Black & White issues
Mar28

Black & White issues

Dameon Garnett’s ‘Sticks and Stones’, whose run at the Tristan Bates Theatre was curtailed by the COVID-19 crisis, is an attempt to articulate the importance of free speech and the dangers of identity politics in our time.

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Blade Runner’s Retro Futures
Oct13

Blade Runner’s Retro Futures

by Dr. H J McCracken

We are now only two years from the dateline of the original Blade Runner. Ray Bradbury’s melancholic future of Martian settlement and abandonment, The Martian Chronicles, has since long passed, and along with it of course, 1984.

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Film Review ‘The Big City’
Jan25

Film Review ‘The Big City’

Martin Earnshaw | 25 January 2015 The Big City (1963), directed by Satyajit Ray, is essentially a story of modernity. The superb opening scene traces the passage of a tram cable as it winds its way through Calcutta, a city which in the 1950s and 60s could be considered as  India’s foremost modern city. Although this old Imperial Capital was soon to be eclipsed by Mumbai, at that moment, to be at the forefront of change was to be in...

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Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #6
Jan06

Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #6

Matthew Bloomfield | 7 January 2015 The Airstrip: Decampment of Modernism, Part III. Dir. Heinz Emigholz, 2014 Heinz Emigholz’s ongoing meditation on architecture continues in this feature length piece, composed around the metaphor of a falling bomb. Between the time that the bomb is released and the time that it explodes, there exists a duality where the target remains intact but is doomed to destruction. What the audience...

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Film Review: ‘Precise Poetry’
Jan04

Film Review: ‘Precise Poetry’

Louise Bjørnskov Schmidt | 05 January 2015 “I’m an architect! I can’t go through walls! I’m not a witch! All I can do with walls is break them down.” This quote by Lina Bo Bardi is not to be understood literally; Bo Bardi did not break many physical walls since she designed only a few buildings through her career. Still, Bo Bardi is today increasingly recognised as one of the most important architects in...

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Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #5
Oct13

Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #5

Steve Nash | 2 October 2014 Megacities – Twelve Stories of Survival. Dir. Michael Glawogger, 1998 This film is a tour de force. Part documentary and part fictionalised account of the lives of those fighting to get by in the megacities of Mumbai, Mexico City, New York and Moscow, it is also a visual poem with a dream like qualitywhose images are intended to stay with the viewer for a long time. It is now part of the legacy of the work...

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Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #4
Oct09

Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #4

Martin Earnshaw | 9 October 2014 Ecumenopolis: City without Limits, Dir. Imre Azem, 2012 When we think of a World City we think of a globalised hub like London where people from all over the world come to live, work or study. An Ecumenopolis gives the concept of the World City a differentmeaning. Although the term was coined in the 1960’s as an extrapolation of the rapid growth of cities, the idea of a city expanding to cover an...

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Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #3
Oct06

Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #3

Josh Broomer | 7 October 2014 ‘Ecopolis China’, Directed by Anna-Karin Grönroos Anna-Karin Grönroos’s insightful documentary is dedicated to exploring two possible Eco-City projects; a state of the art eco-research city and an Eco-City in a single tower.Both are intended to accommodate 20,000 people and share the aim of creating, in the jargon, a cleaner, brighter and more sustainable future. Yet in their design and construction...

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Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #2
Oct03

Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #2

Matthew Bloomfield | 2 October 2014 ‘La Haine’, Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine follows the lives of three young men in the 24 hours after a riot tears through their home in the banlieues of Paris. The film was inspired by rioting in 1993,sparked by the ‘accidental death’ of Makome M’Bowele who died while in police custody. He was shot while hand-cuffed to a radiator. La Haine‘s three...

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Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #1
Sep28

Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #1

Magdalena Melon | 29 September 2014 ‘Cathedrals of Culture’ If buildings could talk, what would they say about us? Under the direction of Wim Wenders, Cathedrals of Culture attempts to throw light on this question by offering six renowned filmmakers a chance to select a building that means something special to them, and allowing them to pose as the narrators who communicate the soul of their buildings.  This could have proved...

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