Life begins at 60?
Since I retired I have become a writer, flower arranger,judge for Yorkshire in Bloom assisted in and presented on a local radio station, volunteer on an allotment for adults with disabilities and help to run a social enterprise with profits going to mental health charities etc etc
I live in West Yorkshire and spend much of the summer at the Yorkshire coast.
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Last month I was fortunate enough to see
some good films rather than having to cherry pick from the usual blockbusters.Next year I shall definitely clear my diary
for local film festivals.I give brief descriptions
of each below but, as I don’t like to know much about a film before I see it, I
have kept story and plot to a minimum.
Daniel Blake (2016)
Directed and written by Ken Loach,
starring Dave Johns and Hayley Squires
This modern day drama set in Newcastle
shows how people can fall on hard times, through no fault of their own, being
let down by the bureaucracy of the benefit system.
Trying to maintain their dignity, forced
to tick boxes which don’t always apply and a sense of frustration, it made me
realise than anyone could find themselves in a similar situation.This film is the Cathy Come Home of today.
Directed by Sam Blair and Joseph Martin
film tells the story of Hungarian politician Csanád Szegedi, who became
vice-President of Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right party and an MEP.Played by himself, this vocal antisemite and
Holocaust denier then discovers that he is in fact Jewish and his grandmother
survived Auschwitz.We follow him as embarks on his search for
there was a young Hungarian, Jewish student in the audience.She was able to answer our questions and told
us that this story was not unique and that a good proportion of the relatively few
Jews who survived the camps returned to Hungary and preferred to “Keep Quiet
is Harold (2014)
Directed by Gunnar Vikene
tragic-comedy follows the decline of Harold, the furniture shop owner, as an
IKEA store opens opposite his and his journey to Sweden to kidnap the IKEA
founder.The plot contains plenty of
twists and turns.
by: Jim Jarmusch, tarring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
gentle and almost hypnotic story, without an ending as such, revolves around the
man Paterson who lives in Paterson, New Jersey.His humdrum life as a bus driver is only enlivened by his poetry
writing, whereas his eccentric wife is forever dreaming of what might be.
The first two films were thought
provoking, whereas the second two just took me along for the ride.What I liked in all of them was the lack of
pretension of the appearance of both the actors and the sets that are evident
in most of the films from UK and US.We
can watch Disney for perfection and happy endings, if that’s our thing.
I would just like to mention a wonderfully
acted series on TV called Moving On.Easy to miss as they are shown in the
afternoon (I record them), there
have been at least three series and each episode presents a different dilemma,
leaving you wondering how you would have reacted in such a situation.
If I have read a book which is then made
into a film, I have no desire to see it.If it is on the TV, I might dip in out of curiosity to see how the lead
parts have been cast.This reminds me of
the time when I was in a shop and, on spotting the book Pride and Prejudice, a
customer turned to her friend and said “Look, they’ve brought out the book”!