BURTON & TAYLOR & PORN TALK

OPINIONS OF THE DAY, 22.7.13

Get two mighty luvvies to play two mighty luvvies and it’s like making a ham sandwich with ham and ham – and there was a strong flavour of ham about Burton & Taylor, played by Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter on BBC4 last night.

It passed ok as an example of Print The Legend biopic but was not particularly convincing if you remembered Burton and Taylor as actual people.

West reportedly agonised over how Welsh he should make Richard Burton. In my view, he settled for not quite Welsh enough.  And quite a bit too metrosexual.   I didn’t know Burton terribly well, it’s true, but I grew up close enough behind him to guess at the kind of masculinity he represented and although West looked the part, he was occasionally, forgive me, a touch too camp to convey Burton’s burly charm.

 Bonham Carter’s accent sounded a bit dodgy too, although she did quite well in general at sketching a flaky old glamourpuss looking for a rerun of her greatest love affair, after blowing it twice before.

There were some touching moments but also some toe-curlers.

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Not sure the War On Porn has been won yet.

If I understand this right, we are all going to be asked to declare clearly whether we want our computers to offer us pornographic images: Yes or No?

It’s a bit more complicated than that for many of us, surely.  But how detailed can an official questionnaire possibly be?  Will there be a box for Don’t Mind A Bit Of Smut After The Watershed But No Piercings Please Because They Make The Missis Feel Funny?

Most of us, I suspect, are less concerned about the darker corners of the internet than we are about the mainstream media’s prurient obsession with them. Every time you turn on the news, or pick up a paper, somebody is banging on about paedophilia or pornography, from breakfast time to midnight. The defence is public interest, of course, but a lot of the public have a strong interest in not having to talk about these things in front of the children at all, before it is absolutely necessary.

Just Shut Up About It is probably a forlorn campaign suggestion but I bet it’s what a lot of people wish for.

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