Emoji Speak

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 17 October 2017 > In the News

Worldwide, we send 6 billion emojis a day to accompany or replace text in messages. So it was only a matter of time till someone made a film in which emojis come to life. The Emoji Movie is based on the idea that each emoji can only have one facial expression and one tone. Smiler’s … Continue reading “Emoji Speak”

Detroit: Modern History on Film

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

Detroit tells the true story of an incident during the “race riots” which swept U.S. cities in the summer of 1967. The film, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, has won praise for its portrayal of police corruption and racial tensions during that long hot summer. 1967 is remembered for the hippie Summer of Love, but July … Continue reading “Detroit: Modern History on Film”

Nobel Prize for Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 05 October 2017 > In the News

The 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to British-Japanese novelist Kazuo Ishiguro whose work includes The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. A more conventional choice than the 2016 winner, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Ishiguro, 62, was born in Nagasaki, Japan, but arrived in Britain at the age of five. His … Continue reading “Nobel Prize for Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro”

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”

Emoji Time

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 17 October 2017 > Ready to Use

This A2 article is based on The Emoji Movie released on 18 October. Gene is an emoji who lives in Textopolis, a digital city inside a smartphone. While all other emojis express only one emotion, he can make ‘the wrong face’ because he was born without a filter, and he is desperate to become ‘normal’. … Continue reading “Emoji Time”

Hitchcock’s Home in Dinard

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 27 September 2017 > What's On

From 27 September to 1 October, Dinard will celebrate the 27th edition of its British Film Festival. The winners’ statuettes for the festival are “Hitchcocks”, and the trailer for the festival sets a suitably eccentric British tone with an Alfred Hitchcock lookalike participating in a Busby Berkeley-style synchronised swimming routine. The films in this year’s … Continue reading “Hitchcock’s Home in Dinard”

Canada Comes to Dieppe

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 15 September 2017 > What's On

After the Deauville American film festival and before the Dinard British film festival, Dieppe will host its fourth Canadian Film Festival from 20 to 26 September. Like the country it honours, the Dieppe festival is multilingual, with films in French, English and the Inuit language Inuktitut in competition. The festival trailer gives a taster of … Continue reading “Canada Comes to Dieppe”

Al Gore: Still Saving the Planet

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 27 September 2017 > What's On

In 2006, the documentary The Inconvenient Truth made Al Gore into the most prominent ecologist on the planet. Gore won a Nobel Prize for its impact on public opinion about climate change. Ten years on, An Inconvenient Sequel shows the positive changes that have been made, and Gore’s tireless work in continuing to promote solutions … Continue reading “Al Gore: Still Saving the Planet”

Climate Change Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > > Webpicks

Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project site is a mine of materials to work on the environment. Many of them are regrouped under Climate 101. That is also the title of a downloadable 18-page booklet which would be perfect for use with B1-B2-level students. An excellent document for working on Education aux médias is this 5-minute … Continue reading “Climate Change Webpicks”