Trot along to Esio props
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