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Superman is set to REUNITE with The Batman (but is all as it seems?)

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Filming for The Batman has been well underway in Liverpool, despite the city being placed into the highest tier of Liverpool.

And it seems there maybe a surprise reunion on the horizon, with the Caped Crusader set to come face-to-face with Superman. 

But before fans flood social media with their delight, it appears that all is not as it seems, as Kal-El is actually part of a group of costumed extras filming scenes for a Halloween party.

What's going? Superman looks set to make a surprise appearance in The Batman, as costumed extras filmed scenes for a Halloween party in Liverpool on Friday

What’s going? Superman looks set to make a surprise appearance in The Batman, as costumed extras filmed scenes for a Halloween party in Liverpool on Friday

As filming for The Batman continue, a huge number of extras headed onto the streets of Liverpool in an array of superhero costumes.

Among was one dressed as the heroic Superman, complete with the iconic red cape and Hope brandished across this chest.

Sadly it won’t be Henry Cavill reprising his role as the legendary, as instead a young extra dons the costume to film the Halloween scenes. 

Standing out: The hero donned a padded version of Kal-El's costume to record the party in Liverpool's city centre

Standing out: The hero donned a padded version of Kal-El’s costume to record the party in Liverpool’s city centre

Hard to miss: Sadly it wasn't Henry Cavill taking on the role of Superman in the film

Gutted: This will dash fans' hopes of a reunion

Hard to miss: Sadly it wasn’t Henry Cavill taking on the role of Superman in the film, dashing fans hopes of a reunion

Standing out: The large group of extras donned an array of superhero costumes - and protective face masks - as they recorded the scenes in the city

Standing out: The large group of extras donned an array of superhero costumes – and protective face masks – as they recorded the scenes in the city

Robert Pattinson – who will play The Batman/Bruce Wayne himself –  was not present during the scenes, having been previously seen recording the funeral of Gotham’s mayor. 

Liverpool is currently in a Tier 3 lockdown with restrictions including a ban on socialising with other households indoors and in private gardens while pubs and bars are also required to close. 

It was revealed last Wednesday that filming had started on the highly anticipated film, after the cinema release date was delayed until 2022 due to fears over the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Measures: Liverpool is currently in a Tier 3 lockdown with rules including bands on households mixing

Rules: Other measures include the closure of pubs and bars

New rules: Liverpool is currently in a Tier 3 lockdown with restrictions including a ban on socialising with other households indoors and in private gardens, and the closure of pubs

Where is he? Robert Pattinson - who will play The Batman/Bruce Wayne himself - was not present during the scenes

Where is he? Robert Pattinson – who will play The Batman/Bruce Wayne himself – was not present during the scenes

An insider previously told MailOnline: ‘Today is the first day the main production unit has returned to filming and there seem to be no other hiccups at the moment.’

Meanwhile, a Warner Bros. Pictures spokesperson confirmed: ‘Following a hiatus for COVID 19 quarantine precautions, filming has now resumed on The Batman in the U.K.’

Warner Bros. vans were spotted in the city centre as workmen hauled props into St George’s Hall.

Filming for the £100million movie is expected to last around a week with roughly 100 actors and crew sticking to strict quarantining rules.

Back to work: It was revealed last Wednesday that filming had started on the highly anticipated film

On hold: It comes after The Batman's release date was delayed until 2022

Back to work: It was revealed last Wednesday that filming had started on the highly anticipated film, after the cinema release date was delayed until 2022

It can go ahead: There is no mention of the film industry being affected by the latest COVID-19 government guidelines

It can go ahead: There is no mention of the film industry being affected by the latest COVID-19 government guidelines

However, many are questioning whether filming will continue after the Prime Minister announced the city was being placed into a Tier Three lockdown, with a host of new restrictions coming into force.   

However, there is no mention of the film industry being affected in the latest guidelines, while guidance provided by the British Film Commission has also not been updated since September 29.

Liverpool will play an important role in The Batman as American filmmaker Matt Reeves, who is directing the upcoming superhero film, revealed recently at DC FanDome, a virtual convention held by DC Comics and Warner Bros.

During an interview, he confirmed Liverpool would be the backbone for Gotham City as they shoot the remaining 75 per cent of the film. 

