The Grace Jones documentary

I’ve always admired Grace Jones. The strong image, the theatricality, the iconic Nightclubbing album that I still love to play. At 69, Jones is a woman with trend-defying, singular style who does her own thing regardless. Her fierce glamour hasn’t changed much since the Studio 54 days – and I appreciate this decade-defying look, andRead more

Jane Campion talks menopause

Though Top of the Lake series two is available to binge-watch on iPlayer, I’m going to savour this one, take each of the six episodes slowly. It’s beautifully shot, strange and brilliant. And: Elisabeth Moss. Superb in The Handmaid’s Tale she is excellent as detective Robin Griffin in Top of the Lake. Nicole Kidman is outstanding, too. Anyhow,Read more

A Time to Live: A new film from Sue Bourne

With boxes of vitamins and supplements and a lot of chocolate biscuits, director Sue Bourne and her film crew set off in a van around the country to film A Time To Live. The latest documentary from the award-winning film maker, is a series of interviews with people diagnosed with a terminal illness. After the screeningRead more

This is a fantastic film – 20th Century Women with Annette Bening

This a beautiful film. Beautifully shot in the hazy Californian sunshine. 20th Century Women is set in Santa Barbara at the end of the 1970s. Annette Bening is superb as Dorothea Fields, a chain-smoking, 55-year-old single mother living in a shared house with her 15-year-old son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann). Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning andRead more

Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog film

‘Do you want to see a film about Laurie Anderson’s dog?’ One of my friends asked me towards the end of last year. This could go one of two ways I thought with trepidation (dog’s breakfast or dog’s bollocks). Although it wasn’t exactly top of my to-do list; I like Laurie Anderson, I like dogs,Read more

The Age of Loneliness by Sue Bourne

Sue Bourne produces searingly honest films about people. For her latest documentary, the woman behind Fabulous Fashionistas has turned her attention to loneliness ‘the epidemic affecting people of all ages’. The Age of Loneliness (BBC1 at 10.35pm, Thursday 7 January) is a profoundly moving film. It opens with Dorothy an 85-year-old widow from Blackpool, who admits thatRead more

Quote of the week: Lily Tomlin in Grandma

Aren’t end-of-the-year highlights lists useful? These days, I can never remember which films I’ve seen (apart from the most recent), so I like a good round-up. One film I won’t have a problem remembering is Grandma. Lily Tomlin is ace as the 70-something academic and poet in this warm, funny, feisty film. In the processRead more

Seventies inspiration from Grey Gardens and Ladybird Books

With Grey Gardens the musical on at Southwark Playhouse in January, the grown-up reissues of Ladybird books selling faster than cut-price TVs on Black Friday and Gucci, Prada and Marni playing maximalist mash-up, it’s seventies retro inspiration all round. Sheila Hancock  and Jenna Russell play Big Edie and Little Edie in Grey Gardens the musical , adapted from theRead more

Maggie Smith is The Lady in the Van

I can’t think of anyone who could play The Lady in the Van better than Maggie Smith. She’s brilliant and funny as Miss Mary Sheperd the homeless woman who moved her camper van into writer Alan Bennett’s drive for three months, in the 1970s, and ended up staying 15 years. Alex Jennings makes a greatRead more

The Iris Apfel documentary

Everyone loves Iris. And so do I. In the late Albert Maysles film, designers, editors and fashion executives are falling all over themselves to orbit the ‘geriatric starlet’. If you love life and style, you’ll love this heartwarming documentary ( out in the UK, today ; Fri 25 July 2015). Iris was one of the ‘Inspirational Women’ I interviewed forRead more