The corner shop is no longer in the making. Whenever I’ve walked down the street in the days since I’ve been home there have been people inside, sitting at the bench by the window and at the table outside in the sun. Clearly Rod’s understanding of his potential market was sound. I caused a terrible racket by walking past with Nessie on the lead; she remained virtuously silent (I don’t mention the aggressively stiff tail) and let the two little dogs parked at the door go spare with rage that she should exist. This morning for the first time I actually went inside, noting as I did that people were arriving by car to have their breakfast coffee Naturally, I took a camera.
WP Bookblog Listing
- SFF: Öndög (Quan'an Wang 2019 ) 15 June 2019Wonderful Mongolian scenery, lovingly and lingeringly filmed, while a not-quite-story unfolds among the humans.
- SFF: Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (Hepi Mita 2018) 15 June 2019A straightforward doco about Merata Miti, groundbreaking Maori documentary maker. Straightforward except that it's made by her son. A puzzlement: the film speaks of her mentoring and leading the way for Indigenous filmmakers all over the world, but Australian First Nations peoples are conspicuously not mentioned.
- SFF: Bacurau ( Juliano Dornelles & Kleber Mendonça Filho 2019) 15 June 2019A film I would only have gone to at a festival – weird, violent, Brazilian, surreal with an oblique political commentary underneath. That's what Film Festivals are for.
- SFF: So Long, My Son (Xiaoishuai Wang 2019) 14 June 2019A very long story about a couple whose young son drowns in an accident, in the China of the one-child policy. My enjoyment was marred by the person in front of me spending the first hour or so checking email and social media, stopping only when I told him to put it away when he started filming the screen, the only time up to that point when he appeared to no […]
- SFF: Yuli (Iciar Bolaín 2018) 12 June 2019A superb biopic about Yuli Acosta, a Cuban balletdancer who was the first Black man to be a principal dancer with the English National Ballet. The film makes brilliant use of sequences from Acosta's own ballet about his life.
- SFF: Öndög (Quan'an Wang 2019 ) 15 June 2019
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- Simon Schama’s Story of the Jews (Part One)
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- Tricia Dearborn’s Autobiochemistry
- Richard James Allen’s Short Story of You and I
- Ruby Reads (9): Emus, tigers and ducks and love
- John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley and the Book Group
- SWF 2019 Sunday Part Two
- SWF 2019 Sunday, Part One
- Simon Griffin’s Fucking Apostrophes
- SWF 2019 Saturday
- SWF 2019: Friday
- Vale Les Murray
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