10th Jan 2011.
WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
Lack of Customer Service.
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
The arrival of the book – The Song at Your Backdoor by Joseph Horgan.
The Best of Steve Winwood.
SOME OF MY DOINGS.
I spent last Saturday evening watching the DVD’s that I bought with gift vouchers from my Birthday. The films are not main stream and could even be considered cult films but they all were either inspirational, funny, thought provoking or just odd.
Scenes of a Sexual Nature – Dir: Ed Blum
This is a mix of different scenarios played out in a park on one summer’s day, with couples sharing their attitudes to their relationships with sex underlying these relationships. Although there is no sex or even nudity, just a wonderful selection of sketches that as a writer provide a wonderful insight into the relationships of a diverse group of ordinary people. It is a funny, engaging and a well crafted piece of writing and film making.
The next was
Le Bicyclettes de Belsize – Dir: Douglas Hickox
A bright musical about a boy on a bicycle who pursues a girl and sings as rides, it ends in the same London park as the first film I watched, except they were made 40 years apart. This film is funny, bright and very much of its time. The young girl, who follows the boy around on her bicycle, blowing raspberries, is really funny. I wonder what she is doing now.
This was followed by
The London Nobody Knows – Dir: Norman Cohen.
Another film made over 40 years ago, a dark film with some comic oddities especially around the egg smashing factory, which was odd in itself, I would never have thought there was such a business opportunity let alone tried to sell it as an idea to an investor. The film follows a worried and weary James Mason exploring London in decay, from the crumbling derelict theatre, to the roundhouse, to the egg breaking factory and finally talking to the residents of a Salvation Army hostel. This film was London on the bottom, the only way is up, Forty years later I am not sure we went the right way and James Mason’s worried weariness was exactly the right approach to this film. OK the dereliction has gone but with it the charms and the attitudes, which whilst they are not always worth maintaining we never seem to take the time to consider what we should seek to keep and what we should let go. We just seem to create buildings, systems, and ways of living without thought for the culture and conditions that will ensue or be lost.
The Last film I watched
Koyaanisqatsi – Life out of Balance – Dir: Godfrey Reggio.
Strangely I never set out to watch these films in this order; in fact I never perceived there were any links between them. Koyaanisqatsi, I first saw many years ago when Channel 4 showed some decent films.
It amplifies my concerns raised by the London film onto a global scale. Every city has been built without concern as to what we are losing, only to what we will gain and as such they are imperfect representations of the promised dream. This film is cinematic masterpiece and I purchased it as a film maker rather than as a poet, but the poetry of time lapsed imagery along with Philip Glass’ music left me wanting to slow down, take some time out, to gain a better understanding of what is important.
This brings me back to my delight of the week, because that is what Joe Horgan has done in his wonderful book.
Don’t get me wrong I am not against progress, but I think the process of progressing is missing some steps; this is because it is often driven by financial gain. The bean counters don’t seem to recognise that there might be some adverse consequences. They don’t see that the dream landscape is not about the architecture but about the people and other animals and plants that live, work and play in these landscapes.
COMING SOON DOINGS
18th Jan – The Fizz 5 – Poetry and Spoken Word at Polesworth Abbey.