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

The True Cost: a fashion documentary to make you think

I was deeply moved by the London premiere of The True Cost, this week. And not just because Colin Firth was on the red carpet. This documentary about fast fashion and the appalling impact it has on both garment factory workers and the environment, is upsetting and, at times, difficult to watch. Directed by AndrewRead more

Two Good Films

  Driving Miss Kylie In the last week I’ve seen two brilliant films. The feelgood movie Pride, (based on a true story about a lesbian and gay support group raising funds during the 1984 miner’s strike), had me sobbing, and longing for those pre-me-me-me-society days. Spoiler alert: the Dominic West dance scene is fantastic butRead more

My film of the summer: Boyhood

  Richard Linklater is fast becoming my favourite director. I love the Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy and the idea of following the same actors on-screen over the years, watching their relationship and their faces change, is genius. The other day I switched sitting at my computer for hours on end, to sitting in the cinema forRead more

Nebraska: No Damp Squibb

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if 84-year old June Squibb won an award for Nebraska? One of the best films I’ve seen for a while, this road movie, of sorts, is beautifully shot in black and white and directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt). Squibb plays Kate Grant the foul-mouthed wife of Woody (Bruce Dern)Read more

Quote of the week: Bill Cunningham

I cried at the Bill Cunningham New York movie (which opened in London this weekend). Here’s a gentleman – and Cunningham is a real gent – who’s been riding up and down the streets of New York for over half a century. On a rickety old bike. Snapping pictures of ordinary folk. Actually, Cunningham isRead more