Perfect location: During an interview, director Matt Reeves confirmed Liverpool would be the backbone for Gotham City as they shoot the remaining 75 per cent of the film

Perfect location: During an interview, director Matt Reeves confirmed Liverpool would be the backbone for Gotham City as they shoot the remaining 75 per cent of the film

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Ex-producer says Firass Dirani has ‘KILLED his TV career’

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Firass Dirani hit headlines for all the wrong reasons this week, amid his controversial stint on SAS Australia.

And former Channel 10 executive Rob Knight did not mince his words while speaking about the actor on Friday – branding the 36-year-old actor as ‘unemployable’ and claiming his actions on and off the show have ‘killed his TV career’.

In a scathing opinion piece on TV Blackbox, Rob sensationally claimed Firass has ‘blown it’ and is to blame for his ‘villain edit’ – because he ‘acted like an idiot’ on the show.

Is it game over? Former Channel 10 executive Rob Knight did not mince his words while speaking about Firass Dirani (pictured) on Friday - branding the 36-year-old as 'unemployable' and claiming his actions on SAS Australia have 'killed his TV career'

Is it game over? Former Channel 10 executive Rob Knight did not mince his words while speaking about Firass Dirani (pictured) on Friday - branding the 36-year-old as 'unemployable' and claiming his actions on SAS Australia have 'killed his TV career'

Is it game over? Former Channel 10 executive Rob Knight did not mince his words while speaking about Firass Dirani (pictured) on Friday – branding the 36-year-old as ‘unemployable’ and claiming his actions on SAS Australia have ‘killed his TV career’

‘His antics on social media and in interviews has only provided further evidence that he is not a victim of the “villain edit”, but is simply facing the consequences of his own actions,’ he said of the Logie Award winning actor.

On Wednesday, Firass claimed to Daily Mail Australia that his co-star Shannan Ponton is a ‘redneck’ and a ‘culture vulture’ for having Maori tattoos, after The Biggest Loser trainer labelled him a ‘sociopath’ over his behaviour on the show.

And on Friday morning, the Underbelly actor was seen blasting another co-star, Merrick Watts, during an explosive live interview on The Kyle and Jackie O show – where he accused the comedian of ‘trying to baby’ him during filming. 

No holding back: In a scathing opinion piece on TV Blackbox , Rob sensationally claimed Firass has 'blown it' and is to blame for his villain edit - because he 'acted like an idiot' on the show

No holding back: In a scathing opinion piece on TV Blackbox , Rob sensationally claimed Firass has 'blown it' and is to blame for his villain edit - because he 'acted like an idiot' on the show

No holding back: In a scathing opinion piece on TV Blackbox , Rob sensationally claimed Firass has ‘blown it’ and is to blame for his villain edit – because he ‘acted like an idiot’ on the show

Raging! On Wedneday, Firass infamously claimed to Daily Mail Australia that his co-star Shannan Ponton (pictured) was a 'redneck' and a 'culture vulture' for having Maori tattoos, after The Biggest Loser trainer labelled him a 'sociopath' over his behaviour on the show

Raging! On Wedneday, Firass infamously claimed to Daily Mail Australia that his co-star Shannan Ponton (pictured) was a 'redneck' and a 'culture vulture' for having Maori tattoos, after The Biggest Loser trainer labelled him a 'sociopath' over his behaviour on the show

Raging! On Wedneday, Firass infamously claimed to Daily Mail Australia that his co-star Shannan Ponton (pictured) was a ‘redneck’ and a ‘culture vulture’ for having Maori tattoos, after The Biggest Loser trainer labelled him a ‘sociopath’ over his behaviour on the show 

Rob added that TV execs will now be ‘taking note’ of Firass’ actions on and off the show – and said this could far overshadow his acting ability when being considered for future TV roles. 

‘Dirani is now a liability,’ he wrote. ‘Will viewers avoid his next project because they don’t like the man?

‘If he has shown this type of behaviour off-screen during his previous projects producers will use his most recent appearance as an excuse not to hire him.’

He signed off saying he hoped the ‘money was good’ because Firass has ‘blown it, mate.’

Rob’s slamming post comes after viewers began to witness the cast becoming increasingly frustrated with Firass on the show, as his insubordination has resulted in group punishments.

