For some time now, I've been wandering around Notting Hill attempting to get under its skin. For many years, even before I moved to London, there was something that struck me about both the level of contrasts in the area and how such contrasts were reflected in film history and locations. Even recently, I have … Continue reading Wanders: Two Notting Hills
More so than his relationship with painting, film, drugs or threesomes, Donald Cammell's life and work seems to have been directly linked with mirrors. While all of the former aspects played huge roles and allowed access to knowledge of his obsessions in the first place through his work, it is the mirror and its hidden … Continue reading Mirrors, Donald Cammell and Jorge Luis Borges.
Introduction The paintings of Francis Bacon have been so often alluded to within post-1960s British cinema that it more often than not loses a sense of consistent meaning and turns more readily into a repeated meme for cultural acknowledgement. Since the art market has promptly recognised that Bacon's work is of a very genuine commercial … Continue reading Cinematic Identity Crises and Francis Bacon – Part 1 (Performance).