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John Ford made the otherworldly landscape of Monument Valley a trademark of his filmmaking, using it as the backdrop for such movies as Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, My Darling Clementine, Rio Grande, and The Searchers. Other Westerns filmed here have included How the West Was Won, The Legend of the Lone Ranger, and Mackenna's Gold. The valley has shown up in such non-Western films as Back to the Future III, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Thelma and Louise, and Forrest Gump. The red rocks of Sedona have also attracted many filmmakers over the years. Broken Arrow, 3 10 to Yuma, The Riders of the Purple Sage, and The Call of the Canyon were all filmed in Sedona and nearby Oak Creek Canyon.
Although the fanfare surrounding the Lord of the Rings trilogy is waning (the films were made almost a decade ago - can we move on now ), visiting the real-life Middle-earth still has a geeky allure. Kiwi LOTR director Peter Jackson has shed the specs and kilos, but his filmmaking prowess still holds Wellington (aka 'Wellywood') in its thrall. King Kong was another Jackson hit, but Halo, which Jackson was set to produce, has never seen the light (or rather, dark) of the cinema. Rumours of The Hobbit and a
Every December, the Dubai International Film Festival delivers a much-needed dose of culture to the city's blockbuster-weary cinemagoers. Launched in 2004, the festival has two main aims to create cultural bridges and promote understanding, tolerance and peace and to develop Dubai as a regional film hub. While some residents have complained that the organisers have an unhealthy obsession with luring star names onto their red carpets (Morgan Freeman, Oliver Stone, Orlando Bloom and Sharon Stone have all visited), there's no questioning the quality of the programming. The 2007 festival saw critically acclaimed moviessuch as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and No CountryforOldMen screened several months before their release dates in Europe, while the categories established to promote the region's filmmaking talents-Arabian Nights and Emirati Voices - increase in size and scope every yearand give upcoming Dubai directors an opportunity to show their talents off to a wider audience. and...
Look out for Ye Lou's Suzhou River (Suzhou He) and Andrew Chen's Shanghai Panic (Women Haipa). Both were shot with digital camcorders and are notable for showing a decidedly unglamorous and more realistic side of the city. Cinematic productions in Shanghai and China are threatened by the rampant piracy that afflicts the industry. With productions appearing on pirated DVDs the instant they are released, the economics of film-making in China are far more compromised than Hollywood productions, which have more universal appeal and a much wider market.
Foreigners visiting the United States for any length of time are encouraged to explore the many types of music, movies, television programs, and periodicals available in the communities in which they are living. Finding out which CDs, movies, TV shows, newspapers, and magazines are popular in a particular city or region can provide valuable insights into the prevailing social or political viewpoints. Many cities have annual film festivals featuring small, independent films and documentaries that offer different views of American life than those presented in Hollywood movies. Regional music festivals are also common.
Www.shakespeareonthehudson.com), with actors from New York City and elsewhere, is held at a great space along the river in Athens, 1 mile north of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge on Route 385. The Windham Chamber Music Festival, 740 Rte. 32C, Windham (& 518 738-3852 www.windhammusic.com), features a sophisticated lineup of chamber-music concerts from January to Labor Day at the Historic Windham Civic Center on Main Street. The renovated Catskill Mountain Foundation Movie Theater, Main Street, Hunter (& 518 263-4702), features first-run Hollywood and foreign and independent films in two great theaters. A wide array of classical music, theater, dance, and popular
Facets.org CTA Red or Brown line to Fullerton), is for the diehard cinematic thrill-seeker. This nonprofit center screens independent films and videos from around the world. Facets also hosts the Children's Film Festival (Oct-Nov) and the Chicago Latino Film Festival (Apr-May). www.siskelfilmcenter.org CTA Red Line to Washington or Brown Line to Randolph), named after the well-known Chicago Tribune film critic who died in 1999, is part of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The center hosts an eclectic selection of film series in two theaters, including lectures and discussions with filmmakers. The Film Center often shows foreign films that are not released commercially in the United States.
