Film of the Day: No, I’m Not Going To Write About Maggie Thatcher…

… or mention the film The Iron Lady. Phew. Finally, a Thatcher-free haven. And I’m not talking about Britain, now that she’s gone. In fact, I’m not talking about her at all. MaggieMaggieMaggie. I’m not talking about her because everyone else in the country is and you can’t look at a paper without a thousand words on her legacy, her funeral, the fact that she wore hats (and, apparently, sometimes even gloves) and occasionally smiled (despite cracks clearly appearing around her heart as she did so) being thrust into your face. This is a Maggie-free zone. So…

 

FILM OF THE DAY:

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“I’m a professional businessman not a professional Pakistani. And there is no question of race in the new enterprise culture.”

A LAUNDERETTE AS BIG AS THE RITZ. OH YES.

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Johnny: “Ain’t nothing I can say to make it up to you. There’s only things I can do to show you… That I am with you.”

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**THIS IS ENGLAND ’85**

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STEPHEN FREARS’ AND HANIF  KUREISHI’S 1985 FILM IS AN IRONIC SALUTE TO THE THATCHER-CHAMPIONED SPIRIT OF PRIVATE CAPITALISTIC ENTERPRISE. IT ALSO THROWS CLASS, RACE AND INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS INTO THE MAGGIE-MELTING POT AND JABS HOLES IN THE IRON-CLAD TORY TENET OF ‘FAMILY VALUES’ BY FEATURING A SUCCESSFUL GAY RELATIONSHIP AS ONE OF THE CENTRAL STORYLINES.

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DID I SAY THIS WAS A MAGGIE-FREE ZONE? MY MISTAKE.

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posted by Dixie Turner

Gracing Our Shelves: Derek (2008)

A documentary on the late, great Derek Jarman (1942-1994), experimental film-maker and artist, a hugely influential and controversial figure in the British art, music and film scene. The documentary is by British artist Isaac Julien who curated the Derek Jarman retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery in 2008, and is written and narrated by long-time Jarman collaborator, friend and muse, Tilda Swinton.

Glitterbug (53 minute film posthumously compiled by friends from super-8  footage shot by Jarman over the course of many years, featuring music by Brian Eno): http://youtu.be/VqrMKcIk-mA

Guardian article on the eve of the release of Derek: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/feb/14/art.margaretthatcher

Interview with Tilda Swinton on Derek Jarman from 400 Blows: http://www.400blows.co.uk/inter_swinton.shtml

At Your Own Risk

posted by Dixie Turner

Debut Double: New To Our Shelves (Old Films We Should Have Had Before But Didn’t):

Accattone (1961)

The debut film of poet, journalist and political activist, Pier Paolo Pasolini, centres around the situation of a young pimp who lives a hand to mouth existence on the margins of society. When his prize prostitute is arrested, his existence begins to unravel as he is forced to confront his life. Accatone is one of the most powerful and important films of Italian cinema. It also offered a young Bernardo Bertolucci his first experience (as production assistant) in the film-making process. Cert. 15. Italian with English subs.

Trailer : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZZX4G_iTNg (in Italian only)

Greek Pete (2009)

The feature debut of Director Andrew Haigh (Weekend) is a docu-drama that blurs the line between fact and fiction and reveals the actual life experiences of a group of young men whose stories are rarely told. The film centres on Pete who arrives in London hoping to boost his trade as an escort. Cert. 18

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3KVNR0Y6FI