Articles By Peter Whittle
 
January/February 2015
"The contemporary super-rich have little in the way of roots or connection, and therefore little sense of obligation"
 
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December 2014
"Wasn’t the death of Lee Rigby—carried out by barbaric extremists who singled him out purely for what he objectively was, a soldier—the very definition of a hate crime?"
 
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November 2014
‘It is assumed that the capital is a standing rebuke to all those who voice concern about unfettered migration. But surely Londoners leaving London is a cause for concern’
 
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November 2014
The impresario has a bracing honesty and has added to the gaiety of the nation
 
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October 2014
The great provocateur - Joan Rivers
 
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October 2014
'I'm not sure there has ever been a time in London when you chose where you lived on the basis of sexual preference'
 
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September 2014
‘Do people know what Boris Johnson believes in? He slips and slides, whether on Islam or immigration’
 
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July/August 2014
‘Brick Lane may be hip, but it is part of a borough where a toxic brand of sectarian politics is promoted by threats and intimidation'
 
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June 2014
Bob Hoskins would feel out of place in the self-conscious London of today's films
 
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May 2014
Its time for the metropolitan elites to broaden their horizons
 
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April 2014
The cult of eating out
 
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March 2014
 
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January/February 2014
Films with conservative themes are more common than their makers might care to admit
 
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December 2013
The Butler may be simplistic and sentimental but it is the kind of movie at which America still excels
 
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December 2013
Far from being cutting-edge, the British cultural establishment ignores the biggest threat to artistic freedom: radical Islam
 
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November 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch is hard to watch as Julian Assange and a new Juliet brings to mind Shrek’s bride
 
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October 2013
Richard Curtis eschews his usual smugness and fakery in his latest feelgood feature, About Time
 
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September 2013
This summer's dire Hollywood offerings are helping to cement the TV box-set's status as king
 
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July/August 2013
The po-faced Man of Steel isn’t nearly as absorbing as Soderbergh’s portrait of the Man of Rhinestone
 
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July/August 2013
The corporation has for too long ignored public opinion on multiculturalism, sticking instead to liberal orthodoxies
 
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June 2013
The monarchy is in rude health but increased longevity could paradoxically spell the end of royal rule
 
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June 2013
Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is a treat for the eyes but cannot escape its flimsy source material
 
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May 2013
All-too-predictable sci-fi and tired post-modern campery imply that original cinematic ideas are rare
 
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April 2013
The cult of the auteur lets Steven Soderbergh and Danny Boyle get away with self-indulgence
 
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March 2013
Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty deserve awards, Hitchcock is dull and Les Miserables in unbearable
 
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March 2013
'British comedy has gone from laughing with to laughing at: comedians no longer try to endear themselves to their audiences'
 
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January/February 2013
A glut of superb performances in 2012 reflects a rising general standard in the actor’s craft
 
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December 2012
Thomas Vinterberg's chilling new movie questions our assumptions about youthful innocence
 
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November 2012
Great acting cannot save Paul Thomas Anderson's ponderous new Scientology movie, The Master
 
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October 2012
Joe Wright's Karenina is well-scripted but too stagey and his Anna lacks depth
 
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September 2012
The attempt by the Left to present the nation's pride as a new, "post-imperial", patriotism, after the olympics just highlights their hypocrisy and opportunism
 
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September 2012
Vertigo is now the "Greatest Film Of All Time". Like Citizen Kane, it excites more admiration than love
 
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July/August 2012
Anti-patriotic liberals tell us that the BNP has hijacked the Union Jack but they are the only ones that make the connection between the flag and bigotry
 
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July/August 2012
In Cosmopolis, Robert Pattinson is aiming for mainstream leading man territory
 
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June 2012
Tim Burton serves up the same old tosh, but Sacha Baron Cohen still skewers dictators and liberals
 
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May 2012
Can you remember when you last heard a cinema audience laugh together at the same joke?
 
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April 2012
John Madden’s cinematic saga of late-life self-discovery in India is rightly a popular triumph
 
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April 2012
Culture has never been in better shape, boasts our leading arts broadcaster — but only if you focus on soap operas and sport
 
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March 2012
The arts have failed to respond adequately to 9/11. Stephen Daldry’s new film is no exception
 
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January/February 2012
The Iron Lady does its subject and her legacy proud—but I hope Lady Thatcher never sees it
 
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December 2011
If the French satirical magazine firebombed by Islamists had been British, our officials would have said nothing
 
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December 2011
Justin Kurzel’s tale of a suburban serial killer in Australia is grim, gruelling and all too believable
 
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November 2011
‘Forty years after the 1971 Immigration Act, the numbers arriving are unprecedented. We need a breathing space’
 
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November 2011
Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion is stylish and plausible, but its lack of spectacle means it won’t go viral
 
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October 2011
Woody Allen’s latest film requires a level of cultural knowledge rarely demanded by Hollywood
 
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September 2011
Pedro Almodóvar may be revered for his beautiful kitsch but this latest offering is just too shallow
 
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September 2011
For forty years multiculturalism enabled the authorities to ignore the effects of immigration in Woolwich. The riots have changed all that
 
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July/August 2011
Two new documentaries offer predictable views of nuclear weapons and financial meltdown
 
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June 2011
Emilio Estévez’s tedious movie about “finding oneself” loses its way en route to Santiago de Compostela
 
