Music and Melodrama: A Mini Minelliathon

In preparation for our 2A Films screening of The Cobweb, I took the opportunity to work my way through some of Vincente Minnelli’s extensive filmography. I didn’t see them all – Minnelli made some 34 feature films and a fair few remain unavailable in the UK – but it was a spectacular ride all the same. Read a round-up of the ones I did see here.

2A Films

Together with Billy Launder, I have established 2A Films, a repertory cinema programming initiative focusing on lesser-known and lesser-seen films.

Our first event was a 35mm presentation of Simon and Laura (Muriel Box, 1955) at the Cinema Museum. This was for Scalarama 2016 and the film was introduced by Josephine Botting, Fiction Curator at the BFI.

Our next event is The Cobweb (Vincente Minnelli, 1955) at Genesis Cinema on 26th January. The film is screening from 35mm and will be introduced by Professor Peter William Evans, Emeritus Professor of Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London.

You can book tickets here. Hope to see you there!

The Observer/ Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism

I’m delighted to have been selected as a Runner Up in the 2015 Observer/ Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism.

Pieces were selected by a panel of judges chaired by the novelist and playwright Kate Mosse and including the writers Alexandra Harris and Ruth Scurr, and associate editor of the Observer newspaper Robert McCrum.

My piece, a review of Candida Höfer’s exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts, can be read here.