Archive | July, 2013

August the 14th film screening. Better be there

25 Jul

Do you like to watch short films? are you the type of person that wants to see raw talent in its early stages? well because you’re reading on obviously you must be interested. On August the 14th there’s a 2 hour local film screening, future talent that needs you…. yeah literally you in order to succeed and survive in a tough and competitive industry. There’s a range of films that will be screened and if you have a friend/relative or know someone that wants to have their film screened they can 079 the person in charge (07968532923).

so stop wasting your time outside with your grandma and enduring her sloppy kisses. stop staying inside with your mum helping her with all the chores just so you can get a fiver for you to waste on junk and come down to the film festival for 2 hours.

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Reasons why you should go to the British Museum

19 Jul

Yesterday, we went to visit the British Museum and saw spectacular pieces of history. In particular we found the Ancient Egypt and Japanese areas to be the most intriguing and exciting (and not just because of the air conditioning!).

Here are a few reasons why you should to the British Museum over the summer:

  • You get to see a real live mummies

Need I say more? It’s crazy to think that the artifacts that you see are thousands of years old and contain a dead body inside.

The mummy of Cleopatra- Cleopatra was only seventeen years old when she died.

The mummy of Cleopatra- Cleopatra was only seventeen years old when she died.

Some of the tombs that the mummies are in have spells inscribed to “activate” the mummies.

Some of the tombs that the mummies are in have spells inscribed to “activate” the mummies.

 

  • You learn things that you wouldn’t normally learn in history at school

In the Japan area there was a reconstructed teahouse that was made to look like one from Japan. It was beautifully designed; it had a great structure and looked really authentic.

Tea ceremonies were conducted in teahouses like this one. There were schools dedicated to learning the art of the ea ceremony.

Tea ceremonies were conducted in teahouses like this one. There were schools dedicated to learning the art of the ea ceremony.

  • You can also find out more about things that are popular today

You don’t just learn about history, but also about current information on the different countries, that you probably wouldn’t know about. There was a section about the origins of manga, which is extremely popular in today’s society. It was fascinating to find out more about a subject that attracts many people.

Here is a volume of manga from 1928

Here is a volume of manga from 1928

Overall, if you are free this summer, have no money to do anything eccentric and want to learn more; the British Museum is the perfect place to visit.

By Louisa, Rubel & Steffi

 

Two of our young talents produce art for ‘Not For Rental’ charity film exhibition

18 Jul

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Two of our young Mediorite creatives, along with a variety of talented artist have contributed a fantastic charity film exhibition called ‘Not For Rental’, featuring artistic designs of VHS video boxes. The VHS boxes were auctioned to raise money for the charities Art Against Knives and Macmillian Cancer Support.

We have worked closely with Art Against knives for many years supporting their cause to help young people who have been affected by knife crime. They provide young people with the opportunity to pursue their creative career and overcome their experiences.

The exhibition was presented by the film magazine Little White Lies in London and was featured in the renowned Guardian newspaper.

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A few things to know: The Bechdel Test

18 Jul

What is it?

The Bechdel test was first introduced in Allison Bechdel’s comic Dykes to watch out for, in a 1985 strip called “The Rule”. In order for a film to pass the Bechdel test it has to meet the following requirements:

  1. It has to have at least two women in it
  2. Who talk to each other
  3. About something besides a man

There have been variations to the criteria of the test, for example the female characters have to be named.

So …..

pan's labyrinthThink about a movie that you watched recently, or any movie at all. Does it have two female characters, who have a conversation about something besides a man? Can you try and name more than 3 films that pass the Bechdel test?  I actually found it kind of difficult…

And that’s where the problem lies…

The problem isn’t about the lack of female characters in films (the movie Avatar, which features the character of Neytiri, fails the test) but the lack of depth to female characters.

  • If passing the test were mandatory it would have jeopardised half of 2009’s Best Picture Nominees
  • It would also have cut the length of the annual Comic-Con to 45 minutes,

It can also be noted that the only reason a lot of these films do pass the test is because the women only talk about marriage or babies.

