I have long been a fan of Tom Ford's aesthetic and was excited to hear that he was making his first foray into film after years as a much lauded fashion designer. The result is A Single Man based on the 1964 novel by Christopher Isherwood. Unlike the most famous adaptation of a story by Isherwood to the silver screen, Cabaret, A Single Man is set in the suburban sprawl of 1960s California. Interestingly Isherwood dedicated the original novel to that Lion of American letters, Gore Vidal, who was most recently the subject of a withering critique by Christopher Hitchens in a Feb 2010's Vanity Fair article entitled Vidal Loco. In their review The Times has referred to the film as 'a thing of heart-stopping beauty,' and the Oscar buzz has already started for the stars of the piece, Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Not bad for a directorial debut - I count the days until I can see it and judge for myself.