Malcolm McDowell

*contains spoilers The musician Sting (1951-) appears to have had a rather desultory film career. It all seemed to have started so promisingly with the big screen adaptation of writer Dennis Potter’s (1935-94 pancreatic cancer) tv play Brimstone & Treacle (1982). But his music seems to have taken precedence in the years that followed… Not…

Read more The Cult of Musician Sting in Brimstone and Treacle (1982)

*contains spoilers After this rare foray into comedy, Forbes wrote and directed the excellent The Whisperers (1967). Again, he has helped his lead actress, this time Edith Evans (1888-1976), deliver a performance which was nominated for an Oscar. She lost to Katherine Hepburn in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) in the usual sympathy vote.…

Read more Actor/Director Bryan Forbes Takes Over the Asylum (Part Two)

*contains spoilers One of the first plays and movies to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Journey’s End by R.C, Sherriff (1896-1975 undisclosed) – has recently been remade as a fine movie. Admirably, the 2017 version of the film has been made in association with Combat Stress, the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans.…

Read more Journey’s End and the Horrors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Part One)