‘The Sound of Music’ ( 1965 )

April 25, 2015 admin 12

Enough has been written down the decades about this iconic musical to last a lifetime. I thought it might be interesting, instead, to find out what has happened to the cast members in the interim. Here is a brief rundown on the major players. Where possible I have included pictures […]

Ben-Hur ( 1959 ) – why 11 Oscars?

April 12, 2015 admin 0

  Every so often a movie comes along that has the Hollywood crowd and the critics tripping over one other in their eagerness to shower it with honours. William Wyler’s 1959 epic Ben-Hur is one such picture. It was nominated for twelve Oscars and won an unprecedented eleven. Only Karl […]

Jaws ( 1975 )

March 17, 2015 admin 8

  Peter Benchley wrote Jaws after reading about the great New Jersey shark scare of 1916. The grand-son of Hollywood wit Robert Benchley, he even scored a cameo in the movie playing the reporter on the beach. He strongly resented the finale planned for the picture, so strongly in fact […]

Goldfinger ( 1964 ) – a stupid movie?

March 9, 2015 admin 10

Goldfinger (1964) was the third of the James Bond franchise offerings, and it was released at the height of Bond fever that seemed to grip movie-goers world-wide. It all began back in 1962 with Dr No, the picture that not only launched Sean Connery on the unsuspecting women of the […]

Balibo ( 2009 ) – Australia’s shame?

March 8, 2015 admin 0

    In 1975, five Australian based members of a news crew went missing during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. The group consisted of two Australians, two Britons and a New Zealander. This film focuses on a sixth Australian journalist, Roger East, who went to the highly dangerous area […]

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

February 20, 2015 admin 0

  The sonnet Will Shakespeare writes for Viola that begins: ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ is number 18 in the 1609 collection. Sonnets 1-126, including this one, were all written for a male friend of Bill’s, either for Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton or for William […]

Thirteen Days (2001)

February 13, 2015 admin 1

Sorry, no result found for this reference   It is common knowledge that Richard Nixon taped conversations he had in the Oval Office, but he was not the first president to do so. Much of the dialogue in this film comes from tapes that JFK recorded in that very same […]

Accused, The (1988)

February 4, 2015 admin 0

ACCUSED, THE (1988)     This film centres on the pack rape of 21 year-old Cheryl Araujo in Big Dan’s Tavern in New Bedford, Massachusetts in March 1983. The case achieved national prominence when six accused young men went on trial. What made the case grab the headlines, however, was […]

A Cry In The Dark (1988)

February 4, 2015 admin 0

A CRY IN THE DARK (1988) This film, starring Meryl Streep, tells the story of a bizarre real-life tragedy that transpired near Ayers Rock (now called Uluru) in central Australia on 17 August 1980. On that day a ten weeks old baby named Azaria Chamberlain was taken from the family’s […]