Troubador Tookey's Talkies

Released: 28/03/2015

eISBN: 9781784629090

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Tookey's Talkies

144 Great Films From the Last 25 Years


Christopher Tookey has seen at least 10,000 films. For eight years, he was TV and then film critic for the Sunday Telegraph. For twenty years, he was sole film critic for the Daily Mail and the world’s most popular internet newspaper, Mail Online. In 2013, he won the award Arts Reviewer of the Year from the London Press Club. Tookey’s Talkies is a book celebrating 144 of the great movies of the last 25 years. They range from movies that are generally accepted (from The Artist to Toy Story) through to films Christopher liked much more than his colleagues. These include a very wide variety of films, from the memorably horrific Japanese film Audition to the courageous Chinese drama To Live, via Denmark’s fine political thriller, King’s Game. He also tries to explain why he loved Ed Wood and Isn’t She Great? – both commercial flops – along with such critically underrated movies as Cheri, Separate Lies and The Tourist. The films collected in this volume are welcome evidence that quality has not yet been drowned out by quantity, and creativity has not been entirely destroyed by commerce. For Christopher, film remains the most exciting and uplifting art form of our times. Tookey’s Talkies will appeal greatly to the general reader and in particular to all film fans, including those who have followed?Christopher’s reviews over the years. In a companion volume, Tookey’s Turkeys,?Christopher has written about the 144 films that annoyed or angered him most over the same period.

Named & Shamed

A great read, great fun. It shows, delightfully, what thoroughly nasty, spiteful people movie critics can be.
Barry Norman

Deriving pleasure from others' misery is not an elevating pastime, and I am not proud of how much I enjoyed this book. But I could not put it down.
Julian Fellowes

A comprehensive tribute to the neglected heroism of film critics, who watch awful performances so the public doesn’t have to, warning them off with dark, savage wit.
David Gritten

A brilliant almanac for anyone who has ever doubted the wit and wisdom of critics.
James Christopher

A blockbuster of critical barbs.
Henry Fitzherbert

I was amused.
Philip French

A deliciously vicious anthology of malignancy… It belongs in the smallest room, and I don't doubt that many of us will slavishly memorise our favourite quotes about our least favourite artistes.
Jeni Barnett

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Christopher Tookey

Christopher Tookey was educated at Tonbridge School and Exeter College, Oxford, where he was a History Scholar, President of the Union, Editor of Isis, President of the Etceteras and Musical Director of Oxford Theatre Group. He also directed the winning new play in the Sunday Times-NUS Drama Competition.

Since 1993, he has been the film critic for the Daily Mail, the UK’s best-selling mid-market daily newspaper. Between 1994 and 1998, he was Chairman of the British Film Critics’ Circle, producing and presenting their annual awards ceremony in aid of the NSPCC. He is author of the non-fiction book The Critics’ Film Guide and, the biggest collection of film criticism in the world.

For several years before 1993, he was TV and Film Critic for the Sunday Telegraph and TV critic for the Daily Telegraph. He has also been theatre critic for the Mail on Sunday and written for Prospect, the Sunday Times, Observer, European, Books & Bookmen and (in the USA) National Review.

He is a prolific broadcaster, interviewer and interviewee on radio and TV, and has worked in the theatre and television, as a writer, composer, director and producer.

The hundreds of TV programmes he has directed include the award-winning rock series Revolver (ATV), the acclaimed Channel 4 series After Dark, the Emmy-winning Network 7, the ratings successes Showtime, Luna and Celebrity Squares (Central), and international chart-topping rock videos including the Katrina and the Waves classic, Walking On Sunshine.

He has composed and arranged theme music for several long-running television series and composed 12 stage musicals, produced at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, Haymarket and Phoenix Theatres Leicester, Arts Cambridge, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Bush and Gate Theatres on the London fringe, and Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

Also in the West End, he has produced and directed shows at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, May Fair, Piccadilly and Fortune Theatres.

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