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Stan today announced that every episode of It’s A Sin, the brand new 5-part drama series from award-winning writer, Russell T. Davies, will premiere 23 January, same day as the U.K. and only on Stan. 

Set in the 1980s, It’s A Sin stars Olly AlexanderNeil Patrick Harris and Stephen Fry and explores the lives of Ritchie (Alexander), Roscoe (Omari Douglas) and Colin (Callum Scott Howells) as they embark on a new life in London at the beginning of the decade. Strangers at first, these young gay lads, and their best friend Jill (Lydia West), find themselves thrown together, and soon share each other’s adventures. But a new virus is on the rise, and soon their lives will be tested in ways they never imagined. As the decade passes, and they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, they’re determined to live and love more fiercely than ever.

It’s A Sin stars a cast of established and rising talentled by Olly Alexander (Skins, God Help the GirlPenny Dreadful) including Neil Patrick Harris (Series of Unfortunate Events, How I Met Your Mother), Stephen Fry (Wilde, Gosford Park, Bones), Lydia West (Years and Years), Keeley Hawes (HonourBodyguard, The Durrells, Line of Duty), Shaun Dooley (Gentleman Jack, Broadchurch, Woman in Black), Omari Douglas (Wise Children) and Tracy-Ann Oberman (Friday Night Dinner, Toast of London, After Life). The series also sees television acting debuts for exciting new talent Nathaniel Curtis and Callum Scott Howells.

Produced by Red Productions, the series is written and executive produced by Primetime Emmy Nominated Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk, A Very English Scandal, Years and Years), with Red Production’s Nicola Shindler (Happy Valley, Traces) also executive producing.

All episodes of It’s A Sin premiere 23 January, only on Stan.

Le Week-End

Summary: Nick and Meg, a British couple celebrate their thirtieth wedding anniversary with a weekend getaway in Paris. As they travel around the city, they revisit the highs and lows of their relationship, fight about their faults, and continue to run out of restaurants without paying the bill. They meet up with an old colleague of Nick’s and attend a dinner party at his house, leading to some painful truths being spoken aloud.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th February, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK

Director: Roger Michell

Screenwriter: Hanif Kureishi

Cast: Olly Alexander (Michael), Marie-France Alvarez (Victoire La Chapell), Brice Beaugier (Robert), Jim Broadbent (Nick), Xavier De Guillebon (Jean-Pierre Degremont), Lindsay Duncan (Meg), Jeff Goldblum (Morgan), Charlotte Leo (Dominique Ertel), Lee Michelsen (Harry Rose), Denis Sebbah (Christopher Aragues), Sebastien Siroux (Valentin Lefevre)

Runtime: 93 mins



David Griffiths:

At a quick glance Le Week-End could easily be written off as a film that is meant for the older set, but director Roger Michell (most noted for Notting Hill) instead makes this a film with a really strong message for anyone fascinated with love.

Written by Hanif Kureishi Le Week-End sees an aging couple, made up of the seemingly lost teacher Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and the all-at-sea Nick (Jim Broadbent). Nick has decided to take Meg to Paris for a weekend where he hopes their marriage of thirty years can have some new life pumped into it, and during which time he can pluck up the courage to tell her that he has been recently fired from his job as an university lecturer for making an inappropriate comment to a student.

Their time in France however isn’t exactly what Nick had in mind. First Meg is not happy with where they are staying and then it becomes painfully obvious that Jim can’t do or say anything right in Meg’s eyes. Just to top it off they couple soon find themselves experiencing money problems and just as some home truths are being laid down on the line they run into Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum).

As a film Le Week-End seems to be all over the place… but in a good way. It seems that Roger Michell has the uncanny ability to mash his genres so well the audience never really knows what is coming next. The film reaches high tensions of drama as accusations of adultery are flung around, while at other times the film hits the comedy spots as a nervous Meg tries to run out on a restaurant bill that she can’t afford.

