Stuart Bowen, dreams can quickly turn to nightmares.
Walter Molfese’s amazing film.
Badshoes Film in February 2014 in Leicester and released on to the festival circuit in June 2014, Flawless was selected for 23 festivals over 18 months including Festival de Cine Lanzarote 2015, Cineglobe 2015 at CERN Institute, Cannes Short Film Corner, CineFiesta 2014, New York Independent Film Festival 2015, Aesthetica 2015 as well as a pretty good run at the BAFTA's too.
Mike A Smith.
17 January 2016
Keone and Mariel Madrid (a husband and wife, VMA-nominated duo who tell stories through dance and choreography) this video shows a relationship in trouble in an episodic but connected form. The choreography is amazing matched only by the powerful and measured grace of the dancers.
Soon they will experience the obsolescence of technology, which will challenge the preservation of memories and data through time. Written, directed and produced by Andrea Cristini with original music composed by Chiara Micci.
Spencer Brown and brilliantly narrated by Steven Berkoff this is both the story of a boy and a culture all at once.
15 January 2016
Even though we would not recognize any number of games which have fallen out of use over the centuries, there are a number of games that have persevered through the ages. In the 1200s the King of Castile, Alfonso X, commissioned the ‘Book of Games’ which is now considered the pivotal historical record for games played in the thirteenth century. Among the many gorgeous color illustrations in the book, a number show people playing a game we are all familiar with – chess. There is a further insight – some of the illustrations show Muslims and Christians happily playing with each other. So it wasn’t all El Cid battles at the time!
As the video above shows (rather comically!) things were often 'not much fun' in medieval times. There is scant evidence of card games from this period but before Gutenberg and his press got going they would have been incredibly expensive to produce, certainly in Europe. So it is no surprise that their invention goes back to China in the ninth century, slowly going towards the west over the period of the next several hundred years. Yet games could be dangerous as this article from the BBC History Magazine shows.
The Hazard dice game was also popular in medieval times – it is even mentioned in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. It was immensely popular throughout Europe but particularly in England where huge sums of money could be lost and won at the throw of a dice. The game is no longer with us but its modern form is the American game of craps which keeps the historical continuity of the games going in a way.
So although times were hard in the Middle Ages people still found time to have fun which is a relief. Although we often think of it as a fairly miserable time in history, disease, pestilence and the Spanish Inquisition notwithstanding, people still found ways to enjoy themselves!
10 January 2016
At the top of the 44.5 meter high tower is something of a surprise – a garden containing, of all things, oak trees.
High above the city this small wood has provided a haven of peace for centuries.
3 January 2016
1 January 2016
Cain DeVore, an independent filmmaker and screenwriter, actor and teacher put this video together to inspire the students.
It is a whistle-stop tour of the best dance in movies from the 1920s up to the present day. Pop Dancin Fool by Barry Manilow over the clips and you get a truly exhilarating few minutes. As well as a reminder of what has been achieved in the past this video, in its own way, lays down the gauntlet for today’s filmmakers – get dance fully and properly back in to the movies now!
The full list is below if you want to see how many movies you spotted correctly.
31 December 2015
Image by kind permission of Flickr User pyza*
Alfred Thomas Catalfo and was inspired by the rocketship sculptures of artist David Random. This may leave you with a lump in your throat…