Bonnie Prince Charlie apparently roamed these beautiful bleached beaches 250 years ago while fleeing his oppressors. Set against postcard-pretty seas, looking across at the islands Rhum and Eigg, Morar has become a popular locale for filmmakers intent on capturing the quintessential Scottish backdrop. Highlander and, to much better effect, Local Hero were filmed here. Unfortunately, the sands can get rather crowded at least by local standards with sun-seeking locals and tourists in the summer. Allow about one hour.
New York City has inspired writers for hundreds of years, and filmmakers since the invention of the form. You may gain another level of understanding of the city by reading or watching some of the following novels, non-fiction works, or films. Few places are as cinematic as New York City. Filmmakers sometimes think of the city as a character itself. The list of movies in which New York plays a crucial role is too long to cover in depth, but some of these top New York City movies are worth renting before you visit. Woody Allen is known as a New York filmmaker and proudly shoots all his films (with the exception of Match Point, shot in London) in the city. One of his best and a good, but maybe a bit dated, look at neurotic New York is 1977's Annie Hall. Another filmmaker identified with New York is Martin Scorsese. He has made many films in which New York plays a central role, including Mean Streets (1973), The Age of Innocence (1993), and 2002's Gangs of New York, which was actually...
St-Paul's history can be traced back to the 6th century B.C., when a fortified enclosure was built here. The site came under Roman rule in 154 B.C. and prospered as a key stop on an east-west trading route. The castle on the top of the hill was built in the 12th century, as was the Romanesque church nearby. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the village became prosperous as a provincial capital and took on the look it retains today. In the 20th century, celebrities discovered St-Paul, and artists, writers, and filmmakers flocked to the village. Expensive hotels and restaurants soon followed. A short walk from the entrance to the village is the Fondation Maeght, one of the best modern art museums in France.
Getting acquainted with San Francisco through the work of authors and filmmakers will provide an extra dimension to your trip and perhaps some added excitement when you happen upon a location you recognize from a favorite cinematic moment or literary passage. San Francisco's own Chronicle Books publishes a great variety of material on the city, for children, cooks, art and architecture students, and readers of memoir and fiction. One of Chronicle's best books to stimulate your interest and curiosity is San Francisco Stories Great Writers on the City, edited by John Miller. This collection of short pieces covers the personal and the political as recalled by acclaimed authors including Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Tom Wolfe, and Amy Tan. To find out about a smaller, more intimate city, check out Good Life in Hard Times San Francisco in the '20s comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, starring Sally Field and the city's favorite son, Robin Williams, shows San Francisco under blue skies and cable cars with...
Ranking after Cannes, this film festival brings together stars, directors, producers, and filmmakers from all over the world. Films are shown day and night to an international jury and to the public, at the Palazzo del Cinema, on the Lido, and other venues. Contact the tourist office or the Venice Film Festival (& 041272-6501 or 041-524-1320 www. labiennale.org). Two weeks in late August to early September. September Regata Storica, Grand Canal, Venice. Just about every seaworthy gondola, richly decorated for the occasion and piloted by gondolieri in colorful livery, participates in the opening cavalcade. The aquatic parade is followed by three regattas that proceed along the Grand Canal. You can buy grandstand tickets through the tourist office or arrive early and pull up along a piece of embankment near the Rialto Bridge for the best seats in town. First Sunday in September.
Funny that he was born near Vivaldi's church 'I have more than a hundred CDs of Vivaldi's music You know, in the 18th century, Venice was a little like Hollywood. Just as American filmmakers confidently make films about any epoch or culture, so Vivaldi wrote operas about the Aztecs, about the Romans there was a sense of cultural power. At the same time, it was the Las Vegas of Europe the casinos, the prostitution, the first theatres in Europe opened to a paying general public.'
The mission of this organization is to promote Long Island as a choice shooting location for films, commercials, documentaries and TV programs. To further its efforts to assist and honor the independent filmmaker, the Foundation sponsors film expos and awards ceremonies showcasing local talent expedites the procurement of permits and serves as a resource arena for Long Island-based screenwriters, directors, actors, technicians, designers and producers. Meetings are open to professional and non-professional film and video personnel and the general public. The Foundation is currently involved in the construction of a motion picture production studio to be known as the Long Island Film & TV Production Studios.