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May 2011
Failing arts organisations backed by taxpayers' money do not deserve an unlimited supply of hand-outs
 
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May 2011
Re-releases of two 1970s classics give modern audiences access to a real cinematic experience
 
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April 2011
Woody Allen’s new movie shows that his era is long since over
 
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April 2011
The soon-to-be Princess Catherine has shown she has the temperament and background to be an invaluable addition to the royal family
 
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April 2011
France's First Lady lives a pampered, cloistered existence and regularly abuses her privileged position
 
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March 2011
The young stars of Never Let Me Go do as well as they can in a movie that goes nowhere very slowly
 
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January/February 2011
Films like The King’s Speech can help to remedy the failure of our schools to teach history
 
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December 2010
The once-reviled Peeping Tom has been re-released into a world where torture and porn barely register
 
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November 2010
David Fincher’s movie about the rise of social networking is skilful, but the human touch is lacking
 
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November 2010
The British screenwriter's coarse emotionalism has seen his latest effort blow up in his face
 
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November 2010

The contribution of the creator of Yes, Minister to the debate over the future of the BBC is considered and convincing

 
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October 2010
Seeing Julia Roberts’s new cult movie in California was a less than edifying experience
 
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September 2010
Now on DVD, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island is a diamond amid the seasonal rubbish
 
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July/August 2010
Woody Allen's new film revisits his old haunts on the Upper West Side. But it's a bit of a let-down
 
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June 2010
Films about psychoanalysis are ten a penny. Despite Kevin Spacey, this one doesn't raise a laugh
 
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June 2010
Though her role is poorly understood, the monarch has preserved the constitution for almost 60 years
 
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May 2010
Another new movie pokes fun at our fear of jihadists. But suicide bombers are not Dad’s Army
 
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May 2010
The liberal establishment maintains a shameful silence over widespread intolerance of homosexuality among Muslims
 
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April 2010

David Baddiel's new film, The Infidel, proves Ayatollah Khomeini was right: there is no humour in (or about) Islam

 
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March 2010
We are being bombarded by a legion of apocalyptic movies. Be afraid, be very afraid
 
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January/February 2010

Tom Ford’s moving adaptation of Isherwood’s novel avoids all the usual homosexual film clichés

 
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December 2009
The liberals don't like them, but films about vigilantism — like Law Abiding Citizen — are a huge success
 
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November 2009
There was one crucial thing missing at this year's Conservative Party Conference: the blue-rinse brigade
 
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November 2009
An award-winning art-house movie about a German feudal village is unexpectedly worthwhile
 
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October 2009
May '68 was supposed to be the start of something new in France. But why did it all go so wrong?
 
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September 2009
Dorian Gray may be easy on the eye but it fails to create a frisson
 
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July/August 2009
Lars von Trier’s latest exercise in nihilism may illuminate his own depression, but it isn’t art
 
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July/August 2009
‘Have you, like me, secretly felt in certain locales that you have been parachuted behind enemy lines?’
 
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June 2009
The film of Dan Brown's best-seller Angels and Demons is pure hokum
 
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May 2009
The type of journalist played by Russell Crowe in State of Play may already be history
 
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May 2009
Austerity and Abundance Special:
Compared to the squalor of the high street, shopping centres offer a comfortable refuge in hard times
 
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April 2009
Bill Maher's anti-religious satire, Religulous, makes even an agnostic root for the other side
 
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March 2009
Eastwood's Gran Torino ticks all the boxes of a stereotypical immigration-is-good film
 
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February 2009

Being a victim of a "speciality offence" only reaffirmed my views about police PR

 
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February 2009
Valkyrie is a triumph for Tom Cruise, but The Reader disappoints
 
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January 2009
As Hollywood prepares for the annual Oscar bash, the signs are it isn't going to be a vintage year
 
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January 2009
There's not much to laugh at these days - especially if you're working class
 
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December 2008
The faultlines in the plot of Blindness, a new movie adaptation of a classic novel, make it somewhat absurd
 
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November 2008
A new German movie strips away the myths surrounding the Baader-Meinhof gang
 
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October 2008
The new movie version of Waugh's classic fails to match either the novel or the TV series
 
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September 2008
This sumptuous, confident telling of an 18th-century duchess's story may spark some welcome interest in our British history
 
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September 2008
When I tried to confront anti-social behaviour, nobody dared to back me up. So what's wrong with us?
 
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August 2008
This summer, we’ve seen the release of two more leftwing documentaries. Isn’t it about time the other side said its piece?
 
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July 2008
Far from sending out subliminal religious messages, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is an uncomplicated adaptation of a children's classic
 
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June 2008
Most of us, thankfully, still have relatively little direct experience of violent crime, although everyone but the most sheltered now suffers death by a thousand anti-social cuts, and the implicit threat they carry.
 
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June 2008
The latest literary biopic, The Edge of Love, presents Dylan Thomas as a dreary boorish philanderer, not a great writer
 
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About Peter Whittle

Peter Whittle is director of the New Culture Forum and author of Look at Me: Celebrating the Self in Modern Britain, Private Views: Voices from the Front Line of British Culture, Monarchy Matters and, most recently, Being British: What's Wrong With It? (Biteback). He is UKIP's prospective parliamentary candidate for Eltham.

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