Likewise this is a film that at times will make its audience feel uncomfortable. The Meg/Nick relationship often leaves the audience feeling claustrophobic and ill at ease as you are trapped watching a car crash getting worse right in front of you. Then there are the other times of uncomfortableness as frank scenes of a sexual nature play out in front of you, including one where Meg has Nick on all fours acting like a dog who is desperate for just one sniff of her… privates.

The film’s up and down nature is also on show by the fact that the audience is often left drowning in moments of emotional suspense but then left out to dry by an over long dinner party towards the film’s finale.

What brings even more emotion to Le Week-End are the strong performances by the key cast. Lindsay Duncan portrays the fragile and cold Meg with complete ease while Jim Broadbent again puts on an acting master class as he portrays Nick as a conflicted yet interesting character that the audience can’t help but feel for. Then there is Jeff Goldblum who isn’t called upon to do much but does deliver a smarmy presence when he really needs to.

Le Week-End does throw up some challenges for its audience but it is well worth a look if you like a good emotionally fuelled drama.


Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Le Week-End (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Le-Weekend′: Nil.


Cheerful Weather For The Wedding

Summary: Based on the acclaimed novel by Julia Strachey, CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING follows a young woman who frets upstairs in her family’s country manor on her wedding day, fearful she’s about to marry the wrong man. Downstairs, both her fiancé and her former lover grow increasingly anxious.

On a crisp March morning in 1932, bride-to-be Dolly (Felicity Jones) is hiding in her bedroom daydreaming of the whimsical summer before, helped along by an ample jug of rum. Long-lost cousins and quirky aunts are arriving to the house every hour, and the downstairs living rooms are buzzing with speculation about the bride’s whereabouts. Exasperated by her daughter’s absence, Dolly’s scatter-brained mother Hetty (Elizabeth McGovern), is at her wit’s end, scurrying around the house trying to quell the relatives’ suspicions. Hetty has perfected all of the day’s arrangements, but her plans can’t prepare everyone for the arrival of Dolly’s unpredictable former lover, Joseph (Luke Treadaway).

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 18th April, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK

Director: Donald Rice

Screenwriter: Mary Henely-Magill, Donald Rice

Cast: Olly Alexander (Tom), Kenneth Collard (Whitstable), Camilla Corbett (Alice), Mackenzie Crook (David Dakin), Paola Dionisotti (Mrs. Whitstable), Barbara Flynn (Aunt Bella), Oliver Gilbert (George), Ben Greaves-Neil (Jimmy Dakin), Joanna Hole (Miss Spoon), Felicity Jones (Dolly Thatcham), Ellie Kendrick (Kitty Thatcham), Elizabeth McGovern (Mrs. Thatcham), James Norton (Owen), Edward Saxby (Tony Bigham), Jonathan Saxby (Tiger Bigham), John Standing (Horace Spigott), Sophie Stanton (Millman), Zoe Tapper (Evelyn Graham), Eva Traynor (Annie), Luke Treadaway (Joseph Patten), Julian Wadham (Uncle Bob), Luke Ward-Wilkinson (Robert), Elizabeth Webster (Betty), Fenella Woolgar (Nancy Dakin)

Runtime: 92 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘Cheerful Weather For The Wedding’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Cheerful Weather For The Wedding’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Cheerful Weather For The Wedding′: Check Episode #28 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Cheerful Weather For The Wedding’.

