Literally Liz: Fresh Ventures for Sexy Colin
MacPherson, Liz, The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Congratulations to well-known cinema critic Colin McAlpin who has just departed from the Irish News after a 14 year stretch to launch a new freelance writing career.
Colin has enjoyed a somewhat varied career starting off as a goalkeeper for a football team, which he bashfully declined to name, and moving on to just writing about the stars to writing and directing his own films as well.
Film buffs will know that his short, but sweet, gangster films Mizzi and Joe was premiered at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Hollywood and opened the Leeds International Film Festival. He has also just completed a sit-com for the BBC.
Colin, who featured in this column before by dent of his brooding good looks, tells us he is having a wonderful time, working from his stylish town house in Carryduff, lounging around in his silk pyjamas and Paisley robe thinking creative thoughts.
Who knows, maybe Colin's next sit-com will be based in a Belfast news room - not so much Drop The Dead Donkey as Drop the Dead Dinosaur.
In Wednesday's column I mentioned that the UDPs Gary McMichael was somewhat displeased by some of the contents of Rathcoole playwright Gary Mitchell's latest work, As The Beast Sleeps, presently running in Dublin.
In the interests of accuracy I have to make it clear that Gary didn't so much mind the play as its portrayal of a paramilitary turned politician . . . I wonder why.
In the column it was suggested that Mr McMichael should refresh his mind with some light viewing, like 101 Dalmatians.
I have to confess that 101 dalmatians was very much on my mind having recently spent an evening watching it with friends and it was great stuff - makes you want to adopt a little dalmatian - but I was too ashamed to admit it.
However, having consulted a friend who is something of a style guru, its all right now. He says that its okay to watch 101 Dalmatians because it is ''retro cool''.
So there I was, thinking I was really sad and all the time I was being retro cool.
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