Art & Culture Reviews

Hannah Fielding is an award-winning writer and published her first book, Burning Embers, in 2012. Since then, she has gone on to publish two more works, The Echoes of Love (2014) and Indiscretion (2015). Extensively travelled during both childhood and adulthood, Fielding channels her passions into her writing.
This year's London leg of the International Human Rights Watch Festival include a compelling selection of Latin American films. Of the many harrowing conflicts besetting Latin America in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, that of Peru's between the Sendero Luminoso and the Peruvian state forces between 1980 and 2000, counts among the worst. Storm in the Andes provides a startling and personal account of Josefin Augusta Eckermann, a Swede with Peruvian roots on her paternal side.
A box office and critical hit, both in Latin America and outside, this anthology of short stories linked by themes of rage and restraint in post-modern living, is Argentina's most recent example in a long tradition of exceptional cinema .
Shot in 2012 in Brazil and Germany, Futuro Beach touches on the themes of expatriation, nostalgia and family links. Its contemplative tone offers an impactful and realistic sense of time passing by. Futuro Beach is now out on DVD.
The Playhouse Theatre is now hosting a boisterous adaptation of Almodóvar's film: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Complete with its own musical score, this impression of Madrid in the 1980s becomes surprisingly convincing in a 1882 building. Flashes of neon pink, green and blue flood the stage to announce the local colour.
A new book shows how Latin America is shaping China’s foreign policy, but ignores China’s impact on the environment and people of the region itself
The feature debut from the Colombian director Franco Lolli, Gente de Bien is a sensitive, unsettling and realistic piece of social reflexion. It narrates a parent-child relationship against the backdrop of Colombia’s wealth gap, but above all, according to Lolli,“a very personal film, a process of psycho-analytical therapy."
Historias de Lavapiés is Ramón Luque’s third release which opened this year’s London Spanish Film Festival. It is a truthful, beautiful snapshot into Spain’s multicultural society and continuing economic difficulty. Few films honestly reflect the small incidents of everyday life in such a poignant way.
After its successful UK tour, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's weirdly popular journey into the heart of Argentine history returns to the West End. With 55 new performances, the epic bio-musical that dissects the character of South America’s most famous First Lady, dislodges the 12 year-old We Will Rock You, in a recently refurbished Dominion Theatre.
The myth of Don Juan is well-known. Though it found its origins in literature over four centuries ago, the idea has come into popular culture and evolved to fit the typically modern term of ‘womanizer’. Yes, Don Juan is a libertine, a heartbreaker – just as Casanova is known as one of the most famous lovers in Italian history, Don Juan is Spain’s very own lady-killer.

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