Synopsis: Enid Blyton (Helena Bonham Carter) is a successful and prolific children's author, married to publisher Hugh Pollock (Matthew Macfadyen), and mother to two daughters. Just before the second world war breaks out, her marriage starts to fail, as Hugh drinks heavily and she devotes more and more time to her writing and her 'friends' … Continue reading Women We Loved: Enid (BBC Four, 2009)
Full disclosure - this post was inspired by a film that I haven't yet watched. I'm sure that when I do finally see Asif Kapadia's biographical documentary (2015), I will find that it lives up to the hype. After all, his careful dissection of Ayrton Senna beautifully wove together fragments of a career to build … Continue reading What’s in a name?
I have spent a lot of time thinking about this season, first broadcast on BBC Four in the winter of 2009. It might seem a strange preoccupation: why would anyone be so fascinated by a series of relatively obscure, low-budget docudramas first shown on British TV several years ago? It was the season's title that immediately … Continue reading The Women We Loved Season: Introduction
"The unexamined life is not worth living." If Socrates is right about this (and far be it for me to disagree with him), he has provided the greatest possible justification for the art of biography. Biography, of course, is all about the examination of lives. It is the art of stitching together the facts of … Continue reading Why Real Lives on Screen?