On the northern fringe you'll find the acclaimed Tropenmuseum (below), which gives insights into Dutch colonial activities in the East Indies. The park has a large pond and several monuments, including a memorial to murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh (see p44). This 4.5m-high work of curved steel is named the Scream. The park also host numerous events such as main stages for the annual Holland Festival and the Roots Festival.
Activist filmmaker Theo van Gogh, a fierce critic of Islam, is assassinated, touching off intense debate over the limits of Dutch multicultural society. It finally did in the autumn of 2004, when the filmmaker Theo van Gogh - known for his anti-Muslim views - was brutally murdered on an Amsterdam street (see the boxed text, p34). In a city famous for tolerance of other cultures, what did it mean that a native Amsterdammer, albeit of foreign descent, was behind this crime
To many people, the village of Glastonbury is practically synonymous with the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts (www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk), an annual extravaganza of music, street theatre, dance, cabaret, carnival, ecology, spirituality and general all-round weird-ness that's been held on and off on Piltdown Farm, near Glastonbury, for the last 30 years. The first event was held in 1970, when the young dairy farmer Michael Eavis invited some bands to play on makeshift stages in his field more than 30 years later, the festival has become the longest-running performing arts festival in the world, attracting some of the world's biggest acts and an annual crowd of more than 120,000 festival-goers. Glastonbury is more a way of life than a music festival, and it's a rite of passage for every self-respecting British teenager it's also the subject of a new feature-length documentary by film-maker Julian Temple.
From the square that bears his name, a Pushkin statue (Map ppl28-9) surveys his domain. It seems Pushkin has been chosen to take the place of Lenin in the New Russian ideology. Behind the statue, the recently renamed Pushkinsky Cinema (Map ppl28-9) -formerly the Rossiya - is the main venue of Russian film makers and celebrities Pushkinskaya metro station is underneath.
A limited supply of colour print film is available in Bhutan and is sold in shops throughout the country. If you are shooting transparencies, bring all your film with you, as slide film is not readily available. Memory cards are still hard to find, but you will have no problem finding an internet caf in Thimphu that can burn digital images to a CD.
A scenic road goes around the southern slopes of Gunung Agung from Rendang to near Amlapura. It runs through some superb countryside, descending more or less gradually as it goes further east. If you have your own wheels, you'll find it very scenic, with some interesting places to stop. Water flows everywhere and you can easily exhaust your film, tape or memory card.
Known as the crookedest street in the world despite the fact that there's a section of Vermont Avenue in the southern part of town that's more crooked, the whimsically winding block of Lombard Street draws thousands of visitors each year (much to the chagrin of neighborhood residents, most of whom would prefer to block off the street to tourists). The angle of the street is so steep that the road has to snake back and forth eight times to make a descent possible. The brick-lined street zigzags around the residences' bright flower gardens, which explode with color during warmer months. This short stretch of Lombard Street is one way, downhill, and is as much fun to walk as it is to drive. Save your film for the bottom where, if you're lucky, you can find a parking space and take a few snapshots of the silly spectacle. You also can walk the block, either up or down, by way of the staircases (without curves) on either side of the street.
Desert Palms Resort tfp Value Next to Lasseter's Casino (where the food can be awful) and the Alice Springs Golf Club (to which guests enjoy honorary membership), these cheery cabins set behind manicured palms and pink bougainvillea are one of the nicest places to stay in Alice. Don't be deterred by their poky prefab appearance inside they are surprisingly large, well kept, and inviting, with a pine-pitched ceiling, a mini kitchen, a sliver of bathroom sporting white tiles and fittings, and a pert furnished front deck. Four rooms are suitable for travelers with disabilities. A sun deck and pool with its own little island is out front, and there's also a tennis court. The pleasant staff at the front desk loans hair dryers, processes your film, does laundry service, sells basic grocery and liquor supplies, and books your tours.
CAAMA.the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (www .caama.com.au), began 25 years ago and has since built up an impressive folio of Indigenous media production and broadcasting. Filmmakers from CAAMA Productions, the Association's film and TV branch, have enjoyed success at overseas film festivals including Cannes.
