Archive | August, 2010

Bestival 2010 is almost here!

31 Aug

Bestival 2010 ‘The Year of the Fantastic’ is  here from 9th -12th of September with an amazing line up; Prodigy, Fever Ray and The Xx to name but a few! Expect a photo feature on YH!World shortly after the event!

If you missed out on tickets you’ll be able to catch all the action as Channel 4 will be showing a 60 minute Music on 4 special and a half hour T4 special both on Sunday 19th September.

Gimme 10!

25 Aug

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Splice (2010)

18 Aug

Splice (2010)

Two Rebellious scientist’s experiments take a dark twist in this sci-fi thriller.

By Ophelia Ruffin 

Interesting concept but falls slightly flat on its delivery. Written and directed by Vincenzo Natali and produced by Guillermo Del Toro, Splice raises some interesting questions on morality and science and how the two are intrinsically entwined.  Clive (played by Adrian Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polly) are two brilliant scientists trying to make a name for themselves in the area of genetic research when the experiment to create a new species designed to reveal a protein highly valuable to the pharmaceutical companies goes horribly wrong and the two become embroiled in a dangerous game that will stretch their ethical and scientific integrities.

Splice accurately expresses some of the ethical issues surrounding the use of genetic research within the scientific community and its ethical responsibility.

The performances are actually really very good, Sarah Polly plays the character of Elsa with a confidence and assurance that brings to life the intimate dynamics of both her and Clive’s relationship and makes a refreshing change from the usual machismo of sci-fi. The film is far softer and delicate in its treatment of the subject and tries it’s hardest to avoid the usual sci-fi clichés. Adrian Brody is always good, and you feel that underneath that cool and gentle exterior is a man brooding beneath. The film has the feel of a pressure cooker just waiting to blow, but this film never quite does. It doesn’t have the punch, the crescendo. Or maybe it does but perhaps it’s just a little lack lustre. I had high hopes for Splice and had been anticipating its release for many months but must admit I was slightly disappointed when I finally watched it.

Splice hit U.K. screens on the 23 July.  Be sure to watch it if you’re interested in a smart sci-fi film with a far superior style and approach to films of a similar nature such a Species (1995).

 Ophelia Ruffin is Film Editor for YH!world and Edits her own Strictly Reel.

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Somebody please think of the children!

16 Aug

Clearly, violent crime amongst young people today is a problem. It’s now so common, we’ve reached a stage where a news report on a shooting or stabbing barely raises an eyebrow.

Recent statistics certainly suggest violent crime is getting towards crisis point. Met Police figures show a 10.7% increase in London’s gun crime in the last 12 months, and a significant increase in theft with the use of force. And in June of this year, there were 25 crimes involving offensive weapons in Hackney alone.  

With the situation as it is, it’s only natural to look for someone or something to blame. Some point the finger at violent video games, music, or films for poisoning the innocent minds of the youth. Could they be right?

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Well… no, basically.

People frequently look for a scapegoat to explain the reasons behind social problems, but scientific studies have consistently shown no link exists between games and criminal behaviour, aggression, or emotional problems.

Using entertainment to explain teenagers’ negative behaviour is no new thing, though. As well as games, violent films and ‘aggressive’ music often come under attack from people looking for an easy target. I remember gangsta rap bearing the brunt in the mid-90s, when the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG led to the genre being labelled as the roots cause behind gun crime. Gangsta rap may have decreased in popularity, but guess what? The violence remains.

A similar situation arose in 1999, after the Columbine High School shootings. Looking for answers as to why the tragedy occurred, thousands of people took to protesting at Marilyn Manson’s shows – claiming his lyrics had somehow caused the whole thing. When someone actually bothered to interview Manson to get his opinion, they found he was a level-headed, very intelligent guy who probably wasn’t at fault after all.

Undeterred, people are still quick to blame popular culture for anything they have no other answer to. The current culture of fear means parents are convinced that contact with anything unsavoury will result in negative behaviour amongst kids.

The most amusing example is the suggestion that kids copy what they see in violent video games. This is an insult to the game player’s intelligence. The gamer is simply doing something they enjoy – there is no reason to assume the likely occurrence of copycat behaviour.

I may not be a kid anymore, but I certainly was when Grand Theft Auto was first released. I played it regularly, and guess what? I’ve never stolen a car, shot a stranger in the street, or joined a dodgy-looking gang. And neither has anyone I played it with. Anyone sane can easily distinguish right from wrong, and draw the line between a violent computer game and reality.

The fear amongst some is that kids will become desensitised to violence through the playing of video games. As long as they understand violent behaviour is unacceptable, is this such a bad thing? An ambulance crew may be desensitised to the sight of someone who has been beaten up, but would in no way condone that kind of behaviour. 

