Film and theatre

The Birks – a state-of-the-art ‘Cinema Paradiso’ for Aberfeldy

Did Sir Norman Foster get as much pleasure from designing The Gherkin as architect Robin Baker did from designing Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy? It seems unlikely. ‘It’s been such a privilege to work on this project and now that it’s finished it will feel like a bereavement. For the past 18 months it’s been my life.’ But Robin, who lives in Aberfeldy, will soon be able to watch movies at

Kurosawa’s Tokyo Sonata

Lavish seven minutes of your Friday on this final scene from Kurosawa’s Tokyo Sonata – you won’t regret it. The films tells the story of a Japanese family whose lives unravel after the father loses his job. In this scene the parents arrive at a prestigious music school to see their son audition. Unaware that he has been using his lunch money to pay for piano lessons, they anxiously take their