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Presenter BBC Front Row&Newswatch.Freelance Journo,Visiting Prof Kingston Uni.Spiritual Berliner,ex-LosAngeleno,movie connoisseur,especially Westerns&SF.

‎‘White Heat’ review by Samira Ahmed • Letterboxd

letterboxd.com — Prison film, cop procedural thriller, full of fascinating LA locations from farms and early urban streets to Valley drive-ins - this film completely surprised me. Way ahead of its time, including in its action packed length. Michael Mann's Heat owes everything to this film.

Samira Ahmed introduces the Every Second Counts Forum - video

theguardian.com — Samira Ahmed, the BBC journalist, writer and broadcaster, opens the Every Second Counts Forum by urging young people to be faithful to "a child like passion about what [...they] want to do in the world".

Samira Ahmed: Forget the space escape - there won’t be any second chances

bigissue.com — I like to go to the cinema to escape the gloom of a Sunday evening and what better escape than Interstellar? An epic journey to other worlds. It begins in a rural America devastated by environmental disaster. Real survivors of the Dust Bowl describe their memories of the dust storms, as we watch the dark clouds swirl again.

‎‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

letterboxd.com — Even better and darker on a second viewing with rich overtones of The Manchurian Candidate in the brainwashing and a child sexual grooming survivor's testimony. The cynicism about revolution and news propaganda in wartime is breathtakingly witty and sophisticated. "What if she gets killed? Catch it on camera."

Battling it out with the 70s & The Lamb’s Navy Rum Girl

samiraahmed.co.uk — My earliest registered nightmare (circa 1971): Coming downstairs in the dark to find the TV taken over by a ghost station, broadcasting horrors for the denizens of the night. I didn't know then of course, that one day there would be ITV3, where monstrosities of 70s cinema flicker in their nylon negligeed, muttonchop-sideburned, tombstone-toothed lechery in an eternal digital afterlife.

Crossing the black line: the secret history of Durham Cathedral

samiraahmed.co.uk — BEYOND THE GREY TOWERS: THE MYSTERY OF DURHAM CATHEDRAL from Samira Ahmed on Vimeo. When you walk into Durham Cathedral take a moment to look down at your feet in the nave. You might notice a big black line of stone in the grey slab floor, right near the entrance at the back.

‎‘Interstellar’ review by Samira Ahmed • Letterboxd

letterboxd.com — Is this the ultimate humanist film? Both Anglican priest Giles Fraser and scientist Dr Adam Rutherford challenged my love of this film on twitter: https://twitter.com/SamiraAhmedUK/status/531570653741465600 In fact they loathed it. Adam's points are right about the politics of the film -- NASA as heroes who can fix things. Trust engineering.

Big Girls Don’t Cry: What Made In Dagenham reveals about women who make a fuss

samiraahmed.co.uk — Made In Dagenham - the Musical opened in the West End last night. It was an honour to meet four of the original Ford women workers who launched the strike that resulted in the Equal Pay Act.

‘Victorian’ sexual exploitation of poor girls isn’t history

theguardian.com — The death of a child would destroy most people, but the tragedy acted as an inspiration for the Victorian reformer Josephine Butler (pictured below). In the years following her five-year-old daughter Eva's death, in 1864, the Northumberland aristocrat, who was related to the former prime minister Earl Grey, began to search the streets, workhouses and docks of Liverpool, giving shelter to impoverished women and young girls who had been forced into sex work.

Former South Yorkshire chief constable leaves post at children’s hospital

theguardian.com — The former chief constable of South Yorkshire police who told a parliamentary committee that he was ignorant of child grooming in Rotherham and other northern towns has stepped back from his directorship at a top children's hospital, the Guardian has learned.
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Dec 16, 2014

@Matt_Baxter_ Saw it yesterday. & in a crowded field of great performances Tatum is the stand out.

Dec 16, 2014

@Matt_Baxter_ I guess I just remembered what I high hopes I had of JD. Think Tatum's showing evidence of having the career that JD promised

Dec 16, 2014

@Matt_Baxter_ Maybe. but they seem a long time ago. & Sweeney Todd isn't the same kind of raw as Fox Catcher. Remarkable performance.

Dec 16, 2014

Not seen Magic Mike,but 21JumpSt & Fox Catcher show ChanningTatum turning in the remarkable performances JohnnyDepp never really did deliver

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