Fuming: Rob's post comes as viewers have witnessed the cast becoming increasingly frustrated with Firass on the show, as his insubordination has resulted in group punishments

Fuming: Rob's post comes as viewers have witnessed the cast becoming increasingly frustrated with Firass on the show, as his insubordination has resulted in group punishments

Fuming: Rob’s post comes as viewers have witnessed the cast becoming increasingly frustrated with Firass on the show, as his insubordination has resulted in group punishments 

Biting back: Merrick pleaded with Firass to 'stop gobbing off' and start listening on Tuesday's episode, to which the actor sarcastically replied that it wasn't 'his first barbecue'

Biting back: Merrick pleaded with Firass to 'stop gobbing off' and start listening on Tuesday's episode, to which the actor sarcastically replied that it wasn't 'his first barbecue'

Biting back: Merrick pleaded with Firass to ‘stop gobbing off’ and start listening on Tuesday’s episode, to which the actor sarcastically replied that it wasn’t ‘his first barbecue’

Merrick had pleaded with Firass to ‘stop gobbing off’ and start listening on Tuesday’s episode, to which the actor sarcastically replied that it wasn’t ‘his first barbecue’.

Merrick appeared on Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa on Wednesday and promised more spats with Firass in the coming episodes.

‘Yeah, 100 per cent, I’ve got another blow-up in there, don’t you worry about that!’ he said.

However, Merrick clarified that he did not consider Firass a bad person, saying he was just not the best team player.

‘To be honest, if Firass rang me right now and said, “Do you want to go get coffee, or have a beer tonight?” I’d go have a beer with Firass… but put it this way, I wouldn’t want to be starting a recreational basketball team with him,’ he said.

SAS Australia continues Monday from 7:30pm on Channel Seven

Fed up: Merrick Watts (pictured) appeared on Nova's Fitzy and Wippa on Wednesday and promised more spats with Firass in the coming episodes

Fed up: Merrick Watts (pictured) appeared on Nova's Fitzy and Wippa on Wednesday and promised more spats with Firass in the coming episodes

Fed up: Merrick Watts (pictured) appeared on Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa on Wednesday and promised more spats with Firass in the coming episodes

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SAS Australia: Ali Oetjen flaunts her toned bikini body during photo shoot

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She ramped up her gym routine while preparing herself physically for SAS Australia.

And Ali Oetjen proudly showed off the results of her hard work during a beach photo shoot on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday.

The former Bachelorette, 34, displayed her impeccably toned figure while prancing across the sand in a stylish yellow bikini.

Sizzling hot! Ali Oetjen proudly showed off the results of her hard work in the gym during a beach photo shoot on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday

Sizzling hot! Ali Oetjen proudly showed off the results of her hard work in the gym during a beach photo shoot on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday

Sizzling hot! Ali Oetjen proudly showed off the results of her hard work in the gym during a beach photo shoot on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday

Newly single Ali looked to be in her element as she posed for the camera while shooting a campaign for Baku Swimwear.

She first modelled a canary two-piece which drew attention to her lean abs, ample cleavage and slender legs.

Afterwards, the blonde changed into a slightly more conservative blue bikini featuring a pretty floral pattern.

Flawless: The former Bachelorette, 34, displayed her impeccably toned figure while prancing across the sand in a stylish yellow bikini

Flawless: The former Bachelorette, 34, displayed her impeccably toned figure while prancing across the sand in a stylish yellow bikini

Stunning: Newly single Ali looked to be in her element as she posed for the camera while shooting a campaign for Baku Swimwear

Stunning: Newly single Ali looked to be in her element as she posed for the camera while shooting a campaign for Baku Swimwear

Flawless: The former Bachelorette, 34, displayed her impeccably toned figure while prancing across the sand in a stylish yellow bikini

Not an inch to pinch! She first modelled a canary two-piece which drew attention to her lean abs, ample cleavage and slender legs

Not an inch to pinch! She first modelled a canary two-piece which drew attention to her lean abs, ample cleavage and slender legs

Not an inch to pinch! She first modelled a canary two-piece which drew attention to her lean abs, ample cleavage and slender legs

On closer inspection: Ali checked out one of the campaign shots on the photographer's iPhone

