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Bonjour Dewi

Faut il aller en France pour apprendre le français? (Do you have to go to France to learn French?) Dewi is not easily motivated. He’s not even bothered to change his hoodie, but he’d go to the ends of the earth for his dog, Ryan. So, when Ryan gets kidnapped and taken to France, it’s […]

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Logic runs deeper than arithmetic

My old classmates would be tickled pink to hear that I failed a math test.  Okay, so maybe I didn’t fail, I scored below average and failed to get a job because of it.  Big difference. Back in the day, some would want to copy my homework, but the more competitive students were annoyed when […]

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Relocated to Belgium

Ptara is now in the Kingdom of Belgium For 23 years, Ptara and Udigrudi were based in Aberystwyth Wales. Okay, so we only started using the name Ptara about half way through. Now, we’ve moved to Belgium. Ptara has, anyway. Due to the complexity of business law in Belgium, Ptara is not currently trading here. […]

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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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film finance

Percentage budgeting is idiotic

Some of you may have heard of George Lucas. He’s the guy who wrote and directed the first Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies. He’s one of the few writers, directors, or filmmakers full stop who makes it to the Forbes list. Well, his breakthrough film was a little “coming of age” film called American […]

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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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film pitches

Artificial Insolence (pitch)

Diana invented the perfect athlete, the perfect worker, the perfect woman.  When it comes to life, she feels like a perfect idiot.

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screenplays writing

Eight ways to co-write a screenplay

You want a writing partner you say?  Well, how are you gonna write together? In my experience, most people who ask for a writing partner never deliver.  They may have won some obscure contest in the past, and now they think that just because they have a nice idea, the world owes them a screenplay.  […]

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film history

How do you measure the quality of a “classic” film?

Last year, I was doing a comparison of the films on the WJEC French curriculum. There were four films on the A-level curriculum, La Raffle (the Round Up), (A very Long Engagement), La Classe, and Le Havre.  Which of those four would I recommend? Well, for learning French, La Raffle had a huge weakness.  In […]

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Rinsed in Blood

Tiney would kill to run her own salon. And she does, taking a shortcut to success, where the scissors fly so fast that they’re rinsed in blood. Tongue Twisting alternative tagline : Merthyr’s most murderous hairdresser makes hideous cuts “Rinsed in Blood.”