Miles Fielder

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Alan Moore - Nemo: The Rose of Berlin / The Bojeffries Saga

5 Mar 20144 stars

Two new collections of the revered graphic novelist's witty, anarchic and heavily intertextual works

Nemo: The Roses of Berlin (Top Shelf/Knockabout) ●●●● is the second spin-off from the pages of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's highly literary, dazzlingly intertextual comic romp The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, once again featuring steam-punk…

Dead of Night

24 Feb 20145 stars

The 1945 Ealing portmanteau horror is by turns eerie, funny, macabre and utterly chilling

One of the finest horror films ever made and one of the best British films of all time? Grand claims, but this 1945 portmanteau film (here restored for re-release) produced by Ealing Studios and featuring some of their most talented regulars stands the…

The Night of the Hunter

16 Jan 20145 stars

Charles Laughton's masterpiece remains both gloriously cinematic and utterly terrifying

Masterpiece is a much overused term, but The Night of the Hunter, a 1955 thriller now restored and re-released, genuinely deserves that accolade. Adapted from Davis Grubb’s 1953 novel (itself based on a true story from 20 years earlier) by screenwriter…

Hot 100 2013: 100-90

11 Dec 2013

Kieran Hurley, Fern Brady and Peter Doig among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 79-70

11 Dec 2013

Peggy Hughes, Freya Mavor and Dominic Hill among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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Interview: Patti Lomax and Frank Cottrell Boyce on The Railway Man

9 Dec 2013

The film stars Colin Firth as Eric Lomax, a POW forced to work on the Burma 'Death' Railway in WWII

'Did you know that Eric used to work here?' says Eric Lomax's widow, Patti. We're sitting in Creative Scotland's swish office suite at Waverley Gate, Edinburgh, also home to executive giants Microsoft and Amazon. Eric Lomax, who was born in Edinburgh in…

The Railway Man

9 Dec 20133 stars

Colin Firth excels in this biopic of Eric Lomax, a POW forced to work on the Burma 'Death' Railway

Adapted from Edinburgh-born World War II veteran Eric Lomax’s 1995 memoir, The Railway Man recounts Lomax’s experiences as one of the prisoners of war forced by the Japanese to construct the Burma ‘Death’ Railway in the jungle of Thailand. Lomax’s…

Utopia

12 Nov 20134 stars

Provocative documentary from John Pilger about the treatment of Australia's aboriginal people

There's much that's truly shocking in John Pilger's ironically-titled documentary about the plight of Australia's aboriginal or 'First People' population. There's the shamefully abusive treatment while in police custody of one young man that lead to him…

French Film Festival 2013 celebrates work by Daniel Auteuil, Bruni Dumont and Costa Gravas

6 Nov 2013

Juliette Binoche, Gérard Depardieu, Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou star in this year's selection

'After the previous box office highs of The Artist and The Intouchables,' says French Film Festival UK director Richard Mowe, 'le cinéma français shows no signs of resting on its laurels and as usual we have been spoiled for choice.’ The lineup for…

Hawking

16 Sep 20132 stars

A dull account of Stephen Hawking's life and achievements from documentarian Stephen Finnigan

There’s no denying that Stephen Hawking’s astounding scientific discoveries have made him the world’s most famous scientist and that his life-long struggle with Motor Neurone Disease made him one of the most remarkable and inspiring people on the…

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Borrowed Time

6 Sep 20134 stars

A low-key British comedy-drama with witty script, smart direction and spot-on performances

There’s nothing flashy about this low-budget, low-key British comedy-drama, but it’s an absolute delight thanks to a warm and witty script, smart, no-nonsense direction and spot-on – and occasionally priceless – turns from a cast comprised largely of…

Breaker

30 Aug 20134 stars

Spellbinding dark drama

This intense and emotionally charged two-hander really packs a dramatic punch. Set on a remote Scottish island, it turns on an encounter between a bewildered young man named Daniel (who has made the long journey from the mainland looking for answers to…

Kubrick3

22 Aug 20134 stars

Being Stanley Kubrick, the story of Alan Conway

During the early 1990s, a failed North London travel agent named Alan Conway successfully passed himself off as the famous filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. Despite looking nothing like the legendary director, Conway ‘conned’ several dozen people and…