On closer inspection: Ali checked out one of the campaign shots on the photographer's iPhone

On closer inspection: Ali checked out one of the campaign shots on the photographer’s iPhone

Having fun: She flashed a flirty smile while practising poses for the tattooed snapper

Having fun: She flashed a flirty smile while practising poses for the tattooed snapper

Having fun: She flashed a flirty smile while practising poses for the tattooed snapper

In her element: At one stage, the photographer gestured for Ali to gaze into the distance

In her element: At one stage, the photographer gestured for Ali to gaze into the distance

In her element: At one stage, the photographer gestured for Ali to gaze into the distance

Having captured her best angles, she then slipped on a red bandeau bikini and performed a series of handstands.

Ali had her very own ‘Baywatch moment’ in the scarlet swimmers as she ran down the beach, with her hair getting caught in the breeze.

In September 2018, the lifestyle coach spoke to Women’s Health about her fitness routine, saying she works out daily.

No days off! In September 2018, the lifestyle coach spoke to Women's Health about her fitness routine, saying she works out daily

No days off! In September 2018, the lifestyle coach spoke to Women's Health about her fitness routine, saying she works out daily

No days off! In September 2018, the lifestyle coach spoke to Women’s Health about her fitness routine, saying she works out daily

Mixing things up: She begins each day with a three-kilometre walk, which she follows with either boxing, cycling, HIIT, yoga or jogging, depending on the day of the week

Mixing things up: She begins each day with a three-kilometre walk, which she follows with either boxing, cycling, HIIT, yoga or jogging, depending on the day of the week

Mixing things up: She begins each day with a three-kilometre walk, which she follows with either boxing, cycling, HIIT, yoga or jogging, depending on the day of the week

Moving on: After posing for a while in the yellow two-piece, Ali changed into a slightly more conservative blue bikini featuring a pretty floral pattern

Moving on: After posing for a while in the yellow two-piece, Ali changed into a slightly more conservative blue bikini featuring a pretty floral pattern

Moving on: After posing for a while in the yellow two-piece, Ali changed into a slightly more conservative blue bikini featuring a pretty floral pattern

Strike a pose: Ali made sure the photographer captured her best angles

Strike a pose: Ali made sure the photographer captured her best angles

Strike a pose: Ali made sure the photographer captured her best angles

She begins each day with a three-kilometre walk, which she follows with either boxing, cycling, HIIT, yoga or jogging, depending on the day of the week.

As for food, she starts with a green smoothie for breakfast, which comprises spinach, frozen berries, banana, water and protein powder.

Lunch is protein and vegetables – usually leftovers from the night before – and her dinner typically consists of a stir fry with lean meat and vegetables.

Not her first rodeo: Before finding fame as a TV star, Ali posed for lads' mags like Zoo

Not her first rodeo: Before finding fame as a TV star, Ali posed for lads' mags like Zoo

Not her first rodeo: Before finding fame as a reality TV star, Ali posed for lads’ mags like Zoo

Diet secrets: Ali starts her day with a green smoothie for breakfast, which comprises spinach, frozen berries, banana, water and protein powder

Diet secrets: Ali starts her day with a green smoothie for breakfast, which comprises spinach, frozen berries, banana, water and protein powder

Diet secrets: Ali starts her day with a green smoothie for breakfast, which comprises spinach, frozen berries, banana, water and protein powder

Day on a plate: Lunch is protein and vegetables - usually leftovers from the night before - and her dinner typically consists of a stir fry with lean meat and vegetables

Day on a plate: Lunch is protein and vegetables - usually leftovers from the night before - and her dinner typically consists of a stir fry with lean meat and vegetables

Day on a plate: Lunch is protein and vegetables – usually leftovers from the night before – and her dinner typically consists of a stir fry with lean meat and vegetables

Making waves: At one stage, Ali strode purposefully through the surf towards the beach

Making waves: At one stage, Ali strode purposefully through the surf towards the beach

Making waves: At one stage, Ali strode purposefully through the surf towards the beach

She said of her approach to health and wellness: ‘My healthy lifestyle begins with having a healthy mind. It’s where strength and persistence come from to achieve my dreams, but most importantly, I enjoy my journey really wholeheartedly, with no fear.

