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Fenton is an occasional writer and journalist. He primarily writes on film and culture. His articles range from film reviews, to coverage of literary festivals and even comic book history.

The Lady in the Van: A difficult woman…

Comforting Sunday afternoon viewing with a whiff of intellectualism, The Lady in the Van is a satisfying little film with a quasi-biographical bent about Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) and his bizarre squatter-come-neighbour. The… forceful Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith) rolls onto ...

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Thought Bubble 2015

Leeds is host to one of my preferred geek havens of the year, the Thought Bubble comic convention. Encamped at the Royal Armouries (free entry all year round, lots of weapons and armour, good enough to recommend on its own!), ...

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Measure for Measure

It’s always a pleasure to see one of the less popular Shakespeare plays. Not to besmirch any worthy productions, but we tend to get rounds of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Midsummer Night’s Dream in gluts. There are so many ...

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Suffragette: Votes for Women!

I feel in many ways 2015 is a fortuitous year for feminist cinema. We have finally got a major release with mass appeal that has no qualms about showing its support for female liberation and equality which also stands as ...

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Pan: Bad Form

This might be incredibly bad form for a critic, but I’d be lying if I claimed that unlike everyone else, I could enter a film without some preconception of its quality and content. Of course, the ideal is to go ...

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The Cheltenham Literature Festival: Part 2

Following on from yesterday, here’s a further breakdown of some more of the events at one of the year’s biggest literary celebrations: Julian Barnes The Man-Booker winner was talking about his latest piece of non-fiction, Keeping An Eye Open: Essays ...

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