Milan SRN conference

September 17, 2018

Heading back from Milan today after presenting at the 11th annual Screenwriting Research Network conference held in Milano, Italy this year.

Will post more about it soon just wanted to add this image of a tower block in Courso Como.

Reads super Sci-fi right?

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Black representation in Film interview

September 2, 2018

About to go and do an interview on BBC Radio Nottingham about representation of black culture on film.
Framed around recent released discussed in prior post and hoping to discuss my paper due to present in Milan in 10 days and the new BA (Hons) filmmaking course at ntu that I lead and how these all connect.


Black Screenwriting

August 28, 2018

Off to Milan soon to speak at the Screenwriting Research Network annual conference taking place in Milan this year. I’m talking about how black screenwriters might write for non-black filmmakers. It doesn’t happen very often.
These two films connected with my paper in my head.

BlacKkKlansman Poster image

BlacKkKlansman Poster image

and

Yardie Film Poster

Yardie Film Poster

I saw Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman yesterday and am speaking alongside two others after a screening of Yardie on Friday about black diaspora depiction so waiting until after Friday before forming any conclusions.


Nixon Book

July 17, 2018

272 pages into the Nixon book.

NixonBookCover

Enjoying it so far. Don’t really know much about Nixon beyond the obvious running against Kennedy & Watergate stuff and the Oliver Stone film of course, which I seem to remember enjoying but of which has to be, by its very nature, heavily fictionalised.
Reads like he had some deep-seated self-esteem issues and couldn’t forgive any slights and had couldn’t just creep a win but had to dominate and destroy.


Reading material

June 19, 2018

Just started on the Wu’s Attention Merchants a couple of days ago but the problem with working in the library rather than going into the office is one ends up surrounded by books so now picked up these two.

NixonBookCover

Fire and Fury book cover

Fire and Fury book

Made me think of Obama’s Audacity of Hope and these two’s philosophy could be subtitles the ‘audacity of lies’


Book- Central Park Five

May 18, 2018

Re reading material post of earlier: Read Young Henry. The ending skipped forward a lot I felt, not such a well-balanced book for me. Difficult I guess to not cover all the stuff we already know but still felt the last 20-50 pages not so good.

The ‘Sleepwalking into WW1’ book was almost the opposite. The level of detail was nearly overwhelming. The set was really close so felt like a wade through but enjoyed it and learned a lot.

Now reading the book below.

Image of the Central Park Five Book Cover

Central Park Five Book Cover Image

Not sure if I’ve seen the Ken Burns Doco or just feel that I’ve seen it and this case was referenced a lot during the Presidential primaries and since.

I was in New York in 1990-91 for 3 months so this, the Howard Beach racial incident and some of the others mentioned at the start of the book were still super present in the city at the time.


Aarhus, Denmark

May 12, 2018

Just back from a visit to Aarhus, Denmark. Went to check out this module at this uni to see the fit with the BA Filmmaking at NTU.
See most recent showreels for the work produced from this module here and here.

Never been to Scandinavia before and really enjoyed. Shown around by an old friend and really liked the vibe of Denmark’s second largest city.

The dock area where the film city (film byen) is located was buzzy with lots of media companies and studio spaces as part of this development.

Aarhus Dock

Aarhus Dock

ARos contemporary art Museum

Rainbow at ARos contemporary art museum


Went to a bar where tennis super pro caroline wozniacki frequents/frequented and as I say, really enjoyed it and feel it will be a good fit for the students.

More pics can be found here


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