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Lois Weber in Sight & Sound

Lois Weber in Early Hollywood

Lois Weber in Early Hollywood

Lois Weber was one of the leading film directors and screenwriters of the 1910s and early 1920s: she made sophisticated, socially aware films that were as beautiful as they were passionate. She was also a woman, and now she is more often remembered as a rare female director of the early period, than as an outstanding talent in her own right. Shelley Stamp’s first-class new book Lois Weber in Early Hollywood aims to put that right. I was lucky enough to review it for the August 2015 edition of Sight & Sound.

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The Guardian at Glastonbury

Shiny Pyramid Stage #guardianglasto

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For the second year running, I was part of the Guardian’s team at the Glastonbury festival. I was there to help with production, but I pitched in to the live blog as and when, posting a recording of the dawn chorus before the sound systems started filling the air, reporting from a late-night screening of Nosferatu or getting a little overwhelmed by Patti Smith. It’s all here.

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Michael Powell’s April fool

Michael Powell (Getty Images)

Michael Powell – not to be made a fool of. (Getty Images)

What better April fool for film buffs than a listicle prank? The BFI website chose 1 April 2015 as the day to sing the praises of some of film history’s neglected masterpieces. It’s a fabulous list, to which I contributed just one entry, an early silent romance by Michael Powell. You might say it’s too good to be true.