Browsing Category: film art

  • Dinh Q Lê, The Farmers and the Helicopters (2006)

    War is a game for boys of all ages. So if that’s your violent gender you might especially enjoy this montage of vintage film in which helicopter gunships rain deafening misery on the Vietnamese. Dinh Q Lê’s film begins gently with innocuous footage of dragonflies and some peasant wisdom about determining the weather from their flight patterns. …

    October 11, 2014
  • Emma Critchley, Aria (2013)

    Viewed through the baking darkness of a shipping container on a South coast beach, Critchley’s sub aquatic film floods the space with a certain amniotic calm. What you see is a cross section of a small indoor pool. With the ease of a water baby, a bikini clad free diver spins and flips back and …

    May 20, 2013
  • Jeremy Deller, The Bruce Lacey Experience (2012)

    This in-depth documentary about a great living artist premiered at Brighton Festival not so long after network TV screened an in-depth doc about its maker Jeremy Deller. The results were two quite different films. But the subjects have more in common than both having worked together on The Bruce Lacey Experience. Like Deller, Lacey has …

    June 15, 2012
  • Interview: Asheq Akhtar

    When Asheq Akhtar answered a small ad calling for non-professionals to take part in a film, he could not have predicted the results. After three week’s training in method acting he was out on the streets before a full feature film crew. And no one who saw the movie Self Made will forget his barely …

    February 29, 2012
  • Interview: Daria Martin

    If you can taste these words or see them in colour, you already know about the condition known as synaesthesia which affects 1 in 20 people worldwide. If you can’t, chances are you might like the sound of that, especially if you are an artist. “There are a lot of wannabe synaesthetes, including myself, out …

    February 19, 2012
  • Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, File under Sacred Music, 2003

    Since singer/songwriter Tom Verlaine cropped up in a recent post, it seems excusable to quote him with regards to the subject of this one: a re-staged gig by The Cramps. Both emerged from a scene based around New York venue CBGB’s during the mid 70s, but the gig in question was played in 1978 to …

    February 10, 2011
  • Phil Collins, marxism today (prologue) (2010)

    marxism today (prologue) is unelaborate art. If it was on TV you would think it a more or less ordinary documentary, with just one or two creative flourishes. Once, the voice of a presenter from East German TV is faded down and music is faded over the top. The track is a bittersweet instrumental in …

    October 7, 2010