Elsewhere, filmmakers, nongovernmental organisations and artists often push the boundaries of cross-cultural experimentation to promote national unity and understanding. Cultural groups such as the Shobna Chanel Dance Group fuse rhythms and traditions of Indo-Fijian and indigenous Fijian cultures at national and international events. Femlink-pacific, a community-based organisation produces radio programmes and video documentaries that reflect universal themes in Indian festivals. Indo-Fijian filmmaker James Bhagwan has even scored international Temple etiquette must be prizes for his documentaries promoting freedom and tolerance using followed. Wear modest cross-cultural themes, clothes, remove footwear
Sofia International Film Festival (www.cinema.bg sff) Movie buffs descend on the capital each March. Sofia International Folklore Festival Takes places in and around the city for five days in late August. Sofia Fest Includes cultural events, conceits and exhibits held at various galleries and museums, as well as the Church of Sveta Sofia, around 14 to 18September. St Sofia's Day The city's patron saint is honoured with services at churches across the capital on 17 September. Cinemania An international, month-long celebration of independent filmmaking held in the NDK in November.
The history of Emirati feature films, for the time being, starts and ends with a single movie. Hani al-Shabani's Al Hilm (The Dream) was a light-hearted drama about a young writer's struggle to produce a script and a film, and reflected the challenges many aspiring Emirati filmmakers face. It took until 2005 to produce this single feature-length film. Now there is a small but committed group of Emirati filmmakers planning to follow it up with bigger and better features. Emirati filmmaking talents have other opportunities to have their work screened. The Emirates Film Competition (www.efilmc.com) has taken place annually since 2001 and offers cash awards and places at the Abu Dhabi Film Academy to Emiratis who make short films that successfully represent the culture and heritage of the country. The Mini Film Festival (named for its car-making sponsors and not for the length of its films) accepts shorts from across the region and is held every December,
Sixth Generation film directors shunned the exquisite beauty and lush palette of the Fifth Generation and rendered instead the angst and grimness of modern urban Chinese life. Their independent, low-budget works put an entirely different spin on mainland Chinese filmmaking, but their dour subject matter and harsh film style (frequently in black and white) left many Western viewers cold. The Beijing Film Academy graduate Zhang Yuan set a precedent for gritty, independent filmmaking with Mama (1990), a beautiful but disturbing film about a mother and her autistic child. This small film, created without government sponsorship, had a large influence on future filmmakers. Zhang followed up Mama with Beijing Bastards (1993), which focussed on the preoccupations and drug-taking lifestyle of Beijing's youth. Another important film, Frozen (1995), directed by Wang Xiaoshuai, also strayed into controversial territory with its disturbing examination of suicide. Beijing Bicycle (2001), also...
Since 2004 Jacmel Film Festival (www.festival filmjakmel.com) has been one of Haiti's biggest cultural events. Taking place over a week every November, Jacmel hosts movie screenings by Haitian and international directors as well as film-making workshops. The festival takes place in several venues, including an open-air cinema erected on the wharf.
In 1921, Jdnosik, a US-Czechoslovak collaboration about the legendary 17th-century Slovak 'Robin Hood', came out in two versions a domestic version showing his execution, and an American one where the hero escaped and lived happily ever after. However, it wasn't until the legendary Bar-randov Studios in Prague (the biggest in the Czech Republic today) opened in 1930 that Czechoslovak film-making really took off. Notoriety ensued almost immediately. Extaze (Ecstasy), directed by Gustaf Machaty in 1932, was the first film ever to show full frontal nudity. (The pope objected to its screening at the 1934 Venice Film Festival.) Revealing all was one Hedwig Kiesler, who went on to Hollywood fame as Hedy Lamarr. Another early Czech director, Hugo Haas, filmed an excellent adaptation of Karel Capek's anti-Nazi, science fiction novel, Bild smrt (White Death, 1937), before finding fame in Hollywood.
Ireland's film-making tradition is pretty poor, largely because the British cinema industry drained much of its talent and creative energies and the Irish government pleaded poverty anytime a film-maker came looking for some development cash. Then, in 1993, the re-establishment of the Irish Film Board (after an abortive run from 1981) saw the government attempt to revive the dead with a two-pronged plan inviting international film crews to make their movies here through generous tax incentives, the proceeds of which would hopefully stimulate local production.
