TV reporter at Express.co.uk. Also a freelance journalist writing about film, television, and Middle Eastern cinema and culture. Published in Little White Lies, The Observer, Cinema Escapist etc.
Jon Richardson is no stranger to the small screen and last year Channel Hopping debuted on Comedy Central and provided some light comedic relief during lockdown. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Jon discussed why the series is a “timeless format” and how conversations over what audiences consume in this day and age have impacted the show.
OUTER BANKS returns for season two of the action-adventure teen drama, which sees the Pogues in the fight of their life. With their endearing friendship holding them together, John B, Sarah, Kiara, JJ, and Pope are given greater challenges to overcome this time around but, thankfully, its ridiculousness is held together by an impressive cast.
UPRISING is the new three-part documentary series from director Steve McQueen and producer James Rogan. The BBC series examines three crucial events in 1981's Britain, in particular, the devastating New Cross fire in January that year - an event that would define race relations for decades after. Speaking to Express.co.uk, two real survivors of the fire detailed how it felt to finally be able to tell their stories after so many years of silence.
UPRISING is a new three-part documentary series from award-winning director Steve McQueen and director and producer James Rogan. The BBC series examines three crucial events in 1981's Britain that would define race relations for decades after. Express.co.uk sat down with the filmmakers who detailed why now was the right time to finally make Uprising.
Patrick Fugit is no stranger to the small screen and he has now joined the cast of the highly-anticipated new HBO Max series Love and Death from creator and writer David E. Kelly, and will star alongside fellow actors Elizabeth Olsen and Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Fugit revealed what he thinks of the series, as well as discussing his interesting new horror drama film My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To.
In 1966 Dolly Parton released ‘Dumb Blonde’, an infectious pop song that has since become an anthem for a hair colour wrongly associated with low intellect. Like Dolly, Robert Luketic’s 2001 film Legally Blonde, starring Reese Witherspoon as sorority-girl-turned-law-student Elle Woods, has resonated with viewers for its strong feminist message: you don’t have to change who you are to be successful in this world.
RUN THE WORLD is a new comedy-drama series coming to Starz this week. Stars Amber Stevens West and Corbin Reid open up about their experience filming the hilarious new series, as well as their hopes for the future, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.
Hit Sky comedy game show, There’s Something About Movies, returns to screens on May 13 for its anticipated fourth season. Stars Alan Carr, Jennifer Saunders, and Tom Allen opened up to Express.co.uk in an exclusive interview about what fans can expect from the latest season, as well as hints for future guests and recreation ideas for movie scenes.
Turkish mall cop meets low budget cinema. Welcome to The Cemil Show, a red-hued dip into the life of Cemil Uslu (Ozan Çelik), an Istanbulite mall security guard who dreams of being a B-movie actor.
For many, running errands like picking up milk or posting a letter is a quick pop to the shops. Want to get a coffee afterward? Sure. Need to order a new fridge because yours is on the fritz? Don’t worry, delivery won’t be a hassle. In director and co-writer Farah Nabulsi’s short film The Present—alongside co-writer Hind Shoufani—a loving family living in Palestine contend with the difficult reality of everyday life as they are separated by the highly controversial West Bank barrier built by Israel.
Carga, a Spanish thriller set in Iraq, follows couple Marta and Juan (Tania Watson and Agustín Mateo) to an abandoned cigarette factory to uncover its secrets. It’s a simple yet ominous setup, and setting. With the couple venturing into the great unknown, director and co-writer, Yad Deen, does a marvellous job of building tension in just 19 minutes.
In 180 Degree Rule, director/writer Farnoosh Samadi’s debut feature film, silence speaks louder than words. The movie offers a bold story about a woman facing a complex and harrowing moral choice with no easy answers.
For two months in 2019, widespread flash flooding affected 26 of Iran’s 31 provinces. The floods caused at least 70 deaths, displaced tens of thousands of citizens, and destroyed nearly 2,000 cities and villages. This catastrophic event forms the backdrop to Manijeh Hekmat’s fourth feature film—and second return to Toronto—Bandar Band, which follows a group of musicians as they attempt to make it across horrendous flooding in Khuzestan province to perform in a musical showcase in Tehran.
In the penultimate episode of HBO’s Euphoria, Zendaya describes Morgan Freeman in Se7en as the guy who’s “always calmly putting the pieces of the case together while everybody around him is freaking out.” As soon-to-retire homicide detective William Somerset in David Fincher’s acclaimed crime thriller, Freeman tells his young, idealistic new partner David Mills (Brad Pitt) “this isn’t going to have a happy ending.”
This year, Palestinian director/writer twin brothers Arab and Tarzan Nasser return to the Toronto International Film Festival with Gaza mon amour. The film reprises the Nassers’ unique brand of comic absurdity against a backdrop of complex societal issues, first demonstrated in their hit 2015 debut feature Dégradé.