On Friday 12th July 2013 our friends at Caught By The River and the BFI are celebrating the launch of A London Trilogy: The Films of Saint Etienne 2003-2007 with special guests, filmmaker Paul Kelly and Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley, Sarah Cracknell and Pete Wiggs.
From a beautifully conceived film-poem and an imaginative exploration of the Lower Lea Valley to an uplifting documentary on a London landmark, the collaborations between electronic indie trio Saint Etienne and filmmaker Paul Kelly (Lawrence of Belgravia) document London’s ever-changing environment and landscapes with music by the band.
Released together by the BFI on one DVD for the first time (on 15 July 2013) the trilogy of Finisterre, What Have you Done Today Mervyn Day? and This is Tomorrow is accompanied by rare and previously unavailable short films.
The event takes place at Rough Trade East with the screening of a selection of the shorts followed by a Q&A with Paul Kelly and Bob Stanley.
Posted by Simon Lewin on June 12th, 2013
We'd been aware of Jonny Hannah's The Man with the Beautiful Eyes animation for some but we've only just found it online.
I asked Jonny for a few words about the film...
"The Man with the Beautiful Eyes is an adaptation of a poem by my favourite author, Charles Bukowski. I collaborated with the very talented animator Jonathan Hodgson and the animation was produced by Jonathan Bairstow of Sherbet for Channel 4TV.
We made it as traditionally as possible with no Photoshop trickery - the majority of it being paint on paper, 12 frames a second.
It was a dream job to work on and it seemed to grow in a very organic manner, until a year and a half later, it was a finished 6 minute film. We won many awards, including the animation BAFTA in 2000 and lead to a variety of commissioned ads for American TV."
Posted by Simon Lewin on February 28th, 2011
An exhibition of Saul Bass’s instantly recognisable work has opened at the Kemistry Gallery in London.
Breaking all conventions in the 1950s and 60s, Bass virtually invented film titles as we know them today, and he was the first to synthesize movies into compelling trademark images.
In a period when graphic imagery can be so easily manipulated electronically, Bass reminds us that a strong idea is always at the heart of a great design. His work, as reflected in this exhibition, is as refreshing today as ever.
Born in New York in 1920, Saul Bass moved to Los Angeles where he set up his design studio in the 1950s. From this time until his death in 1996, Bass continued to work with Hollywood’s leading directors, including Preminger, Hitchcock and Scorsese. In 1968 Bass received an Oscar for his own film ‘How Man Creates’, which he regarded as his seminal work. Bass’s authority derives not only from his film work and posters; he is also acknowledged as one of the 20th century’s most successful corporate designers, responsible for (amongst others) the logos and identity systems for AT&T, United Airlines, Alcoa and Warner Communications.
The exhibition runs until 17th March 2011 at the Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PD. Visit the Kemistry Gallery website.
Posted by Simon Lewin on February 19th, 2011
We're very proud to have been supporting the Edward Bawden exhibition that's on at the Bedford Museum & Gallery, running until the 31st of January 2010.
And on Thursday 21st January you can visit the gallery for a free screening of the 1947 Ealing comedy 'Hue & Cry' for which Bawden designed the poster below. The film will be screened at 7.00pm.
Posted by Simon Lewin on December 28th, 2009
Out with friends last night and for some reason this cropped up in conversation - a brilliant bit of telly from Peter Serafinowicz.
Posted by Simon Lewin on December 5th, 2009
Here's Edward Bawden's poster for the 'The Titfield Thunderbolt', a 1953 Ealing comedy starring Stanley Holloway and George Relph.
The film will be screened on at 7pm on Thursday 3rd December as part of the Cecil Higgings Art Gallery exhibition of Bawden's work. It's a free event, no need to book.
Posted by Simon Lewin on November 3rd, 2009
Angie met photographer Cristian Barnett when he took the photographs for a Gardens Illustrated article a couple of years ago. Cristian made contact earlier in the year regarding a new series of films he was developing. The results of the project can be seen here - Angie is printing a copy of 'Winter Spey', a combined linocut and wood engraving.
Posted by Simon Lewin on July 13th, 2009
Picked up on this via our friends at Caught By The River. British Sea Power have provided a soundtrack for the 1934 'Man of Aran' which will be released via Rough Trade and screened in London on the 23rd at the British Film Institute.
Posted by Simon Lewin on April 4th, 2009
A Valentine's Day treat for you...
Posted by Simon Lewin on February 14th, 2009
I'm a fan of Aberdeen. So is Telly Savalas.
Find out more about the work of producer & director Harold Baim and these 'quota quickies' - which had to be shown in cinemas before the main feature due to a law, first introduced in 1927, which required them to show a British made film along side every US feature.
Posted by Simon Lewin on February 12th, 2009