There can be no doubt that this film marks an important point in reconciliation and social understanding for Sri Lanka – it’s just a shame that the overall production quality doesn’t match up to the message.
There’s an element of fairy tale here which will divide some viewers, but it would take a hard soul not to be in some way delighted by this feel-good film.
A predictable plot and archetypal characters makes this otherwise solid film feel a little tired.
Marginalisation, sibling identity and political corruption in this miniature collection of Danish documentaries.
A digital restoration of Lawrence of Arabia kicks off this year’s special screenings of classics from the archives and one-off previews.
This year’s International Competition is a diverse mix of what the festival’s organisers describe as “outstanding new films from around the world”.
This is a Gilbert & Sullivan production to end all Gilbert & Sullivan productions. With such a diverse mix of theatre crafts being used so effectively, it’s difficult to imagine how it would have been done when Ruddigore was first performed in 1887 – or how the next company will manage to live up to such uninhibited creativity.
For all the horror of the victimisation of poor Christian, what really defines this film is the pain of middle-aged homosexual men who, for whatever reason, have become trapped living the false life of the “typical” straight married man with grown-up children and all the financial and social responsibilities that come with it. For Hermanus at least, this is the real tragedy.
As with any amateur production, you can’t have it all, and with tickets to the professional opera among some of the most expensive in the arts, Edinburgh Grand Opera provides a uniquely affordable opportunity to see some impressive singers. Act quickly, because it won’t be long before one or two will have you paying top dollar for the same privilege.
Anyone who’s been to university will be all too familiar with those odd students surely too ditzy and clueless to ever be considered ‘academic’ – and if you don’t know what I mean, you might just be one of them.
With the summer ahead jam-packed with festivals, here are five acts you should not miss.