REVIEW: Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’

The new Spike Lee joint is pretty bizarre and definitely amazing. John David Washington stars as Detective Ron Stallworth, the black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. True story, bro.

The film, which takes place in Colorado Springs in the 1970s, is so much of everything. There’s this comical but very serious contrast of telling the story from the perspective of the local KKK group, set against the very real struggle of black people and the Black Panthers fighting for them. Side by side.

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REVIEW: Palomar Theatre – ‘Darlings’

I took a short trip to Bath with my dad and my brother yesterday to see a new theatre production about a seemingly in control young woman with an uncomfortable and unconfronted past.

Darlings tells the story of main protagonist Eve (Katie Anderson) and her casual relationship with boyfriend and “new addiction”, Gabe (Toby Robertshaw). A semi-drunken chat after a night out begins to reveal – through delicate puppetry and reverberating soundbites – a lot of previously uncovered history. All this intrigues Gabe at first, but brings out Eve’s defensive side and sets them up for an unavoidable yet necessary revelation.

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Nicola Walker stars in new BBC drama ‘The Split’

The Split is one of the newest dramas to BBC One, which premiered last Tuesday night. Created by Welsh screenwriter Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame and Suffragette), it centres around the life of elite divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker), as she “splits” from the family business and deals with the unexpected return of her estranged father.

The Split Annabel Scholey and Nicola Walker by Sophie Mutevelian
Sisters and main protagonists Nina Defoe (Annabel Scholey) and Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker). © Sophie Mutevelian

The first episode in the six-part series (produced by SundanceTV and the BBC) introduces us to Stern: married, mother of three and increasingly distancing herself from mother and former boss, Ruth Defoe (Deborah Findlay). Following her departure from the firm, she finds herself in direct competition with younger sister Nina (Annabel Scholey) on opposing sides of a case between a comedian and his agent, which is only the beginning of this brewing rivalry. To top it off, 30 years after walking out on them, Stern’s father (Anthony Head) returns the day of his ex-wife’s 70th birthday to pass on a card, and, unbeknownst to him, receive a stern (pun intended) telling off from his eldest daughter.

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