Category Archives: Film

Jarman’s Broken English


How is it that Leg of Lamb has only just discovered Derek Jarman’s ode to Marianne Faithful’s 1979 album Broken English?!  Made in the same year as the album’s release, the short, 12 minute film features 3 songs from the record:   ‘Witches’ Song’, ‘The Ballad of Lucy Jordan’ and ‘Broken English’ accompanied by a mix of found footage superimposed with strange, ritualistic scenarios and clips of the singer – imagery made all the more haunting given Faithfull’s contemporaneous descent into addiction.

Easy Rider


Above: excerpt from the film Easy Rider (1969), directed by Dennis Hopper

Viddies


Photographer Polly Borland and her Director husband John Hillcoat (of The Road and Ghosts of the Civil Dead fame) have joined forces to create a short film in collaboration with band IO ECHO for MOCAtv.  In it, found footage is spliced together with classic Borland figures, their features distorted by dowdy stockings and clumsy protrusions.


Hillcoat’s no stranger to making music videos, he’s directed them for the likes of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Depeche Mode and a couple for his good pal Nick Cave (who Borland has photographed on a number of occasions).  Above is the latest Hillcoat/Cave collab – featuring Ray Winstone no less – for Cave’s new single Jubilee Street.

John Waters talks about troublemakers

AnOther take on Pina

Pina was unequivocally Leg of Lamb’s top film of 2011.  Director Wim Wenders’ homage to the late German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch (who died suddenly, two days before filming commenced) is an exuberant celebration of the artist’s life and practice.  In the film, members of the Pina Bausch dance company (the Tanztheater Wuppertal) perform excerpts from some of the choreographer’s key pieces in and around her home town.  Bausch embraced the big themes – love, joy, despair – with a disarming degree of sensitivity and humour, and the film is a moving testament to the dancer and her legacy.  The same can’t be said of a more recent tribute.

Late last year, AnOther Magazine commissioned a short film (above) featuring Rachel Weisz to coincide with the launch of their Winter issue.  Directed by Craig McDean, Weisz’s series of ‘non-narrative micro performances’ were directly inspired by Pina.  But let’s face it, whacking on some lippie and staggering around in a pretty dress just isn’t going to cut it…

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Three years ago, American director Alison Klayman began shooting  a feature-length documentary on Ai Weiwei.  Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry charts the Chinese artist’s preparation for major museum shows (including ‘Sunflower Seeds’ at Tate Modern), his down-time with family and his intensifying clashes with authorities. Ai’s incarceration in April this year was obviously a major turning point for the project, drastically altering its course and context. Now in post-production, you can contribute to the realisation of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry by making a donation here, and stay up to date with the latest developments on Twitter.

John Waters Talks About Contemporary Art