Cineworld Glasgow, 29.04.11 Based on true events leading up to the end of the Cold War, Farewell follows the story of Colonel Sergei Gregoriev (Emir Kusturica), a Soviet in Moscow, who begins supplying information to the West, using Pierre Froment  (Guillaume Canet), a French engineer, to smuggle out secret Soviet intelligence and crucially a list of high-ranking Soviet spies working in the … Continue reading FAREWELL / L’AFFAIRE FAREWELL


RENOIR, MY FATHER Jean Renoir A biography of the Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste Renoir, by his son, the French film director, Jean. In principle, this is a simple book.  A fond, often sentimental, look back at the life one of the great artists of the late 19th, and early 20th, centuries, as remembered by his middle … Continue reading RENOIR, MY FATHER


The Defence of the Realm: The Authorised History of MI5 Christopher Andrew MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949 Keith Jeffrey To mark the centenary of the creation of both the British Security Service and Secret Service (they both started as one organisation before evolving into the two separate  organisations early on), both MI5 and MI6 opened … Continue reading BRITAIN’S SECRET HISTORY


Glasgow Film Theatre, 17.04.11 A big hit in France last year, it says a lot about the attitude of UK multiplex chains, and the disinterest of the British audience for foreign language films that in Glasgow Little White Lies is not showing in the city's 18-screen multiplex, whose screens are occupied with multiple showings of the Easter holiday, kid-friendly … Continue reading LITTLE WHITE LIES


Glasgow Film Theatre, 15.04.11 The people at Soda Pictures, the film distribution company responsible for this month's release of Kelly Reichardt's revisionist Western, Meek's Cutoff, know how to win me over.  Through the medium of Twitter they ran a competition to coincide with the release, offering followers the chance to win Reichardt's previous two films, Old Joy … Continue reading MEEK’S CUTOFF