1st February – The Dig

I believe this film has been covered elsewhere. I would just like to say that I really liked this film and I believe it was completely unnecessary to have invented a character (I won’t say which one – spoiler non-alert) who falls for the wife of one of the archaeologists. The film implies that her husband was gay when there was no evidence that he ever was.

How does a film get away with such a slur? Can’t the producers be sued for defamation of character or is there a statute of limitations on such accusations, even implied ones? The film didn’t need this unnecessary intrusion.

The storyline is strong enough – an outsider has to prove himself in the eyes of his so-called superiors – and they all find the most amazing treasures in a ship-burial mound, at the same time rewriting the history of the Anglo-Saxons in England. They were cultured, they traded, they had a currency, they were in contact with other peoples in North-Western Europe and around the Mediterranean, and in the process created the basis for English culture and language.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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