Film review: THE TRIP TO ITALY, from Built For Speed

The Trip was one of recent cinema and television’s comic highlights. Beginning as a TV show it featured comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing themselves in a semi-fictionalised scenario as they toured England’s Lake District sampling its food and culture.  The TV series and its compressed cinema version mixed foodie lifestyle show with the two leads’ wonderfully acerbic but

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Film review: PHILOMENA, from Built For Speed

Philomena, starring Dame Judy Dench and Steve Coogan is an unashamed tear-jerker but an extremely affecting one.  The film, based on an article by British journalist and former political spin-doctor Martin Sixsmith, tells of elderly Irish woman, Philomena Lee’s quest to find the son taken from her 50 years earlier.   While a teenager in the early 1960’s, Philomena gave birth

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