Blackburn director's life-changing film that earned him an Emmy

Preston and Leyland Citizen: David Barnes

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WINNING an international Emmy award for making a documentary wasn’t on the ‘to do’ list for one East Lancashire producer and director.

Cumbrian film outfit receives Esmée Fairbairn Foundation grant

9:10am Sunday 20th April 2014

Signal Film and Media has landed a three-year grant from an eminent arts funder.

Tough days for the millworkers

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Matthew McNulty and Holly Lucas in The Mill

5:42pm Monday 29th July 2013

There was once a time when period dramas were glossy, often joyous affairs.

Dinner with Pacino felt like being "in a scene from Heat", says Cheam businessman

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Deepak Kuntawala, Al Pacino and Bollywood star Abhishek Bachan

12:28pm Monday 3rd June 2013

A CHEAM businessman felt like he was “in a scene from Heat” when he had an intimate dinner with movie megastar Al Pacino.

Review: Eurovision Song Contest

4:38pm Friday 24th May 2013

AND so one of the great annual highlights on the TV calendar has been and gone.

Shane’s film coming up Roses at premiere

10:22am Thursday 23rd May 2013

LAST summer, a resurrection no one thought possible took place in Heaton Park.

Review: The Apprentice, BBC1

5:39pm Friday 17th May 2013

I’D thought I was doing well, but three weeks in my resolve failed and I fell into the trap of watching The Apprentice.

Review: The Voice, BBC1

11:52am Friday 10th May 2013

THE coolest furniture on TV has revolved for the final time, the teams have been sorted, the battle lines are drawn and — let’s face it — The Voice goes downhill from now on.

Review: Olympus Has Fallen (15)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Olympus Has Fallen (15)

3:32pm Friday 19th April 2013

Antoine Fuqua’s testosterone-fuelled thriller contrives a Die Hard In The White House scenario from an assault on Capitol Hill by heavily armed Korean terrorists who are fed up with America meddling in their affairs.

Review: Broadchurch, ITV1

2:13pm Friday 19th April 2013

COME on, admit it... Who’s counting down the minutes and seconds until 9pm on Monday when the severely frayed ends of ITV’s fantastic murder mystery drama Broadchurch will – hopefully – be drawn together?

REVIEW: Swan Lake by the English Youth Ballet, Charter Theatre, Preston

5:17pm Monday 15th April 2013

What a joy to see so many young dancers showing off their talents on stage at the Charter Theatre.

Review: Wheeler Dealer

11:00am Friday 12th April 2013

TIME to delve into the world of ‘guilty pleasures’ again — most of my viewing seems to fall into this category these days.

Review: Great British Sewing Bee, BBC2

Preston and Leyland Citizen: TAKING THE LEAD: Claudia Winkleman, the host of The Great British Sewing Bee

12:06pm Friday 5th April 2013

FIRST we had soggy bottoms, now we’ve got saggy pockets!

Review: Bread, BBC2

4:58pm Friday 22nd March 2013

THE collective hearts of WI members around the country must be all a-flutter with the latest foodie fantasy on the Beeb.

Review: Jack The Giant Slayer (12A)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Jack the Giant Slayer (12A)

2:41pm Friday 22nd March 2013

The English folktale of Jack And The Beanstalk is given a smart CGI-heavy makeover in Bryan Singer’s fast-paced fantasy.

Review: Shetland, BBC 1

1:30pm Friday 15th March 2013

JUST because a drama looks spectacular, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be enthralling viewing.

Review: Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

1:58pm Friday 8th March 2013

IF you’re a fan of the nation’s favourite two Geordie lads then you’ll be pleased to see that their 10th series of Saturday night telly is back.

Review: My TV is shouting at me

5:16pm Friday 1st March 2013

WE have all heard tales of people shouting at the TV set in protest about something they have seen — I must say I’ve been tempted a few times.

Review: Let’s Dance For Comic Relief

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Let’s Dance For Comic Relief

1:38pm Friday 22nd February 2013

COMIC Relief has done a great job in helping thousands of youngsters around the world.

Review: This is 40 (15)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: FILM REVIEW: This is 40 (15)

1:45pm Friday 15th February 2013

In This Is 40, Judd Apatow revisits characters from Knocked Up to explore the reality of married life for a middle-aged couple who have lost that loving feeling.

Review: Sammy's Great Escape (PG)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Finding Nemo, Sammy's Great Escape

1:43pm Friday 15th February 2013

Sammy’s Great Escape begins straight after the events of A Turtle’s Tale with Sammy

Review: Supersize vs Superskinny

10:35am Friday 15th February 2013

I HAVE never believed in the saying ‘you are what you eat’.

Review: Beautiful Creatures (12A)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: FILM REVIEW: Beautiful Creatures (12A)

1:47pm Friday 15th February 2013

Based on the first book in the Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Creatures is a supernatural love story about a teenager with strange powers torn between the forces of darkness and light.

Camp queen of the desert delights

3:26pm Wednesday 13th February 2013

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT

Review: Call The Midwife

5:15pm Friday 8th February 2013

IT’S all the fault of the Christmas Day special. The better half has developed a liking for Call The Midwife.

Argo is named the UK regional film critics' movie of the year

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Ben Affleck is fantastic both behind and in front of the cameras in Argo

4:45pm Monday 4th February 2013

The thriller Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, has been voted Film of the Year by the UK’s regional critics.

