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Queer Picks From The Sydney Flicks

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Twentysomething Quebecois director Xavier Dolan, who will have two pieces showing at the 2010 Sydney Film Festival.It’s that time again, ladies and gentlemen – Sydney’s Film Festival (2-14 June).

This year I’ve changed my tune. I’ve done my research and booked my tickets BEFOREHAND.

The festival is showing a number of queer films, including two from 20something Quebecois director Xavier Dolan (pictured right).

So, here goes.
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Written by Darren Smith

25 May 2010 at 12:21 am

Film | Howl (2010)

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Still from "Howl", the movie about Ginsberg's epic poem.In the past few days, synchronicity visited me twice, and both involved rediscovery. First was a forgotten old jacket of mine that caught a visiting friend’s eye. Two days later, a jacket with the exact pattern and design popped up in Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2010 collection (picture in this article).

That same week, Allen Ginsberg’s 1956 poem “Howl” drifted into my consciousness. A few days later, I discovered a movie about the poem and Ginsberg’s obscenity trial premiered (at the Sundance Film Festival). Here’s a bit of a sneak peak.

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Written by Darren Smith

23 January 2010 at 1:03 pm

Film | La Notte (1961)

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No one does ennui with such effortless chic and glamour as the Italians. It’s no less true for this beautiful portrait of hubris from auteur director Michelangelo Antonioni. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the art of cinema at its best.

La Notte (The Night) follows estranged married couple Lidia (the superb Jeanne Moreau) and writer Giovanni Pontano (Marcello Mastroianni). It opens with the couple visiting a mutual friend on his deathbed – not even the company of death can move Lidia or Giovanni together. The film then follows them until dawn the next day.

To recount the plot feels ridiculous and incredibly insufficient because this movie really stands outside our conventional experience of cinema. It’s not driven by narrative or plot. Which is not to say there isn’t one, just that it’s not driving the car.

Because the plot is backseat, everything else has room to move – things like the jazz score, photography, design, mood and location.

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Written by Darren Smith

10 January 2010 at 10:12 pm

Fashion | A New Face For Chanel No 5

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Dollish Amelie star Audrey Tautou is the new face for Chanel No 5, teaming up again with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet for the fragrance’s latest advertising campaign. It comes ahead of a mid-2009 release of Coco Avant Chanel in which Tautou plays the fragrance’s inventor, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

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Written by Darren Smith

15 May 2009 at 8:18 pm

Film | The Bad Apple: Monsanto’s Dirt File

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If sin was a government office building, then an entire floor would be devoted to the file on the world’s largest biotechnology company, Monsanto. At least if this documentary is anything to go by.

The World According To Monsanto (Le Monde Salon de Monsanto) is this file. It was first aired on French and German TV, and I believe is yet to be broadcast in America.
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Written by Darren Smith

25 April 2009 at 4:55 pm

Film | Talkin’ ‘Bout Their Generation

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I dropped into the cinema today to see The Boat That Rocked. And, yes, it was the nostalgic sexagenarian trip down memory lane to the good ‘ole Swinging Sixties I was expecting. But, it was also a thoroughly enjoyable, vibrant and fun movie, aided a lot by a booming British pop soundtrack.

Directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) and with an ensemble cast. The Boat That Rocked is a comedic tribute to the UK pirate radio stations of the 1960s that were pretty much the only radio stations playing pop music.

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Written by Darren Smith

15 April 2009 at 11:06 pm

Film | Inside the filthy mind of John Waters

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Prince of Poop, Lord of Low-brow, King of Crass — ladies and gentleman, please welcome to the stage Sir John Waters

I’ve been immersed in the world of John Waters recently, and a lot of it has to do with This Filthy World, a 2006 documentary about the man who brought us the original Hairspray along with a heap of perverse classics like Female Trouble and Pink Flamingos.
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Written by Darren Smith

1 March 2009 at 10:10 pm