‘I live to be present in every moment and balance in every aspect of my life is important.’

Ali is one of the recruits on Channel Seven’s SAS Australia, which sees a group of celebrities attempt the gruelling selection course for the Army’s Special Forces division.

Ready for her close-up: She struck a playful pose while slightly arching her back

Ready for her close-up: She struck a playful pose while slightly arching her back

Ready for her close-up: She struck a playful pose while slightly arching her back

Not a blemish in sight: Ali's skin looked glowing as she pulled her hair away from her face

Not a blemish in sight: Ali's skin looked glowing as she pulled her hair away from her face

Not a blemish in sight: Ali’s skin looked glowing as she pulled her hair away from her face

Brr! The influencer couldn't help but laugh as the chilly waves crashed against her body

Brr! The influencer couldn't help but laugh as the chilly waves crashed against her body

Brr! The influencer couldn’t help but laugh as the chilly waves crashed against her body

Having a laugh: She flicked her hair back and guffawed during a fun moment in between takes

Having a laugh: She flicked her hair back and guffawed during a fun moment in between takes

Having a laugh: She flicked her hair back and guffawed during a fun moment in between takes

She has already made it to week three, and viewers have remarked on how well she has handled herself during the physical tasks. 

But the worst is possibly still to come because Ali hasn’t yet sat down for an interrogation session with the show’s DS, or directing staff.

Candice Warner, Schapelle Corby, Mitchell Johnson and others have all bared their souls during these harsh interviews as they reflect on their most infamous moments.

Next up: Having captured her best angles, she then slipped on a red bandeau bikini

Next up: Having captured her best angles, she then slipped on a red bandeau bikini

Next up: Having captured her best angles, she then slipped on a red bandeau bikini

Here goes! She performed a series of handstands, seemingly with ease

Here goes! She performed a series of handstands, seemingly with ease

Here goes! She performed a series of handstands, seemingly with ease

Making it look easy! She effortlessly pulled off the acrobatic manoeuvre

Making it look easy! She effortlessly pulled off the acrobatic manoeuvre

Making it look easy! She effortlessly pulled off the acrobatic manoeuvre

Is that you, Pamela? Ali had her very own 'Baywatch moment' in the scarlet swimmers as she ran down the beach

Is that you, Pamela? Ali had her very own 'Baywatch moment' in the scarlet swimmers as she ran down the beach

Whoosh! Her hair got caught in the breeze during her dash

Whoosh! Her hair got caught in the breeze during her dash

Is that you, Pamela? Ali had her very own ‘Baywatch moment’ in the scarlet swimmers as she ran down the beach

Much better! After showing off her athleticism, Ali opted for a more leisurely pose by lying down on the sand

Much better! After showing off her athleticism, Ali opted for a more leisurely pose by lying down on the sand

Much better! After showing off her athleticism, Ali opted for a more leisurely pose by lying down on the sand

It’s possible Ali will be asked tricky questions about her recent split from ex-boyfriend Taite Radley, or the fact she has failed to find love despite appearing on three dating shows: The Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelorette.

She may also be grilled over a sex scandal she was involved in back in 2018 – the same year she was the Bachelorette.

At the time, her ex-boyfriend Grant Kemp, whom she met on Bachelor in Paradise, publicly accused her of cheating on him.

Reach to the skies: She threw her arms triumphantly into the air at one stage

Reach to the skies: She threw her arms triumphantly into the air at one stage

Reach to the skies: She threw her arms triumphantly into the air at one stage

Brave: Ali is one of the recruits on Channel Seven's SAS Australia, which sees a group of celebrities attempt the gruelling selection course for the Army's Special Forces division

Brave: Ali is one of the recruits on Channel Seven's SAS Australia, which sees a group of celebrities attempt the gruelling selection course for the Army's Special Forces division

Brave: Ali is one of the recruits on Channel Seven’s SAS Australia, which sees a group of celebrities attempt the gruelling selection course for the Army’s Special Forces division

She's got this: Ali has already made it to week three, and viewers have remarked on how well she has handled herself during the physical tasks

She's got this: Ali has already made it to week three, and viewers have remarked on how well she has handled herself during the physical tasks

She’s got this: Ali has already made it to week three, and viewers have remarked on how well she has handled herself during the physical tasks

What will the future hold? The worst is possibly still to come for Ali because she hasn't yet sat down for an interrogation session with the show's DS, or directing staff

What will the future hold? The worst is possibly still to come for Ali because she hasn't yet sat down for an interrogation session with the show's DS, or directing staff

What will the future hold? The worst is possibly still to come for Ali because she hasn’t yet sat down for an interrogation session with the show’s DS, or directing staff

Grant claimed that he’d walked in on Ali engaging in a sex act with one of his friends on the staircase while she was staying at his home in Los Angeles.

