My Week With Marilyn by Colin Clark

Colin Clark’s memoir, My Week With Marilyn, chronicles his time as a ‘third assistant director’ (aka gofer) on the set of Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier’s 1956 movie, The Prince and the Showgirl.

Clark, 23-years-old at the time, was a devoted keeper of a journal. Keen to work in the film industry, he wangled a position on the Showgirl film-set through family connections – his parents were great friends of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. His journal documents the lead-up to filming, including arranging for a house for Monroe, who was traveling to England with new husband, Arthur Miller.
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Things that are making me happy this week

01. Two British Film Festival films this week – laughed and laughed at the wonderful Jim Broadbent in The Duke, followed by a delicious dinner at Mexican Street Food. And this evening, I saw an opera-rom-com, Falling for Figaro (Joanna Lumley steals the show). Continue reading

French Exit by Patrick deWitt – a literary mix tape

I mentioned how slow I’d been to write a review of French Exit by Patrick deWitt. I read it in February – can’t remember much except that I laughed out loud and loved every moment. So, a mix tape instead…

4/5 Dark and hilarious. Continue reading

Things that are making me happy this week

01. Wah! We had a special dinner booked at Farmer’s Daughters but had to pivot for Lockdown 6.0. Thank goodness for our Florentino feast from Providoor. Highlight was the Baccalà, but the arancini; duck tortellini with caramelised pear; slow-cooked beef cheek; Tiramisu; and cannoli were also delicious. Continue reading