MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Josie Rourke Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, David Tennant, Ian Hart, Joe Alwyn, Simon Russell Beale, Jack Lowden, Ismael Cruz Cordova. The tale of the rivalry between Scottish queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I, has been told on screen many times before, most notably in the lavish but dull 1971 film Mary, Queen Of Scots, which starred Oscar winners Glenda Jackson and Vanessa Redgrave. This latest version is something of a revisionist take on the story as it suggests that Elizabeth and Mary actually met while she Continue reading

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francis Lee Stars: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secarneau, Ian Hart, Gemma Jones. Wuthering Heights meets Brokeback Mountain? Johnny Saxby (played by Josh O'Connor, from tv series Peaky Blinders, etc) is a sullen, morose young man who works on his family farm. Since his father Martin (Ian Hart) suffered a debilitating stroke though he has had more responsibility loaded on his shoulders. It's a hard and often lonely life for Johnny, who escapes from the drudgery of his life through bouts of binge drinking at a Continue reading