Review March 2018
READ A PAGE-TURNER
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, people would read aloud to woo the one they loved or to inspire a friend. Reading aloud was a widely enjoyed leisure activity … as was listening. It was a lovely way to give and receive advice. In the fast-paced times we live in, it’s time to rediscover the simple but powerful pleasure of reading aloud. To Read Aloud – A Literary Toolkit for Wellbeing is a collection of literature (and prose literature in particular) compiled by Francesco Dimitri … a little more than six dozen extracts of about 1 000 words each from writers like Jane Austen, Joanne Harris and Virginia Woolf. With nine chapters (think love, loss, pleasure, chaos and wonder) there’s something for every occasion. Take 10 minutes, sit down with someone you love and share some special time together. Head of Zeus, R315.
LISTEN TO GEORGE’S MARVELOUS TUNES
If you fell in love with George Ezra’s beautiful lyrics and unexpectedly deep voice when he released his first album, Wanted on Voyage, you’ll be happy to know that the British talent is back this month with his second album, Staying at Tamara’s. Following a range of writing sessions that took him everywhere from the Isle of Skye to an AirBNB in Barcelona, the new album is described as ‘songs about escapism, dreaming, anxieties and love,’ and promises to be filled with more catchy earworms to rival his biggest hit, Budapest. If the first single, Paradise, is anything to go by, this is going to be the kind of album you’ll be singing along to for years. Available on iTunes from 23 March.
WATCH A TOUCHING TALE
Unless you’ve spent the last few months living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – the 2017 drama that was written, co-produced, and directed by Martin McDonagh, and which has been making waves in the film world. Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, the film follows the story of a mother (played by McDormand) who rents three billboards to call attention to her daughter’s unsolved murder. McDormand won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture in the drama category at the Golden Globes this year for her outstanding role in the movie … Plus with seven nominations at the 90th Academy Awards this month, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for McDormand, and Best Supporting Actor nominations for both Harrelson and Rockwell, this incredible film is going to be something big, and you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss it on the big screen. In cinemas from 23 February.