Opened in 1998, the center was converted from a c. 1932 UA movie theater to a 430-seat year-round entertainment complex. It has helped change the image of Westhampton, known for decades as the other Hampton, to a vital year-round community. The center presents musicals, puppet shows and independent films the 2001 lineup included singer Smokey Robinson, cabaret singer Donna McKechnie, and comedian Sandra Bernhard. Summer box office hours are Wednesday-Monday, noon-6pm. The center also presents Theater Thursdays for kids during the summer tickets are 10.
London's a fantastic place for catching up on independent film and cinema seasons that i celebrate the independents and the classics, though if you like a blockbuster, fret not, as there j are many (overpriced) cinemas offering Hollywood flicks. Huge multiplexes give you endless 5 screens and mega-sound systems, and smaller, independent cinemas offer the delight of a sofa for two, with a glass of wine at your side. The refurbished and expanded British Film Institute E (BFI p314) is a temple to the love of film.
Barefoot makes great use of puppet shows in poor rural areas, and has trained puppeteers to communicate with semiliterate communities, with shows on health, education and human rights. Use of a medium such as puppetry is typical of its work, as it is appropriate to the environment, based on the long Rajasthani tradition of storytelling and education through puppet theatre. Barefoot communicators also include screen-printers, photographers and filmmakers, who help get similar messages across with more modern means. During this period the town is jam-packed with tribal people from all over Rajasthan, pilgrims from all over India, and filmmakers and tourists from all over the world. And there are plenty of camels and other livestock (it's best to arrive a few days before the official start to see serious trading).
The comedy and tragedy of African life has always attracted filmmakers, with recent years producing an outstanding crop of features and documentaries. For further reviews see each country chapter. Out of Africa (1985) Evergreen adaptation of a classic novel Lumumba (2000) Biopic of the doomed Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005) Bizet's opera Carmen set in a South African township Xala (1975) The story of a corrupt politician in newly independent Senegal The Constant Gardener (2005) Thriller set in Kenya starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz Adanggaman (2001) Seventeenth-century slave trading among West African tribes Nowhere in Africa (2001) Oscar-winning German account of a Jewish family's life in Kenya Yesterday (2004) Tragic story of a South African AIDS victim Tsotsi (2005) Tale of violence and hope in Johannesburg The Lost Boys of Sudan (2003) Two Sudanese refugees journey to America
With Hollywood relying on clever set construction to make its movies, filmmakers in Britain can simply step outside. From untouched rolling vistas and dark London streets to castles, cathedrals and villages that have remained unchanged for centuries, the country is a giant outdoor movie set waiting to happen. For visitors, this means the fun of identifying familiar or not-so-familiar backdrops from favourite movies.
Beneath Bastejkalns (Bastion Hill), west of the monument, five red stone slabs lie as memorials to the victims of 20 January 1991, who were killed here when Soviet troops stormed the nearby Interior Ministry. No-one who has seen filmmaker Juris Podnieks' documentary, Homeland - Postscript, will forget the last footage shot by Andris Slapins or his gasped words 'keep filming ' as he lay dying.
If sonnets seem a bit soppy to you, read 1975 Nobel laureate Eugenio Montale, who wrings wry, ironic poetry out of everyday life. Through the shattered windows of picturesque villas he spies 'mouldy sofas and Ping-Pong tables', and in 'Murder is Not My Strong Point' he comments on mosquito blood lust. On a political note, Ungaretti's poems about WWI hit home with just a few searing syllables, like post-apocalyptic haiku. Poems by radical neorealist filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini feature the same antiheroes as his films - hustlers and prostitutes in postwar Italy, icons of a nation scraping by on its wits and looks. For the bawdiest poetry of all, head to an Italian osteria, where by night's end cheap wine may inspire raunchy rhymes sung in dialect.
