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by M D Kelley (subscribe)
A freelance writer, amateur photographer, foodie, and former ex-pat now living in Melbourne. Always on the look out for the fun, unusual, and affordable. Contact me on Instagram/Twitter: @mdkelleywriter or visit
Published May 21st 2018
Take a wander through The Bookshop
When I went to see The Bookshop, a movie based on the book by Penelope Fitzgerald. It turned out to be the perfect Melbourne day (think damp and grey) to just stay indoors and enjoy this little gem of a film.

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See Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop at selected cinemas from 24 May 2018. (Source: courtesy of Transmission Films)

Starring Emily Mortimer, as an independently-minded widow, and Bill Nighy, the town recluse who becomes her ally, The Bookshop centres around the attempts of a widow, Florence Green, to open and run her own bookshop in the sleepy, closed off town of Hardborough, England. Risking everything, not the least being her reputation and home, Mrs Green finds opposition just about everywhere she turns. With a little persistence and luck, she finds success for a short period of time until the self-appointed queen of mean, Mrs Gamart (Patricia Clarkson), decides to flex some downright dirty aristocratic muscle to make life difficult for her.

Audiences will also appreciate the suave and rather immoral hanger-on Milo North, played by James Lance, who seems unable to decide what he's really about and the impertinent but genuine Christine (Honor Kneafsey), Mrs Green's young helper in the bookshop, who sees right through Milo's hollow charm.

So if you're looking for a thoughtful movie on reading, the appeal of cracking a real book open, and going against the grain catch The Bookshop at a cinema near you.
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Why? A thoughtful, lovely movie about books and life
When: From 24 May 2018
Where: At selected cinemas everywhere
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