A film I directed of Philip Larkin’s poem ‘Here’. It’s all shot in a 1 mile wide corridor along the north bank of the River Humber and features a read by Sir Tom Courtenay.
Films that really should get more attention –...
Richard Burton playing both Krays, Donald Sinden as every Tory MP ever, Ian McShane auditioning for Sexy Beast, a script by the writers of Porridge (and the bloke from the Godfather) and a robbery carried out with a Jif Lemon. How come you’ve never seen Villain? It’s hardly ever on telly and rarely appears on any ‘best of’ lists but, in a time when we are faced with an unwelcome surfeit of...
I Knead A Drink
Where can you find intelligent Beckettian drama featuring addiction, depression, fatalism and gastronomy? In Viz, that’s where. The Drunken Bakers are genius with a cherry on top. Viz ‘Comic’ isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s mistakenly considered by many to be nothing more than puerile toilet humour. Admittedly, it’s very often puerile and the toilet probably features more than is strictly...
Go East, Old Man
The work David Hockney has been undertaking in East Yorkshire has changed my understanding of my home county. I wish it could do the same for more of my neighbours. What were once simple journeys from Hull to Malton or to Pocklington or from any random point in East Yorkshire to any other random point have, over the past four or five years, become long, unfocussed meanders. Trips to local parks...
Hit me with your best shot
If the copper that shot Mark Saunders did insert song titles into his court evidence then the worst thing he’s done is be an underachiever. First, a quick recap for those not sure – alcoholic barrister Mark Saunders gets shot dead because everyone had had enough of him waving a shotgun out of his flat window for hours on end, there is an inquest and its decided that the dozy twonk had it coming...