Review: Bullet To The Head (15)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Bullet To The Head (15)

11:23am Friday 1st February 2013

This was what happened to Christian Slater on the set of Stallone’s latest action showpiece, Bullet To The Head.

Review: Flight (15)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Flight (15)

11:10am Friday 1st February 2013

DENZEL Washington soars to career highs in Robert Zemeckis’s emotionally wrought character study of a pilot wrestling with alcohol dependency.

Review: Hyde Park on Hudson (12A)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Hyde Park on Hudson (12A)

11:29am Friday 1st February 2013

President Franklin Roosevelt prepares to welcome King George VI and his wife Elizabeth to America.

Review: Categorizing Top Gear and Hairy Bikers

9:58am Friday 1st February 2013

MIDDLE aged men behaving badly or entertaining TV?

Review: The Last Stand

Preston and Leyland Citizen: THE LAST STAND: "Schwarzenegger is acutely aware of his physical limitations as a 65-year-old action man and happily pokes fun at his pensioner status"

5:06pm Friday 25th January 2013

Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sheriff of the sleepy town of Sommerton Junction, on the US-Mexico border.

Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Preston and Leyland Citizen: ZERO DARK THIRTY: Director Bigelow orchestrates action sequences with brio, letting loose the dogs of modern warfare

5:05pm Friday 25th January 2013

Ballsy CIA officer Maya (Jessica Chastain) accepts a posting to Islamabad amid Dan (Jason Clarke) worries she might not be up to the task at hand.

Review: Lincoln

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

5:04pm Friday 25th January 2013

Steven Spielberg artfully tears a page from history to immortalise the efforts of the 16th president of the United States to abolish slavery during a turbulent period of deep division within the House of Representatives.

Review: The Great British Bake Off

4:50pm Friday 25th January 2013

JO Brand you are almost forgiven for ever agreeing to be a judge on Splash.

Review: Polar Bear Family and Me

5:02pm Friday 18th January 2013

THE true stars of TV have been out in force this week — and not one of them has said a word.

A review of what's been on the box this week

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Highcliffe Castle: the very British home of Mr Selfridge

4:42pm Wednesday 16th January 2013

This week's TV reviews

Review: Les Miserables

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Les Miserables

4:14pm Friday 11th January 2013

Tom Hooper, Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech, dreamed a dream of immortalising Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s powerhouse musical without the conventional safety net of lip-synching.

Review: Texas Chainsaw 3D

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Texas Chainsaw 3D

4:15pm Friday 11th January 2013

Sheriff Hooper (Thom Barry) races to the Sawyer farmhouse, where hulking Jed Sawyer has run amok with his beloved chainsaw.

Review: Splash, ITV1

3:44pm Friday 11th January 2013

WHERE do you start with the unmitigated TV disaster that was Splash on Saturday night?

Review: Quartet (12A)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: GREAT SCOT Billy Connolly stars in Quartet

4:47pm Friday 4th January 2013

If you want a waspish one-liner delivered with impeccable timing and venom, gift it to Dame Maggie Smith.

Review: Parental Guidance (U)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Parental Guidance (PG)

3:00pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013

Grandmother knows best in Parental Guidance, an intergenerational comedy of bad manners and frayed tempers, which welcomes Bette Midler back to the big screen after a four-year hiatus.

Review: Jack Reacher (12A)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Tom Cruise in action in Jack Reacher

2:58pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013

The US premiere of Jack Reacher, an explosive action thriller based on the book One Shot by Lee Child, was postponed in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Review: Strictly speaking, it still looks all up for grabs

3:43pm Friday 21st December 2012

THINGS are getting serious on Strictly as we approach the grand final tomorrow.

Review: Pointless, BBC2

4:48pm Friday 14th December 2012

IT sounds as though someone is passing comment on that most modern phenomenon but in actual fact Pointless Celebrities is one of the unexpected highlights of the week.

Review: Tinkerbell and the secret of the wings 3D (U)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Tinkerbell and the secret of the wings 3D (U)

4:36pm Friday 14th December 2012

IN the magical realm of Pixie Hollow ruled by Queen Clarion (voiced by Anjelica Huston), Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) and her friends busy themselves gathering berries and coaxing flowers to bloom.

Review: The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey (12A)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Hobbit

4:34pm Friday 14th December 2012

There is a moment early in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey when Gandalf The Grey – played by Burnley-born Sir Ian McKellen – turns to diminutive hero Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and counsels: “All good stories deserve embellishment.”

Review: Checking out how the other half checks in

4:35pm Friday 7th December 2012

HOW the other half lives! There was a certain irony that in the week the Chancellor made his autumn statement, which saw the term ‘austerity’ flying around like confetti at a wedding, BBC2 should begin its compelling new fly-on-the wall documentary Inside Claridge’s.

Review: Jack and the beanstalk, Charter Theatre, Preston

4:34pm Friday 7th December 2012

FE, Fi, Fo, Fum — come and see this panto packed with fun.

Review: Rise of the Guardians (PG)

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Rise of the Guardians (PG)

3:28pm Friday 30th November 2012

BASED on The Guardians Of Childhood book series by William Joyce, Peter Ramsey’s entertaining family-oriented film is a timely reminder that there are many things without rigorous scientific proof that still touch our hearts and change our humdrum lives for the better.

Review: Last Tango in Halifax, BBC1

2:18pm Friday 30th November 2012

IF the number of comments in the office are a way of measuring the impact of a programme on the viewing public then it would seem that you can forget X Factor or I’m A Celebrity.






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