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VANITY FAIR REVIEW

VANITY FAIR ITV
About every ten years an adaptation of VANITY FAIR seems to come along- 1967, 1987, 1998. This latest adaptation is from the producers of Poldark and Victoria. Far from being your usual cosy Sunday costume drama, Vanity Fair is a satire - as Michael Palin’s narrator Thackeray (the novel’s author) says, ‘a world where everyone…
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PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK REVIEW

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK BBC2
More than almost 45 years since it was made, Peter Weir’s adaptation of PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK is still one of the most famous films in Australian cinema. This six-part adaptation of Joan Lindsey’s novel stars Natalie Dormer (best known for playing ill-destined Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones) as widow-turned headmistress Hester Appleyard. It’s…
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800 WORDS REVIEW

800 WORDS
800 Words is categorised as ‘comedy drama’- it’s neither funny enough nor dramatic enough. ‘Lightweight drama’ might be a better description, undemanding entertainment but not unmissable. After the death of his wife, successful journalist George Turner (Erik Thomson) relocates his teenage daughter Shay (Melina Vidler) and son Arlo (Benson Jack Anthony) from Sydney to Weld,…
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THE WOMAN IN WHITE REVIEW

Less than a minute into this adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ novel THE WOMAN IN WHITE, Marion (Jessie Buckley) stares straight at the camera and says: “How is it men crush women time and time again and go unpunished?”. Short of saying ‘Time’s up’, this might have been a 21st century plea. It’s too on-the-nose; seeing…
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