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Katharina Volckmer’s The Appointment will return to the stage at the Teatro Franco Parenti this April

Adapted and directed by Fabio Cherstich, the bold and powerful production returns to the stage from the 3 to the 11 of April 2024 following the immensely successful run in 2021. For more information and tickets, click here.

The Appointment was Katharina’s debut novel which has now been translated into 12 different languages and has been staged and broadcast on the radio multiple times.

The Appointment situates itself in a well-appointed examination in London, where we meet aa young woman as she  unburdens herself to a certain Dr Seligman. Though she can barely see above his head, she holds forth about her life and desires, and her struggles with her sexuality and identity. Born and raised in Germany, she has been living in London for several years, determined to break free from her family origins and her haunted homeland.

In a monologue that is both razor-sharp and subversively funny, she takes us on a wide-ranging journey from outre sexual fantasies and overbearing mothers to the medicinal properties of squirrel tails and the enduring legacy of shame. With The Appointment, her audacious debut novel, Katharina Volckmer challenges our notions of what is fluid and what is fixed and injects a dose of Bernhardian snark into contemporary British fiction.

All of Us Strangers has been released in the UK

All of Us Strangers, Andrew Haigh’s film adaptation of Strangers by Taichi Yamada has been released in the UK.

Starring Paul Mescal (Aftersun, Normal People) and Andrew Scott (Fleabag, Pride), the movie has been called ‘an emotionally wrenching masterpiece’ by The Guardian. The adaption moves the novel’s ghostly Tokyo to dreamy London and focuses on a screenwriter drawn back to his childhood home who enters into a fledgling relationship with a mysterious neighbour.

It’s been widely released throughout the UK and has been nominated for 6 BAFTA awards. You can watch the trailer here.

The French adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom releases on 6 February

We are delighted that the film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s classic Kensuke’s Kingdom will be released in French cinemas on 6th February. Sales of the title have reached 1.2 million in France alone, and Michael is currently undertaking a jam-packed press tour in Paris.

J Blakeson’s new thriller Culprits is now streaming on Disney+

J Blakeson’s thrilling series Culprits has landed on Disney+ in the UK and Hulu in the USA, with all episodes available to stream.

The 8-part heist drama includes a star-studded cast of Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Candyman, Femme), Gemma Arterton (The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The King’s Man), Niamh Algar (Deceit) and Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Cruella, The Good Place).

The series has been met with praise since it’s release on 8 November 2023, with The Guardian noting: ‘Is there a lack of heist dramas around? No. Is this a confident, stylish series with a brilliant cast? Yep. It’s an exciting, fast-paced watch that puts it at the top of its genre’.

Watch the trailer here.

Apple TV launches season three of Slow Horses

Based on Mick Herron’s spy series of the same name, Slow Horses follows a dysfunctional team of MI5 agents – and their obnoxious boss, the notorious Jackson Lamb – as they navigate the espionage world’s smoke and mirrors to defend England from sinister forces. The third season launched on Apple TV to stunningly good reviews from Variety, The Guardian, and more.

Watch the official trailer here.

 

 

The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die is topping Netflix’s global list of most watched Films

The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die recently dropped on Netflix and has proved to be a worthy sequel to the five-season series that first hit screens in 2015. The film immediately hit the #1 spot on Netflix’s global list of their most watched films, while also topping the list in 92 countries including the UK.

Directed by Ed Bazalgette (The Witcher, Versailles) and written by Martha Hillier (Vera), The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die is adapted from DHA author Bernard Cornwell’s series of Saxon tales. The film follows Uhtred, played by Alexander Dreymon, as he tries to bring peace to England in the wake of the death of King Edward. Yet rival heirs and the schemes of Danish king Anlaf threaten to destabilise the land and destroy the dream of a united England.

The film and all episodes of the television series are currently available on Netflix. Trailer link: Seven Kings Must Die | Official Trailer | Netflix – YouTube