Unbelievably, in 2004 there was another high-profile assassination. On 2 November in Amsterdam the inflammatory filmmaker and columnist Theo van Gogh was shot repeatedly before being stabbed several times a note was impaled to his body with the knife, threatening the government, Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Jewish groups. The murderer was an Islamic Moroccan when he died, Van Gogh was finishing off a film about Pim Fortuyn.
Complete Guide to British Wildlife by Arlott, Fitter and Fitter is a highly recommended, portable single volume covering mammals, birds, fish, plants, snakes, insects and even fungi. British Isles Wildlife of Coastal Waters by world-famous film-maker Tony Soper beautifully covers the birds, mammals and jellyfish you'll see from beach, boat and clifftop. Birds, Trees, Fish and Wild Flowers are part of the Gem series of books. They fit in your pocket, cost about 5 and are often sold at tourist offices.
Who are the big Malaysian film makers to look out for There are several directors making interesting arthouse films and documentaries, exploring the boundaries of religion and race. If you only see one Malaysian film, make it Sepet by Yasmin Ahmad. The word means 'slit eyes', a Malay nickname for Chinese Malaysians. The story is a bittersweet romance between a Chinese boy and a Malay girl. It's a story lots of Malaysians can relate to. James Lee is quite the local film auteur, although he's not as well known in his own country as he is abroad - his best-known pictures are Room To Let and Beautiful Washing Machine. Amir Muhammad is considered a 'controversial' film maker in Malaysia because his work pushes the boundaries when it comes to issues that the government won't allow to be discussed in the public arena. His movie Leiaki Komunis Terakhir (The Last Communist Man) was banned, along with his follow-up movie Apa Khabar Orang Kampung (Village People Radio Show).
Films critical of the postinvasion regime were made during 1969 and 1970 but were promptiy banned from public screening. The most outstanding of those from Czech directors were the morbid Spalovac inrtvol (The Cremator of Corpses), directed by Juraj Herz, and the gloomy Ucho (The Ear), directed by Karel Kachyna. Zert (The Joke, 1970), directed by Jaromil Jires, is a film version of Milan Kundera's eponymous book. The gritty and powerful documentaries by Slovak film-makers Dusan Hanak and Dusan Dusek were banned during the communist years but their popularity remained strong. One of the greatest Czech exports is the animated work of Jan Svankmajer his creepy Alice (1988) is a masterpiece. The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984) is a tribute to the film-maker by underground American animators the Quay Brothers.
The mountain's soaring heights and plunging abysses have generated myths and cult worship for thousands of years, and the mystique continues today. In paintings and photographs, on backgammon boards and tea trays wherever Armenian families call home, Ararat's twin peaks are rooted in the national psyche. Canadian-Armenian film-maker Atom Egoyan's 2002 movie, Ararat, commemorates the genocide. Armenian-American rock band System of a Down wrote a track, 'Holy Mountain', on the same theme. The mountain has featured in several literary novels, poems, screenplays and even computer battle games Kurt Vonnegut's novel Bluebeard refers to the mountain, and British novelist Julian Barnes weaves plot lines around it in A History of the World in I0V2 Chapters. Mt Ararat may be the sacred, icy Mt Arreat of PC-based game Diablo II and is the site of an epic battle in a video game called Keio Flying Squadron.
The first Polish feature film was made as early as 1902, but it was not until after World War II that Polish film-makers achieved international renown. The best-known Polish film directors include Andrzej Wajda, whose Man of Iron won the Palme d'Or at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival, Krzysztof Zanussi, Krzysztof Kieslowski (Decalogue, Three Colours
Glasnost brought new excitement as film makers were allowed to reassess Soviet life with unprecedented freedom, and audiences flocked to see previously banned films or the latest exposure of youth culture or Stalinism. Vasily Pichul's Little Vera (1989) caused a sensation with its frank portrayal of a family in chaos (exhausted wife, drunken husband, rebellious daughter) and its sexual frankness - mild by Western standards but startling to the Soviet audience.
