October 2013

How I Live Now

Certificate 15, 101 mins. ★★★★★★★★½☆
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, George McKay, Anna Chancellor. Dir: Kevin Macdonald

This started out as your standard teen coming of age flick, set in the English/Welsh countryside. Saoirse Ronan plays a stroppy teenager who’s sent to stay with her English cousins for the Summer. So far so standard, except that it’s set against the backdrop of World War III breaking out. Just as the kids are falling in lurve, the bomb drops, destroying London and kicking off waves of wind, snow, power cuts, troops, mayhem, invaders, martial law and all that good stuff.

On the Radio

Drabble(n): A story told in exactly 100 words.

Paul was certain he couldn’t be seen from outside his little shed. He’d found the thing weeks ago, and had tinkered with it every night after his wife had gone to bed, trying to make it work. It was electric, he was sure, and over many nights he’d constructed a makeshift battery from bits of lead and acid from the apothecary. Now he just needed to connect the wires.

There was a spark and a crackle from the front of the box.

“Paul Eastly?” How did the box know…?

Splinters erupted as black uniforms crashed through the door. “You’re nicked!”