So I went to see Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ the other day and it completely knocked my socks right off. Its not easy to put into words how much I adored it! but sure I’ll give it a go.
‘Moonrise Kingdom’ is a quirky coming of age love story about two 12 year olds, who run away together. It’s such an uplifting movie, you leave the cinema feeling cheerfully enlightened and inspired. Every single shot was so precise, colourful and artistic, I enjoyed every moment of it. I loved the stylized 60′s setting and the trademark whacky ‘dysfunctional’ characters, so Andersonian!.. Its the tiny details that really add to it and the costume design is unreal in every single shot. Its consistently exceptional, especially at the school plays depiction of Noah’s Ark (the kids costumes just cracked me up!) The humour and oddness are reminicent of The Royal Tenenbaums (which I also loved), yet it’s slightly more optimistic. The cast is exceptionally good of course, with Tilda Swinton playing ‘Social Services’ loved the fact she didn’t have a real name! Not to be completely dramatic.. but I personally think its a work of art!… it went straight into my top favourite films ever. I highly recommend you go see it straight away. You’re in for a visual treat. x
Photographer Tasya Van Ree is a true creative inspiration. Holy shit! Her work makes me feel all fuzzy in my tummy.. total inspirational ecstasy!.. That connected sensational feeling when your experiencing the full life force!… at its best!…. ha… ok.. relax av… I’m terribly excitable sometimes!.. Nonetheless, she really is a very talented artist, photographer and maker of short films. The majority of her work is gritty yet exotic, provocative, thought provoking, enticing, sexual and intimate. It has a sense of humour and above all else…. its interesting, this is why I love it. I adore the juxtaposition of natural realism V staged artificial glamour.
Van Ree’s Muse and extremely attractive girlfriend is the gorgeous actress Amber Heard. Heard features in a lot of her work including the above short video ‘Bound to Nowhere’, which is stunning. Be sure to spare a few minutes to watch it. These two beauties work so well together and I’m not going to lie.. They really have me questioning my sexuality! TOTAL RIDES!
The art is sexy, feminist and liberal.. androgynous and gender bending! It depicts a quirkiness, that is different. It’s grubby and beautiful. Hell, it’s everything I want photography to be. A visual treat.
For Tasya Van Ree inspiration and to purchase her work visit her website here
Images via http://tasyavanree.com/ & http://pphotographyb.blogspot.com/
Portobello Film Festival has been running for 16 years.. During the week was the first I’d heard of it, when a friend suggested we go along to Irish Film night. They had a pop up cinema on Portobello Road and screenings in Westbourne Studios. There was a nice relaxed atmosphere with people coming and going through out the evening. There were some great films and some rubbish one’s too!..
Oscar nominated ‘Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty’ made by Brown Paper Bag films was a highlight!.. It is simply a work of art..WATCH IT NOW! Its just bleeding deadly!.. so funny! I LOVE it.. Check this ridiculously talented bunch out here Jericho directed by Liam Gavin was a moving quirky little film. I liked it, as it was weird, wonderful and moving all at once. Finally , ‘Runners’ set in Dublin directed by Rob and Ronan Burke was really well executed.. It was so gritty and real and I loved how it was shot. There was nothing artificial in this film and I was really impressed by all the performances. Check these guys out here There were many more great Irish Film’s and it was lovely to see the Irish Film Industry in such a healthy, excitingly creative state!.. I do love the Portobello area and felt nothing less than inspired on my bus journey home.. The festival runs form 1-18th of September and best of all it’s absolutely free!
As an actress, I’ve always been interested in the process of film making and the way in which actors prepare for a role. I therefore particularly love reading interviews/editorials with fellow actors/directors.. Its interesting to hear what they have to say. In Fashion shoots, you can see how they can convey an aura. They really know how to create a mood and atmosphere in front of the camera.. as they have some life experience.. and thats what they basically do for a living. I find they are usually very insightful and their outlook on life and the industry can be enlightening. Film, Fashion and photography all mixed together.. what could be more interesting!
Now, let me make this clear… I absolutely LOVE Vera Farmiga!
‘Down to the bone’ is the film that really inspired me to never stop acting. I accidently ended up watching this film late one christmas night two years ago. It really left a mark on me.. after watching it something in me had changed and there was no going back. It’s a tremendous performance by Farmiga and a moving film that is really worth seeing if you haven’t had the chance.
Oscar nominated Farmiga is an incredibly honest, smart, down to earth, direct and daring actress. I’m so happy to see her directing her first feature film. ‘Higher Ground’ premiered at Sundance and also starred the pregnant Farmiga along with her younger sister Taissa Farmiga, who has a small role. It’s so refreshing to see a stimulating film made about one woman’s journey with one woman’s distinctive voice and outlook. It deals with faith as Farmiga’s character ‘Corrine’ comes to terms with it, in an evangelical community. The film has had a good response from both believer’s and non-believer’s and is definitely worth checking out.
Good woman Vera.. Serious respect!
The above shot’s of Vera Farmiga were taken by Eric Guillemain for Blackbook, for more info click here