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The Hand of God

Paolo Sorrentino’s autobiographical new film reviewed by Gustav Temple. Diego Maradona appears in Paolo Sorrentino’s earlier film Youth, in which the bloated, ageing footballer is still viewed with awe by those who glimpse him at the gates of the Swiss sanatorium where he’s staying. His presence in Sorrentino’s latest, The Hand of God, is less… … Keep Reading

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CHAP Winter 21

The new edition sets off on a voyage around the globe via the work of Jules Verne. Our main interview is with actor Jason Watkins, who stars in the new BBC adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days, along with David Tennant as Phileas Fogg and Lindsay Duncan as Jane Digby. Jason enthuses about… … Keep Reading

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Last Night in Soho

Gustav Temple reviews Edgar Wright’s new psychological thriller set in the swinging sixties Fans of Edgar Wright’s trilogy of comedies Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and World’s End expecting this film to feature amusing fast-edit shots of Simon Pegg getting drunk and losing his girlfriend will find something rather different. The British director, whose… … Keep Reading

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The New Edition

CHAP Autumn 21 has sparks flying, sea monsters rearing and men lounging about in pyjamas and dressing gowns. CHAP Autumn 21 finally tracked down the Sparks Brothers, while they sashayed about Cannes promoting not one, but two new feature films, Edgar Wrights documentary The Sparks Brothers and Leos Carax’s Annette. Ron and Russell Mael discuss… … Keep Reading

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Josephine Baker

Chris Sullivan traces the sensational career of the dirt poor girl from St Louis who went on to become the reigning queen of 1920s Paris and an international star. The sun was shining as best it could in Paris on the 15th April 1975. 20,000 people had lined the streets to watch Joséphine Baker’s funeral… … Keep Reading

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Bright Young City

Chris Sullivan on how the end of WWI and the Spanish Flu pandemic brought about the birth of nightclub culture in 1920s London. The nightclub ethos as we now perceive it, with bars and dance floors on which men and women actually dance together, began in the 1920s. Before the era, aptly named the Jazz… … Keep Reading

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Gustav Temple meets the man declared by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s greatest explorer, to discuss climbing Everest and the Eiger while suffering from vertigo, discovering the Lost City of Ubar, being kicked out of the SAS for blowing up civilian property and using a sextant to navigate at the South Pole.… … Keep Reading

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RIP Helen McCrory

As a tribute to the late actress, who died aged 52 on 16th April, Gustav Temple recalls an inspiring encounter with Helen McCrory in 2019, on the eve of Series 5 of Peaky Blinders. I interviewed Helen McCrory when the fifth season of Peaky Blinders was about to air in 2019. From such a huge… … Keep Reading

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The King of Spin

With the sad loss of The Duke of Edinburgh also comes the loss of one of our finest cricketing royals. Steve Pittard salutes Prince Philip’s marvellous contribution to the princely pastime. The Corfu Compton first gave notice of his sporting prowess at Cheam prep school. The blue-blooded biffer – ‘highly unsympathetic to stonewalling’ – crashed… … Keep Reading

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Sir Richard Burton

On the bicentenary of Sir Richard Francis Burton’s birth, Chris Sullivan gallops through the extraordinary life of the notorious explorer, soldier, translator, writer, cartographer, orientalist, ethnologist, spy, diplomat, poet, geographer, expert fencer and sex obsessive. Can you imagine that, in the not too distant past, a thoroughgoing rogue might stand up in his club in the Haymarket… … Keep Reading

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How To Read Patricia Highsmith

In the centenary of her birth, Gustav Temple provides a top five reading list for Patricia Highsmith, plus a reader advisory warning. This year marks the centenary of the birth of Patricia Highsmith, born on 19th January, 1921 in Fort Worth, Texas. It is impossible to guess how she would have reacted to recent political… … Keep Reading

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