Things I Have Seen Recently

Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'. An incredibly powerful film which left me slightly overwhelmed. It builds to an almost unbearable intensity. Meticulously shot. Tilda Swinton is brilliant. 'A Long Night In London' at The Network Theatre. The intimate Network Theatre space under Waterloo station was an appropriate backdrop to this small scale yet affecting dramatisation of the Bethnal Green Tube disaster of 1943 - the worst civillian disaster of World War 2. Postmodernism 'Style and Subversion' at the V&A. Bits and pieces of this collection were quite good, but I felt strangely disconnected to the exhibition as a whole, and the overal curation was spectacularly misjudged. It felt a bit 'try hard'. In complete contrast, the Pipilotti Rist: 'Eyeball Massage' exhibition at the Hayward Gallery has ended up being one of my favourite exhibitions in a long, long time. The future lay in this direction - a properly immersive experience. Spectators are invited to lay on the floor on body shaped mattresses and watch the projections unfold around them. This felt a little bit like the future of cinema. I was in there for a good hour. Go check this one out, and don't be afraid to lie down in the dark. Tacita Dean at the Tate Modern. A really beautiful lament for the medium of film. Worth seeing. The Linbury Prize contenders at the National - a great little exhibition of scenic design. Check this out before the winner is announced. The Soulwax Machine - best promotional film ever. EVER! Versace for H&M - it came, I bought, everyone else did too, I cried a little. The end.

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