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There are some excellent graphic novels that deal with the painful minutiae of hum-drum reality (the work of Chris Ware being the acme, to use the appropriate superlative) but Charles Burns’ graphic novels are not those. Sure, they’re not exactly upbeat, but in the Seattle author’s drawings – which have appeared on Iggy Pop album covers and Coca-Cola products (but failed ones, natch) – the world is strange, fantastical and largely terrifying. This Thursday he releases Sugar Skull, the final part of the graphic novel trilogy that began with X-ed and The Hive, and sees his returning protagonist Doug reach the end of his mind-melting – nay, soul-destroying – journey. If you fancy escaping into a dystopian nightmare after a tough day at work – and who doesn’t? – then we can’t recommend Burns’ work highly enough.
Not many actors have the honour of being plucked by Angelina Jolie to play the lead in her new movie, but British actor and Skins alumnus Jack O’Connell, who first came to our attention earlier this year in Starred Up, can make just such a claim. “Angie” has cast him in Unbroken, the biopic she's producing about Olympic athlete and Japanese POW Louis “Louie” Zamperini, which is due at the end of the year. But before that, he appears in ’71 for debut director Yann Demange. Out in cinemas on Friday, ’71 is set in one frenetic, claustrophobic night in the life of Gary Hook, a young British squaddie who gets left behind by his unit in Belfast when a routine exercise goes fatally wrong. For the rest of the film we stay with Gary as he tries to work his way out of the labyrinthine streets around the Falls Road – not knowing where to go or whom to trust. O’Connell’s lines are few and far between, but that doesn’t stop him delivering a riveting performance based largely around running, panting and looking scared. That Angie clearly knows what she’s doing.
On general release 10 October