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

‎‘Chappie’ review by Samira Ahmed • Letterboxd — Sigourney Weaver says she'd seen District 9 three times before being asked to be in Chappie. And she nails it when she says the power of Blomkamp's sf dystopias are that they take place "10 minutes from now". Be aware she's barely in it. Much of our interview is about their Alien plans, not surprisingly.

Samira Ahmed: A useless female lead is nothing to celebrate — I have been a brooding outcast in my castle. Reduced to throwing icy blasts from my fingertips at the telly and the computer where slebs and men - especially men - say that I'm the freak, that I'm weird. That film I loathe is actually a feminist masterpiece.

Issue 1142 | Big Issue — In this week's Big Issue... Sean Penn - the double Oscar-winner who likes to jet around the world fixing things in trouble spots. Adrian Lobb talks to him about conscience politics, the Liam Neeson-driven vogue for older action heroes, some de rigueur rhapsodising about Mark Rylance and where the "enemies" are coming from.

Are the rich winning a cultural class war? — That Britain's cultural class war is complicated is perhaps most apparent in the fact that Labour's new culture spokesman, Chris Bryant, was educated at private Cheltenham College while the Conservative Culture Secretary Sajid Javid is a bus driver's son from a comprehensive school.

Samira Ahmed: Finance and fashion are Hong Kong's heartbeat. But will they be enough? — I'm standing on the high peak of the Dragon's Back trail, under a warm blue sky, looking back at a strange outcrop of tiny towers in the distance. They are the skyscrapers of Hong Kong island just a bus ride away. Hong Kong in winter is a bit magic that way.

Samira Ahmed: A disturbing trend in how we consume truth — I have a little BBC News app on my mobile phone. It sends an alert when something big has happened. It doesn't ping me all day. But if I've been asleep or in a meeting or watching a film with my family, when I choose to look I am reliably told if something big has happened or resolved: a massacre, a hostage crisis, a political resignation or a major criminal conviction or charge.

‎‘White Heat’ review by Samira Ahmed • Letterboxd — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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."
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Mar 30, 2015

No Nathaniel,no! Doing intvw on HG Wells &the H Bomb in studio where RichardBurton did War of the Worlds @tituschalk

Mar 30, 2015

Am sure the Tudors would have done rather blingier lanyards. Hampton Court Palace is just a few stops down the line.

Mar 29, 2015

The man who voiced two great film "princes": Prince Philip in Disney's 1959 Sleeping Beauty & Freddie in My Fair Lady…

Mar 29, 2015

Really interesting analysis of the grand claims made for "kindness" as a superpower in Disney's new Cinderella…

Mar 29, 2015

What if Disney had allowed original director Mark "One Hour Photo" Romanek to make his "dark" Cinderella?…

Mar 29, 2015

“Trash and camp just don’t cut it any more. Filth still has a punch to it.” John Waters on Tennessee Williams

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