Becky Lamming

Arts, OldVenue

Harnessing Student Talent

Opening speeches from Guardian editor Katherine Viner and editor-in-chief of US Vogue Anna Wintour were broadcast into the dressing room, but the Northern Youth Show team had already fulfilled her advice to “be intellectually free…fearless polymaths”. Her caveats for meeting with Snapchat and Buzzfeed founders were far from wishful ambitions; the show exceeded her advice…


I see your true colours

Colour in film is not used to its full potential – but why should it? Don’t most films just depict a real or fantasy world anyway? If the viewer considers theories of colour’s effects on mood and symbolism, a film becomes a more full experience. Like a second music track, colour in films can be…


Review: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Studio Ghibli’s fairytale factory has produced a visual story more enchanting than usual. Isao Takahata – the main man by the side of Hayao Miyazaki, now retired – uses fluidly animated watercolour and charcoal frames to respectfully portray Princess Kaguya’s expression, delicacy and origin. The film is based on one of Japan’s oldest folktales and…

Film, OldVenue

Farewell Wanderlust

Despite photography being one of the most accessible art forms, documentaries about photographers are practically non-existent.  John Maloof’s 2013 award-winning Finding Vivian Maier has illuminated why.  A cranky hoarder, her photos were a method of control.  Through Maloof, Maier’s signature intimate style of obsessively constant street portraiture is revealed to be an outlet for lonely…

June 2021
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