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The Escape Artist (2013)

In BBC, Crime, Law, new, Recommendation, Review, series on 19/11/2013 at 5:04 pm

A modern three part justice/crime tale starring the effervescently great David Tennant as a star London barrister. He gets a complete psychopath off the hook for a murder charge and then  his life changes dramatically. I won’t spoil it – but I will say the plot has quite a classic twist, which works in its benefit.

Escape Artist is indeed well worth the watch because it is a story well made and told. But it’s not ground breaking or revolutionary in any sense and unfortunately, you’re likely to forget about it.

However much I appreciate the quality of these BBC drama series, it does make me wonder if our collectively owned broadcaster is trying hard enough to deliver spectacular drama. I feel this is reaffirming, but not artistically anywhere good enough to meet our high standards.

Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006)

In feel good, film, Giggles, LGTB, Recommendation, romantic on 28/10/2012 at 4:32 pm

Not a fan of romantic comedy dramas? Nah, nor am I. Make an exception this time.
Scenes of a Sexual Nature is a warm summer afternoon on London’s beautiful Hampstead Heath, capturing brief moments in seven couples’ lives. The scenes are odd, all funny and generally unexpected and surprising. It’s very well written daily life with all the extremes of the ordinary we take for granted. Things stranger than fiction, made into good comedy.

On top of all this praise, it’s all the more fun to watch because the cast is well starry and you’re likely to come across one or two of your favourite British actors making some sort of an idiot out of themselves. Take your pick: Tom Hardy, Gina McKee, Catherine Tate, Hugh Bonneville, Eileen Atkins, Sophie Okonedo and oh yes, Ewan McGregor.

More small independent films like this please.

Never Never (2000)

In Recommendation, Review, series on 11/09/2012 at 12:38 pm

This two-part Channel 4 council estate drama pivots around John Parlour (John Simm) and Jo Weller (Sophie Okonedo). John tricks people into getting loans they can’t afford on a London council estate where only few have jobs or even a bank account. Jo, one of the residents, is knee-deep in debt and struggles to provide for her two young kids. And then everything changes.

Never Never, a story written by acclaimed playwright Tony Marchant, is essentially about good people doing bad things and vice versa. It’s free from any sort of class judgement that might put you off, elegantly letting people be people. Good tension throughout is created by the “will John become a good person with morals and stuff” question – which is, as it should, left unanswered (because stuff just isn’t that black/white, is it?). There’s also great acting (oh yes, Ruth Sheen is in it too, you know, one of Mike Leigh‘s favourites), this acting supported by the good writing, allowing for heaps of emotions left unspoken yet blatantly obviously present.

Even if the narrative is sometimes predictable to seasoned fiction readers and viewers, this production is essentially too in-your-face-honest and charming to disagree with it. That, and John Simm is just a bit too good to do anything wrong, innit.

link to clip: http://www.myspace.com/video/simmfan/never-never-john-parlour-clip-with-john-simm-sophie-okonedo/38040102