In a new interview with his own daughter, 66-year-old Richard Curtis admitted feeling uncomfortable rewatching some of his films today. Famously in Bridget Jones' Diary, the titular character's body and weight is a relentless focus, viewed obsessively as too large - despite her surely not being more than a size 12. Similar treatment was seen of Natalie in Love Actually - even more laughable considering her obviously slim and conventionally attractive appearance. Meanwhile, criticism of Notting Hill has focused on the blatant lack of people of colour in an area of London home to many Black communities.
'I’ve hung on to the feeling that I wouldn’t know how to write those parts. I think I was just sort of stupid and wrong about that.'
So are we cancelling Love Actually this year?
That's definitely not our intention. We think it's always a good exercise to look back on past actions and identify where we could have done better, and we're glad Curtis is emotionally intelligent enough to recognise this in his work. It's a personal choice whether you're done with these films or they remain classics in your eyes!