Trot along to Esio props

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - LIFE & LEISURE -

A NEW dis­play of cos­tumes and props from BBC’s new film adap­ta­tion of Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot will open at a mu­seum this week.

The Roald Dahl Mu­seum in High Street, Great Mis­senden, has se­cured no­table items from the film which stars Dustin Hoff­man as Mr Hoppy, Dame Judi Dench as Mrs Sil­ver and James Cor­den as the nar­ra­tor and was broad­cast over the new year.

The mu­seum also had the ‘Tor­toise-Catcher’ on dis­play, an in­ge­nious de­vice used by Mr Hoppy to reach and catch Al­fie from Mrs Sil­ver’s bal­cony be­low.

Esio Trot’s ar­chive se­crets is on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 7 at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. For 10+ years, it is a chance to look at first drafts of the book. £1 per per­son plus mu­seum en­try.

THE fresh paint of 2015 has barely dried and al­ready we have a strong con­tender for the film of the year. In­spired by writer-di­rec­tor Damien Chazelle’s ex­pe­ri­ences in a fiercely com­pet­i­tive high school jazz band, Whiplash is an elec­tri­fy­ing tale of a 19-year-old drum­mer’s bruis­ing bat­tle of wits with his mon­strous col­lege tu­tor.

As the ti­tle in­ti­mates, pain is acute in Chazelle’s lean script that pulls no punches in its de­pic­tion of the pur­suit of mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence, which pro­pels the self-de­struc­tive stu­dent to the brink of a men­tal and phys­i­cal break­down.

Drum­ming se­quences are edited at a fre­netic pace, spat­tered with the real sweat of lead ac­tor Miles Teller, who per­forms all of the en­ergy-sap­ping so­los as if his life de­pended on it.

It’s a bravura per­for­mance com­ple­mented by JK Sim­mons’ jaw-drop­ping por­trayal of the foul­mouthed, bul­ly­ing con­duc­tor, who ver­bally abuses stu­dents that fall short of his im­pos­si­ble de­mands for metro­nomic and per­cus­sive per­fec­tion.

Star­ing at his ter­ri­fied charges, Sim­mons’ mu­si­cian-turned-men­tor preys upon teenage fears and in­se­cu­ri­ties, kin­dling in­tense ri­valry be­tween band mem­bers for his own sadis­tic plea­sure.

Early in the film, he picks on one ner­vous trom­bon­ist’s weight and snarls: “I will not let you cost us a com­pe­ti­tion be­cause your mind’s on a Happy Meal and not on pitch.” He’s just get­ting warmed up. Nine­teen-year-old An­drew Neiman (Teller) is de­ter­mined to ex­cel at his

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