I wrote about Gmail for the Mirror

Woop! Here it is:

Gmail tips: 11 brilliant inbox tricks to make your life easier

Gmail’s been around for over 10 years, but are you making the most of it?

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LFF review: 12 Years a Slave

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From Netribution

The third feature from artist-turned-director Steve McQueen needs little introduction.

It’s a visceral, unpredictable tale of life as a slave in 1840s America, based on the true story of Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who, as ever, disappears effortlessly into the demanding role), who was born a free man in New York.

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Gypsy, Roma, Traveller season on Community Channel!

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Highlights from Community Channel‘s Gypsy, Roma, Traveller season, which I’ve been working on for the past few months! It started on Monday 6th May.

Starting in May and continuing on into June, Community Channel is proud to dedicate a season of programming designed to raise the profile of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities both in the UK and beyond. will celebrate the unique arts and customs specific to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, as well as explore some of the most pressing social, economic and political issues they face in modern Britain and across Europe today.

We’ve been working hard on getting in titles for the season, such as four documentaries from the excellent Mundi Romani series, The Pied Piper of Hutzovina with Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello, a range of titles from the fantastic Jasmine Dellal and, of course, Lunik IX, by our very own Artur Conka.

We’ve also been filming the GRT360 news bulletins for UK and EU, as well as an Agony Aunt show with Travellers’ TimesViolet Cannon. They’ll will be shown around 9pm and 11pm on weeknights. I wrote and edited some of the scripts, and sat in on pretty much all of the filming to mark up the scripts. Behind-the-scenes pics below…

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LFF review: We Need to Talk about Kevin

From Netribution:

Warning: spoilers (as far as I can spoil the plot of a very famous 8-year-old book for you)

Ah. “We need to talk about Kevin.” The words that the eponymous Kevin (Ezra Miller/Jasper Newell/ Rocky Duer)’s mother Eva (Tilda Swinton) never manages to say to her sweet, blinkered husband Franklin (John C Reilly).

Lynne Ramsay‘s fine adaptation of the very unloveable 2003 novel dispenses with the epistolary form of the original, and is instead structured around Eva’s life post-massacre, with flashes of the past forcing continually pushing to the surface. Kevin’s actions have defined her current situation; the film shows us how.

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LFF review: Shame

From Netribution:

Artist/director Steve McQueen’s second feature (following 2008’s Hunger), follows the unravelling New York existence of sex addict Brandon (Michael Fassbender). Living alone, he (seemingly) happily picks up girls in bars, orders prostitutes like takeout and masturbates in the work loos after watching porn on his computer. It’s a tad compulsive, but his outward charm and ability to just about hold it together is keeping people fooled.

Then, his volatile, attention-seeking sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) turns up to stay in his apartment, and things slowly fall apart.

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Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The interiors of this latest adaptation of John Le Carré’s 1973-set novel look and feel like just like the those of the BBC’s recent drama series, The Hour, set in their 1956 newsroom. Even the plots are alike – there’s a Russian spy in our very English midst, which one is he (it’s never gonna be a she)?

The main clues as to which era we’re in are found outside – the odd black or Asian person popping up in the corner of a frame, a girl in hotpants, the lovely cars. Inside the Circus [the highest level of  British intelligence], though, it’s all closed and brownish and peopled by grey men. The Cold War is still very much on, and this film sets the scene expertly.

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55th BFI London Film Festival programme revealed

From the British Film Institute:

We’re excited to announce the line-up for this year’s BFI London Film Festival, which will showcase 204 feature films and 110 shorts over 16 days.

In addition to our previously announced opening and closing night films, Fernando Meirelles’ 360 and Terence Davies’  The Deep Blue Sea [pictured above, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston], Gala highlights include George Clooney’s The Ides of March, Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method. This year’s Archive Gala title is the BFI National Archive’s restoration of Miles Mander’s The First Born with a new score by Stephen Horne.

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