Murder in the Bookshops

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 13 December 2017 > What's On

As the latest film adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic Murder on the Orient Express hits our screens, Alison Bouhmid investigates women thriller-writers’ works, spanning a century of mystery writing. It is undeniable that British women writers have consistently been attracted to and excelled in detective fiction (though the genre was invented by a man, … Continue reading “Murder in the Bookshops”

Star Wars Strikes Back

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The Last Jedi, episode VIII of the famous saga which began in 1977, is finally in cinemas. For fans, it’s not a minute too soon. It’s been 30 years since the emblematic hero last properly featured in a Star Wars film. And two years since episode VII, The Force Awakens, in which Luke Skywalker appeared … Continue reading “Star Wars Strikes Back”

Battle of the Tennis Films

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 28 November 2017 > What's On

Who would have imagined two films about tennis duels from the 1970s would hit cinema screens at the same time? More than just some entertainment for tennis fans between seasons, they provide fascinating psychological portraits and a discussion of gender roles in sport and society. Each film centres on a single, iconic match. In Borg … Continue reading “Battle of the Tennis Films”

Irving Penn, Master of Light

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 07 September 2017 > What's On

2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A new exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris the first major retrospective of the American photographer’s work in France since his death. This exhibition, curated by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York  in … Continue reading “Irving Penn, Master of Light”

Bangladeshi Dance Touring France

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 25 October 2017 > What's On

If you missed the shows choreographed by Akram Khan that toured France last year, there is another chance to catch Chotto Desh between now and December, in Paris, Enghein, Dijon, Lyons and Grenoble. Khan is a British-born Bangladeshi dancer and choreographer, whose work fuses classical Indian dance and stories with contemporary dance. His shows Until … Continue reading “Bangladeshi Dance Touring France”

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

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The British Library is marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book with an exhibition of the real-life historical artefacts about magical beliefs that inspired JK Rowling, and never-before-revealed notes, plans and manuscripts from the author herself. Rowling included many references to real magical beliefs and historical characters like Nicolas … Continue reading “Harry Potter: A History of Magic”

Victoria and Abdul

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 10 October 2017 > What's On

Twenty years after Mrs Brown, Judi Dench returns to cinema screens as Queen Victoria, in another true story of the Queen’s friendship with one of her servants: Abdul Karim. The story of the widow Victoria’s relationship with John Brown was well documented. He was the gamekeeper on her beloved Scottish Highland estate where she spent … Continue reading “Victoria and Abdul”