Are critics of Benefits Street censoring the truth? – By Rob MacDonald and Tracy Shildrick

Originally posted on mediapovertywelfare:

This week a senior Channel 4 executive, in charge of the making of programmes like Benefits Street and Skint, accused critics of so-called ‘poverty porn’ of ‘a form of censorship’ and declared that: “I defend our right – and the necessity – to tell the stories of some of the distressed parts of our society.”

To us, this has a very odd ring to it. We have been critics of Benefits Street. But we had not considered ourselves in the business of censorship – or to be on the wrong side of a moral claim about the right or necessity of reporting the problems or social distress of people who may be on benefits.

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400 Free Films

For those of  you who didn’t already know SBS has 400 free movies on demand in their rotation.

SBS is a film lovers delight, the channel that frequently has interesting, popular and obscure films is always set to entertain a keen artistic mind.

Check it out here, you won’t be disappointed. Update me on how many films you have watched !!!


Australia to Simplify Co-Production Rules

Originally posted on Variety:

Making movies as co-productions with Australia is to become easier, following a simplification of the regulations by Screen Australia.

Current rules were “too complex and inflexible,” said Screen Australia CEO, Graeme Mason, speaking in London at the beginning promotional campaign Ausfilm Week.

Among the changes, the organization has relaxed the application requirements for ‘provisional approval.’ That is intended to enable projects to be submitted for assessment without all financial agreements finalised. Specifically, that will remove the need for producers to seek a ‘Letter of Preliminary Compliance.’

Mason said further changes to the system will follow.

“Currently Screen Australia measures ‘Australian creative contribution’ in two ways: with a points test of Australian personnel and by calculating the Australian spend,” Mason said. “We are exploring ways to do this better, but changing our approach to assessing creative contribution will have many implications so we will need to take more time and consult…

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The Rover

Director:David Michôd

Writers:Joel Edgerton (story), David Michôd (screenplay),1 more credit »

Stars:Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy |See full cast and crew

I wasn’t really that interested in watching this film to be honest but I am glad that I set aside the time to see it. After enjoying Hesher, which was written by David, The Rover peaked my interest.

The Rover is a dystopian drama/action/horror flick set in the Australian Outback after a worldwide economic collapse. The film deals with deprivation of an entire continents humanity, specifically Eric’s (Guy Pearce).

Whilst there is barely any dialogue to speak of and not that much of a back story other than the titanic sized hints dropped in the film, The Rovers strength lies in its portrayal of a man who has been deprived of his humanity, his dignity and is barely managing to survive the psychological impact from the events that have occurred since the crash.

Eric is living in a world that is on the same earth but could be a different planet, (or somewhere like Liberia). In fact my opinion is that the film and characters are so engaging that if it weren’t for the director casting Robert Pattinson in the main supporting role then The Rover may have become a  fast cult classic or instant success.

Obviously since the twilight saga, Robert has been given a fair chance at many roles which in my opinion he has not been able to fill. He lacks the depth and commitment needed to successfully fill his characters shoes and his accent was dreadful. Robert almost completely spoiled the entire film for me.

Opening with a car chase, then steadily moving through one atrocity after another The Rover is guaranteed to hold your attention for a   glorious 102 minutes as Eric  dupes the vulnerable Rey into leading him to his car.


Films I have watched recently


Films I have watched in the last couple of months. Some I may review do you have any preferences?

Back to the Future in 1503

Originally posted on fashionarchaeology:

C.Tagliavini, 1503, Cecilia 2014

Christian Tagliavini, 1503 Cecilia, 2011

People sometimes ask me why I do what I do. Recently I found myself in a complex discussion where I was defending my line of work, ultimately justifying the hours spent by dress historians looking at a neckline, or the lining of a gown or the height of an eighteenth century heel. I was being challenged on the utility of it all – do we really need to know these minute details of everyday life of the past?

isn’t fashion projected into the future by its very essence? if so why do we need to teach young fashion or costume designers about their heritage?

Maybe the answers to the above are all here, in these mesmerizing and simply beautiful works of contemporary art.

For this post I have chosen to share the work of a very interesting – to me – young photographer. Especially…

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Guest Blogger invitation

Hi Everyone out there on the internet. Welcome to my site filmstvandlife. I am inviting anyone who would like to take up the chance to co contribute to my site.

Do you have an article or some music or a film or anything you would like to put up here?

Feel free to leave a comment or contact me at

The 30 Harshest Filmmaker-on-Filmmaker Insults In History

Originally posted on writewhatyoudontknow:

Here’s a little Saturday fun via the wonderful Scott Sublett:

1. Francois Truffaut on Michelangelo Antonioni:

“Antonioni is the only important director I have nothing good to say about. He bores me; he’s so solemn and humorless.”

2. Ingmar Bergman on Michelangelo Antonioni:
“Fellini, Kurosawa, and Bunuel move in the same field as Tarkovsky. Antonioni was on his way, but expired, suffocated by his own tediousness.”
3. Ingmar Berman on Orson Welles:
“For me he’s just a hoax. It’s empty. It’s not interesting. It’s dead. Citizen Kane, which I have a copy of — is all the critics’ darling, always at the top of every poll taken, but I think it’s a total bore. Above all, the performances are worthless. The amount of respect that movie’s got is absolutely unbelievable.”
4. Ingmar Bergman on Jean-Luc Godard:
“I’ve never gotten anything out of his movies. They have felt constructed…

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Watch list Challenge



Errrmmm welllll…….. How about a battle of the watch list instead. I have a little challenge in mind fo my readers, assuming that more shakespearethan one reader (Davide) reads my blog :)

The rules for this challenge are :

Chose a film from my watch list that you haven’t previously watched.

Write a review of the film that is to be no shorter than 500 words

The reviews will all be posted on my site and a vote will determine the winner.

I may even make up a shitty gif as a reward.

Feel free to reblog this post on you site to get as many people involved as possible. I am interested to read their reviews.

Leave your comment below if you’re interested :)





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