May, 2016

32nd Hamburg International Short Film Festival

Remember they screened Peter in this festival last year? Well they know a good thing when they, ahem, meet her, so I’m back, this time on the Jury of the NoBudget Competition. Love Hamburg. Love this festival – so well curated with fantastic venues and quality screenings. Extra curricular stuff this year includes works by and chosen by Rainer Kohlberger. 

Plus there’s the Kunsthalle, Kunstverein und Deichtorhallen. And I reckon about 9hrs of short films to watch.

All about the festival here.

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David – no reason


“It’s not a tool, it’s an alien life form.” A year after this interview, the brew bought me an imac.


New stars?


You Must Remember This

This is interesting. Perfect for Sunday morning listening…


You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast about the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. Distributed byPanoply from Slate Magazine, the podcast is the brainchild of Karina Longworth, who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode in her home. Guest stars have included actors Dana CarveyAdam GoldbergSteve ZissisNoah SeganWiley Wiggins and Nora Zehetner, journalists Max LinskyMark OlsenAnne Helen Petersen and Farran Nehme Smith, screenwritersKelly Marcel and Craig Mazin, producer Ram Bergman, the internet’s own Wil Wheaton, and more.

Since launching as a passion project in April 2014,You Must Remember This has become one of the top film podcasts around, and is usually in the Top 100 of all podcasts on iTunes.

This podcast is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction. Every reasonable attempt is made at accuracy, but quite often when it comes to the kinds of stories we explore here, between conflicting reports, conscious and unconscious mythologizing and institutionalized spin, the truth is murky at best. That’s kind of what the podcast is, ultimately, about.

Longworth began her career as a film journalist as the co-founder of the pioneering film blog Cinematical, and went on to serve as a staff critic at the Village Voice and the film editor at the LA Weekly. She has also contributed to Grantland, Slate, Vanity Fair and many other print and online publications. She is the author of books on George Lucas, Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, and she has lectured at the undergraduate and graduate level, most recently at Chapman University. She’s currently working on a book about the many Hollywood loves of Howard Hughes. For more information about Karina and her work, go here.”

and everything crooked will become straight – £4 only…

…while stocks last – Get your very own copy of Transit’s excellent zine, which accompanied Transit #3. Thank you to Marcus and all contributors.

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The Hollow Crown – Series 1

Sighs all round. Ben Wishaw goes from weedy to stately, but too late in Rich 2. Jezza Irons rages in his beany in Hen IV. Tom Higglesthingamy goes from party to hearty (and filthy and dead) in Hen IV & V.

Feel free to quote this deep critical analysis of the bard as you see fit. Just logging a High-Rise related item of cultural note really.

Series 2 on the beeb this week… looks like gals shall be getting a look in…



3016 – Aniara Omann

I love the current Project Room show – go see Aniara’s radioactive alien thangs immediately. Lush and dangerous. Website here. Bieber video a must.


Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)

Piled out of The Old Hairdresser’s and onto the sleeper to this symposium at the Whitechapel a couple of weeks ago. Sadie Plant argued for a feminist web of roads, cars veering off in all directions (no superhighway thanks Nam), Julian Oliver wowed the crowd by actually writing code during his presentation (and scared us all with our electronic visibility) and Erica Balsam was excellent on Harun Farocki’s ‘Parallel I-IV’. 

How I managed to be in the show for 6 hours and miss Frances Stark’s work is beyond me, the pale, etc. Anyway, the show confirmed for me the virtual impossibility of work to engage successfully with contemporary transmission when not made of the digital stuff. But also how terrible web-based work comes across in the (Buren alert) the calcifying, ossifying gallery space. Superfrumpy in the 90s. Oh but there were real highlights, old and new: Judith Barry, Harun Farocki, Kaprow’s Hello, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Camille Henrot bien sur, who ever made the big bum photograph cut out… and the catalogue is great.

‘Lorna’ (1979-1982)

Lynn Hershman Leeson’s ‘Lorna’ (1979-1982)

Lorna again

Lorna again