I finished reading Oliver Sack’s story of his ‘chemical’ boyhood some time before I wrote this. My response to the book (as it was for my English mate Norman) was ‘Yes! I felt just like that as a boy’.
In a classic Old World – New World twist, as wild harvested truffles disappear in Europe, countries like Australia and Spain are farming increasing quantities of high quality truffles. The Canberra region growers needed to educate people about theirs.
Two films, one Super 8 from 1971, and one Standard 8 consisting of two earlier anti-Vietnam war marches. Both of these will be transferred in higher quality and have music added but they need to be here before I get time and money to do that.
I was ‘sponsored’ by the Rare Breeds Trust of Australia to attend Slow Food 2006 Terra Madre, I just had to pay to get there. That’s where I learnt that eating is an agricultural act, producing it a gastronomical act (it has to taste good) and purchasing it (our choices) a political act.
It’s like the Seamus Heaney poem ‘Postscript’ where he writes about driving through County Clare – “when the wind and the light are working off each other … Useless to think you’ll park and capture it, More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there.”
“alternative”, “avant-garde”,“experimental” and “independent” - whatever.
How our tools change the way we work interests me most, and not just theatrical mainstream. For this Cinema Papers piece I selected from the first 54 issues of the Cantrill’s Filmnotes magazine talking about ‘alternate’ film and video technology.
As I rounded the corner I saw the road covered with white flying feathers and a splattered chook being picked up by a tall young man with a look of pain on his face. He crossed the road just in front of me, the early yellow sunlight on him against the dark road.