She has never denied the incident took place, and Grant has produced evidence in the form of text messages she supposedly sent the morning after the alleged tryst which he claims are ‘legal proof’ he’s telling the truth.

SAS Australia continues Monday at 7:30pm on Channel Seven 

Don't miss it! SAS Australia continues Monday at 7:30pm on Channel Seven

Don't miss it! SAS Australia continues Monday at 7:30pm on Channel Seven

Don’t miss it! SAS Australia continues Monday at 7:30pm on Channel Seven

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Jagger the wooden stone plays his part for art: BRIAN VINER reviews The Burnt Orange Heresy

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The Burnt Orange Heresy (15, Cinemas)

Rating: rating showbiz 3

Verdict: Complex but satisfying

Mogul Mowgli (15, Cinemas)

Rating: rating showbiz 4

Verdict: Electrifying   

A complex thriller set in the world of fine art, The Burnt Orange Heresy is no masterpiece but well worth looking at, not least for the exquisitely agonising spectacle of Mick Jagger acting his heart out, if not his lips off.

I will always bow down to Jagger the rock god, but as an actor he gives precious little satisfaction. Playing a filthy rich, decidedly oily art collector called Joseph Cassidy, he recites his lines irreproachably, even throwing in a sly inflection here and an elongated vowel there, but it is one of those performances you watch with a knot of anxiety in case it gets any more wooden.

Jagger has a list of feature-film acting credits going back half a century to the likes of Performance and Ned Kelly. But that doesn’t make him any good. Here, unhelpfully for him but mercifully for the rest of us, he is shown up as an amateur by the expertise around him. If you were to invert the scenario … well, my wife suggested it would be like Freddie ‘Parrot Face’ Davies fronting The Rolling Stones, but that seems a tad harsh.  

Artful dodgers: Mick Jagger acts his heart out in this complex thriller set in the world of fine art with Elizabeth Debicki

Artful dodgers: Mick Jagger acts his heart out in this complex thriller set in the world of fine art with Elizabeth Debicki

Artful dodgers: Mick Jagger acts his heart out in this complex thriller set in the world of fine art with Elizabeth Debicki

By contrast, Danish actor Claes Bang is perfectly cast as urbane art critic James Figueras, who appears to have conspired in a Giacometti fraud; ditto Elizabeth Debicki as his American lover, Berenice Hollis, and not only because she has a long, thin, Giacometti body (none of which is left to the imagination in a raunchy early sex scene).

That old master Donald Sutherland gets to flex his acting muscles, too, which is always a treat. He plays a reclusive artist called Jerome Debney, who lives on Cassidy’s palatial Lake Como estate.

Following an arresting opening, in which James dazzles a bunch of American tourists by eloquently explaining how easily they can be manipulated into thinking a bad painting is good, he and Berenice, his new girlfriend, visit Cassidy on Lake Como.

The smarmy rascal wants James to steal for him what even extreme wealth cannot buy — a rare, original Debney. Hence the film’s curious title. It is the name Debney has given to a canvas, intending to befuddle critics into wondering what its meaning is, when in fact there is no meaning. Giuseppe Capotondi’s film, adapted from Charles Willeford’s 1971 novel of the same name, is full of such slick, clever digs at the fine art establishment.

At times, however, Scott Smith’s screenplay is too slickly clever for its own good. The dialogue snaps and fizzes but in a kind of headache-inducing way, as we struggle to keep up with everyone’s erudite wit. There is also a clunky, recurring fly metaphor to which I yearned to take a plastic swatter.

All that said, Debicki and Bang are both splendid, the former whetting the appetite for her Princess Diana in the final two seasons of Netflix’s The Crown, while the latter compounds his stature as one of the most compelling actors in the recent Scandinavian invasion of English-language cinema and television. 

