Cinema is back, Margot's got bangs and I met Shane Meadows!
The cinemas are back! They reopened - at least Showcase did - on May 17th. I went to see ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ on opening day and it was a stinker. There’s social distancing and gaps between seats, but it feels a bit like normal cos there are loads of new films out.
Broadway and Cineworld reopened on May 19th. Broadway has had the best refurbishment - a new cafe bar and box office. I went there to see ‘Rare Beasts’ and couldn’t work out why Billie Piper cast her blonde, big-mouthed self as an eccentric outsider. That’s like casting Lily James as an archaeologist, Meg Ryan as a helicopter pilot and Olivia Wilde as a university lecturer.
Hollywood’s hottest starlet Margot Robbie debuted her new dirty blonde bangs on the Oscars red carpet. I love Margot as an actress, as a person and, of course, as a sex symbol. Sexiest woman alive.
This new haircut looks so cool and sexy and powerful. I wonder whether this is symbolic of a Harley Quinn-shaped rebellious phase of Margot’s career. Badass Margot, anyone? PWHHOOR!
Vivien Leigh’s letters
My deceased celebrity crush - the beautiful Vivien Leigh - has been revealed to have discussed health and her marriage to Laurence Olivier in letters to fans - a new book entitled ‘Reframing Vivien Leigh’ reveals.
Lisa Stead, a film studies lecturer who wrote the book, conducted the first analysis of Leigh’s letters to Joyce Attwood (a close friend of Vivien’s). While most stars of that era engaged in elements of correspondence with supporters, these letters “go beyond polite and turn into a confessional space”.
Stead said “my impression from a lot of these letters is what Vivien enjoyed in talking to relative nobodies was the chance to be desperately personal without risk”. “There was no risk that that would ever find its way into public discourse” and that Leigh’s other letters to fans in the UK, Europe and America were not nearly as personal.
I would certainly have loved a letter from Vivien Leigh. I think my heart would’ve skipped a beat and I’d be swooning like a schoolgirl about to faint…
Meeting Shane Meadows
I went to the opening of the new ARC cinema in Beeston on Wednesday. I was there because LeftLion wanted me to write an article on the cinema experience interpleted with quotes from cinema-goers and staff.
I got two quotes from one of the managers and one of the team members. It’s a terrific cinema - I love the 80s decor and the reclining seats, perfect for leaning back and going to sleep during a really bad film. I got free coke and popcorn too.
But the big highlight of the night was meeting Nottingham-based filmmaker Shane Meadows - director of ‘This is England’ (2006) and ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ (2004). He was there to officially open the cinema and they screened his 2012 film ‘Somerstown’ as the opening film.
I got a quote from him too. He said “both my kids watched my film for the first time”. He was there with his two boys. I even got a picture with him and it’s now my profile pic. Yipee!
Back to weeding, planting plants and bashing ‘Sex and the City’.
I went back to the Community Garden I volunteer at this Saturday. It was the first time I’d been in months. I’ve been off because of bad mental health, but I’m back now and was ready to get on with some more weeding, hoeing and planting plants.
The garden is a lovely place - an inner-city green oasis.The staff are lovely; so supportive, more like caring parents than teachers or gardeners for that matter.
I really enjoy what I’m doing gardening-wise at the gardens and at Rushcliffe Country Park. I’m increasingly thinking of this as a career or some sort of outdoor job at least. It’s physical, it’s persuasive and it’s damn therapeutic. Damn good career material.
Freelance film critic, journalist and writer based in Nottingham, UK. Specialises in cinema.
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