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Monday, February 1, 2016

Song of Lunch. Lovely shorter film By Christopher Reid, starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson, includes Guardian review.

A dramatisation of Christopher Reid's narrative poem, telling the story of a book editor who, 15 years after their break-up, meets his former love for a nostalgic lunch at the Soho restaurant they used to frequent. As the wine flows, the couple rake over their failed relationship.

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Role Contributor
He Alan Rickman
She Emma Thompson
Waiter Andi Soric
Waitress Siubhan Harrison
Massimo Joseph Long
Noisy Boy Jamie Baughan
Noisy Boy David Hayler
Debauched Publishing Type James Richard Marshall
Producer Pier Wilkie
Director Niall MacCormick
Author Christopher Reid

A Review of this from The Guardian --

The Song of Lunch
A dramatised narrative poem might sound a bit dull but this one with Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson was wonderful

Let's not do lunch … Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. Photograph: BBC

By Lucy Mangan @LucyMangan

Friday 8 October 2010 17.31 EDT

There are certain phrases that make the spirits of all but the most truly, thoroughly, devotedly highbrow television viewers (and I am not one of the eight left in the country) quail within them. They are "a dramatisation of a narrative poem", "to mark National Poetry Day" and "starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson". They were all deployed in the lead-up to The Song of Lunch.

But, if like me you steeled yourself, searched your soul for parts not yet rendered wholly moribund by a 10-year diet of reality TV and other assorted rubbish, and brought them quivering and blinking into the light, something rather strange happened.

The Song of Lunch – poem by Christopher Reid, direction by Niall MacCormick, brought to fruition against all the odds by the stump of BBC Drama Production – was the story of a man and a woman (played by Rickman and Thompson respectively – it wasn't that artsy-fartsy) who meet for lunch in a Soho restaurant, an old haunt, 15 years after their relationship ended.

She lives a glamorous life in Paris, married to a successful novelist, and is still vibrant, interested in the world and its people. He, on the other hand, has sunk into a melancholy middle age, bored with his publishing job, frustrated with himself and his lack of writing success. They sit across the table, two people in search of a wavelength they once shared but never quite finding it.

And it was wonderful. Every other line of the man's interior monologue – his mineral water's bubbles "mobbing up to greet him", the succour offered by another glass of wine "an insufficient bliss but repeatable later", even the smell of the men's toilets, "that jabbing kidney reek that calls all men brothers" – made you marvel. Rickman was, as apparently effortlessly as always, mesmerising, and even Thompson's apparently ineradicable de haut en bas inflection served her well in the role of a woman confronted with a now pitiable version of her past.

It was quietly moving, clever, beautiful, sad and true. Just wonderful.

A lovely, heartfelt tribute to Alan Rickman by Juliet Stevenson from - BBC Newsnight

'We've lost a king': Juliet Stevenson on Alan Rickman - BBC Newsnight

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Calling You -- Jeff Buckley

Had no idea this existed.  Seems very appropriate given all the heart wrenching losses we've experienced lately.

All I can say is they must be building quite a talent agency in Heaven.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bowie and Ricky Gervais: Their mutual love, respect and brilliant collaboration: Hilarious.

While we're all still reeling from our colossal loss, here's Bowie having a laugh at Gervais's expense (Extras). 

But, wait! There's more...

Gervais interviewed about the night he met David Bowie along with Salman Rushdie, etc.

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