Friday, 5 April 2013

Briefs Encountered

Author: Julian Clary

Published: March 2013

What They Say:  A haunting story of love and obsession...

Noel Coward is the toast of twenties society...a brilliant playwright, composer and entertainer whose bon homie, witty songs and pithy lines hide a secret. Goldenhurst, his house in Kent, provides a refuge. A place where he can be himself. And more importantly where he can be with his lover, Jack, without fear of arrest or judgement...

And so it would have remained if their idyll hadn't been ruined by the arrival of Noel's domineering mother, father and aunt...

Flash forward to present day and actor Richard Stent falls in love with the house and buys it from its current owner. But Richard has problems of his own...Goldenhurst is supposed to be a respite from all his worries but this is a house with a very rich, and not always pleasant history.

And more than one thing is about to go bump in the night...

What Elaine Says: Oh dear.  I was actually quite looking forward to this.  A bit of sparkling wit and a few nods to the era of Noel Coward were very appealing in this bleak never ending UK winter.  Unfortunately though this really didn't deliver.

It's clear what Clary is aiming for, a humorous homage to Coward and his like.  However, this ends up far more like a Carry On "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" film than a clever, wry look at society.

It's not all bad.  There were moments that were amusing, but all in all this just didn't work for me.

Elaine's Rating: 3/10

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