From Ireland

The sad lives of loveless puppets

The cake that started it all If you haven’t heard about the Northern Irish #gaycake row, here’s a useful run-down of it. Such timing, emerging in the same week as Ireland’s history-making referendum on marriage equality. The oddest turn that this continuing story has taken? Well, that would be Sesame Street releasing an official statement about Bert and Ernie’s relationship. Amazing.

London Film Festival: Paul Greengrass receives Variety award

More film fest excitement for y’all! Last night saw director Paul Greengrass receive The Variety UK Achievement in Film Award at an event held in conjunction with the London Film Festival. He was then interviewed by Variety magazine’s Europe and Middle East correspondent, Ali Jaafar. The discussion ranged from Greengrass’s interest in Northern Ireland to the process of making The Murder of Stephen Lawrence. Suchandrika Chakrabarti reports