Race Relations: Man Friday (1975)

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The Race Relations feature continues with Jonathon Dabell looking at Man Friday starring Peter O’Toole and Richard Roundtree. Back in 1719, Daniel Defoe wrote his beloved classic Robinson Crusoe, about a shipwrecked sailor surviving for years on an uninhabited island. During the course of his adventures, Crusoe rescues a black native from cannibals and names him Friday (after... Read More

Gather Round The Tele: Jack And The Beanstalk (1952)

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Gather Round The Tele continues with Tim Wickens looking at Jack And The Beanstalk (1952) starring the classic comedy team of Abbott and Costello. In my mind there are films and actors that are must shares with your kids. Actors that are a must for me are the likes of Peter Sellers, Christopher Lee, Sidney Poitier, Marx Brothers, Three Stooges, Charlie Chaplin, and Abbott &... Read More

Race Relations: Rabbit Proof Fence (2002)

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The Race Relations feature continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Rabbit Proof Fence starring Kenneth Branagh, Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury and Laura Monaghan. For our next instalment of Race Relations, we venture across the seas to 1930s Australia and the ‘Stolen Generation’ scandal. These horrific real-life events took place from the early 1900s through to the 1970s. Rabbit... Read More

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture: Open Season (1974)

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This Is Not A Woman’s Picture continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Open Season starring Peter Fonda and John Phillip-Law. In this month’s offering, we take a look at a film which, on the surface, seems to have a number of similarities with Death Weekend (1976) which we tackled in this series a few months back.  Peter Collinson’s Open Season (1974) – based on a novel... Read More

Race Relations: 12 Years A Slave (2013)

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FMV Magazine is proud to launch a new fortnightly feature called Race Relations. Dawn and Jonathon Dabell will look at films where a racial angle provides the key theme. This may be a racial conflict, a study of racism, a story where a character/characters learns tolerance and harmony, or a story where two cultures clash… anything which covers the wider issue of ‘race’. Our... Read More

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture: I Don’t Want To Be Born (1975)

I Don't Want to be Born

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture continues with I Don’t Want to be Born starring Joan Collins and Ralph Bates. This month in my regular feature I discuss a film which takes most pregnant woman’s fear – that something may be wrong with their baby – and exploits it. In this extreme case, the mother-to-be gives birth to an evil child who goes on a killing spree,... Read More

Gather Round The Tele: The Scarecrow Of Romney Marsh (1963)

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Gather Round The Tele continues with Tim Wickens visiting the wonderful world of Walt Disney with The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1963). Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (1954 – 92) first aired it in 3 parts. I remember it from the 70s or 80s airing on The Wonderful World of Disney to which the program later changed its name. Little known by Americans, Patrick McGoohan within... Read More

Film: Why Hollywood Hates Bingo

 I saw The Gambler the other day. It was good in parts, not great, but not a wasted evening either. I would give the film three stars overall and four stars for Jessica Lange’s performance. It got me thinking. There are all sorts of gambling plots in films. From the days of cowboys in poker joints to Casino Royale to all those great Vegas gangster flicks, Hollywood has always... Read More

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture: In The Company Of Men (1997)

In The Company Of Men

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture continues with Dawn Dabell looking at In The Company of Men starring Aaron Eckhart and Stacy Edwards. ***This article contains some spoilers*** At first glance, you may wonder what makes this multi-award winning black comedy/drama suitable for this feature… the film is, after all, about two male co-workers in high powered jobs. But once you learn... Read More

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture: Maniac (1980)

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This Is Not A Woman’s Picture continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Maniac starring Joe Spinnell and Caroline Munro. This month’s offering looks at Maniac (1980) starring Joe Spinnell and Caroline Munro. It’s a film which has a huge cult following, with many of its fans citing it as far more than a just a standard horror/slasher film. Why does Maniac warrant a place in... Read More