Stop! Look! Listen! a weekly selection of some of my favourite films/books/people…
Watch…The Good Companions (DVD) The TV series was made in 1980. It is Alan Plater’s adaptation of the J.B.Priestley’s book of the same name. I loved the book, which is the story of a struggling concert party, set in 1929, and the TV production includes wonderful songs and dance routines. It’s full of well-known actors, including Judy Cornwell, Roy Kinnear, Denis Lawson and Nigel Hawthorne. It is TV drama, and Alan Plater, at their best.
Look…the Subversion exhibition and installation at the Cornerhouse in Manchester. I particularly enjoyed Larissa Sansour’s contribution in which she re-enacts Stanley Kubrick’s 2001; A Space Odyssey with a Palestinian twist. She is the Palistinaut, who declares the moon for Palestine! Her other project in the Gallery is The Nation Estate which is a political comment on the continuing expansionist policy of the Israeli state into Palestine land. Larissa’s solution is a single skyscraper in which Palestinians finally have their own state within one tall building ie the Nation Estate. Each city has its own floor, allowing visits by elevator: therefore no need of soldiers or checkpoints. Each lobby floor re-enacts central squares and landmarks to make the occupants feel at home. It is absurd, but so are Middle Eastern politics , and this was shown when her work faced censorship and her nomination for the Lacoste Elysee Prize 2011 was revoked after the sponsors found the project “too pro-Palestinian”. This story has had a happy ending. as the outcry from the censhorship has meant that Larissa has been able to realise the whole project, which should be available this year.
Get involved…The People’s History Museum has a Protest Photography Competition for young photographers who work in analogue (film not digital). The PHM are looking for contributions that define protest in all its forms from large to small, peaceful or controntational, creative or absurd. The closing date is Thursday 10 May at 5pm. Prizes have been donated by Lornography Manchester and your work will be displayed at the PHM.
Go to…. Will Kaufman’s Woody Guthrie: Hard times and Hard Travellin‘ a live documentary with Will singing Guthrie’s songs is a fundraiser for the WCML. Woody was the voice of the protest movement in America in the 1930’s and Will, who is a talented singer and musician, believes Woody’s songs are just as important and relevant today. See what you think….the event is on Sunday 13 May at 6.30pm at the Islington Mill, James St. Salford M3 5HP. Tickets £10 on the door.Further information here I have written about this event for the Guardian Northerner blog which can be read here.
Enjoy….I married a cult figure from Salford, a video made by Bafta winning filmmaker, John Crumpton, about local hero John Cooper Clark at the Black Lion on Wednesday 9 May at 7. 30pm. Tickets £4/3. Further information here
Second Chance to see… The Bubbler, Cathy Crabb’s latest play about the Salford riots. It is on at the Lass o’Gowrie from 9-12 May. More information here. You can read my interview with Cathy for the Guardian Northerner blog here.
Mass Participation and Collaboration at the Fanzine Convention, Victoria Baths on Saturday 19 May. Guided tours, workshops and screenings. Further info visit Natalie Bradbury’s unique and creative blog The Shrieking Violet.