Scenes from a Marriage (1973)

First published on Little White Lies (3rd February 2012) //

Originally conceived of as a mini-series in his native Sweden, Ingmar Bergman’s film (or more accurately the shovel with which he digs a grave for marriage) originally aired to universal acclaim in 1973. The theatrical version, and the one you’d probably find on DVD, is a cut that shaved off some 130 minutes, yet left intact all of its spiky trauma.

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Evicted: The changing landscape of squatting in the UK

First published on (22nd November 2011) //

Secretary of Justice Ken Clarke’s recent moves to criminalise squatting have ensured that, once again, the subject of squatting is back in the news. After a government consultation that ended in October, campaigners have been furious to see their views ignored. Now it seems as if amendments are to go ahead and, according to critics, these reforms will threaten the homeless, citizens’ right to protest, and the most vulnerable members of our society.

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Doc Brown Interview

First published on The British Comedy Guide (3rd November 2011) //

Before turning to stand-up, Doc Brown (aka Ben Smith) was a successful rapper releasing three full-length solo records, and one other with the politically conscious London collective Poisonous Poets.

Since his departure from the UK rap scene in 2007, he has appeared on Comedy Rocks With Jason Manford before going on to perform critically-acclaimed shows at the Royal Albert Hall, the Soho Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival, picking up credits in The Inbetweeners, Miranda and Joe Cornish’s film Attack the Block along the way. All while co-creating the forthcoming BBC teen comedy-drama The Four O’Clock Club.

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Eugene Mirman Interview

First published on Splitsider (25th October 2011) //

I don’t make it a habit to go meeting comedians, especially American ones who live far away, and especially funny ones who have the power to embarrass and slight me on my little voice recorder. But I made the exception for Eugene Mirman, a long-standing cornerstone of the New York comedy circuit. Because he was nearby, in the town of London, where I live.

As well as an actor in person (Flight of the Conchords) and in voice (Bob’s Burgers, Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Mirman is currently shooting his very own show, and will also soon be seen taking down The Dictator in Larry Charles and Sacha Baron-Cohen’s latest collaboration next year.

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