Ley / Prora

Prora, Rügen: Kraft durch Freude

Prora, Rügen: Kraft durch Freude is my most successful music video – very nearly my only music video – but the success is probably down to the music All film and photographs used in Prora, Rügen: Kraft durch Freude, including photos of archive images, were made in or near Prora on the German Baltic island of Rügen between 29th February and 2nd March 2008. The sound of the sea at Prora was recorded at the same time. Thanks to Endlos for the music used on the film which is from “renne durch dein leben”, track 2 on the album “kein grund, zufrieden zu sein”. Prora Prora, on the Baltic island of Rügen, was not quite the world’s first holiday camp. … More…

Revolutionary Road

Gothenburg International Film Festival 2009 Revolutionary Road is not Titanic despite Kate and Leo – and both of them have appeared in better films – but as a costume drama it’s certainly worth seeing Suffocation of youthful dreams by 1950s US middle-class norms. None of the characters really sympathetic – mostly rather pathetic. All immature and kicking at the limits, but no one daring to cross them in any practical way except at the end when Kate’s character April tries to solve her problems. (OK there’s a Greek chorus – the lunatic son of the realtor – but he’s also trapped in the mental asylum and his parents’ protection.) Leo’s character Frank less sympathetic than April; April is at least … More…

Derek – Tilda Swinton on Derek Jarman

Derek: this blog’s first review – really more notes towards a review – I was attending the 2009 edition of the Gothenburg Film Festival Gothenburg Film Festival 2009 To see Derek – Tilda Swinton’s film about Derek Jarman. Very good, documentary. Visually powerful and fascinating. Wonderful use of archive film (including what looks like private footage) and very well intercut with interviews Jarman gave and with Tilda Swinton’s own words. A sad film because it commemorates a rich, interesting, creative life cut short by HIV/AIDS. Sad also because Swinton clearly feels she’s lost a friend. Also an angry film (in places): Jarman’s anger and Swinton’s. When you see Jarman’s work and his life in this film, you realise the abyss … More…

At the Quill – Writing diary #3

I’ve written almost every day this past week, but my average (696 words a day) is down on last week. I’m still having difficulties keeping account of my time spent on writing and other creative things. (Read: I’ve given up trying for the moment.) I think it will become easier to register hours once I get into a regular rhythm after we get back from Spain in September. At least, I hope so. [It didn’t – Note added 4/12/08] Elin’s story In the meantime I have decided (90% decided) to write Elin’s story. I’ve been talking about it on and off for months now. Though I do swing away to Beastsburg, or to Sweden Observed, or to Dan, Susan and … More…

A Tangled I – writing diary #2

Tangled up in words – a writing diary entry and a brief account of blogging elsewhere – and a visit to Borås and the sculpture I call a tangled eye. A Tuesday morning, peaceful. I must accept that keeping an account of hours spent doing things other than writing is not going to work. I have been able to keep up my notes on words written this week (to the tune of 751 on average each day, slightly down on last week), but I’ve completely lost track of the time I’ve spent on other things. It’s probably just as well. Although I aspire to time-consciousness, and though I often work well to a deadline, it really goes against my nature. … More…

A Few Opening Words – Witing diary #1

A few opening words for my new WordPress blog. A ramble through my motivations and achievements, possibly some whistling in the dark… and a few seagulls It is a Monday morning in July, comfortably summer-warm with the windows and the door to the balcony open and the sound of seagulls outside. They think of these blocks of flats as cliffs, and with each generation the memory of the sea and of diving for fish recedes. Their webbed feet are atavistic reminders of the harder, wetter life their forefeathers lived. I have been planning to start writing this for a couple of weeks now and decided this morning I had better actually start or find myself dissatisfied and disappointed when the … More…