Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Finding Dory film review

IMB says: The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

In this Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, Wall-E) and Angus MacLane (Monsters Inc., The Incredibles) written and directed film, also Victoria Strouse (New Best Friend, Overnight) and Bob Peterson (Up, The Good Dinosaur) with writing credits, starring the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen, Finding Nemo) as Dory, Albert Brooks (Finding Nemo, Taxi Driver) as Marlin and Hayden Rolence (Beta Persai, Disney Infinity 3.0) as Nemo, along with new characters including Hank (Ed O'Neill: Married with Children, The Bone Collector), Destiny (Kaitlin Olson: The Heat, Leap Year) and Bailey (Ty Burrell: The Incredible Hulk, Dawn of the Dead).

Before the main feature there is an adorable short called Piper in which a young bird is encouraged to find food itself for the first time, only to be scared by the sea.  The animation is more hyper-real than that used in Finding Dory and this helps to draw you in to the action despite the lack of talking.  For a six-minute film, it is really powerful an enjoyable.


Thirteen years in arriving, the sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory joins the fish over a year after the original movie with Dory having the lead in travelling the ocean to find her parents.  The film was inspired by a line she says in the original, 'I have short term memory loss, it runs in my family, at least I think it does,' and she begins to remember when helping teach a class with Mr Ray (voiced by Bob Peterson).

Journeying through the ocean the trio meet up with a few old favourites including Crush and Squirt but they get separated and Dory is 'rescued' by workers at The Heart of Morro Bay Marine Life Centre, so Marlin and Nemo have to find a way to get in with the help of Fluke (Idris Elba: Thor, Pacific Rim) and Rudder (Dominic West: 300, Chicago).  Dory meanwhile is being helped by a grumpy octopus, Hank, who is going to find her parents in exchange for getting a tag which will access his ticket out of the Centre.

Her memories flow thick and fast the further in to the Centre she gets and certain words trigger the answers she is so desperate for. Aided by a whale shark and a beluga, she finds out where she can find her parents, Jenny (Diane Keaton: Father of the Bride, The Godfather) and Charlie (Eugene Levy: American Pie, Cheaper by the Dozen 2).

Although many filmgoers would say that a sequel was not needed after such a classic, but Toy Story paved the way to show us that it can be done, it is a good movie. The ending is outrageous, but you have already suspended belief well before then so it doesn't seem to matter.

Wait for the end credit scene though to find out what happened to the 'tank gang' from Finding Nemo.

Tagline: She just kept swimming....                                          8/10

Trivia: Hayden Rolence replaces Alexander Gould as the voice of Nemo, due to having outgrown his original role since Finding Nemo (2003), though Gould does have a Cameo as Passenger Carl. Finding Dory (2016) was first announced by Ellen DeGeneres, who voices Dory, on her talk show following a long campaign for a sequel. Hank has only seven tentacles because the animators realised they could not fit eight onto his body, so his backstory was rewritten to account for the missing limb.

#FindingDory  #EllenDeGeneres

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Coming soon to Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

There are several live performances coming up at Theatre in the Mill in September, details below:

Coming up in September at Theatre in the Mill -  a live performance featuring dance, film, music and new technology, comedy workshops, a performance about bravery & risking it all from Rachael Young + dance from Ieva Kuniskis

Coming soon to Theatre in the Mill:

Intense Attachment

Wayne Sables Project

Friday 9th and Saturday 10th September - 5.00pm and 8.00pm
A live performance featuring dance, film, music and new technology.
The link between parent and child is one of the most complex and challenging relationships any of us will ever encounter.
International Dance Theatre and Film Company, Wayne Sables Project has been in residence at Theatre in the Mill and invites people from all walks of life to become silent witnesses to a deeply personal journey that exposes Wayne’s own experience of becoming a parent.
It’s an unforgettable, moving and meaningful site-responsive performance where dance, film, music and new technology collide to uncover the joys and difficulties parents can experience when forming an intimate bond and intense attachment with their unborn child.
‘The entire experience was out of this world…amazing!’ audience member
They Live Next Door (work in progress) - Ieva Kuniskis
Thursday 29th September, 7.30pm
A physical theatre piece for two mature male dancers accompanied by live music.  They Live Next Door explores how social stereotypes affect our identity and our relationships with each other.

Book now
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Street Voices 6 - Freedom Studios
Do you have something to say?
This free playwriting course is an opportunity for writers at the beginning of their careers to develop their talent, learn how to write a script and make their voices heard. Street Voices 6 is an opportunity to say it the way you see it, without borders, without fear and without compromise.

Deadline: Thurs 8th September 2016 at 5pm. Read more.

THESMO - women only comedy workshops

Natalie Diddams

Saturday 10 Sept, Saturday 17 Sept, Saturday 24 Sept, Saturday 1 Oct, 2-4pm
Tickets: Please contact Natalie on or 07800884956 to find out more. 
Led by theatre-maker/comedy-lover/academic Natalie Diddams, this lively and practical series of workshops will unlock your inner Funny Woman! As well as meeting new people and building your confidence as a performer, you will have the chance to discuss the gender politics of comedy (and the comedy of gender politics) in a safe, women-only space.
Women must be over the age of 18. No prior experience or knowledge of comedy necessary.

THESMO - Natalie Diddams (work-in-progress performance).  Saturday 8th October, 7.30pm

I, Myself & Me - Rachael Young

Saturday 17th September, 7.30pm
£10 full/£6 concessions/£4 discounted
Buy online to get cheaper tickets 
Tickets at the discounted rate will be available to buy online until 4pm on the day of the performance.
Rachael spends her days dodging suffocating visions of nuclear families in show homes, whilst trying to ignore the impending doom that she's running out of eggs. Inspired by autobiographical material, I, Myself & Me is a solo show about what it means to be a single woman in her 30s. It’s about loneliness, it's about breaking free of the pressures we put on ourselves, the ones that we’ve been reminded of since birth. It’s about risking it all, it’s about bravery and it’s about just showing up.
 ‘She’s bonkers, but she’s brilliant’ -Hackney Post

Find out more about Rachael and I, Myself & Me in this interview with Leftlion
I, Myself & Me trailer 

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Furnace: Festival 2016 at West Yorkshire Playhouse
Furnace: Festival celebrates the wild, unpredictable process of making new theatre – from the initial creative spark to the finished production.

With Pauline Mayers, Zodwa Nyoni, Manic Chord Theatre and more
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Monday, 29 August 2016

SCBWI Book Blast - October 10 to November 18 2016

For those of my followers who have had their children's or YA book published, SCBWI Book Blast is coming, and you can start customising your own page from 1 September, details below:

Coming Soon: BOOK BLAST 
October 10-November 18, 2016
SCBWI Book Launch Parties are back with a new name and they're better than ever. If you've had a book published in 2016, you are invited to participate in our all-new Book Blast.
The Book Blast is open to all SCBWI members with a book out during this calendar year. You can customize your promotional page to tell the unique story about your book. 
Create your own world to showcase your book using your words and visuals. Last year, over 50,000 page views proved book lovers and buyers were captivated by the hundreds of pages of picture books, YA novels, middle grade, and nonfiction books.  This year we're predicting an even greater turnout. The Book Blast will run 6-weeks, from October 10 to November 18, and will be supported by marketing programs including incentives to page visitors, paid advertising, social media outreach and widespread publicity.
Don't miss out on this chance to make your book shine!
Book Blast is one way SCBWI is boosting the sales and visibility of our members' work. Join in and participate in the success of our whole community.
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