A vibrant civil society includes church groups, unions and nongovernmental organisations that campaign loudly and vigorously in the media and on the streets. Some of the current issues on the agenda are the ending of 99-year Indo-Fijian land leases, environmental concerns ranging from forestry to fishing to municipal waste disposal (see p55), and the rights of women and minority groups. Last but by no means least, there is the opposition to (and, in a few cases, support of) the controversial Promotion of Reconciliation, Tolerance and Unity (PRTU) Bill, intended to resolve ongoing effects of the most recent coup in 2000. This active local scene provides a context for the work of Fiji's community of visual artists, writers and - most recently - film makers, with Fiji's first locally made movie, The Land Has Eyes, entered in the Foreign Language section of Hollywood's 2005 Academy Awards (see p41).
If you're still using film then you'll have no problem finding garden variety films at good prices. Higher speed films are now much harder to find, and slide film almost impossible outside Tehran, so bring all you're likely to need. Note that airport X-ray machines are not exactly state-of-the-art so it's worth getting the security guards to hand-check your film they'll usually do so if you ask (or plead) nicely.
7733 2229 www.picturehouses.co.uk Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane SW2 t Brixton Despite fears that making the Ritzy a multiplex would kill its cool style and community feeling (four new screens were added to this 1911 building in the late '90s, making it London's biggest independent cinema), this is still one of London's favourites, screening a good mix of mainstream and indie films. The Ritzy is an off-West End screen during the Times London Film Festival, and alternative gigs are often held inside the large original auditorium. The funky bar-cafe upstairs is a gathering spot for arty locals.
It's not known for its film industry, but the unique outback landscape and cultural significance has made the Territory the setting of choice for many film-makers. For a taste of the Territory before you get there, feast your eyes on these flicks. See Cinema (p33) for a discussion of these films.
Fans often nostalgically refer back to the golden - but honestly rather brief - era of Ealing comedies, when the London-based Ealing Studios turned out a steady stream of hits. Between 1947 and 1955, when the studios were sold to the BBC, they produced enduring classics such as Passport to Pimlico, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Whisky Galore, The Man in the White Suit, The Lavender Hill Mob and The Ladykillers. This was also the time of legendary filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the men behind The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and The Red Shoes.
The first Thai director to film in the 35mm format was Ratana Pestonji, whose films such as Rong Raem Narok (Country Hotel. 1957) still influence modern Thai filmmakers. The arrival of 35mm movies in Thailand sparked a proliferation of modern cinema halls and a surge in movie making, and Thai films attracted more cinema-goers than ndng fardng (movies from Europe and America). Many today consider the '60s to be a golden age of Thai cinema. More than half of the approximately 75 films produced annually during this period starred the much-admired onscreen duo Mit Chaibancha and Petchara Chaowaraj.
Kenya's spectacular landscapes are a magnet for film-makers, serving as a backdrop for a thousand human stories. This selection highlights fact and fiction, bringing together Hollywood and Nairobi's disparate approaches to the medium. For more on the Kenyan film industry, see p42. Nowhere in Africa (2002) Director Caroline Link Enough is Enough (2005) Director Kibaara Kaugi Safariya Jamhuri (Road to Freedom 2003) Director Wanjiru M Njendu Africa, the Serengeti (1994) Director George Casey The Constant Gardener (2005) Director Fernando Meirelles Babu's Babies (2003) Director Christine Bala The Oath (2004) Director Nathan Collett 14 Million Dreams (2003) Director Miles Roston Born Free (1966) Director James Hill Out of Africa (1985) Director Sydney Pollack
Born in Algiers in 1944, the award-winning Merzak Allouache witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by Algeria's War of Independence before studying film-making at the renowned Institut des Hautes tudes Cin matographiques (Idhec) in Paris. Known for his searing realism and the use of Algerian street dialect, he made the first of 16 feature films, OmarGatlato, which marked him out as a special talent. That film is widely seen as having definitively proved - both to critics and an Algerian audience - that Algerian cinema could combine both serious issues and popular appeal. Allouache chose to shoot the movie in the Bab el-Oued district of Algiers, a location to which he returned for Bab el-Oued City (1994), which won the International Critics' Prize at Cannes. The highlights of his glittering career include the following films Omar Gatlato (1976) The aimless lives of young Algiers men are the subject of Allouache's first feature and the empty bravado, dislocation and hollow dreams...
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