Archive for February, 2012

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So, you’ve won an Oscar…

So, you’ve won an Oscar…

q Winning an Oscar is the apex of adulation in the world of film; it brings more money, more fame and more opportunity – doesn’t it? One might think so, but one might be wrong. This year The Artist won for Best Film. Are silent movies making a comeback? No. [...]

by × February 27, 2012 × 0 comments

Music

Ken Russell, patron saint of European composers

Ken Russell, patron saint of European composers

I may be sticking my neck out if I say that the films of the late, great Ken Russell did more to broaden the audience for classical music than Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein rolled into one. Still, I’ll risk it. The stories simply itching to be retrieved from the [...]

by × February 22, 2012 × 0 comments

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Why I love… Friday Night Lights

Why I love… Friday Night Lights

If you were trying to find a television show that would struggle to find a British audience, a show about a high school American football team in West Texas might come pretty near the top of your list. Banish your preconceptions. Friday Night Lights is a show that deserves and [...]

by × February 16, 2012 × 0 comments

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Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

It was recently revealed that HBO is developing a film called Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, which looks at Ali’s battles with the US government over his refusal to fight in Vietnam. Shawn Slovo is the writer of that film — and we’re delighted to welcome her here, to take us through that period in Ali’s life, illustrated with [...]

by × February 14, 2012 × 0 comments

Words

Will the revolution be analogue?

Will the revolution be analogue?

In opposition, David Cameron memorably chided Gordon Brown as  ‘…an analogue politician in a digital age,’ adding: ‘You are the past’. All true in a political sense, but perhaps Cameron was wrong (or not quite right) about the direction of the digital age. Many in the arts are now arguing [...]

by × February 3, 2012 × 0 comments