Bong Joon-ho has won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival for his black comic thriller Parasite. The South Korean director is best known for previous films Okja and Snowpiercer, and earned rave reviews for his new film, which is about a poor family who insinuate themselves as servants into a much richer one. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw described it as “a luxuriously watchable and satirical suspense drama [that] runs as purringly smooth as the Mercedes driven by the lead character”. Bong is the first Korean director to have won the top award at Cannes, after last appearing in competition with Okja in 2017. He is the second Asian winner in successive years, after Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda triumphed in 2018 with Shoplifters. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood left empty-handed despite widespread critical acclaim, as did another heavyweight director Ken Loach, whose gig-economy drama Sorry We Missed You had made a major … [Read more...] about Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite wins Palme d’Or at Cannes film festival
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Forty-five international music festivals, including the Proms, Liverpool Sound City, the Aldeburgh opera festival and Kendal Calling, have pledged a 50/50 gender split in their lineups. As part of the Keychange initiative, founded by the PRS Foundation, the festivals will implement the change – across their live music acts, conference talks and commissions – by 2022. Vanessa Reed, CEO of PRS Foundation, said: “The push for gender parity across society continues and with increased public awareness of inequalities across the creative industries, we have an opportunity to respond and commit to tangible change in music … I hope that this will be the start of a more balanced industry which will result in benefits for everyone.” The move comes amid continued controversies around male-dominated festival lineups. Last year, a BBC study of 14 major UK festivals for the last decade found out of 660 headline appearances, only 37 were all-female acts. This … [Read more...] about Proms among music festivals pledging 50/50 gender split in lineups
Welcome to our daily tipping service provided by Telegraph Sport's very own champion tipster Marlborough. Attending a meeting today? In need of some guidance? Or just fancy a flutter? You've come to the right place. Each day Marlborough will bring you the best bets from every race at every racecourse around the country. From the bright lights of the Cheltenham Festival and Glorious Goodwood to a low-key evening meeting at Chelmsford City, we have all bases covered. Looking for a daily nap? There is no better place to come. Marlborough will indicate his top tip for the day in traditional style, with any other notable selections highlighted with "nb". So come back every evening for Marlborough's... … [Read more...] about Marlborough racing tips for Thursday, December 12
"Manchester United's win at Newcastle last week was their 11th in a row in the league," notes Michael Strutter. "Is that a record for the top flight in England or even Europe?" The short and long answer is 'no', but they aren't far away from an English top-flight record. That belongs to Arsenal, who scorched to 14 consecutive Premiership wins in 2002, 13 of them to clinch the title at the back end of the 2001-02 season. That 13-match winning streak began and ended with victories over Everton; they then beat Birmingham in the first game of the 2002-03 season before drawing at West Ham. Three other English sides have won 14 in a row in what was then the Second Division: Manchester United (1904-05), Bristol City (1905-06) and Preston (1950-51). All of which is knocked into a cocked one by the achievements of Martin O'Neill's Celtic. After drawing the first game of the 2003-04 season at Dunfermine, they won the next 25 until they were held at home by Motherwell in the middle of March. Even … [Read more...] about Have Manchester United just set a record for consecutive league wins?
The Clive Arms, Bromfield, Shropshire What’s it like? My stay was in one of the new rooms and I found it a comfortable, unfussy space. While it doesn’t have the wow factor, the decor’s shades of light green, prints of birdlife and books artfully scattered about made for a relaxing environment. Slipping into my en suite I found a deep, free-standing roll-top bath and walk-in shower, and big bottles of eco-friendly 100 Acres toiletries – including a very silky conditioner. In one of the new rooms, the bath is actually inside the bedroom (“something younger couples like” according to one of the staff). It’s a pity the noisy A49 runs in front of the hotel but at least the traffic had reduced to a trickle by bedtime. What about breakfast and dinner? I tested their mettle by requesting vegan options: kicking off with a tempura-battered courgette flower that melted in the mouth. My main was a platter of produce picked fresh from the walled garden, … [Read more...] about Five of the UK’s best new hotels for foodies: reviewed