Rating: 2/5

IMDB Rating:Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012) on IMDb

Great Expectations
Summary: Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens novel by Dave Nicholls (One Day) and directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) is Great Expectations. The story of a humble orphan, Pip (Jeremy Irvine, War Horse), who suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA/UK

Director: Mike Newell

Screenwriter: David Nicholls, Charles Dickens (book)

Cast: Matt Abercromby (Finch), Olly Alexander (Herbert Pocket), Helena Barlow (Young Estella), Ewen Bremner (Wemmick), Nellie Burroughes (Mrs. Compeyson), Charlie Callaghan (Young Herbert Pocket), Helena Bonham Carter (Miss Havisham), Bebe Cave (Young Biddy), Jessie Cave (Biddy), Robbie Coltrane (Mr. Jaggers), William Ellis (Compeyson), Ralph Fiennes (Magwitch), Jason Flemyng (Joe Gargery), Tim Freeman (Mr. Wopsle), Holliday Grainger (Estella), Sally Hawkins (Mrs. Joe), Jeremy Irvine (Pip), Toby Irvine (Young Pip), Richard James (Cousin Raymond), Joe Jameson (Startop), Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Bentley Drummle), Kate Lock (Camilla Pocket), Tom Machell (Finch), Tamzin Outhwaite (Molly), Sophie Rundle (Clara), David Walliams (Uncle Pumblechook), Daniel Weyman (Arthur Havisham), Charles L. Whitworth (Mrs. Raymond)

Runtime: 129 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘Great Expectations’ Review: 

It’s funny how many films get made that it seems don’t really need to have been made. Take a look at the new adaption of ‘Great Expectations’, why did director Mike Newell (‘Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time’, ‘Love In The Time Of Cholera’) really have to make another modern version. After all the original 1946 version was a cinematic masterpiece and there has already been a modern remake, one that starred Ethan Hawke and Gwenyth Paltrow and surfaced in 1998.

Still Newell got the funding to once again bring Charles Dickens’ work to the big screen and while he doesn’t exactly do anything new with his version if you have never seen the story before you will still marvel at its twists and turns.

For those who haven’t seen the previous adaptations of Charles Dickens classic novel, the film is about a young boy named Pip (Toby Irvine – newcomer/Jeremy Irvine – ‘Now Is Good’, ‘War Horse) who out of the kindness of his heart one day helps an escaped convict called Magwitch (Ralph Fiennes – ‘Skyfall’, ‘Wrath Of The Titans’). While Pip tries to keep the news from his guardian, Joe (Jason Flemyng – ‘Black Mirror’, ‘I Give It A Year’) the news does eventually leak out and Magwitch is returned to prison.

Pip’s life then dramatically changes when he is the young boy that is selected by the extremely wealthy (but also very strange) Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter – ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Dark Shadows’) to play with Estella (Helena Barlow – ‘Horrid Henry: The Movie’, ‘Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2’/Holliday Grainger – ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Bel Ami’) while she watches. Pip quickly develops a crush on Estella and is heart broken when he is sent away from the mansion he comes to love.

When Pip is older his life again changes when a lawyer, Mr Jaggers (Robbie Coltrane – ‘Brave’, TV’S ‘The Comic Strip Presents…’) turns up and tells Pip that he has been left a decent sum of people. Pip chooses to leave Joe and moves to London where he joins the elite, crosses paths with Estella again  all while uncovering more and more secrets every single day.

Maybe the fact that Newell doesn’t do anything to change the story at all is a good thing, after all remember the mess of the modern version of ‘Jane Eyre’ that surfaced recently, proof that modern remakes can really wreck even a classic tale. While Newell’s version of ‘Great Expectations’ does nothing new at least it once again proves the skills that Dickens had as a writer.

One thing that does work with this film is the acting. While Holliday Grainger and Jeremy Irvine live up to their ‘exciting new talent’ tags the usual suspects like Robbie Coltrane and Ralph Fiennes again deliver faultless performances. However the star here is Helena Bonham Carter who really makes the character of Miss Havisham warped and mysterious… this is clearly one of Carter’s best performances to date.

If you’ve seen the other versions of ‘Great Expectations’ than you may want to save your money and sit this one out, but if you’re a newbie to the story then this is a great place to start.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Great Expectations′: Check Episode #23 (available 8th March) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Great Expectations’. Please also check Dave Griffiths’s review of ‘Great Expectations’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating:Great Expectations (2012) on IMDb