Moreover, his near-immaculate English accent in this film, with just the tiniest hint that he might not be the debonair Mayfair gent he affects to be, exactly reflects his character. As James begins to reveal his true colours, The Burnt Orange Heresy takes on the feel of a Patricia Highsmith adaptation such as The Talented Mr Ripley or The Two Faces Of January, beguiling us with its twisted plot and sumptuous settings.

There is nothing at all sumptuous about Mogul Mowgli, the story of an Anglo-Pakistani rap star superbly played by Riz Ahmed, who also co-wrote the film and uses his own talent as a rapper with the Swet Shop Boys to give it real credibility and emotional purchase.

He plays Zed, whose New York career is on the verge of lift-off when his American girlfriend shames him into visiting his orthodox Muslim family in West London. For someone who is always rapping about where he comes from, she points out, he doesn’t go home much.

Anglo-Pakistani rap star superbly played by Riz Ahmed (pictured) who is shamed by his girlfriend into visiting his orthodox Muslim family in West London.

Anglo-Pakistani rap star superbly played by Riz Ahmed (pictured) who is shamed by his girlfriend into visiting his orthodox Muslim family in West London.

Anglo-Pakistani rap star superbly played by Riz Ahmed (pictured) who is shamed by his girlfriend into visiting his orthodox Muslim family in West London.

So back he goes, before a major European tour, but is soon diagnosed with a life-threatening auto-immune condition which makes him re-evaluate his origins, identity and lifestyle.

There are some slightly challenging fantasy sequences but on the whole this is a really admirable independently made British film, powerful, moving and at times very funny, nicely directed by Bassam Tariq and fully electrified by Ahmed’s livewire performance.

For refugees in Essex, the only way is terrifying!

His House (15, Netflix)

Rating: rating showbiz 3

Verdict: Wall-to-wall chills 

Relic (15, Cinemas)

Rating: rating showbiz 3

Verdict: Scares Down Under

Shirley (15, Cinemas)

Rating: rating showbiz 4

Verdict: Superbly acted biopic

Theis Netflix release His House builds a horror story out of the predicament of two South Sudanese refugees who set up home on a grim Essex council estate

Theis Netflix release His House builds a horror story out of the predicament of two South Sudanese refugees who set up home on a grim Essex council estate

Theis Netflix release His House builds a horror story out of the predicament of two South Sudanese refugees who set up home on a grim Essex council estate

While Halloween may be a little muted this year, it is screeching and wailing as loudly as ever on screen. The Netflix release His House builds a horror story out of the predicament of two South Sudanese refugees who set up home on a grim Essex council estate.

Matt Smith, light years from his stint as the young Prince Philip in The Crown, plays a social worker who introduces Bol (Sope Dirisu) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku, both pictured right) to their new lodgings with the ironic words: ‘Amazing, innit? It’s a palace.’

Alas, it is anything but. And to make matters much, much worse, its walls seem to be inhabited by a malevolent witch who has followed them from Africa.

The feature debut of short-film maker Remi Weekes, His House is not without flaws. But it is atmospheric, has unexpected twists and neatly incorporates racism in the plot, like a cut-price Get Out.

Relic is another first-time feature, by Australian director Natalie Erika James, and is co-produced by Jake Gyllenhaal. Like His House it spins horror and dread out of a commonplace situation, in this case dealing with an elderly relative with dementia. Emily Mortimer (making a very convincing Aussie) is excellent as Kay, whose mother Edna (Robyn Nevin) seems to have gone walkabout from her secluded home. When she turns up, Kay and her daughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) think the nightmare is over. Naturally, it is only just beginning.

Shirley directed by Josephine Decker, is not a horror film. Rather, it’s a compelling 1950s-set drama about a real-life American horror writer, Shirley Jackson, played quite brilliantly by Elisabeth Moss as a difficult, volatile agoraphobic.

In her fiery relationship with her academic husband Stanley (Michael Stuhlbarg, also terrific) there are strong echoes of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, but it’s her growing influence over Rose (Odessa Young), a young woman married to Stanley’s university protégé, that gives the story powerful momentum.

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