Stylish, romantic Beresford period piece by Richard Jones

A look at Ladies in Black

ladiesAussie director Bruce Beresford has bequeathed to we cinema goers some handy offerings about his home country. Continue reading

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Author of Frankenstein endured much grief by Richard Jones

A look at Mary Shelley (M)

MaryMary Shelley lived an extraordinary life not only because of her writing but also because of her love for the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. She fell in love with the poet when she was just 16 and ran away with him on foot and on mules through France to Switzerland. Their time together was difficult not only because he was married with a little son at the time and exacerbated through his inability to conserve his finances as they sunk into poverty. Mary lost a child to pneumonia when she, Percy and her half-sister Claire Clairmont raced through the rain and fog to evade the clutches of creditors. Continue reading