhibition review: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

The 2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait prize exhibition has been whittled down to 57 contemporary portrait photographs selected from 4,303 entries submitted anonymously by 1,842 photographers from a total of 61 countries. Established in 1993, the competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers. The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery presents a diverse collection…

Film review: Queen of Katwe-London Film Festival 2016

In amongst the extensive selection on offer at this year’s London Film Festival is the Queen of Katwe, a heart-warming film based on a true story of a young girl Phiona Mutesi who escapes the slums of Uganda, by learning to play chess. It's directed by Mira Nair, produced by Disney and has an all African cast. 10 year old Phiona, played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga, lives with her widowed…

Green Rooms Hotel: Open House weekend, September 2016

An Arts Hotel, the first of its kind in the UK, has opened in The Green Rooms on Station Road, two minutes’ walk from Wood Green Station. Visitors were invited to an Open House Weekend (17-18 September 2016) to see its latest transformation.

The Green Rooms, a four-storey art deco building, was originally built in 1925 by the North Metropolitan Power and Electricity Company as a show room…

Film Review: The BFG

Roald Dahl’s children’s fantasy stories have been enjoyed by children and adults alike. Several of them have been made into successful films, regarded as cinema classics. Now The BFG, written by Dahl in 1982, has been adapted for the big screen by Steven Spielberg. The pressure is on Spielberg to make a convincing interpretation of this much-loved book. Does his film carry the story’s essence and…