Jigsaw - Jiggle It

22 Aug 20134 stars

A tight little sketchy bundle

From their entrance – charging onto the stage pursued by an unseen threat – to their exit 50 minutes later, Dan Antopolski, Tom Craine and Nat Luurtsema barely pause to catch breath while delivering a rapid-fire series of sketches that consistently hit…

The Tiger Lillies

21 Aug 20134 stars

The 'Brechtian punk cabaret' godfathers show no signs of slowing or losing their wild creative edge

Despite the exploding popularity of cabaret at the Fringe (and beyond), this London trio remains the high watermark below which all others will inevitably sink and drown. Now in their 14th year, and widely considered as godfathers of the genre known as…

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Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model

21 Aug 20133 stars

Bryony Kimmings and her neice Taylor set out to create worthwhile popstar Catherine Bennett

Self-professed self-obsessed performance artist Bryony Kimmings set herself a tricky task when, while looking after her nine-year-old niece, she decided to design a show around her. Actually, what Kimmings and her niece, Taylor, did was create a…

Mark Restuccia: The Diary Of A Serial Internet Dater

20 Aug 20131 star

Comedian's badly written and dreadfully delivered drivel on internet dating failures

Mark Restuccia’s show from last year was titled How to Succeed at Internet Dating and his follow-up might properly be (though isn’t) called How to Fail at Internet Dating. Having met upwards of 1500 women online, the comic found himself shut out of…

Plein Soleil

16 Aug 20135 stars

Career defining masterpiece from the French Hitchcock René Clément

Patricia Highsmith was spot in when she remarked René Clément’s 1960 adaptation of her novel The Talented Mr Ripley was, ‘very beautiful to the eye and interesting for the intellect’. Filmed on location in Rome, Naples and islands off the Italian…

Shelby Bond

16 Aug 20133 stars

Easy-going, affable and inclusive stage persona is a late-night hit

Given he’s got a late night spot in a dingy subterranean room in a city centre drinking hole, one assumes this American stand-up will be loud and brash and foul-mouthed enough to deal with anything a difficult, drunk nocturnal crowd will throw at him.

Micheal Che: Cartoon Violence

16 Aug 20134 stars

The New York comic shows skill at delivering solid material in front of a tough crowd

At the end, this tough, young, sharp comic who came up from New York City’s projects apologises for it being a ‘strange show’. Michael Che is referring to the row of humourless hecklers in the front who piped up intermittently, occasionally in a…

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Shit-faced Shakespeare

16 Aug 20133 stars

Enjoyable contrast between robustly delivered performance and cackhandedly mangled drama

Of all the comedy twists the works of the Bard have been given over the years, this inspired one is a potentially perfect fit for a late night at the Fringe. The idea is simple: a Shakespeare play is staged in an entirely serious manner by the cast…

John Lloyd: Liff of QI

14 Aug 20134 stars

Expert raconteur wields his massive brain

The veteran writer, director, performer, producer and founder of classic television comedy including Not the Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder, Spitting Image and QI looks back over the highlights of his extremely impressive career. Alongside Douglas Adams…

Colin Geddis

13 Aug 20133 stars

Northern Irish comic expands on I Am Fighter YouTube clips with well-delivered filthy material

Having secured enough hits with his online show I Am Fighter to be able to claim himself to be something of an internet sensation, the Northern Irish comic has come to the Fringe to mix his video material with some old school stand up. Geddis…

Brett Goldstein

13 Aug 20133 stars

Decent material and delivery in lively and likeable comic's rant against porn

The subtitle of the lively, likeable London-based comic’s show, Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature, alludes to both its theme (pornography) and its content (monologues about shagging). Goldstein’s thesis is porn, primarily internet-based material, is…

The Les Clöchards: The Boys are Back in Town

9 Aug 20133 stars

Scrappy Corsican covers band

The hobo-styled five-piece from a small island off the coast of Corsica make a return trip to the Fringe with another energetically performed set of upbeat acoustic rock. There’s a touch of The Pogues in Les Clochards’ punk posturing and folk styling…