Review: Belfast

Belfast, August 1969. Surrounded by sporadic violence and growing danger, nine year old Buddy finds himself confronted with the ugly reality of sectarian conflict. As the suffocating stranglehold of increasing turmoil tightens around his once peaceful working class neighborhood, Buddy tries his best to understand The Troubles. Now Buddy’s family face a nearly impossible life altering decision, do they stay or start packing? This 2021 film written and directed by Kenneth Branagh is semi autobiographical. He describes it as his most personal film. The story is carried by an outstanding cast including Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan and Cirán Hinds. It is woven throughout with the music of Van Morrison.

Review: Sweet Bean

A gentle story of a dorayaki pancake seller in Tokyo, he cooks with skill but no enthusiasm. He takes on a new assistant who brings her own Sweet Bean recipe, which enlivens the business and his emotions. A truly beautiful insight into the magical essence of Japan. ‘An ode to the simple joys of life’.

Review: After Love

Set in the port town of Dover, Mary Hussain, a white muslim convert, suddenly finds herself a widow following the unexpected death of her husband, Ahmed who worked on cross channel ferries. A day after the burial she discovers he has a secret just twenty-one miles across the channel in Calais. The more she discovers Ahmed’s deceit, the more she wonders about her own identity, how she got here and where she belongs. Joanna Scanlan, the main actor has been BAFTA nominated for her amazing performance in this film