Fistful of Tacos

Fistful of Tacos
Mexican street food
Behind Waitrose Thurs to Sat, 5pm-9pm
BR Rating ****

By Alison Lang

A friend mentioned to me that Bridport never used to be hip.
Well it must have had a hip replacement. The one thing I thought was missing was Mexican food, but now that’s sorted with a super van parked at the back of Punch and Judy bakery, just behind Waitrose, serving proper Mexican street food.

Delicious home-made slow-cooked pulled pork, Beef Brisket and Chipotle chicken in soft tacos and burritos with all the fixings, plus a beautiful vegetarian option with sweet potato.

It’s quite clever as a family connection allows them to use the ovens at Punch and Judy bakery when the bread baking has finished for the day. From chefing at the Bull, Avenue and the Watch House, Gerry Page and Mattias Larsson now make it all Mexican.

Grab a seat or take a taco home.

By |August 16th, 2016|Alison Lang, Food & Drink|0 Comments

Daniel Kemish

Daniel KemishNo Country for Old Men
James Weston

Electric Palace 9 April 2016
BR Rating ****
By Alison Lang

And Nashville came to Bridport. The country vibe was strong and good at the Electric Palace. The evening kicked off with Bridport’s No Country for Old Men, a train-track rhythm and tight guitar licks that set the mood.

Headline act Daniel Kemish is a Nashville recording artist hailing from round the corner in Southampton, with Portugal and Devon connections and two members of the band from Sweden. Yet they could be pure-bred Nashville.

Kemish has an extraordinarily beautiful voice that he stifles dramatically. Many catchy original songs and a fabulous band half picked in Nashville. Looking like a hippy version of Bruce Springsteen, he runs through the most gorgeous collection of guitars imaginable.

The show is slick and it’s easy to picture Kemish as the next country-music pin-up.

Their van-driving companion and companion act, James Weston from Chicago via Nashville, had the beautiful raspy voice of the evening. Echoes of Tom Waits. He endeared himself to Bridport with plenty of personality by offering round-the-clock serenading in exchange for a property in town. An offer worth considering.

All in all, a fantastic night for country built around two sensational voices.

By |April 10th, 2016|Alison Lang, The Electric Palace|1 Comment

Suite Française

suite1 Bridport Arts Centre 12 April 2015
BR Rating ***

By Alison Lang

Are you ever able to say you liked the film better than the book? Especially when the first half of the book is virtually missing? I hope so.

The exodus of refined Parisians with precious possessions piled high, on the move from the Germans in the Second World War, is dramatically realised. So, too, is the occupation of Paris by the Germans. And how to live with the enemy is certainly an interesting subject.

The book from which the film is taken is a wonderful fictional document of French life at the time by a writer who was there, Irène Némirovsky. She never saw the book published because, as a Jew, she was transported and murdered at Auschwitz. Her manuscript was put in a suitcase and entrusted to her daughter, who read it and gave it to the world some 40 years later.

We learned from Harriet Walter, the guest speaker, who played the Viscountess de Montmort in the film, that the story of the book and its author, which had been filmed as an introduction and conclusion, was unfortunately cut thanks to a confused focus group (and, presumably, a director and producer who lacked courage.)

Walter, who has also starred in roles as varied as Law & Order and Cleopatra with the Royal Shakespeare Company, talked about the first half of the book, which was largely passed over in the film. She missed the character vignettes that lampooned the bad behaviour of the French in extremis. She referred to them as “one-dimensional goodies and baddies”, but there may be a minority, myself included, who were quite happy to concentrate instead on the love story and the interference of a mother-in-law, beautifully played by Kristin Scott Thomas.

Walter, who lives in West Dorset, felt the dialogue could have been more interesting. That may be true, but she contrasted it with the film she chose for the festival, The French Lieutenant’s Woman with screenplay by Harold Pinter. That is hardly a paragon of the cinema, but apt for the area and Walters, who had a sadly shrunken part of a lunatic in it, has fond memories of the experience. When the part was suggested, she went to a house in Hampstead. Meryl Streep answered the door; Jeremy Irons made coffee; Harriet took the part.

Walter’s favourite film experience was playing in Louis Malle’s Milou en Mai, about French revolutionary fervour in the 1960s. In a switch of presumed national types, Walter’s English character, Lily, was an embodiment of English freedom and love in contrast with the French stiff upper lip.

When Walter played in Sense and Sensibility, the writer and star, Emma Thompson, had an interesting observation about book-to-film adaptations. She advocated dramatizing everything in the book and then seeing what works. Walter explained that it’s very difficult to show on film the interior mind without “clunky voice-over” and therefore some parts work, others don’t.

Speaking of the interior mind, Irène Némirovsky wanted to show us that people are people whether painted with enemy or home colours. Either can be good or bad. I wonder if she would be so generous to the Germans of the time had she known they would send her to her death.

By |April 13th, 2015|Alison Lang, Film, From Page to Screen Festival|0 Comments

Fairport Convention

BR Coming SoonElectric Palace

Saturday February 28 7.30pm

Tickets £21 + bf advance /£23 door

From Bridport TIC on 01308 424901 or online

By Alison Lang

Last year this legendary band re-named themselves Bridport Convention, if only for one night. They certainly felt at home. It’s complicated but basically two of the band members are from the original line-up, Simon Nicol and Dave Pegg. The others are also dyed-in-the-wool Fairport and bring original material and equal passion, as well as the wood and the wire, a stringed instrument that is louder than laughter, brighter than fire.
Fairport Convention
During last year’s concert, they complained that lazy journalists who didn’t understand them dubbed them a folk-rock band. So let’s call them a rock-folk band. Either way, they are rightly credited with starting a very English folk-rock movement and remain at the pinnacle of it.

Part of the band’s heart is new and beats in the person of Chris Leslie, who joined in 1996. He is lead vocal, plays magical fiddle and mandolin and, along with Nigel Stonier provides the main source of the band’s new material.

  • Read our review on Sunday 1 March
By |February 25th, 2015|Alison Lang|0 Comments

Broadchurch Episode 6

9 February 2015
BR rating ***

By Alison Lang

A good episode. Danny’s father is virtually put on trial by young Tom’s lies. Tom, who has been siding with his father in the dock, returns to live with his mother. There is a touching turn-around scene when a big telling-off from his mum is actually welcomed by young Tom as it brings him back into the fold.

DI Hardy has the week off having a pacemaker installed and enjoying a return to familial harmony. Good to see him smile. Perhaps his heart trouble was exacerbated by a visit to the Bridport bus-station diner, staring at the hubcaps on the wall.

Having become an unreliable witness in the new storyline, Claire Ripley is left to fend for herself against (or with) her not-so-ex, Lee Ashworth, and the episode ended with her destroying evidence of a connection with the dead girl as she burns a photo of herself wearing the dead girl’s pendant.

The evidence has gone but not before DS Miller has seen it.

By |February 10th, 2015|Alison Lang, Broadchurch, TV|0 Comments