QUEEN OF THE DESERT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Werner Herzog Stars: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Damien Lewis, Jenny Agutter, David Calder. This queen of the desert is not a bus named Priscilla. Rather she is a modern thinking, fiercely independent, headstrong and intelligent British woman named Gertrude Bell who is apparently right up there with the famed T E Lawrence as an important figure in contemporary Arab history. An explorer, writer, archaeologist and traveller, she had an enormous impact on the politics of the Middle East at the beginning of the 20th Continue reading

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Werner Herzog. In 1994 a couple of French archaeologists discovered a limestone cave on the Ardecehe River that had been hidden for centuries following a rock slide. Inside the caves they found the walls covered with artwork and rock paintings that dated back some 32,000 years. These are pristine and astonishingly realistic drawings of horses, bison, rhinos, cave bears, cattle and other ice age creatures. These are the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind, and are a rare find. Scientists are using these Continue reading