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Coming up: Spectre

Well Quantum of Solace was bunkum (yes, there are limits even for a Bond film) and Skyfall, despite the splendidly camp Javier Bardem, was way way hyped (note to Peter Bradshaw, Bond/Craig was not ‘attractively human (though never humane)’ in Skyfall, he was absolutely wooden). But it’s still the making of a dench weekend when another 007 goes on general and you can, largely, put your critical faculties on hold and revel in a pre-holiday season slab of hokey. Are you ready for some fun?

Column-writing with George Monbiot, Guardian Masterclasses

Presented by journalist, environmentalist and activist George Monbiot - and masterclass was filled to capacity. It was perhaps a bit less structured than usual, without handouts or visual aids. But this was a different kind of gig - with Monbiot standing at the front talking to us, and we were mostly spellbound. He spoke with great enthusiasm and energy - about his career trajectory, his early days…

Joseph Cornell - Wanderlust

‘Wanderlust’ at the Royal Academy is a fascinating collection of shadow boxes, collages and films by Joseph Cornell. Born in 1903, Joseph Cornell was self-taught without any formal training - but his work has been inspirational to artists such as Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.  The title ‘Wanderlust’ implies an interest in travel, and many of Cornell’s works reference Europe; but he never went far beyond his…

Audrey Hepburn – Portraits of an Icon

Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 -1993) is regarded as the epitome of timeless style and elegance, and has captivated audiences worldwide. Her life and career is reviewed in an exhibition of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. Many of the 70 photographs on display are sourced from family archives.

Audrey Hepburn originally aspired to be a ballet dancer. She began her acting career…

Temple at the Donmar Theatre

Donmar’s Temple is set in 2011 when Occupy protestors camped outside of St Paul’s Cathedral in the full glare of media attention.  The focus of the play is the conflict within the church organisation.

 

There are some clear positions. The lawyer from the Corporation of London is clear that the protestors must be evicted.  The Deacon is clear that the protestors…