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The Tall Ships at Greenwich

The tall ships have come and gone.  For two days they moored at Greenwich and Woolwich and on Easter Sunday they sailed away to Portugal, bound for Boston and then Quebec.  While on the Thames they ferried the public up and down while fed us cakes and tea, took us to watch river fireworks, and gave us short explanatory tours.  


The ships last came to London in 2014 and are due…

Film review: Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper, set in contemporary Paris is written and directed by Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria). Kristen Stewart plays Maureen, a personal assistant to her glamourous and demanding celebrity boss Kyra, and grieving for the loss of her twin brother Lewis who has recently died of a heart condition.

From the outset the film appears to be a ghost story. Maureen has psychic abilities…

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…