It may feel like I churn out Monoglot Movie Clubs for Europe's Best Website all the time, but the last one was a few months ago - so far, it's the only visible result of that Italy trip that it's taking me forever to write up. (On its way, honestly.) In the time since Live At Pompeii was published, one of the films I reviewed has made it over to the UK in subtitled form: Nanni Moretti's Mia Madre has just opened in selected cinemas, or can be watched online if one of those cinemas isn't near you.
Since then, I've made a few work trips to relatively mundane places - apologies to the good people of Cardiff, but you're always going to come off worse in a comparison against Florence - and one less mundane place: Doha, in Qatar. The last time I was there was in 2010, in circumstances which made it virtually impossible to see any films, apart from the bargain basement fare on the Middle Eastern Men & Motors TV channel MBC Action. This visit, I made it out to the cinema twice, and wrote about it for Mostly Film in a piece that I've chosen to call A Gulf Of Misunderstanding.
What's changed in those five years? Quite a bit, actually, which is basically the subject of this Red Button Bonus Material.