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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Before last week I had never watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

And to add to the embarrassment of reaching 25 without seeing this classic film, I hadn’t remotely appreciated what I had been missing.

Thankfully this has now been rectified, I have now seen the film (at the wonderful Rooftop Film Club no less, see my review for Romeo Says So here) and I am completely and utterly in love with Audrey Hepburn, or Holly Golightly I can’t quite be sure.

Incredibly charismatic, and managing to combine an extravagant while charming dress sense, I have a new and pretty serious girl crush – move over Miranda Kerr!

These are my favourite aspects of her look:

– Costume jewellery

– Dressing as she wants no matter the occasion

– Making dishevelled look sexy

– And perhaps the best accessory of all, a great ginger cat!

Town of Runners

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After reading about this documentary in the Guardian, centring on a town in Ethiopia producing incredible athletes year after year, I jumped at the chance to see the film last night. While many cinemas are unfortunately not showing it, the PictureHouse family and Brixton Ritzy in particular didn’t disappoint.

Bekoji is a town in the highlands of Ethiopia which over the last few decades has produced some of the greatest distance athletes in the world. These include: Tirunesh Dibaba, Olympic and World Champion in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres; Kenenisa Bekele, also Olympic and World Champion in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres; and Derartu Tulu, Olympic and World Champion in the 10,000 metres. This is an incredible feat for any region, let alone a tiny town in the highlands of Ethiopia where having enough food to eat and shoes to wear are by no means guaranteed.

The documentary focuses on two young girls from Bekoji, Hawii and Alemi, over a period of three years as they try and fulfil their dreams of becoming professional athletes. This is balanced by the view of a modernising Bekoji, with the introduction of mobile phone towers and an asphalt road replacing mud tracks.

The film is incredibly touching, with charming and relatable young people telling us that with hard work and a little bit of luck they know they can achieve their dreams. And truth be told, I want nothing more than to watch them win medals at a world stage.

Coach, who has developed more Olympic medallists than some countries, is humble, happy and hopeful, telling the Guardian that all he really wished for was a motorbike so he could keep up with his runners while training. And at the speed these kids are running at, who can blame him, someone get that man a motorbike.

Find out more about screenings and other ways to get involved at www.townofrunners.com and absolutely go and see it for yourself if you get the chance.

 

Banff Mountain Film Festival

The Banff Mountain Film Festival arrives in London at Islington’s Union Chapel and runs from February 21-24.

The films will focus on extraordinary attempts to climb peaks in extreme conditions (crazy behaviour). Full listings and details at banff-uk.com.

 

The Descendents

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As an embarrassed newbie  to Writer/Director Alexander Payne’s work (yes, even Sideways) I didn’t really know what to expect from The Descendents.

The film centres around Matt King (George Clooney) as he comes to terms with his slightly estranged wife being in a coma and being suddenly solely responsible for his two daughters, all while negotiating the sale of Hawaiian land which would make him and his extended family multimillionaires. On the surface this could have been difficult to engage with and even harder to watch and come out of the cinema smiling. However this is exactly what Payne managed to achieve for me, while elements were undoubtedly dark and fairly dismal, what really made the film for me was the spark of light heartedness from a family dealing with incredibly difficult circumstances.

I found myself both upset and laughing throughout, and thought the entire film was extremely touching. Something that was certainly aided by some really excellent acting, not just by George Clooney, but by the daughters and father-in-law particularly. All in all, this is definitely a film I would recommend, and not just because of the array of excellent Hawaiian shirts!