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Damned interviews

Monday 26th September 2016

The cast of Channel 4 social work sitcom Damned talk about the show. They discuss the importance of realism, how improv was used on set, and more.

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Press Clippings

Boyle & Patel defend controversial John Lennon scene

Director Danny Boyle and actor Himesh Patel have both defended a controversial scene in their film Yesterday following an online backlash. (*Warning: contains spoilers for Yesterday*)

Flora Carr, Radio Times, 7th July 2019

Revolving around a failed musician (Himesh Patel) who awakens from a coma and realises he's the only person who knows who the Beatles are, the Danny Boyle directed, Richard Curtis scripted Yesterday squanders a promising premise by using it in service of a reactionary romcom about a bumbling guy learning to appreciate the beautiful best friend (Lily James) who's spent her entire adult life quietly pining for him. The Beatles back-catalogue gets an extensive airing, and Patel's good at performing the songs. But a few Boyle-inflected flourishes aside that hint and something deeper, this is pretty banal stuff. Ed Sheeran has an extended cameo as himself; his best joke involves "improving" the lyrics to a certain classic - a gag that was done better by Nicholas Cage in Peggy Sue Got Married, which says it all, really.

Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 27th June 2019

The latest jukebox movie to put its women on mute

Danny Boyle's schmaltz-fest is all about musicians, and all of them are men. It's another hero's journey in which women are there to dote, scold and sell out.

Laura Snapes, The Guardian, 27th June 2019

Review: Yesterday

The absence of The Beatles is the premise of this mixed movie.

Nigel Andrews, The Financial Times, 26th June 2019

EIFF: Yesterday review

This is a delightful film, and though it is not perfect, and could have been improved with a little more bombast here and there and a little less Curtis cuteness, it is undoubtedly an entertaining and outstandingly crafted piece.

Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller, Edinburgh49, 24th June 2019

Review: Yesterday

Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis join forces for a likeable enough, Beatles-themed musical drama.

James Mottram, The List, 24th June 2019

Himesh Patel: interview

The actor on his role in Danny Boyle's new film, the work ethic of EastEnders and the pain of following Spurs.

Michael Hogan, The Guardian, 23rd June 2019

Review: Yesterday

Yesterday is a typical Curtis vehicle, amiable, and eminently watchable - but the film is directed by Danny Boyle, who displays none of the distinctive, visual flourishes I've come to expect from him, leaving me with the conviction that this could have been directed by just about anybody.

Philip Caveney, Bouquets & Brickbats, 21st June 2019