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Watch: Flawless

Outside of Leicester, the city is not hugely known for its cultural offerings

It often gets overlooked for some of the bigger cities, and it doesn’t help the situation that, as a people,us East Midlanders aren’t always that great at showing off our assets

But there’s so much artistic talent in the LE postcode – and here’s a fantastic example of it

Flawless was directed and edited by Leicester filmmaker Keith Allott, supported by a talented cast and crew from Leicester, and shot in location… in Leicester

The short has featured in no less than 23 film festivals, from Singapore to Switzerland

But more importantly, since Saturday it’s been available to watch online

I’ll say no more, just enjoy



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Something for Sunday

Short film: I came across this short doc this week, about the artist Michael Paul Smith who creates detailed vintage-styled scenes of a fictional town from miniature models them and photographs the results. It’s a lovely story and fascinating to see the minute attention he pays to his designs

Instagram: Just started following SymmetryBreakfast today and I’m already obsessed. Although, I can’t help thinking you miss out by having the same thing while eating out – I suppose at least you won’t have food envy

Cinema: There’s a reason that critics have been going crazy over Whiplash – it’s just so brilliant. Great acting, great soundtrack, great cinematography – all building up to the last incredible scene – I wanted to instantly re-wind and watch it all again. Catch it in cinemas while you can!

Radio: I’ve been catching up on some podcasts recently, including 99% Invisible episode ‘Three Records From Sundown’- which is a must for anyone who loves singer-songwriter Nick Drake (or a great introduction for those who don’t know who he is!). Not only is it interesting, but it’s a beautifully crafted documentary. You can hear the podcast and read more about it here

Also check out This American Life episode ‘If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS’ – which starts with a gripping exchange between writer Lindy West and the one troll who has every apologised for targetting her online. Lindy also wrote about the experience in the Guardian this week

What recommendations do you have from the past week?

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Watch: Frankenstein

I’ve just got back from the cinema, where I watched the most amazing theatre production

Odd sentence?

Every year the National Theatre organise a series of productions to be streamed live from the stage to hundreds of cinema screens around the world

Last year, one of their most successful productions was Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein

So popular in fact, that they’ve decided to tease ahead to the new NT Live season by screening the recordings of the show again…

For anyone who’s ever read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, you’ll know how bound the title character is with his “monster”

To emphasise this, throughout the run of the production the two lead actors – Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller – swapped roles on alternate nights

Last year I saw the live stream of the show at Broadway in Nottingham – with Cumberbatch as Frankenstein and Miller as the creature

I was completely won over by the incredible scenery (the lights hanging above the are just something else), costumes, script – everything was completely captivating

And the acting from the leads was just so brilliant I thought they were made for the roles

That’s why I was very interested to see them in the alternate roles – and was so happy to secure a ticket to see the appropriate encore at Phoenix Square in Leicester this evening (every seat was full!)

And my verdict? AMAZING

I urge you to catch the encores while and if you can

My only regret is not having seen the production in an actual theatre too!

(The trailer does NOT do it justice – but I needed something to break up the stream of consciousness!)

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