The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke – directed by Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva – 2011 – Raindance Film Festival – London

This was a fantastic short film I saw at Raindance Film Festival. The film is completely surreal and very comic, the design of the film is also wonderfully inventive. The film is made entirely of sets and much of the film is made of crude cardboard cut outs that are painted quite childishly. They also … Continue reading

The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito) – Directed by Pedro Almodóvar – 2011

  The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito) is a 2011 film by the spanish master Pedro Almodóvar. The film tells the bizarre story of a man who creates a woman from a man he believes raped his psychologically damaged daughter who then killed herself. The man is also a brilliant scientist who through … Continue reading

Punch Drunk Love – Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson – 2002

I recently rewatched Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2002 film Punch Drunk Love. This is a beautiful film which is excellently crafted and an interesting story. Visually the film is stunning with a huge attention to detail particularly in the colour of the piece. The lead character Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) wears a blue suit throughout the film … Continue reading

Me @ the Zoo – Directed Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch – Raindance Film Festival – September 2012

Me @ the Zoo is a documentary which I got the opportunity to see at Raindance Film Festival when I was there representing Henry Coombes’ short film I am the Architect which was screening in the shorts sections of the film after my distribution for the project. The film is about Chris Crocker a transvestite teenager who … Continue reading

Lewis Biggs – The City as a Patron – I am the architect, this is unacceptable, this is not happening – Artists’ Strategies for Working in Public: Learning from Practice – Symposium – House of an Art Lover – GI Festival – Wednesday 25th April 2012

INTRODUCTION – Art is not solipsism, it is a social activity. Art only becomes art when there is a dialogue in place therefore it must be social. – The relationship between the patron and the artist is a social exchange as both parties have needs and/or resources. Patrons and artists need a dialogue as councils … Continue reading

Brain Activity – David Shrigley – The Hayward Gallery – Southbank – Saturday 4th February 2012

The latest David Shrigley retrospective is a well curated, amusing and most of all highly intelligent collection of works. Shrigley is a very well known artist yet this is his first retrospective. Many critics and people struggle with Shrigley’s work and many reviews of this exhibition have questioned whether it is acceptable to laugh at … Continue reading

Shame – directed by Steve McQueen – GFT2 -2011

Shame is the second feature film by renowned artist Steve McQueen, winner of the Turner Prize in 1999. McQueen has always experimented in film and used it as part of his art work, particularly in installation work, however it was not until 2008 when he released Hunger that he became a pure film maker. On the … Continue reading

Reprographic – The Old Hairdressers – Exhibition – Sunday 15th January 2012

Reprographic is an exhibition of new photographs by a group of young artists, living or studying in Glasgow; it includes work from those studying Fine Art – Photography at the Glasgow School of Art. The exhibit displayed a wide variety of work and photographic styles, however all the pictures were in black and white. One … Continue reading

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine – directed by Marion Cajori – 2008

  Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine is a 2008 documentary on the sculptor Louise Bourgeois by  Marion Cajori filmed between 1993 to 2007. The film focuses largely on Bourgeois’ work but looks at how her experiences have changed her and how she creates her work, in particular her childhood and relationship with … Continue reading

The Kill List – directed by Ben Wheatley – 2011

The Kill List is the second film by a new promising British director Ben Wheatley. The film has received positive reviews and been well discussed in the media, however the main point of discussion was how the film could be categorised. Initially the film seems to be a mundane portrayal of two middle aged men … Continue reading