From Hollywood with Love

February 4, 2018 at 17:00 (Film, Gigs, Music)

Orchestra of Opera North – Leeds Town Hall

Hollywood is calling! Conductor Tobias Ringborg along with pianist Ian Buckle, presenter Andrew Collins and the fantastic Orchestra of Opera North guide you through the world of Hollywood film scores


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Kevin Brownlow: the Restoration of Napoléon

October 13, 2017 at 15:30 (Film, Talks)

Widescreen Weekend at National Science and Media Museum

Widescreen Weekend is proud to welcome the acclaimed British film historian, documentary-maker, filmmaker, and author Kevin Brownlow.

Kevin Brownlow will deliver a special talk taking us through his incredible 50-year journey to restore Abel Gance’s five-and-a-half hour silent masterpiece Napoléon.

The event will be accompanied by a screening of Napoléon’s famous triptych sequence, showcasing one the film’s most innovative techniques and one of the earliest uses of widescreen.

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Glastonbury 2017: The List

June 27, 2017 at 14:17 (Festivals, Film, Gigs, Music) (, )

A list of all the acts and films I saw (or partially saw/heard) at Glastonbury this year. Nothing was disappointing (apart from the massive crowds and gridlock) but also not much stood out as a real highlight, those few highlights are in bold.


  • La Strada (Black Lamp)
  • Rogue One (Palais)
  • The Libertine (Cineramageddon)
  • Withnail & I (Cineramageddon)


  • Hacienda Classical (Pyramid)
  • The Pretenders* (Other)
  • Glass Animals (Introducing)
  • Dua Lipa (Peel)
  • Roe (Introducing)
  • Kris Kristofferson (Pyramid)
  • Royal Blood (Pyramid)
  • Elbow** (Park)
  • Lorde* (Other)
  • Radiohead* (Pyramid)
  • The Flaming Lips (Park)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road* (Cineramageddon)


  • The Bootleg Beatles (Pyramid)
  • Jeremy Hardy (Cabaret)
  • Kernow King (Cabaret)
  • Phil Kay (Theatre Field)
  • Jeremy Corbyn (Pyramid)
  • Run The Jewels (Pyramid)
  • Katy Perry (Pyramid)
  • The Avalanches* (Holts)
  • Foo Fighters** (Only heard them walking behind Pyramid)
  • Fatboy Slim* (Sonic)
  • Craig Hill (Cabaret)


  • Robin Ince (Crow)
  • Cassette Boy vs DJ Rubbish (Glade)
  • Rag’n’Bone Man (Missed because of a nose bleed)
  • Barry Gibb* (Pyramid)
  • Kiefer Sutherland* (Avalon)
  • Stuart Goldsmith (Cabaret)
  • Chic** (Pyramid) 
  • Goldfrapp* (Peel)
  • London Grammar (Peel)
  • Justice** (Holts)

* – Partial set
** – Passing through/couldn’t see but heard

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It Follows Live Score

October 30, 2016 at 19:30 (Film, Gigs, Music)

Hyde Park Picture House

Arranged by Emma-Jean Thackray with introduction and Q&A with composer Disasterpeace.20161030_190940_hdr

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Glastonbury 2016

June 29, 2016 at 21:59 (Festivals, Film, Music) (, )

Here’s a list of all the acts (and films) I saw at Glastonbury. My highlights are in bold, those in italic I only really saw as I was passing through and asterisk indicate where I didn’t see the whole set.


  • Film: Deadpool
  • Opening ceremony + fireworks


  • Arcadia – Metamorphosis Show


  • Gwenno (Park)
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage (Cabaret) + KT Tunstall
  • Blossom (Other)
  • Michele Stodart (Acoustic)
  • Stephen Frost Impro All Stars (Astrolabe)
  • Ed Harcourt (Acoustic)
  • ZZ Top*
  • Explosions In The Sky (Peel)
  • Aluna George (Peel)
  • Sigur Ros (Peel)


  • Cat’s Eyes (Park)
  • Izzy Bizu (Park)
  • Lady Leshurr (Park)
  • (Tried to see Travis at Croisant Neuf but couldn’t get close so only heard Sing)
  • Choir Of Young Believers (William’s Green)
  • The Last Shadow Puppets (Pyramid)
  • Chvches (Other)
  • Turin Brakes (Avalon)*
  • Adele (Pyramid) *
  • New Order (Other)*
  • Philip Glass’ Heroes Symphony (Park)


  • Marcus Brigstocke’s Policy Unit (Cabaret)
  • Mark Simmons?  (Cabaret)*
  • Spencer Jones Is the Herbert (Cabaret)
  • Gregory Porter (Pyramid)
  • Marcus Du Sautoy (Astrolabe)
  • Jeff Lynne’s ELO (Pyramid)
  • Låpsley (Introducing)
  • Guy Garvey (Park)
  • Grimes (Park)
  • Coldplay (Pyramid)*
    • Barry Gibb
    • Michael Eavis
  • Doreen Doreen (Summer House)*

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Run Lola Run with The Bays

February 21, 2016 at 19:30 (Film, Music)

Ilkley Film Festival, King’s Hall

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Widescreen Weekend 2015

November 1, 2015 at 12:55 (Festivals, Film) ()


I didn’t make it to much of the Widescreen Weekend this year but it was great to get another chance to see Interstellar, this time on 70mm (I still prefer the Imax version). Interstellar was followed by a talk Visual Effects for 70mm Filmmaking  by Paul Franklin, Creative Director for Double Negative.

I also attended the Keynote Speech by Douglas Trumbull on The State of Cinema. There was some really fascinating insight into the history and future of cinema and could’ve gone on for hours (in a good way) if the room didn’t have to be cleared to show 2001: A Space Odyssey. Foolishly I didn’t stay to see the film having just seen it recently at Leeds International Film Festival but I think it was a mistake to not taken the opportunity to see it in 70mm.

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March 23, 2015 at 19:30 (Film, Theatre)

‘Maxine Peake As Hamlet’ filmed at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester for cinema screening at Hyde Park Picture House

So it turns out that like most things Shakespeare is much better in a northern accent. It’s also interesting that theatre and Shakespeare in particular is the only place where equality truly exists and there is no discrimination between race and gender.

My dislike of lengthy stories extends to Shakespeare with too many unnecessary (or misunderstood) scenes adding length and making it harder work to get through. Another problem is that Maxine Peake is so brilliant that every time she’s not on screen everything else feels so ordinary. Everybody else puts in a good performance but it was only Gillian Bevan as Polonia who stood alongside Peake as great.


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DJ Yoda Goes to the Sci-Fi Movies

November 30, 2014 at 20:30 (Film, Gigs, Music) ()

As part of BFI Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder and Ilkley Film Festival.

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Stems – Live score to A Trip To The Moon

November 30, 2014 at 19:00 (Film, Gigs, Music) ()

The live score to A Trip to the Moon by Huddersfield band Stems, as part of BFI Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder and Ilkley Film Festival.

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