Cultural Life: Julie Walters, actress
Saturday 13 October 2012
I saw Ratcatcher on DVD. It's directed by Lynne Ramsay, and is about a 12-year-old boy living under the burden of a terrible secret, while also experiencing love and lust for the first time. There is a heart-splintering performance from William Eadie as the boy. It manages to be both ugly and beautiful at the same time.
I've just finished Antony Sher's biography, Beside Myself. It's totally compelling, moving and funny but above all fascinatingly honest. I eked it out over a couple of weeks because I didn't want it to end.
I've got an old CD of Stevie Wonder's greatest hits, which I listen to on car journeys. It's got everything. One minute I'm singing at the top of my voice to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and the next I'm blubbing and choking to 'Heaven Help Us All'. It's a wonder I haven't been pulled over.
I love The Great British Bake Off. I'm a Masterchef and Celebrity Masterchef fan too.
Last art exhibition I went to was Hockney. It was not what I was expecting at all. I only knew the swimming pool paintings, but this was landscapes – vast and vivid.
Julie Walters is on the judging panel for the Virgin Media Shorts film competition. To vote for your favourite film go to www.virginmediashorts.co.uk.
Review: Of Mice and Men
By opportunistic local hoping to exhibit the work
Fans will be hoping the role finally wins him an Oscar
What do gigantic horse heads tell us about Falkirk?
Finnish Postal Service praises the 'self irony and humour' of the drawings
The actor has confessed to his own insecurities
Allotments are the focus of a new reality show
Arts & Ents blogs
Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin releases extract from new book
King Charles III London Underground theatre poster pixelated amid fears it might cause offence
The best movies on Netflix: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Grace Dent on TV: Game of Thrones has jumped the shark
Kingdom Tower: Construction of 1km high new world’s tallest building to begin next week in Saudi Arabia
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave
- 1 Easter egg hunt horror as mother finds dead body under deck of house
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 How We Met: Alison Moyet & Emma Kennedy: 'I knew we'd be friends because she was happy to make a prat of herself'