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#Saveourculture 3 Playlist

I just made the #Saveourculture 3 playlist on Spotify, so if anyone wants in on this action

 

The third instalment of #saveourculture welcomes a hero of modern house music as Jamie Jones touches down at Great Suffolk Street. Known for his definitive Hot Natured imprint and Ibiza residency under the Paradise banner, since breaking through in 2012, Jones remains one of the world’s biggest DJs for his infectious brand of party tunes. A close friend of Jones and regular DJ partner, Craig Richards steps up to join him on the decks, while enigmatic wizard KiNK brings his acclaimed live set to round off the Arch 1 bill.

Arch 2 hosts one of techno’s most established forces, Luke Slater. Commonly operating under several aliases like L.B. Dub Corp and Planetary Assault Systems, Slater’s career has a painted history spanning the whole of techno. The veteran DJ headlines Arch 2 bringing an onslaught of brute force as Luke Slater. He is joined by Ostgut Ton stalwart Function. With a sound forged most recently in Berlin’s Berghain and profiled last year on his celebrated mix for the club, Function can typically be identified for throwing a dynamic blend to the tested 4/4 paradigm. Luke Slater and Function are joined by fabric resident and tech-house aficionado, Terry Francis.

All profits for the night will be donated to fabric’s #saveourculture campaign.

Line-up /

Arch 1 –
Craig Richards
Jamie Jones
KiNK (live)
Patrick Topping

Arch 2 –
Terry Francis
Luke Slater
Peter Van Hoesen
Efdemin

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Fabric London to close permanently

This is a shocker 😤 iconic nightclub @fabriclondon will close permanently because of ‘drug culture’. Shutting down fabric does not mean the gov have solved a drug problem.
The ironic thing is that they are planning build multi million pounds flats for bankers to do coke in.

fabric had some really good gigs and the vibe of the crowed was really fun. 😡


The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet



The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is a story of a 10-year-old cartographer who secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
This adaptation of the acclaimed Reif Larsen novel ‘The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet’ is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s(Amelie) and the movie stars Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Maillet, Callum Keith Rennie and Kyle Catlett.

I had the opportunity to watch 3D Preview screening of ‘The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet’ at Cine Lumiere, London and it was followed by a Q&A with Helena Bonham-Carter and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
It’s easy to fall in love with this humble and emotionally touching tale of the ingenious, slightly magical story of Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet.
The little boy’s character is something possibly believable real genius. THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET Poster
The story is tender but avoids melodrama. It simply is an uplifting, inspiring, entertaining film. The film may at first seem a bit slow paced, but plot keeps moving and you really will become involved all the way throughout the movie. The story is told, mainly, through the eyes of 10-year-old cartographer T.S. Spivet. We are given tremendous insight into how T.S. Spivet sees and relates to the world around him.
The cinematography is brilliant, as you would expect from Jean Pierre Jeunet(Amelie). American landscape was mostly shot in French-speaking Quebec and Alberta, Canada which offers hyper real greener landscapes and blue skies with beautiful details.
The casting is outstanding. From the young child genius subtly powerful performance by Kyle Catlett to a distracted entomologist mom played by Dr. Clair (Helena Bonham Carter), every character feels essential to the story. Some of the characters seem a bit of caricature, especially the stereotypical police officer.
What I liked the most that if the film had slightly magical tone to the story and there was use of animated sequences in TS Spivet, it would give further depth to the 3D, and TS Spivet’s thoughts.
Its a sweet, heart-warming story, which takes you away from the fast and hectic daily life into a almost 1 hr 45 min hour-story, which is nothing but good and charming.
The movie will release around mid June in the UK and it will also have an IMAX release.

