There are few acts that occur in the rural landscape that are as vile or as brutal as fox hunting. It is an act that highlights the class divisions still present in this country and one that does so more powerfully than most other “country pursuits”. Aside from the obvious power on display by those of the upper classes who still, quite illegally, partake in … Continue reading Fox Hunting and Class in Wyrd Landscape Cinema
New releases As often stated at the beginning of my end of year reviews, I’ve struggled to keep up with the year’s new releases. Every year, so much more new cinema is put out there for consideration that I doubt keeping track is financially viable or creatively of point; the huge shift in quantity, over the last five years especially, most definitely has not lead … Continue reading 2015 Top 10 (New Releases and First Time Viewings).
After recently finishing Helen Macdonald’s excellent book, H Is For Hawk, a number of connections and synchronicities emerged that all seemed in some way to tie in to its various chapters and ideas. Whilst many of these were of a more personal, emotional nature, the chief connection of interest lay in the presence of hawks in Powell and Pressburger’s 1944 film, A Canterbury Tale. This … Continue reading Falconry, H Is For Hawk, and Powell & Pressburger.