Pick 'n' Mix: prizes
Phew, thank God I’m here to tell you about all the exciting, new things happening in the world of image and film this week…
Deep Hole Ends
Dave Geeting and Alex Howard are a bit of a dynamic duo when it comes to taking pictures. Just look at this new zine they have produced with the ominous title, Deep Hole Ends. I literally love every single picture, and at just nine quid it’s worth every penny. Great for ol’ Crimbo – if you buy this as a gift for someone and they don’t like it, you’re officially allowed to say they have no taste.
Baby – award-winning short
British filmmaker Daniel Mulloy (who made the films Dad, 2007, and Son, 2008) has just won Best Short at the British Independent Film Awards for his film Baby. It stars Arta Dobroshi and Daniel Kaluuya and focuses on what happens when a young woman intervenes after witnessing a group of men mugging a girl. One of the men becomes obsessed with her and won’t leave her alone. If its plethora of awards are anything to go by (Best British Short at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Corona Cork Film Festival) then it should be a belter. Here’s an extract below.
LPA/ Futures Competition 2011
Are you a photographer? Then this is the competition for you; it’s your chance to win representation from one of the world’s top photographic agencies. LPA Futures is a division of the established Lisa Pritchard Agency and they’re looking for five up-and-coming photographers for their books. They’re now accepting entries and this year’s winners will also get 50% off membership to the AOP, plus vouchers towards a bespoke portfolio and their own book published by UBYU.
I’m way excited about the imminent UK release of Derek Cianfrance’s racy “anti-romcom”. It’s so nice to see directors making antidotes to dishwater kooky romance flicks like (500) Days of Summer. Apparently Michelle Williams literally hunted down the director to play the role of Cindy, opposite Ryan Gosling’s Dean. It’s the tale of a relationship’s demise, warts and all. Those, erm, warts include some particularly graphic scenes in which Dean “pleases” Cindy – you do the math. That scene was responsible for the film being branded NC-17 in the US, something the Weinstein Company, who support the film, are appealing against. Apparently, Mr. Oscar doesn’t like naughty.
The Thorn in the Heart
I’ve been a fan of Michel Gondry ever since I saw The Science of Sleep (how adorable is Charlotte Gainsbourg’s voice – Jesus!). I’m willing to overlook Be Kind Rewind for being about six hours too long, but I have hope for The Thorn in the Heart. It’s just been released on iTunes and tells the tale of “Gondry family matriarch” Suzette Gondry, his inimitable aunt. The film examines her relationship with her son and her early life as a schoolteacher in rural France.
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