 

Production Details:
Production
(France-Canada) A Gaumont (in France)/Weinstein Co. (in U.S.) release of an Epithete Films, Tapioca Films, Filmarto, Gaumont, France 2 Cinema, Cross Creek production, with the participation of OCS, France Televisions. (International sales: Gaumont International, Paris.) Produced by Frederic Brillion, Gilles Legrand, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Suzanne Girard. Executive producers, Francis Boespflug, Tyler Thompson.
Crew
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Screenplay, Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant, based on the novel “The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet” by Reif Larsen; dialogues, Laurant. Camera (color, widescreen, 3D), Thomas Hardmeier; editor, Herve Schneid; music, Denis Sanacore; production designer, Aline Bonetto; costume designer, Madeline Fontaine; sound (Dolby Digital), Jean Umansky; sound design, Selim Azzazi; supervising sound editor, Gerard Hardy; 3D stereographer, Demetri Portelli; visual effects supervisor, Alain Carsoux; 3D engineer, Ben Gervais; assistant director, Christophe Vassort; casting, Lucie Robitaille.
With
Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie, Kyle Catlett, Niamh Wilson, Jakob Davies, Rick Mercer, Dominique Pinon, Julian Richings, Richard Jutras, Mairtin O’Carrigan, Michel Perron, Dawn Ford, Harry Standjofski, Susan Glover, James Bradford. (English dialogue.)

 

Helena Bonham-Carter and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet at the 3D Preview screening at Cine Lumiere, London.

Helena Bonham-Carter and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie) at a preview of their new film THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET

RIP Jiha Khan

RIP Jiah Khan

I am Shocked and saddened about this incidence

Jiah Khan (British Bollywood actress) allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself. Police claimed that she was heartbroken after a failed relationship with the son of an actor couple, which possibly drove her to take the step at her home last night.

The body of Jiah, 25, was found hanging at her ‘Sagar Sangeet’ residence in Juhu where she lived with her mother and sister who were not present when she ended her life.

25 is not really the age to run out of all the options, can’t imagine what pushed her to the edge.

I had met her twice, first time at London Indian Film Festival and 2nd time for a coffee meet in Soho, London for ‘100 years of Indian cinema’ documentary we were pitching to BBC.

She was very passionate about Indian cinema, and really wanted to go back and work in India, after 3 years gap.

She was brilliant in her debut film ‘Nishabd’ with Amitabh Bachchan, based on the novel Lolita. She had also acted with Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar.

I remember her as a very beautiful, bright and polite girl.

It’s sad to loose young Talent

with Jiah Khan at the 'Delhi Belly' Premiere in London

With Jiah Khan at the ‘Delhi Belly’ Premiere in London

Song from her film ‘Ghajini’ with Aamir Khan

British Soldier Hacked to Death in London Street

Woolwich-attacker-suspects-1905276A British soldier has been butchered on a busy London street by two Islamist terrorists, then they ask for passersby to take photographs of them. The attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar” meaning “Allah is Greater”) before killing the Soldier.

In the Name of the God! This fucking brainwashed people have hacked this poor man to death, This whole event is despicable beyond words. My thoughts are with the family and friends who lost their loved one.

What kind of society are we making here?
I personally think the answers to these issues should come from within the Islamic society, They need to get hold of their youngsters and not let them get brainwashed by extremists assholes.

Muslim leadership in this country needs to step up their anti-radicalisation programe.

The Real hero in this story was  Mrs Loyau-Kennett

Mrs Loyau-Kennett

extraordinary Mum Mrs Loyau-Kennett

I think this mum (Loyau-Kennett) has shown some extraordinary courage, she confronted terrorists just seconds after they had beheaded a soldier asking them to hand over their weapons. Mrs Loyau-Kennett restores my faith in human nature.

Mrs Loyau-Kennett was a passenger on a number 53 bus which was travelling past the scene, and jumped off to check the soldier’s pulse.

“Being a cub leader I have my first aid so when I saw this guy on the floor I thought it was an accident then I saw the guy was dead and I could not feel any pulse.

“And then when I went up there was this black guy with a revolver and a kitchen knife, he had what looked like butcher’s tools and he had a little axe, to cut the bones, and two large knives and he said ‘move off the body’.

“So I thought ‘OK, I don’t know what is going on here’ and he was covered with blood. I thought I had better start talking to him before he starts attacking somebody else. I thought these people usually have a message so I said ‘what do you want?’

