TV: Vera Drake

17 June 2011

Monday 20 June 2011, 23.20-01.45, Film Four

Set in 1950, 17 years before the Abortion Act 1967, Mike Leigh’s film about a woman who performs illegal abortions and the response of the legal system to her actions is highly recommended.

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Film: You Don’t Know Jack

4 February 2011

Sunday 06 February
9:00pm – 11:40pm
Sky Atlantic

From the Radio Times review: “Dr Death is the name the media tagged to Jack Kevorkian, the retired pathologist who assisted in the suicides of more than 130 terminally ill people during the 1990s. This classy HBO biopic details his almost messianic battle with the authorities in Michigan to establish euthanasia as a civil right. In the hands of director Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man, Wag the Dog), the issue-heavy script gains a cinematic sheen and fl ashes of black humour. For star Al Pacino, in a rare TV role, it provides plenty of meat, and bagged him both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. He’s ably supported by John Goodman, Susan Sarandon (always up for a part with liberal ideals) and Brenda Vaccaro as Jack’s sister (whose peculiar wigs lend a touch of Dick Emery). None of their characters engenders much sympathy – unlike Jack’s waiting list of patients. Mostly captured on grainy home video, their testimony and dying moments feel incredibly authentic and are sometimes hard to watch.”


TV: Vera Drake

25 October 2010

Film Four, Wednesday 3rd November, 10.40pm-1.05am

Set in 1950, 17 years before the Abortion Act 1967, Mike Leigh’s film about a woman who performs illegal abortions and the response of the legal system to her actions is highly recommended.


Film: Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside)

16 October 2010

Thursday 28 October, 11:00am – 1:25pm, Film4

126 minutes, Spain (2004), PG
From Channel 4′s review:
“The true story of a Spanish quadriplegic campaigning to get the law changed so that he may choose to end his life without recrimination for those who help him. Javier Bardem stars in this dramatisation from Alejandro Amenábar, director of The Others.”

Highly recommended – set your recording device of choice!


TV: Vera Drake

12 February 2009

Set in 1950, 17 years before the Abortion Act 1967, Mike Leigh’s film about a woman who performs illegal abortions and the response of the legal system to her actions is showing on Channel 4 on Saturday 21 February, 9:00pm – 11:25pm. Highly recommended!


Film: Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside) Channel 4 Wednesday Oct 15 1.10am-3.25am

11 October 2008

126 minutes, Spain (2004), PG
From Channel 4’s review which you can read in full here:
“The true story of a Spanish quadriplegic campaigning to get the law changed so that he may choose to end his life without recrimination for those who help him. Javier Bardem stars in this dramatisation from Alejandro Amenábar, director of The Others.”

Highly recommended – set your recording device of choice on Tuesday!


Film: The English Surgeon

28 February 2008

This film is being shown at free screenings at the Wellcome Trust – for details click here.

For a review, click here.

I am planning to go to the screening on Thursday 13 March at 8pm. If you would like to join me, please let me know by adding a comment so that I can reserve the right number of tickets.