Spies Fooling Spies

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 14 April 2022 > What's On

A new film details a barely believable operation from World War II involving a dead body designed to fool the Nazis about Allied invasion plans and save the lives of thousands of soldiers. The success of Operation Mincemeat hinged on creating a carefully crafted fiction, which is where James Bond author Ian Fleming came in. … Continue reading “Spies Fooling Spies”

Free Celtic Film Festival

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 29 March 2022 > What's On

The second edition of the Festival du film celtique will take place at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris on the evenings of 11 and 12 April.  Feature and short films from Scotland and Wales will be shown, with lots of opportunity to talk to filmmakers. There are a few invitations available. On Monday … Continue reading “Free Celtic Film Festival”

And the Oscar Winners Are…

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 28 March 2022 > What's On

The 2022 Oscar ceremony was memorable… But what about the winning films? Several of our favourite films of the last year came away with awards. And CODA beat off some favourites to take Best Picture. New Zealand director Jane Campion was the first woman to be nominated twice for Best Director, and this time she … Continue reading “And the Oscar Winners Are…”

Lyon: Crime (Fiction) Capital

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 28 March 2022 > What's On

France’s biggest crime-fiction festival is back at its usual time of year, 1-3 April, after a Covid-delayed edition in July 2021. For its 18th edition it has a large roll-call of writers from France and around the world, including many from the U.K. and the U.S. Alongside stars like Harlan Coben, John Grisham and Paula … Continue reading “Lyon: Crime (Fiction) Capital”

The Power of the Dog

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 14 March 2022 > What's On

Ever since Jane Campion burst onto the world stage with an Oscar for The Piano, she has shown a deft capacity to depict buttoned up, repressed emotions. The Power of the Dog, nominated for 12 Oscars, is no exception. The Netflix new-generation Western stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plomens as Montana ranching brothers Phil and … Continue reading “The Power of the Dog”

In the Streets of Belfast

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 04 March 2022 > What's On

Belfast is actor-director Kenneth Branagh‘s most personal film yet. It’s the story of nine-year-old Buddy growing up in Belfast in a friendly, working-class community until the Troubles brutally disrupt his life in 1969. Belfast is set in 1969, when what were called “the Troubles” went from protests to violent riots in the space of a … Continue reading “In the Streets of Belfast”

Around the World in 150 Photos

Posted by Speakeasy News > Saturday 05 February 2022 > What's On

Magnum photographer Steve McCurry may not be a household name but his photos are instantly recognisable, especially one of a young Afghan girl taken in Pakistan where her family had taken refuge in 1984. A retrospective at the Musée Maillol in Paris takes visitors around the world in his footsteps, to India, Papua New Guinea, … Continue reading “Around the World in 150 Photos”

Vivian Maier in Brittany

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 04 February 2022 > What's On

Vivian Maier has proved incredibly popular with teachers and students alike in our creative writing competion. Now those of you in Brittany have an opportunity to get close up and personal with her work with a double exhibition at the Museums of Quimper and Pont Aven. The Quimper exhibition focuses on Maier’s street photography in … Continue reading “Vivian Maier in Brittany”