“I asked him if he did it and he said yes and I said why? And he said because he has killed Muslim people in Muslim countries, he said he was a British soldier and I said really and he said ‘I killed him because he killed Muslims and I am fed up with people killing Muslims in Afghanistan they have nothing to do there.”

Moments earlier, the killers had hacked at the soldier “like a piece of meat”, and when Mrs Loyau-Kennett arrived on the scene they were roaming John Wilson Street waiting for police to arrive so they could stage a final confrontation with them.

She said: “I started to talk to him and I started to notice more weapons and the guy behind him with more weapons as well. By then, people had started to gather around. So I thought OK, I should keep him talking to me before he noticed everything around him.

“He was not high, he was not on drugs, he was not an alcoholic or drunk, he was just distressed, upset. He was in full control of his decisions and ready to everything he wanted to do.

I said ‘right now it is only you versus many people, you are going to lose, what would you like to do?’ and he said I would like to stay and fight.”

The suspect in the black hat then went to speak to someone else and Mrs Loyau-Kennett tried to engage with the other man in the light coat.

She said: “The other one was much shier and I went to him and I said ‘well, what about you? Would you like to give me what you have in your hands?’ I did not want to say weapons but I thought it was better having them aimed on one person like me rather than everybody there, children were starting to leave school as well.

Mrs Loyau-Kennett was not the only woman to show extraordinary courage. Others shielded the soldier’s body as the killers stood over them.

Video of Woolwich muslim terror attack soldier killer with Machete talks on camera to public

1948 London Olympic Poster

london olympics posters from 1908, 1948 and 2012

This week London is about to stage its third Summer Olympics games and it is the only city to do it 3 times. 1st it was in  1908 then 1948 and now its in 2012.

Olympic posters have always been fascinating cultural pointers, these posters are signs of the times and sum up culture of London.

1908 London Olympic Poster

1908 London Olympic Poster

 1908 London Olympic Poster

No official poster for the modern Olympic Games would be produced until the Games in Stockholm in 1912. The picture you see is no poster, it`s a Programme cover from the Olympic Games 1908. Designe by A.S. Cope

1948 London Olympic Poster

1948 London Olympic Poster

1948 London Olympic Poster

An official poster was produced in connection with the Games. As there was not time to stage a competition for the design of the poster, the choice rested between a few designs submitted to the Executive Committee.

As regards production and distribution, 100,000 copies of the official poster were printed.

The first step was to approach the governing bodies in Great Britain of the seventeen sports concerned in the Games. These bodies accepted quantities varying from 400 to 2,000, covering a total of nearly 10,000 for distribution among branches and affiliated bodies. All travel and tourist agencies with offices in London were approached, as also were all airlines with services operating to and from Britain. This accounted for a further 6,000-7,000.

A circular letter from the Director of Organisation inviting co-operation in the distribution was sent to the Town Clerks of nearly 300 towns and cities in Great Britain, and to the Directors of Education of all counties. This was followed by parcels of posters with varying numbers in proportion to the size of the towns or district concerned. The response was excellent. Only three towns failed to co-operate, and a large majority promised to display the posters on corporation vehicles, in schools and sports pavilions, and in public places in their areas. Every London Borough was covered, and each area in which sections of the Games were to take place was given special attention. In addition, every housing centre was given a generous supply. Repeat orders were being received right up to the time of the Games, and the whole 100,000 were eventually distributed.

Source document:   (Official report 1948, page 112)

London 2012 Olympic poster

London 2012 Olympic poster

2012 London Olympic Poster

Anthea Hamilton creates narrative environments through sculptural assemblage and collage. Her work in part is informed by the history of physical prowess and representations of the human, especially female, body. In Divers the poised legs seem to capture a gymnastic pose or show, perhaps a synchronised swimmer diver holding a balletic position. Interestingly, the only Olympic sport exclusively contested by women is synchronised swimming. Divers evokes the engaging theatricality of synchronised swimming, perhaps the most artistically challenging sport of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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London Indian Film Festival 2012 ident

An Ident created in Adobe After Effects CS5.5 for the The third annual London Indian Film Festival which will  run from 20 June – 3 July12  The Music is  from track  The Alkhemist”  by TJ Rehmi

The making of ‘Rooster Must Die’

The making of ‘Rooster’
Parag Sanke (Director) interview

Where did you find the script?

