1: If you’ve ever sat on the top deck of a night bus after a disappointing night and wondered if you’re doomed to die alone surrounded by your collection of thimbles and fridge magnets.
2: Wonderland was released in 1999, the same year as the oddly prim Notting Hill. While Roger Michell was painting London as a jolly, whitewashed city free of traffic jams and working-class people, Michael Winterbottom was evoking kitchen sink drama feels and painting a realistic portrayal of what it’s like to be a woman in the capital.
3: If you’ve looked for romance in all the wrong places but no matter how many times you’ve been burned you still…still…have faith in love.
4: Have you heard Michael Nyman’s score? It’s a dream. It elevates the optimism, faith, and humanity found in the whistle of any Londoner and we’ve got talented musician Teresa Kelly playing the most memorable cuts on a live piano. Listen on Spotify here.
5: You know, recognise or feel the need for sisterhood and are ready to let Gina Mckee, Molly Parker and Shirley Henderson remind you how special that is.
p.s, A bonus reason? You get to remember the talents of now-retired Stuart Townsend (mins the pink pillow, alas)