Spade work: The Dig on Netflix

The discovery of the Sutton Hoo hoard  in 1939 as the nation was on the brink of war was England’s ‘Tutankhamun moment’, and the unearthing of the many “wondrous things” from the Suffolk soil marked a significant moment in archaeology and the understanding and appreciation of Anglo-Saxon society, culture and art. The Dig, a newly-released…

Himalayers: revisiting and revising ‘Black Narcissus’

‘Black Narcissus’ has, like the mountain palace of Mopu itself, been haunting me for some days now, after watching both the new TV adaptation and going back to the 1947 Powell & Pressburger (‘P&P’) film. What is the allure of this strange story, and why does Rumer Godden’s original novel somehow elude both versions? *…

Thrill of ‘La chasse’: I Fagiolini, ‘The Stag Hunt’

Harmony, hilarity – and a touch of horror – are seamlessly combined in this cunning, captivating new release from the innovative vocal ensemble I Fagiolini. Sidestepping the more conventional CD or digital audio formats, ‘The Stag Hunt’ is a nine-minute film, featuring a performance of Renaissance composer Clément Janequin’s ‘La chasse’. Following a brief opening…

Stepping inside Stanley Kubrick’s Mind

Kirk Douglas and Stanley Kubrick on the ‘Paths of Glory’ set.   There are many talented people in this world but there are few creatives who are really able to produce magic, whether we be talking literature, film, art or music.  The ‘magic’ I am talking about is the tingling experience one gets when presented…