Why do so few films pass the Bechdel test?

One reason so few films pass the Bechdel test is that the majority of scriptwriters are male; therefore they are less likely to write about female characters.  As a female writer, I’m more likely to write a story where female characters are central to the storyline.

Another reason is the assumption about what an audience would prefer to see in a film. You are unlikely to here a female talking about her problems to her colleague in an action packed Vin diesel film. Even if it was a cliché romcom, nine out of ten times the conversation will be about a male love interest.

To restore your faith in humanity here are some films that do pass the Bechdel test:

1. Legally Blonde

There are several instances where Elle talks to females on other topics beside men.  Elle gets Brooke to tell her her alibi; Vivian lies to Elle about the party being a costume party, and Elle interviews chutney on the witness stand. Legally_blonde

2.Black Swan

The main character regularly talks to her mother; there is also a lot of discussion between the other ballet dancers about the challenges of the profession.

3.Coraline

Women in the film include: Coraline and her mother, her other mother, Mrs Spink, and Mrs Forcible to name a few.  All of them at some point have a conversation with another female character that is not about a man.

4.Juno

Juno has plenty of arguments with her mother, and a discussion about prenatal stuff. Fails the anti-Bechdel test – no two men talk to anything other than a woman.

 5. Pan’s Labyrinth

Mercedes and Ofelia talk about believing in fairies and Ofelia’s dress; the both manage not to talk about a man while Mercedes is getting Ofelia milk. If it is easy for a dark fairytale like this one to pass the test, why does it seem so difficult for a simple romcom to do the same thing?

By Louisa Danquah

Wayward at the Hayward

15 Jul

Have you ever sat there wondering about how the universe works, why the world we live in is the way that it is or just questioned some of the views we get taught in school science lessons?

The Hayward Gallery on the Southbank has an awesome new exhibition bringing eccentric artists, visionaries and geniuses from around the country to offer us an ALTERNATIVE GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE 

 The Exhibition focuses on individuals who develop their ideas outside of university and established disciplines. The ideas is to inspire and challenge the accepted ways of thinking in order to re-imagine the rules of culture and science.  The Hayward is an art gallery but this exhibition has work made from a wide range of forms and materials, it includes epic paintings of alternative calendars as well as obsessively detailed drawings of the human nervous system; scientific charts and fantastical engineering plans; functioning robots and blueprints for cities of the future and the evolution of human consciousness.

Several photographers in the exhibition, meanwhile, explore fictional identities and alter egos, including a homeless artist from Chicago whose theatrical photo-booth self-portraits.

Taken together, the speculative visions in Alternative Guide to the Universe rival the wildest inventions of science fiction – with the difference that these artists actually believe in the validity and veracity of all that they describe and propose.  Whether speculating on mysteries of time and space or charting the unseen energy flows of our bodies and minds, their imaginative creations invite the viewer into a universe where ingenuity trumps received wisdom.

“These brilliant mavericks expand the spaces in which our own imaginative thinking about the world may venture,” says Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff. “However farfetched or outlandish it may seem, their work possesses an intensity and bracing originality that gives it a compelling reality all its own. It invites us to think outside of our conventional categories and ultimately to question our definitions of ‘normal’ art and science.”

 

Here’s a few of the artists that sound great!  Marcel Storr’s delicately intricate drawings (which he believed would provide a blueprint for re-building Paris after a nuclear attack), or measured in the gorgeous cosmological diagrams and numerical calculations of Alfred Jensen. Underground street artist Rammellzee fashioned his ‘Letter Racers’ as part of a campaign to liberate the alphabet from the strictures of Western civilization.Karl Hans Janke sought out ways of producing unlimited energy.

Review to follow

The Alternative Guide to the Universe

Hayward Gallery, 11 June – 26 August 2013

Visitor information and tickets: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

 

Just a perspective… (read it…. reaaaaddd it!!)

