It’s a sin (2021)

Based on the AIDS epidemic in the 80’s, the 5 episode British TV series provides many angles of various stories, and treats each one with dignity and respect.

There are many tough moments which are dealt in a matter of fact way, while others are given a lighter twist. It speaks of community, support, parenting, fear and of course, sex.

A well constructed and acted series, it gives you many dimensions in its limited running time, leaving you with more perspective than when you started.

Sanditon (2019)

Andrew Davies is no stranger to period drama (Pride and Prejudice, Vanity Fair) and does full justice to Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, Sanditon.

The story is very different from Austen’s usual style and makes for good television. There is plenty of drama, intrigue, deception with a sprinkling of Regency era romance. The novel had many different attempts to complete it, so creative liberties have been taken!

Brilliant performances by the leads Rose William and Theo James, but the one that stands out the most is the matriarch Anne Reid. Each character is well etched and acted, providing the authenticity to the proceedings.

For fans of her work, the story will come as a surprise! Enjoy the intricately woven historical plot!

Palmer (2021)

Justin Timberlake presents an unexpected protagonist who has an unlikely friendship with young Ryder Alan.

What starts as an odd arrangement quickly becomes a bond between two people trying to survive in the world. One struggles while the other thrives.

An emotional and heartwarming journey in a small town, with a big heart.

3.5/5

Soul (2020)

One of the most profound animated films I have seen, it deals with concepts which will be too complex for children to understand, but it gives a simple message, loud and clear, for everyone to be inspired by.

Excellent voices, concepts and two very unique central characters and opposing points of view make this a very moving and heart warming watch.

Highly recommended!

4/5

Bridgerton (2020)

An interesting combination of a period drama with the notoriety of modern day television, it weaves interesting scandals, highs and lows with well written characters.

The story highlights certain stereotypes and does away with others. The plot moves fast with conventional drama playing out with a contemporary twist.

Netflix has invested a lot in the show which has been very well received with lots of plots open for season 2. My favourite, the narration by Julie Andrews!

Goodbye December and second half of 2020

The Science of Wellbeing. Dark. Informative Instalive. Retreat for wellness 2.0. Supervision Training Course. Golden Girls marathon. Virtual Christmas in July. Neuro Linguistic Programming course. YouTube interview : travels and inspirations. SAS rock and roll! Cooking triumphs! Beta readers delight! Rakshabandhan surprise by Manisha! Aboriginal culture and safety training. Part 2 title reveal. Rainbow sighting. Tanishq turns 18! Meet the characters of ‘the Exiled Rogue series’.

Certified Supervisor and member of the ACA college of supervisors. Virtual author interview about #coter and #ooter on YouTube. Strawberry Watermelon cake. 5 trips around the sun. #ooter book teaser. Wu Xing Garden sketch reveal. Mayyur turns 40 in style. Navdeep & Sandy complete 20 years. The Origin of the Exiled Rogue trailer and virtual book launch. #ooter becomes an Amazon bestseller! Friends and family all over the world pose with the ebook cover!

Yahoo! news features The Exiled Rogue series! Freshly baked Cookies as we all meet again. Mom turns 75 in MG! #ooter book launch with signed copies of the paperback! A 42nd birthday filled with gratitude. Cakemail surprise from Revna! Diwali joys with summer days! #ooter reviews. #coter and #ooter become part of the State Library of Victoria! Queens Gambit. Annie’s yummy cupcakes! Coburgers and Edgars Creek. Who would I cast as the characters of my Trilogy?

ESPN celebrate a decade! On an aeroplane after 11 months! Brisbane-Bribie-Noosa-Monteville-Goldcoast-Stradbrooke and all the beautiful memories in between! Thank you Nishant, Nirmal and Nyx. Ludo (the film and the game). Crown season 4. Good bye 2020.

2021: the year we catch up with family reunions and milestone celebrations.

2 Amazon bestsellers in 2020

Last 30 days of the year 2020, the year of transformation. Two Amazon bestsellers and the third book written of The Exiled Rogue Series, it’s been a wonderful ride on the wave of inspiration. Download The Codes of the Exiled Rogue and The Origin of the Exiled Rogue and go on a metaphysical, transformational journey to get acquainted with the truth that already resides within you!

Rebecca (2020 film)

A romantic thriller by Ben Wheatley, the film offers everything it promises. Based on the 1938 novel of the same name, the plot is intriguing with enough suspense and mystery to have you invested and interested till the end.

The lead actors do a nuanced job of keeping you guessing while moving the plot along. The twist, when it appears, isn’t entirely a surprise but plausible.

Good performances in a different yet understandable story.

2.5/5