Category archives: Arts

Photographer Interview: Marco Fava

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Marco Fava's photographs document the human traces left behind on Italy's natural and industrial landscape. Tell us a little about yourself and your work. I live in Piacenza, a small city in north Italy and I work as a freelance architect. I became interested in photography many years ago, but it wasn't until my university studies that my approach to ph[...]

Film Review: I Am Yours (2013)

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After initially doing the rounds at a number of film festivals, then circulated by Film Movement and subsequently picked up on Netflix, “I Am Yours” is one of those films you are truly thankful was able to find its way onto your screen. Holding 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and serving as the Norwegian Oscar Submission in 2013, it is clear I am not alone in rat[...]

Only in China

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Jostled up against the northern bank of the Sham Chun River, the dividing line between China and Hong Kong, lies the adolescent city of Shenzhen. Both the city and its average inhabitant, are under 30 years of age, and in these three short decades this city has packed in the type of socio-economic and cultural development that has taken most European cities [...]

Funding Calais

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On 2nd September an image of three year old Aylan Kurdi washed up dead in a beach in Turkey after the boat he was travelling on with his family capsized was published online and caused huge international uproar. The response was astounding, and despite how the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, that image alone was enough to shock people into action. A simple [...]

Film Review: Oslo, 31st August (2011)

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Writer and director Joachim Trier reunites with Anders Danielson Lie in the quiet, subdued and contemplative Oslo, 31st August. We first meet Anders as a former addict in rehab, displaying suicidal tendencies in the opening scene only to pick himself back up to an extent, and spend a day in Oslo. He is granted a day release, tells the rehab clinic that i[...]

Remember Me: World Alzheimer's Month

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September 2015 is the fourth global World Alzheimer’s Month. This year’s theme is Remember Me. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, it is estimated that 44 million people worldwide are living with dementia. Two remarkable debut novels published last year spotlight unforgettable characters who happen to have dementia. In Emma Healey’s Elizabeth Is[...]

Film Review: Ilo Ilo (2013)

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From Director Anthony Chen is his award-winning debut feature film titled, ‘Ilo Ilo‘, an engaging and honest drama about a Singaporean family, and their struggle in the financial crisis of the late 1990’s. It’s initially a highly relatable story, not one obviously set to the financial crisis, either. A fairly standard portrait of a middle-class family; bot[...]

Photographer Interview: Ioana Cîrlig

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Ioana Cîrlig is a twenty seven year-old Romanian photographer, whose images document the country's landscape and its people; haunted by the remnants of industrialisation. Firstly, tell us a little about yourself and what you do. I studied Cinematography in Bucharest and worked for a few years as a staff photographer for a newspaper before deciding to ded[...]

Motherhood and Art: Amanda Palmer

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Despite radical changes in the way we, as a society, treat women, there is still a long way to go before we fully accept and accommodate working mothers. Artists especially are deeply impacted by becoming parents, as their lives outside of 'work' has far more of a direct impact on said work. Their experiences in life, in relationships, the places they visit[...]

Postcards to my Future Children

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In April 2012 I was walking next to the Seine in Paris whilst peering at the wide array of vintage magazines, records and tat that the stalls were selling. I felt my euros burning a hole in my pocket, but yet possessed no desire to buy something I knew would sit gathering dust on my shelf. I thumbed through old postcards, some blank and some with long forgot[...]

The Scared is Scared: A Child's Life Advice

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As adults we often overcomplicate things, which is why this short film by Bianca Giaever is so refreshing. The Scared is Scared is a beautiful, simple look at the world through the eyes of a young child. Bianca asks six year old, Asa Baker-Rouse, "do you have any stories that you'd want to be a movie" to which Asa responds with a heart-warming story creat[...]

Artist Interview: Joe Anderson

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How did you discover your interest in illustration? My interest in illustration goes back to childhood. As long as I can remember I noticed drawings and have enjoyed drawing. Dr. Suess and Shel Silverstein were some my early favorites. I loved Mad Magazine and Spy vs. Spy comics. Cartoons were a mainstay, especially the whole Looney Tunes gang. Roadrunner w[...]

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