Archive for July, 2010

Cool With Nature

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

I have being going a bit mental on Discogs Marketplace recently buying as many records as you can on a civil servant’s salary. Today I discovered, and bought this song: Carlton – Cool With Nature.

Not only has the record sleeve become one of my favourite images ever – Check out the shades! – but I love this song, I can’t believe I had never heard it before… Also the title is a pretty good name for a song, I’m cool with nature too.

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I also bought this song today (and 15 others):

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London River

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

I watched London River directed by Rachid Bouchareb the other night. The film is set during the 2005 Tube terrorist bombings that took place in London and follows the stories of a Woman from Guernsey who is searching for her daughter and Black Muslim man from France searching for his son, it turns out that  the son and daughter had been living together in London at the time of the attacks.

At first I was annoyed because I thought it was just going to draw on the same old stereotypes; scared white woman terrified of anything remotely ethnic played by Brenda Blehtyn, mysterious black dreadlocked man played by Sotigui Kouyaté. However as the film went on a suprisingly delicate relationship develops between them. I was also amazed by Sotigui Kouyaté, he has a really powerful presence and despite most of his scenes being quiet and gentle they had a lasting effect on me.

I wouldn’t say this is the most amazing film I have seen this year, it’s slow and is quite straight forward but I think the emotional impact that it has is far more important. It teaches tolerance and overcomes stereotypes.

R.I.P. Sotigui Kouyaté

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Kanaval

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Kanaval – Haiti – Leah Gordon

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/jul/06/leah-gordon-kanaval-haiti-photography

I think Leah Gordon is my new favourite photographer, I have just bought her book Kanaval from Amazon.