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Modern Slavery Compliance statement

The government requires large corporations to issue a modern slavery compliance statement. Although we’re small enough to be exempt, we decided to anyway. Ptara knows about slavery through our study of history. Over the years, the meaning of word slavery has changed, but generally a slave is someone who is not free to choose their […]

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5 films about the Holocaust

  With Holocaust Memorial day coming up, schools might want to show a historical film.  Sometimes, parents complain that history films rated 15 are shown to kids too young to see them in the cinema, but there are great films on the Holocaust that are suitable for all ages. Now, I’ve seen more than five […]

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Critics and Ibsen’s Ghosts

I used to dislike Ibsen.  So did the critics.  Well, maybe not hate Ibsen, I just couldn’t finish his plays.  And, I’m the kind of person who likes to read plays. There are acquired tastes.  Dark chocolate, spicy food, and Ibsen’s theatre.

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Armistice Day films

The 11th of November is known as Remembrance Sunday here in Britain, and Memorial Day in America.  What the day was originally celebrating was the armistice, the end of the first World War (then only known as the great war.)  With the end of hostilities, and the war officially over, there was an illusion of […]

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Why I don’t enter film festivals

In the old days, networking was an accident. Two screenwriters would meet at a film festival because they both had an interest in Bergman, not because they were looking for collaborators. Then they’d go on to write something optioned by Warren Beatty. But, that wasn’t why they went.  They discussed films, became friends, and only […]

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