I love researching the past of my favorite art form, as well as enjoying really great visual ideas, no matter what genre.
Alex Wheatle 2020
The crucial plea for self-education, as expressed by the Rasta inmate when passing on The Black Jacobins (1938) by Trinidadian historian Cyril L. R. James to Alex Wheatle, is one of these central scenes in the Small Axe anthology. It binds the cinematic universe together and brings forward one of the central themes of McQueen throughout this series of films. Alex Wheatle, again based on a real life character, needs to literally “wake-up”, and become aware of structural injustices - very similar to Frank…
Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? 1970
Herr Rabb and Jeanne Dielman would make a lovely couple.
Deliverance with a supernatural twist.
A ‘white saviour’-type lawyer gets more than he wishes for in his legal battle for native resistance against deforestation. During a ceremonial sweat lodge ritual, he seems to conjure (?) a trickster spirit named Arthur, a revenging Native American angel embodying justice in its most violent form.
Far from being an old, ugly Hollywood Indian stereotype, Arthur, in fact, symbolises native resistance against white oppression. He forces the lawyer to choose sides between colours and ideals,…
Lovers Rock 2020
The closest I will ever get being at a 70s “Blues Night” in London during the hight of the lovers' rock reggae style.
A sweet and blissful celebration of youthful love and life amidst economic and racial oppression. A deceptively simple masterclass in filmmaking.