Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012: Home for the Weekend

Coming off the back of an acclaimed showcase at the Berlin Film Festival Home for the Weekend, directed by iconoclastic German filmmaker Hans Christian Schmid (Requiem) arrives in Edinburgh with high expectations. And it doesn’t disappoint. Sticking to similar themes explored in his previous works Schmid has a crafted an elegant and stylish film that taps into the physiological mind set of an upper middle class suburban family. When Berlin based writer Marko (Lars Eidinger) returns home with his 10 year old son Zowie (Egon Merten) to see his parents and his older dentist brother (Sebastain Zimmler) things take a turn for the worse when matriarch Gitte (Corinna Harfouch) who’s been battling depression for decades announces plans to come off her medication. What follows is an exquisitely played out meditation on grief and regret. Home for the Weekend is first and foremost an intimate character study. Each member of the family is gifted with plenty of space to breathe and develop allowing the actor’s a wonderful opportunity to craft fully rounded portrayals. There’s definitely an air of Bergman about Schmid’s film, the ways in which the mental states of the characters are ruthlessly examined until each reach their own breaking point and explode. The tasteful exterior of affluent European life is smashed to pieces here. As the cracks start to break through the surface and long kept secrets begin to make themselves known the film takes on elements of a thriller as Gitte wakes up one morning, sets the table […]

Style Icon: Cher Horowitz, Clueless

This year Amy Heckerling’s cult rom com Clueless, like, totally turns eighteen. Last Friday Tee’s and Cee’s screened the movie as part of their We Love the 90s Film Fest: four nights of classic 90s flicks at Portobello Pop Up outdoor cinema. When better then to look back at the on-screen style of the main character in Clueless, Cher Horowitz. Set in California in the early 90s, the film re-imagines Jane Austen’s Emma. The microcosm of upper class Regency England is replaced by that of a Beverley Hills high school. Here, fashion choices are less about muslin frocks and dashing breeches, more about Calvin Klein minis and backwards caps. But while the situation might be different, Heckerling’s adaptation is pretty faithful to Austen’s story. Fifteen-year-old Cher is just as we would imagine Austen’s eponymous heroine fast-forward 180 years: beautiful, smart, really quite lovable, but also superficial and a touch selfish. In a world where even the most admired Bettie (hot girl) can derail her social status by hanging out with an inappropriate Barney (unattractive guy), Cher understands the importance of appearance in the popularity stakes. To say she likes clothes is an understatement. The mall is her Mecca and shopping her therapy. When it comes to decisions on what to wear, Cher has it down to a finely-tuned science. In one famous scene, she picks out her outfit for school using a computer which analyses her wardrobe. To the soundtrack of David Bowie’s Fashion, a virtual Cher wearing a yellow […]

Style Icon: Helen Mirren, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.

Directed by Peter Greenaway and with a truly excellent British cast (Michael Gambon, Tim Roth, Helen Mirren), The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover was released in 1990 to great acclaim and controversy. Helen Mirren plays the glamorous, but neglected Georgina Spica who is married to a notorious and vulgar restaurant owner (Albert Spica – Michael Gambon). The story is intense with Georgina having an affair with a customer of the restaurant ( Michael – played by Alan Howard) right under the nose of her violent and short tempered husband. This passionate intensity is also expressed through the glamorous and almost regal costume design presented in the movie. Greenaway was inspired by Baroque painting and had a grand artistic vision with The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. To realise the vision he had to rely on the beauty and style of Mirren and also the artistic eye of the fashion designer Jean Paul Gautier. The talented cast, auteur director and fantastic costume designs ensures The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover is an interesting movie to investigate, but it is the beauty and style of Mirren that makes the movie so intriguing and the character of Georgina so iconic. Mirren’s role is to look glamorous and she does this through the extravagant costumes that present feathered head wear, luxurious dresses and dark and proactive lingerie. She is the antagonist to her husband and she expresses this through style and grace and showing her freedom through […]

Style Icon: Richard Dreyfuss, Jaws

The name Richard Dreyfuss is not normally brought up when discussing style icons, no doubt due to the actor starring in such film as Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Not the sort of film that pays much attention to fashion. Yet Dreyfuss’ portrayal of Oceanographer Hooper, in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is an example that the guy can dress. Everyone knows the story of Jaws. Set in quiet, seaside town Amity during the summer of 75′. After a late night swim resulting in one of the most famous openers to a film ever, the town is grief stricken by the savage death of a teen girl who was attacked and killed by a shark. Soon the town is in a state of panic with Roy Schedier’s Police Chief Martin Brody demanding the mayor to shut down the beach with little success. Soon it becomes Brody’s task to set out, along with Hooper and crazed fisherman Quint, to find and kill the beast. Quint and Brody are equipped with the best lines, one of the most famous being “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” But Hooper spends most of the film with the best outfits. He might spend all of his times with a large, what most people nowadays would deem as cool, pair of spectacles glued to his face, he does have his own signature look. Not surprising for someone with a career as an oceanographer, Hooper’s wardrobe has a strong nautical style to it. Hooper spends the film wrapped […]

London Structural Sound Project

Urban Artist Florian Tuercke has teamed up with the arebyte gallery for an exciting new venture. The London Structural Sound Project will transform Hackney Wick, East London into a hub of high density public microphones, with your help. It’s a participatory public art project. To learn more about how to get involved click here.

Marlene Steyn @ The Art Cabin

South African visual artist Marlene Steyn has an upcoming show at The Art Cabin. How Cannibals Cuddle will feature new fantastical works by Steyn and runs from 8-31st August 2014. Sneak peek below people.