A couple of multi-disciplined events to mention, first off. The Bread and Roses Centennial Film Festival runs until May 13th at Studio Strike and features films, poetry and Q&As to mark the 100-year anniversary of The Bread and Roses textile worker strike. Ken Loach’s Bread and Roses is in the line-up, as is The Real Social Network, a documentary that follows the growth and impact of the recent London student protests. Further performance, film and workshops begin at V22. It runs for three months, and highlights include: a handful of the twentieth century’s most controversial films, including Peeping Tom, Triumph of The Will, and Happiness; installations, MA shows and a two-day field recording workshop.
A nice selection of work on the theme of the political power of words continues at Zabludowicz Gallery, Weighted Words (see the New Wolf preview below for more on this theme). James Hyman Photography, one of the Savile Row set, exhibits a beautiful collection of rare salt prints of gothic architecture in the marvellously named From Sermons to Stones to Monsters of Modernity. Lastly, Strange Beasts – work from some young artists with connections to Stroud College exhibit at the Pangolin from May 9th.
Takashi Miike in 3D sounds rather exhilarating. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is a remake of Masaki Kobayashi classic, Harakiri. Reviews have been mixed but well worth it for the beauty of the images. Faust has been interpreted and reimagined by many in film, probably most famously, and effectively, by the Czech director, Jan Svankmajer. Less than twenty years later, another version takes up the challenge of the literary legend, this time by Russian director, Alexander Sokurov – Faust won Venice’s Golden Lion as a result. Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar tells the story of an Algerian teacher fleeing from his homeland into a class whose previous teacher commits suicide. And Swedish film She Monkeys is an interesting feature about teenage girls’ competitiveness and sexuality from first-time director, Lisa Aschan. In the last weekend of the month, the long-awaited Wes Anderson new film, Moonrise Kingdom enters the cinemas. The usual all-star cast, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzmann inevitably included. A review coming to the Wolf later this month.
Other features coming to the Wolf this month include: the beginning of another series of articles by J.R. Hammer, who penned a series on False Consciousness last year. This time, he focuses on the policing and restriction of language, starting with a look at the ACTA. We take a look at Burma’s accelerated turnaround and the chance of removed sanctions for a country with a history of appalling human rights, censorship and a slow journey toward democracy. We visit the studio of London zine, Bare Bones. There’s a reinterpretation of Metropolis, a look at female Ugandan writers, and a new Cartoon to the Editor. Artwork and more as ever.