x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

M is all about: film delights

Film favourites get top billing on our hot list this week.

Enter to win a ticket to the VIP lounge at this year's Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
Enter to win a ticket to the VIP lounge at this year's Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Coasters with the mostest

Protecting our wooden coffee table has got to be our obsession of the moment, as are Egyptian films from the 1950s and 1960s. These coasters and box combine the two elements into one beautiful home accessory. The box depicts the poster for the 1955 film Ahlam Al-Rabia starring Kamal El Shennawi as the leading man, along with Madiha Yusri (left) and Zahrat El-Ola (right). It's very practical as we can store the coasters in the box when we're not using them, so our table stays clear of any mess.

Dh30 per coaster; Dh175 for box, Al Khatoun Bazaar at Bloomingdale's Home, Dubai Mall, 04 350 5333

 

Video diaries

We all know that handy checklists make for more efficient packing, grocery shopping, meal planning and more. To make sure we really don't forget our heads, we love this quirky VHS-inspired notebook. Not just a nostalgic memory, this hardbacked pad contains 260 lined or blank pages, so is a handbag must-have for any writer, scribbler or even film buff.

Dh85, available at Harvest Home, The Jumeirah Centre, 04 342 0225

 

Coffee with a kick

Let's face it, we don't like the sound of our alarm clock buzzing in the wee hours. We don't like sunrises, morning runs or refreshing yoga after a bowl of muesli. However, two things we do love are David Bowie (who could forget him as Jareth the Goblin King in the film Labyrinth), and coffee, especially when our bold Italian roast is served in this brilliant mug by Takkoda. The UK-based brand specialises in film and other stars as animals in the cutest way possible. Besides Bowie (seen here) we also have Snoop Dogg and Austin Powers.

Approximately Dh45, www.takkoda.com

 

Mingle with the stars

This is a chance in a million, so exciting we wish we could enter it ourselves. Up for grabs is a ticket to the VIP lounge at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, something money can't buy. This is your chance to bump into a whole host of A-listers. The big names that are coming this year are still a closely guarded secret, but last year you could have mingled with Uma Thurman, Adrien Brody and Gérard Depardieu among others. Not only will you be surrounded by stars, but by gorgeous brands such as Jaeger- LeCoultre, Marc Jacobs and Swatch watches who have created a watch for the festival VIP lounge. You will be treated like a star from the minute you arrive and leave clutching the same goodie bag as the Hollywood A-listers who will become your new best friends. Now what to wear.....

M giveaway: To enter tell us who directed Sea Shadow by SMS to 3360 with your name by midnight on October 15th

 

Tea with Tiffany's

The Pavilion Downtown Dubai has teamed up with the Dubai Confidential Film Club for a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's today at 2.00 pm. If you're as much a fan of the 1960s classic as we are then you'll be thrilled to hear that the film will be followed by a vintage English afternoon tea party. Be sure to go decked out in your best vintage attire as the theme expands to the whole feel of the afternoon. We're thinking of pairing our floral midi with sparkly Mary Janes to channel our inner Stepford.

Dh120, email info@dubaiconfidential.ae for tickets and more information

 

Poisoned apple

Our all-time favourite crime series by Agatha Christie was the inspiration behind this poisoned apple ring from Stephen Webster. Part of his Murder, She Wrote collection, it is made of gold, diamonds and rubies. A great way to give a gothic edge to any outfit.

Collection starts from approximately Dh11,405, Azal, Emirates Towers, 04 330 0730

 

The other film festivals

We love this time of year in the region - better weather, plenty of holidays and loads of massive events, so we do our best to attend all of the region's film festivals. This year we can still look forward to the Doha Tribeca Film Festival from October 25-29 and the eighth Dubai International Film Festival from December 7-14. Both will feature many contemporary world cinema regional premieres.

www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival and www.dubaifilmfest.com