The fact is, violence and anti-social behaviour have always been part of society. Nazi Germany, the French slaughtering thousands in Algiers, the British doing the same in India, the ruthless Japanese occupation of China… all of these atrocities took place long before Call of Duty was even in the pipeline. I’m in no way belittling the problem of violent attacks in this country, merely pointing out that you can’t prevent a stabbing by confiscating a PS3. 

What do YOU think?
Is there a link between violence on the streets and the violent games, music, and films teenagers are exposed to? Leave a comment and let us know if violent games really affect your behaviour.

Hackney Hounds: a project born out of passion

13 Aug

Daniel Jamieson talks about his experience as part of the Hackney Hounds project.

Hackney Hounds was a special project with a clear mission. It gave a filmmaking opportunity to a group of young people not in education or employment; but with ideas, passion, and curiosity about the concept of moviemaking.

These elements, combined with professional input and guidance, gave Hackney Hounds the energy it needed to make it to the screen. The opportunity to use professional equipment and be taught by working professionals is one that seldom comes around – particularly for free.

Kayla Whiting, who had the initial idea for the film, is a passionate Staffordshire Bull Terrier owner who thinks so-called ‘dangerous’ dogs are made aggressive through the way their owners treat them. Through the film, she hoped to change opinions and open up a real debate on the matter.

The drive shown by Kayla and her fellow filmmakers is what the made project special. It wasn’t to showcase filmmaking talent or promote the names of its makers – it was made because these young people had a message that needed to be heard. I got involved to offer ideas and ensure the difficult, longsome filmmaking process didn’t diminish the young peoples’ desire to create something special.

This was my first year in London. I had been here before for events and competitions, but now I was here to live, work and study. I was looking for the opportunity to work on a film with young people from a complicated area like Hackney, so when I received a message from 4talent mentioning the project I thought ‘Well, you asked for it.’ Before I knew it I was at the Hackney Hounds headquarters discussing project ideas and goals with Kayla.

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We shared the same fundamental project idea: the mistreatment and misunderstanding of dogs leads to their aggressive and confused behaviour – a pattern also evident in many young people. That comparison was to be the basis of the film.

My role was to keep the good ideas on the table, to suggest some, and help provoke some. I could see the positive effect this project was having on our team of young, first time filmmakers. They believed in the project and themselves, and confidence on set was boosted tenfold each day.

Kayla, you did a great job. Geneika, you were crazy but awesome and you have a talent for that camera. Julie, your daughter’s now a star. And Zoe, you can really cut stuff together – keep it up. I hope people understand not only the significance of what’s on screen, but also what went on behind the scenes. I know you guys had fun, and so did I.

By Daniel Jamieson

Have you booked your ticket for the Hackney Hounds screening yet? Do it now!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

13 Aug

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Well crafted, intriguing and engaging thriller

By Ophelia Ruffin

The first instalment of a trilogy from award winning Danish director Niels Ardon Oplev comes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a highly engaging, well acted, if not a bit too long thriller.

Lisbeth Salander, played Noomi Rapace is a professional computer hacker with a somewhat chequered past who begins surveying Michael Nyqvist (Mikael Blomkvist), a journalist on trial for libel and facing a lengthy prison sentence. The unlikely duo embark on a suspenseful journey to uncover a 40 year mystery of the disappearance of a young girl.

Noomi Rapace manages to explore the complexity of her character Lisbeth with such vigour through the subtleties of her body language, mannerism and gestures a vulnerability and naivety coupled with a strong and dominant presence which makes for a very honest and believable performance.

Both Michael and Lisbeth have good on screen chemistry, this is seen in the sense of intimacy that both characters are able to bring to each scene, this brings a very intriguing dimension to the film as both characters are quite detached from others in their everyday lives. Lisbeth is a computer hacker, Michael a journalist both are voyeurs, peering into the lives of others but when they are brought together they are forced to become close in order to solve this mystery which makes for an interesting paradox which is explored in the movie.

The film is rich in subplots which are well developed without taking away from the main focus of the film. There is some grim violence and some scenes prove difficult to watch, but you never feel that these scenes are unnecessary to the overall film, instead they add depth to the characters and their development throughout the film.

All round The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo is a very well crafted film that focuses on character development, dialogue, a good plot and a strong cast that explore the dynamics of their characters and their relationship to one another.

Well worth the watch!

Director David Fincher is set to make a Hollywood remake of the film. Twilight’s Kirsten Stewart and Juno’s Ellen page as well as Carey Mulligan have expressed interest in playing Lisbeth. Daniel Craig has been confirmed to play Michael. I’m not too sure about this remake, I think they should leave this well alone. What do you think?

Keep your eyes peeled as this remake is set for release in December 2011!

Ophelia Ruffin is Film Editor for YH!world and Edits her own Strictly Reel.

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11 Aug

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