Published: 13 December, 2012
by DAN CARRIER
WHO wouldn’t want a bit of Doris Day to warm the heart during this cold snap? The BFI have honoured the great actress and singer with a season all of her own, running until the end of the year. It is extraordinary to see who is playing alongside her: Cary Grant, James Stewart, Howard Keel, Rock Hudson, James Garner and Frank Sinatra. The season includes the obvious, such as Calamity Jane, and it is a joy to see her flicks on a big screen. Visit www.bfi.org.uk for details.
l Word reaches New Journal Towers that on Monday a documentary about sex workers in New Zealand, Prostitution in New Zealand, and a discussion afterwards, is taking place at the brilliant Crossroads Women’s Centre in Kentish Town.
In 2003, New Zealand decriminalised prostitution, and this film charts the effects of the new legislation, with interviews from many people involved.
Appearing is Nikki Adams, from the English Collective of Prostitutes, and Sheila Farmer, who forced the CPS to drop a case against her for brothel keeping.
It starts at 7.30pm at their venue in Wolsey Mews, NW5.
• Meanwhile, if you want to watch James Stewart’s film It’s A Wonderful Life, head to the Curzon cinema chain: they are screening the story of big-hearted banker George Bailey (yeah, I know those words sound wrong together) from December 15. Frank Capra’s homespun homily about being nice to each other is a very good way slope off from Christmas shopping in the West End for a few hours.
Elsewhere, Ron Fricke’s 1992 documentary Baraka is out on a re-release. With no voiceover, this doc’ threads together a series of images of life on Planet Earth, set to music. It is captivating, wonderful and if you need to be reminded of the glories, mysteries, and simple celebration of life then this is a good starting point.
I note that the Prince Charles, off Leicester Square, is showing the greatest Chrimbo film of the lot, the utterly superb Trading Places, in a double bill with Bad Santa throughout next week. Elf hats off to them, as ever.