Recently I sat in on a master class given by the filmmaker Luc Dardenne. He spoke of how viewers of his films should not assume they understood everything about the characters. As members of an audience we should never feel ourselves wiser than they; we do not have more knowledge than the characters have about themselves. We should not feel assured or certain about their motives, or look down on them. I believe this. I recognise this as a first principle of art, although I have the suspicion that many would not.
-- Michael, the narrator, in The Cat's Table, by Michael Ondaatje. Jonathan Cape, 2011.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
"Sexuality doesn't surface in The Dead Zone in the same way as it does in my other films, but it's certainly there. It's a very repressed, restrained and frustrated thing. Personally the movie's just like me, but filmically I suppose not ...
"The folks in The Dead Zone tend to be God-fearing characters, whereas in my other films they are not. Because many of the scientists in my early films are absent from the films themselves, although their influence remains, I think you could make a good case for saying that in The Dead Zone, God is the scientist whose experiments are not always working and that the Johnny Smith character is one of his failed experiments." -- David Cronenberg in Cronenberg on Cronenberg, edited by Chris Rodley, Faber, 1992.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Citizen, 1981-83: "Inspired by a 1980 documentary on the ‘dirty protest’ by republican prisoners at the Maze prison in Northern Ireland. Demanding recognition as political prisoners, inmates refused to wash or wear regulation clothing and smeared their cells with excrement. The protest lasted for five years, involving more than 400 prisoners. It later developed into a mass hunger strike. The painting is a composite image based on stills from different parts of the documentary. For Hamilton this was ‘a strange image of human dignity in the midst of self-created squalor’." (picture and text source).
It could easily have been another illustration within this.