I’d always worked on factual projects and documentaries but was keen to try and produce a short fictional film so I placed an ad online and was sent a lot of scripts from all over the world. I was almost overwhelmed by how many appeared in my inbox but Kent’s The Rooster Must Die caught my eye because I thought that it was a very funny and quirky story and it was inspired by Jaws, which was my favorite film when I was a child. It was also a very good introduction to drama for me as I had to think about how to direct eight actors, a song and a rooster!

How did you make the film?

We only had a very small budget that came from self-funding and some investment from friends and everyone who worked on the film generously gave their time for free so that we could afford to provide good quality equipment and try and produce something that reflected the passion that everyone felt for the project. Deborah was the executive producer and we placed another advert online for cast and crew and were extremely happy with the team that we assembled and with what we were able to achieve with one DSLR camera.

Did you use a real rooster?

Yes, and one of the toughest things was getting hold of one! We contacted many farms but although almost everyone was willing to kindly let us have a rooster for free none of them wanted it back after filming. We didn’t think that our neighbours in central London would be very happy to be woken every morning by a crowing cockerel and couldn’t bring ourselves to wring the neck of a key cast member at the end of filming so were very relieved when a farm in Essex offered to lend us one for the day.

Why do you think that Rooster Must Die will appeal to audiences?

There are some films, such as Jaws, which are almost untouchable because they are so iconic but I hope that by taking the essence of one of the key scenes from that movie and transporting it to a small English town we have collectively come up with a funny and surprising short film that the audiences will enjoy.

Is there a message in the film?

Well you could say that it is a metaphor for the never ending battle between man and nature – or you could say that you should never count your chickens, or your roosters, before they hatch!

Links

Link: www.squareelephant.co.uk/rooster
Film Poster: http://www.squareelephant.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Rooster-Must-Die-poster-Print-.jpg
Images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/squareelephant/sets/72157629168638752/
Trailer: http://youtu.be/Drws50TXLrM?hd=1

Creative Team

Directed by Parag Sankhe
Written by Kent Flaagan
Produced by Debora Setnik
Executive Producer: Simon Cousin
Director of Photography: Yuri Krylov
Background Score: Philip Appleby

Cast

Jack:  Laurence Pears
Chairman:  Marcus Taylor
Ellen:  Denise Rocard
Mary: Lena Sandberg
Harry: Marc Forde
David: Jeffrey Mayhew
Man: Iain Clark
Woman: Caroline Leach

Crew

1st Ad: Michael Cheung, Nadia Hammoud
Camera Operator/Steadicam: Stefan Yap
1st Camera Assistant: Annemarie Van Basten
2nd Camera Assistant: Camil Liberto
Sound Mixer: Simon Gill
Boom Operator: Tom Collingwood
Production Assistant: Fernando Luan
Continuity: Nadia Hammoud
Script Supervisor: Sara Galvao
Make Up: Thomas Montague
Make Up Assistant: Cher Paris
Stylist: Sylvain Agathine
Runner: Subodh Rao
Editor: Michael Cheung
Colourist: Parag Sankhe
Sound Designer: Catherine Mcgrath
Animation: Andre Lucato

Special thanks to

Ewan Parry (Talanas) Death Metal Rooster Track (End Credits)
David King and St. Gabriel’s Halls;
Valerie Ayries
David Griffiths
Iain Bagnall
Beyond Retro: Vintage Clothing
Barry Bassett and VMI
Essex Insurance Brokers
London Film Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOODOO TRIBAL FASHION SHOOT

ShootStyling – Tanya Whyte

Photography – Abhishek Khorgade

Model – Sophia Lee

Assistants – Kyra Bartly, HC Hong

Editing – Parag Sankhe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parag Sankhe 2011 showreel

A collection of some of my work  as  director, producer, editor, videographer, visual effects artist, motion graphics designer and photographer.

watch it on vimeo HD: https://vimeo.com/38478547

what it on youtube HD http://youtu.be/2wqPfMXobNg?hd=1

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