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MICHAEL AMHERST – ALL MY SONS
June 28, 2010 – 10:02 am | No Comment
MICHAEL AMHERST – ALL MY SONS

Every once in a while a performance of a play comes along that defines the genre or the playwright for you. It is the measure by which you judge all future productions of the same …

INTERVIEW – ALICE AIKEN, LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CULTURE ADVISER
April 25, 2010 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

By NFTU Arts Features Editor Michael Amherst

1. There seems to be some disagreement within the frontbench team on which department’s budgets are ring-fenced; Vince Cable has said no departmental budget is ring-fenced whilst David …

INTERVIEW – JEREMY HUNT, SHADOW CULTURE SECRETARY
March 15, 2010 – 6:23 pm | No Comment
INTERVIEW – JEREMY HUNT, SHADOW CULTURE SECRETARY

In the first of a series, NftU arts blogger, Michael Amherst, quizzes Conservative Shadow Culture Minister, Jeremy Hunt, on the Tories policies for the arts.

MICHAEL AMHERST – SHORT FILM
March 1, 2010 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

This week I’m looking at two short films. Neither of them is available to watch or download online. Neither of them is available to buy in HMV (although you can order Oscar and Jim through …

MICHAEL AMHERST – AN OPEN LETTER TO PHILIP HENSHER
February 10, 2010 – 9:22 am | No Comment
MICHAEL AMHERST – AN OPEN LETTER TO PHILIP HENSHER

In the week of the UK release of A Single Man, Michael Amherst draws on reviews in his past blogs to respond to Philip Hensher’s feature in the Independent, ‘Move over, Mr Humphries: The Changing …

MICHAEL AMHERST – BRIDESHEAD: NOWHERE BOY
January 20, 2010 – 9:45 am | No Comment
MICHAEL AMHERST – BRIDESHEAD: NOWHERE BOY

Julian Jarrold’s Brideshead Revisited epitomises everything that is wrong with modern film. Indeed, I’ll go further: it epitomises everything that is wrong with modern art and culture. I have been saving this card, this little diatribe …

MICHAEL AMHERST – SCHOOL OF SAATCHI
January 6, 2010 – 7:53 am | 3 Comments

A bunch of mildly talented people, a few chancers thrown in – all manipulated by a multi-millionaire with a cynical eye on the commercial. Yes, it was School of Saatchi. To give the show some credit …

MICHAEL AMHERST – Simon Amstell is the new Eddie Izzard
December 7, 2009 – 7:47 am | No Comment

I remember a time when Eddie Izzard was so funny that I was allowed to miss my first university appraisal to go and see his live show in Birmingham. ‘If you’ve got the chance to …

MICHAEL AMHERST – THE NFTU ARTS BLOG
November 18, 2009 – 12:01 pm | One Comment
MICHAEL AMHERST – THE NFTU ARTS BLOG

The Blog: It is part of my job to remain abreast of the latest film, theatre and book releases but I hope I won’t restrict myself solely to those over the coming months. …