Ipswich, we have a problem: Space Cadets, the reality show that never left the ground. This wasn't something I watched much at the time. After the seminal 2004 season of Big Brother, I'd given up on reality television, having decided I'd seen the apogee of the form with John Tickle attempting to hack the system from the inside. Plus the premise seemed unintentionally cruel, trying to convince gullible people that they'd gone into space. This Guardian piece shows that even the presenter, Johnny Vaughn had misgivings and actually managed to water down some of the things the producers wanted to do, and made sure the contestants received some compensation for their humiliation.
Talking Stock: Hi-de-Hi’s Opening Titles features some typically specific and totally fascinating research from John Hoare which makes an excellent central point about the gatekeeping of historical footage by some news organisations. Pathe have been quite liberal about uploading their old newsreels online (especially on their YouTube channel), whereas Reuters still consider them to be of commercial use and so haven't been quite as rigorous (although they too have recently made more footage available through the Pathe channel). Incidentally, yes, I'm trying another blog post format, only using the big titles when it's for a much longer piece.

All of the Oscar Nominees in 2021 and where to watch them.

Film  The clue is in the title.  Unlike most years, when the films nominated for Oscars aren't available in the UK for some months afterwards, thanks to the slow apocalypse only Promising Young Woman doesn't yet have a UK release date and the vast majority of everything else is already on the main streaming platforms or will be by the end of April.  So I thought you might like a guide to what's available where.  Anything with an (*) is a short film.

Amazon Prime

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

One Night in Miami

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Sound of Metal (12th April 2021)






Burrow *


Nomadland (30th April 2021)

The One and Only Ivan




The Mole Agent


Da 5 Bloods

Crip Camp

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Hillbilly Elegy

If Anything Happens I Love You *

The Life Ahead

Love and Monsters (14th April 2021)

A Love Song for Latasha *


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

The Midnight Sky

My Octopus Teacher 

News of the World

Over the Moon

Pieces of a Woman

The Present *

The White Tiger



Promising Young Woman (16th April 2021)

The United States vs Billie Holiday


A Concerto Is a Conversation *

Feeling Through *

Collette *

Vimeo Free

Do Not Split *

Rent or Buy Only

Better Days

Judas and the Black Messiah




Vimeo Rental

The Letter Room *

Yes-People *

Curzon Home Cinema

Quo Vadis, Aida?


Another Round (25th June 2021)

The Father (11th June 2021)

Not Currently Available

Genius Loci *

Hunger Ward *

Opera *

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Two Distant Strangers *

White Eye *