15 Jul

Remember when I did that last post? of course you don’t you either forgot it or you didn’t read it but to quickly remind you, I discussed about dance and dance nation and a bit about myself. This blog I’m going to be a little different so lay back and enjoy a simple blog…

Am I the only one who believes that there’s more to dance, acting, etc. then what meets the eye? There always seems to be a complexity to everything in the world of dance, acting, etc. nowadays. Whether it’s because it’s the new method to draw attention or just to simply just to confuse the audience I wouldn’t know (it doesn’t really matter why) but what I do know is that everyone seems to enjoy it more often than not because they seem to enjoy figuring out the meaning of something rather than just looking at something pointless and stupid.

If we were to take a look at those B-movies back in the day (we’re talking when back street boys was something) you could figure out the plot and morale of the story just 20 minutes into the film, there’s a bad ass, a hot damsel in distress and a bad guy who gets his backside whooped in the end along with a  romantic monologue, and as good as it was in the beginning, it got boring later on for being repetitive and unreal.

What makes a good film in the 21st century? complexity and a bit of everything e.g. comedy, horror, thriller, fantasy, reality, etc. one director who especially seems to have mastered this ability is Martin Scorsese ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Scorsese a little biography if you don’t know the big man) he has the ability to amaze the audience with a theme that’s generally hard to exploit without boring the audience and he also creates some of the best twists I’ve seen so far e.g. Shutter Island, a perfect example alongside The Departed (there’s a bibliography below if you want to see trailers and reviews).

So to sum up my point, people (critics) want something in movies, something a little like: the best eye catching complexity, effects with intensity, actors who are “best to see” and not those wannabes coming out of rehab for ecstasy, and finally what they want to see…… is efficiency. I hope you enjoyed this blog and look out for more soon. In the meanwhile just drink your coffee go to work, take crap from your boss and take it out by playing darts with a picture of your boss as the bulls eye.

http://jbunce.hubpages.com/hub/Movie-Talk-What-Makes-A-Good-Movie (what makes a good movie)

  (Martin Scorsese winning an Oscar)

h  (The departed trailer)

 (shutter island trailer)

Why we love: The Fault in Our Stars

12 Jul

The fault in our stars” is a novel about love between two teenagers named Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace- but with a twist, the twist being they both suffer from cancer. It is not a typical story; even though the cancer is a big part of the story-line, the novel still manages to be humorous and uplifting despite the serious themes. “The fault in our stars” explores what it means to be alive and challenges the typical idea of a teenage romance.

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So why is “The fault in our stars” a New York Times bestseller?

When searching through different reviews on the novel, we found that most people had a strong attachment to the characters of Hazel and Augustus. One person wrote:

 

‘I felt that when I was reading it I was friends with Hazel and Gus, and that I was with them, sorting out their problems, helping them’.

Another reader, similarly wrote:

‘this book was the total opposite of some sappy love story because of how realistic it is.’

 

Their strong and witty personalities make it easy for readers to relate and connect to them. Hazel and Augustus bring a realistic element to the novel, unlike most other teenage love stories. John Green is able to write in the voice of a teenage girl to create a story that isn’t just a

.bout ‘ordinary teenagers with teenage problems’ but about an extraordinary teenager who faces something much more than the ‘average teenage problems’.

If we could describe the novel in one word, it would be ‘powerful’; another reader shared our feelings:

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‘I loved it because of how powerful it was. How everything in Hazel Grace’s life, she questioned, even if it was something as simple as ‘Why should a person only have breakfast food for breakfast?’

 

The book is able to raise questions that normally wouldn’t even cross our minds. In this sense Hazel is able to present ideas that go beyond the surface and make the reader think outside of the box.  Hazel tells her mum the her t-shirt does not have a pipe on it:

‘It’s a drawing of a pipe. Get it? All representations of a thing are inherently abstract. It’s very clever’

 

Even though The Fault in Our Stars is fiction, the struggles of Augustus and Hazel, are in fact a reality in some people’s lives. The novel has inspired many people around the world, here is an example of just one:

By Louisa Danquah & Steffi Maranan