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and in the endless pause…

…there came the sound of bees

Original book Varmints by Helen Ward

Music by Jóhann Jóhannsson : album in like like like playlist here -


Book illustration and film direction by Marc Craste

tim hetherington

As an antidote to Vivian Maier’s now-inevitable museumification and sainthood amongst the moma-classes, this is Tim Hetherington’s short film Diary. I have a feeling Vivian would approve the bump to earth, amidst the fetishisation of her work. Best watched fullscreen.

May Miles Thomas interview

Catch the extended version here (scroll to the bottom for the audio player) of the interview with multi-BAFTA award-winner May Miles Thomas, author and filmmaker of Glasgow’s The Devils Plantation, interviewed by BBC Scotland’s Shereen Nanjiani on 12 December 2010.

It covers both the genesis and making of the work and also some personal memories from May about growing up in Glasgow – including opening up a private bank account at the age of 5!

Essential listening for anyone with an interest in Glasgow, filmmaking and how the creative process is touched by personal experience. And don’t be fooled by May’s pleasant, lighthearted banter with Shereen – she is one sweetly-toughminded cookie… and one exceptional filmmaker.

Image from BBC Scotland : Shereen (L) with guest May Miles Thomas

the devils plantation

Not many psychogeography projects win baftas (interactive category, 2010).

If you have not already done so, may I just remind everyone again with an interest in Glasgow and/or psychogeography to go straight here – allow plenty time to explore this original work from visionary filmmaker May Miles Thomas, a filmmaker on a par I believe with Patrick Keiller.

It’s a brilliantly remarkable achievement – there are very few things I say that about. I’m glad I’m still alive to have seen this answer and resolution to Harry Bell’s thoughts on glasgow’s topographical mysteries. Original review is here. The whole construct is leavened by a very dry sense of humour, of course; MMT being a bit gallus… ballsy… awesome…

Flash development and online projector by the hugely talented producer Owen Thomas

help with navigation
I’ve added some crude screenshots below to help with starting off – the navigation is purposely enigmatic at first, but not difficult once the method is worked out. Part of the enjoyment is discovering the twin narratives in a non-linear way, so sorry in advance to those who are happy with puzzles – don’t look below!

A final point – the west of scotland landscape the story and films play over is vast and hypnotic – 2-3 hrs will pass before you realise the time. You can save your place though, at any location. Once you have visited all 66 locations, things… um… change – it’s worth the journey!

robinson in ruins : patrick keiller

Excited by the trailer, although on first listen not keen at all on Vanessa Redgrave’s workwomanlike narrative voice… sounds like a first take, read on a day when she would rather be somewhere else… not convincing at all – really hammy. However there must surely be merit in the choice of Redgrave slipping on the shoes of the deceased Paul Scofield, once the full film is seen.

Visually looks wonderful though. No real impression of where the film is going from the trailer, which is just fine. More when I’ve had a chance to see it… Commented here at the Brian Dillon article/overview.

An intelligent review at Reverseshot.

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