Lusty, dark, shocking, subversive: all words you will see used to describe the new film by director William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth. This gothic tale of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who turns to sex, manipulation and ultimately violence to escape from her confines, is also quiet, beautiful, thought provoking and intelligent. For lovers of period drama expecting another Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice or even Jane Eyre, maybe this is not the film for you. Even if you are unaware of the novel this film is based off, the Shakespearean reference to Lady Macbeth in the title will send warning bells, leading a tenseness to the beginning of the film which starts slowly and gently, but always hinting, whispering of the violence to come.
I am not a huge fan of CGI. I certainly has its place, but give me some puppets and a bit of whimsical animation and I’ll be over the moon. Even when it looks outdated it still holds it’s own a lot better than outdated CGI. And there is something beautiful about the work that goes into creating puppets animation and elaborate sets and costumes. However, like the skills used to build the pyramids, some animation and special effects are now a mystery to us. One such example is the magical combination of live action, animation and puppetry used by Czechoslovakian director Karel Zeman. The secrets of his craft are so fascinating that they are now the focus of a documentary Film Adventurer Karel Zeman. In this documentary film students attempt to remake three of the most famous of Zeman’s scenes. Zeman’s fascination with Jules Verne highlights his own desire for adventure and exploration in the world of film making and special effects. His choices of subject are brave and perfect for the experimentation of his field. Never one to back down from a challenge, Zeman accepted a bet to create an animation using glass, resulting in the film Inspirace 1948.
I like to think that I am an adventurous eater, I will try most things, but that is not to say that I am not fussy and that there is nothing that can put me off. When offered a delicacy I feel I am often a little nervous, after all many so called delicacies can be hard to stomach. Caviar, chicken’s feet and snails just to name a few. But I always feel the need to try them, surely there is a reason these foods are so highly revered?
The Melbourne Art Book Fair is the perfect melding of the old and the new, the famous and the soon to be, global and local and the corporate and the independent. Here zines sit side by side with monographs of well known artists, publications are created right before your eyes, and ideas are shared across time and space. Continue reading
For such a public figure, Prince lived a very private life. And his death too has been private. It was a shock to the world, and still the events leading to his death remain unannounced. And yet with any great musician the mourning has been very public. Continue reading
Warhol and Ai Weiwei: a match made in curatorship heaven. Not only was this pairing always going to be a big crowd pleaser, but it is also a rare chance to write history. Although the cynic in me can imagine the dollar signs in the eyes of the curators when they began planning the exhibition (something Warhol would certainly approve of) but I can also appreciate the importance of such an exhibition art historically. Continue reading
I have already written a lot about Bowie, and yet now that I have processed this as actually reality I feel the need to say goodbye, after all he had the goodness to say goodbye to us. Continue reading