Looking is the Original Sin

Inspired by the life of Diane Arbus this is the tale of Anna (Katie Boland) trying to find out who her mother Helene (Maria del Mar) really is. Despite them living together most of the time Anna is aware that her mother is keeping her at arm’s length We start to realise that Helene the photographer is very different from Helene the mother that Anna so desperately wants to get closer to. Continue reading


I haven’t read 50 Shades (“housewives favourite” acclaim put me right off) or watched Nymphomaniac (promotional “money shots” of its stars made me retch) nor do I watch actual porn. It was with some trepidation therefore that I approached Romance; a film from 1999 that apparently was a giant shocker to the censors due to its alleged blurring of the lines between traditional film and porn. Continue reading

The Supreme Price

If you’re anything like me you have probably never heard of M.K.O. Abiola, the man who won the democratic elections in Nigeria in 1993, (due to the military regime not wanting to give up power was never recognised by them as being president), and you will not have heard of his wife Kudirat (one of M.K.O.’s 4 wives) who upon his post-election imprisonment took over the pro-democracy campaign until she, like her husband, was killed. Continue reading