Arts & culture

Private View



What film last impressed you?

I absolutely loved Moonlight. It was so beautifully filmed. A true, heart-stopping, ‘if only…’ movie. I was delighted when it won the Oscar for ‘Best Film’ over La La Land, despite the mix-up on the night.

What’s on your current ‘most played’ playlist?

We play Dustin O’Halloran on repeat in our hat shop. Most folk might not have heard of him, but he’s made atmospheric piano music for loads of films, so you’ll have heard him at some point. I discovered him because he did the gorgeous theme tune for the TV series, Transparent.

What are you reading and why?


Elizabeth I by Lady Anne Somerset. I love historical royal biographies, and I heard this was the best one about Elizabeth’s personal life and her career as leader. I’m a bit obsessed with her to be honest – Elizabeth: The Golden Age with Cate Blanchett is my all-time favourite film. I could watch it on repeat, and much to my husband’s annoyance, I often do!

If money was no object and you could have any artwork in the world, what would it be?

My favourite painting is David Hockney’s ‘A Bigger Splash’, so I’d like that please! I just love the colours and the fact it can make you feel warm and summery whenever you look at it.

What’s on your must-see exhibition list?

Without a doubt, the best exhibition I have ever experienced was Dior – Couturier of Dreams, currently at the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. It literally took my breath away.

Which TV programme or series can you not stop talking about?

The Crown. I know it’s predictable, but the costumes and cinematography are so sumptuous, and as mentioned before, I love the history of the monarchy, and this brings it right up to date.

What are you looking forward to seeing on stage live?

I can’t wait for David Leddy’s next theatre show, The Last Bordello at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow. I love the image on the poster, and it sounds quite naughty.

Who is your one-to-watch?

I was thrilled when my friend Jackie Wylie was appointed as the new head of the National Theatre of Scotland recently. I can’t wait to see what she does with the company, as I loved all the work she used to programme at The Arches. She also rocks our cashmere scarves.