This appeared in Scottish Field in February 2020

Fab mag artwork by Alexander Jackson

BRIAN COX, award-winning Hollywood actor, has the values of his Dundee upbringing printed through him like a stick of rock — and not just because he once asked the city to bestow an honour upon the Dandy’s pigtailed provocateur, Beryl the Peril.


This originally appeared in the Sunday Times January 5 2019

Making 1917 with top Hollywood director Sam Mendes was a statement of intent by Scots screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Are Hollywood A-listers in love with Krysty Wilson-Cairns? Bond director Sam Mendes has worked with her three times. Spaced and Baby Driver…


This appeared in Scottish Field January 2019

Of all the relationships in Billy Connolly’s life, the longest and most electrifying has been with Scotland, a country he has loved and lambasted as only one of the family is allowed to do. …


This was published in Scottish Field November 2018

Thanks to the magic of Harry Potter, the rags-to-riches story of JK Rowling OBE has been treated as something of a fairytale. Once upon a time, she was a girl with nothing but a baby and a headful of ideas for a…


This first appeared in Scottish Field on September 2018

He’s one of Scotland’s most successful stand-ups, with a string of bestselling books and dvds, as well as his own BBC 2 show, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order; and this August, he hits the Edinburgh Festival, playing sellout gigs at the…


This first appeared in Scottish Field in August 2018

His fingerprints can be found all over British comedies from On The Hour to I’m Alan Partridge, The Thick of It and Death of Stalin. …


This first appeared in Scottish Field in April 2018

With his jaunty quiff and open-jawed T-Rex grin, Ewan McGregor has always been a charmer. …


A version of this appeared in the Scottish Daily Mail on January 15

It's a good time for Queens onscreen, with Olivia Coleman currently scooping up awards as mad, sad Queen Anne in The Favourite, and then later this year take over from Claire Foy to play the more serenely…


a version of this was published on October 20 2018 in the Scottish Daily Mail

NETFLIX’S new big-budget film, Outlaw King, premiered at the Omni Centre in Edinburgh last night. …


A version of this appeared in the Scottish Daily Mail on September 4 2018

“And later I’ll shit on Top Gear”

Here’s a test that may give away your age as surely as calling music “albums” or recalling the hexagonal pencil kept in the glove box solely to rewind cassettes whenever a tape got chewed by the…

Siobhan Synnot

Film, arts & currents affairs wumman in Scotland. All views are my own, and probably influenced by how early it is.

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