Friday, 28 January 2011

Review: The King's speech

Hurrah I have (hopefully successfully) completed my creative writing course with the OU so I am busying myself with lots of my other favourite to dos.  Last week I saw The King's Speech which I LOVED!!

Please check out my review:

Please do comment, I'd love to hear what you thought of the film.


Stars: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Gambon, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall

The Plot: The King's Speech is a true story about Britain's King George VI (Colin Firth) who suffered a debilitating stammer and was helped to address a nation over the radio at the onset of World War Two by his Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush)

Rated: 12A

Running time: 118 minutes

Award Nods: 12 Academy, seven Golden Globe, 11 Critics Choice and four Screen Actors Guild awards nomination.

It would be a HUGE injustice and understatement to say this is the film of the year since its only January but using my power of foresight I can see it being hard to top this one in my eyes.  It’s a rare thing for me to be gripped by a film, the last being Inglorious.  I admit I was a little dubious as it had so much hype and its not my normal sort of film.  Firth is splenetic, humourous and heartwarming all rolled into one sexy British ball.  It is no surprise he is favourite to win best asctor award.  Helena Bonham Carter is wonderfully charming as Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and Geoffrey Rush is a great comic actor.  My favourite scene being with him sitting in The Coronation Chair.This film has it all: great actors, a great story and a pretty interesting lesson in British history.  I came away with a lot of knowledge and a desire to know more.  I was on Wikipedia the next day!  Its dramatic, funny and engaging and I was left wanting more. 

A big fat five stars!!  Cant wait to see it again.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Just popping in with a useful link

Mema sent me a good link today for us budding novelists who haven't quite got it together yet.  I'm starting the rewrite this weekend (course ends Friday!!) and am quite looking forward to it actually.

I signed up for all three newsletters as I could use all the help I can get.

My final assignment is very nearly there - just a few tweaks needed and then I shall press that dreaded send button.

Also, following a rather epic hat trick rejection from The Weekly News all in one email I have managed to sub 3 more stories - 2 to Take a Break and 1 to That Life Australia so fingers crossed.

I also found this site while procrastinating on facebook:

Just. Brilliant.

Back soon!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Things I loved about 2010

As I welcomed 2011 in with a peach lambrini (because I just wanna have fun and it doesn't taste like sick) I thought about 2010 and what a good year it was:

1. My beautiful neice Lola - I met her last week and I would do anything for her, even move back to Plymouth (yes really!)

2. I lost about 12 stone - in boyf that is.  Sorry that sounds a bit bitchy - its not meant to but it was a good thing.  I can see that now.  A big change is afoot and it probably wouldn't have come about had I been "involved"

3. I learnt ALOT - despite not selling anything this year I did become an old hand at subbing stories.  It's second nature to me now and I would just like to thank everyone over at Womag2Weekly for being such a supportive bunch o' writers.

4. I did well work wise - when I'm not attempting to be the next JK Rowling I have another job which really took away a lot of my time in the first six months of 2010.  While I wasnt conplaining about it I was actually working quite hard and it didnt go unrecognised.  I was voted MVP for 2010 and left me feeling a bit smug (with all that lovely hindsight).

Those were just a few things and despite the tears it really was a good year so thanks to all my readers for being there when I was down and for such lovely comments throughout last year. 

Wishing you all a fab 2011