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This is the story of how an old African ritual, which found expression in Trinidad’s traditional Carnival masquerade, became a dynamic form of social intervention, a fun hobby and created some of the most spectacular masquerade kings and queens. Through the efforts of Mr. Glen DeSouza, better known as Dragon, the dying moko jumbie stilt dancing practice received a revival as it spread throughout the country and abroad.
Burning Man is no run-of-the-mill festival. For one week of every year, thousands of people descend upon Black Rock, a desert north of Nevada for this unique celebration of music and contemporary art.
Each participant must respect the 10 founding principles of the event, ranging from welcoming and helping everyone to prioritizing self-expression and immediate experience. The rules also insist on leaving no trace of the celebrations upon the desert.
The documentary follows an artistic project, ‘The Space Whale’, from its conception to its completion. Filmed through immersion in the festival, close to a group of wacky artists, it presents the human and technological challenges that the team faces, whilst also demonstrating the spirit of the festival. A truly transient laboratory of new ideas and utopias brought to life by Matt Schultz.
Maria Cooper Janis, Cooper's daughter, opens up to talk about the acting career of her father. Born into a highly respected family, both his parents had emigrated from England and settled in Montana where his father served as Supreme Court Judge, Gary Cooper learnt to love the outdoor life, horse riding, fishing and hunting on the family ranch. When the family moved to Los Angeles, Cooper wanted to go to art school but ended up performing stunts and acting in cowboy films and westerns. His break-through came with Wings, which laid the foundation of his career as the “American Hero” and sex symbol for decades.
Four couples from the US, Japan, India and Germany open up about their relationships, which have all lasted, remarkably, longer than fifty years. In frank and funny interviews, each pair reflects on life before and beyond the moments that brought them together, and how they have grown as partners.
This light-hearted and humorous documentary goes deeply into the secrets of partnership and love. How can couples manage to stay together for a lifetime, when they hardly knew each other in the first place?
Filmed in 1977, this rare concert film captures the classic Who line-up of Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon in what would be their final public show with the legendary Keith Moon on drums. Nine months later, Moon passed away at the age of 32.
The band are on top-form performing all of their greatest hits including Pinball Wizard, Baba O’Riley, I Can’t Explain, My Generation, Won’t Get Fooled Again, Substitute, Behind Blue Eyes and an early version of the Who rock classic Who Are You.
The Isle Of Wight Festival returns with headline performances from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Biffy Clyro, George Ezra and special guest Fatboy Slim. Additional performers include Richard Ashcroft, Courteeners, James, Bastille and Madness.
Isle of Wight Festival is the UK's longest-running music festival and remains one of the most popular in Europe, bringing around 90,000 music fans to the island each year for a weekend of iconic rock artists and underground dance acts.
What happens if you travel north into the darkness of the Arctic winter in search of natural light? Hunting The Light is an award-winning, exquisitely shot film by photographer Tor Sivertstol. We follow his journey north meeting several artists on the way who are all inspired by the beauty of their harsh surroundings.
When, how and where can one have more pleasant dreams of faraway, mysterious worlds than at the traditional Waldbuhne concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker?
Ravel’s three-part song cycle Sheherazade is an irresistible invitation to send your imagination on a journey to magical, distant places under summer skies, performed here by Marianne Crebassa. The young mezzo-soprano is well known for her sensitive interpretations of French music.
Against the backdrop of Trinidad and Tobago's annual steel band competition, Panorama - in which thousands of musicians in huge ensembles of over 100 players desperately compete in performing elaborate music - several musicians chase their dreams.
Their stories are interlaced with re-enactments of the rags-to-riches tale of the steel band movement, which was born into poverty and violence but climbed to the highest levels of social and artistic acceptance. This film is the story of men and women who staked all on their art, and of French, Japanese and Americans, whose passion and daring has drawn them to the world championships. This is a global human adventure out of the ordinary.
Well known internationally as Geordie Jazz Man, Keith Crombie was a mystery to many of his Jazz Cafe patrons in Newcastle, England and refused to bow to the changing musical tides or even the ageing process.
A man who would refuse you entry on a whim, a hard man feared from his past though a lover of women – he was the epicentre of a band of similar brothers, musicians, thespians, and alcoholics – the pride of Newcastle Jazz from the 1950’s to now.
Aside from running an eccentric battered Jazz club, Keith’s past included going to school with two of the Shadows, a brief career as a getaway driver, dealings with the Krays and choosing to book the Rolling Stones over the Beatles. Eric Burdon, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr and Prince Charles all feature.
This film celebrates the man, the Jazz movement but mainly a never say die contrary spirit that Keith Crombie took to his grave.
Nelly Furtado is a Portuguese-Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold over 40 million records worldwide, making her one of the most successful Canadian artists. Furtado has won several awards throughout her career including Grammy Award, Latin Grammy Award, Brit Award, MTV Europe Music Award amongst others. She released her sixth studio album “The Ride” in 2017.
Bleak House Guest follows true events that saw Hans Christian Andersen turn up unexpectedly on the doorstep of his idol Charles Dickens and prove to be the most impossible house-guest imaginable. Hans wildly overstayed his welcome and the two fell out in spectacular style with the literary Greats reduced to very little men indeed. By the time Hans left, he'd been the unwitting catalyst in the Dickens' divorce, which happened shortly after.
Starring: Stephen Mangan (Bliss, Green Wing), Ian Hart (Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone, The Last Kingdom), Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult, W1A).
A unique one-off performance from Dhani Harrison debuting his recent release, In///Parallel filmed at the legendary Henson Studios in Los Angeles.
Hypnotic, compelling and at times thoroughly unsettling, welcome to the vividly diverse debut of Dhani Harrison. This live performance is an electrifying marriage of modern, thumping, industrial sounds and the Eastern-influenced sitar psychedelia made so famous by his father, George Harrison. Features performances of Never Know, Admiral Of Upside Down, Downtown Tigers, The Light Under The Door and #WarOnFalse.
In 1984, property magnate and entrepreneur Donald Trump bought an American football team. To stir up some publicity, he held cheerleader auditions in the basement of Trump Tower with a panel of celebrity judges, including Andy Warhol. Though initially reluctant to take part, Warhol had some unfinished business with the tycoon, who had previously commissioned some artwork which he never paid for. Warhol decided to use the opportunity to confront the future US president about the debt.
Starring: Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Anthony Atamanuik (I Love You, America), Natasia Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats), Rich Hall (Stand Up for the Week), Pearl Mackie (Doctor Who), Paul Putner (Downton Abbey), Mike Wozniak (Man Down).
The Man Who Shot New York explores the life and work of one of America’s master photographers: Harold Feinstein. In his 2015 obituary the New York Times declared him "one of the most accomplished recorders of the American experience". Howard Greenberg says Feinstein "occupies high ground in the pantheon of street photography" yet, most people, have never heard of him.
A prodigious talent, Feinstein photographed life in all its forms, when and where he wished. Whether this was as a draftee in the Korean War, in a Bebop infused Manhattan loft or rural hippy enclave in upstate NY, Harold’s 35mm black and white photographs captured the essence of life with a uniquely humanist eye. The re-discovery of Feinstein’s vast and diverse body of work came in his final years and the film meets him then; in his early 80s and with a zen-like appreciation for the life he lived.
A renowned teacher and spiritual guide with a hedonistic appetite for life, Feinstein is remembered as a guru as well as an artist by those who knew him. A true original whose philosophy on life is as thrilling to discover now as it was in his prime. With unrestricted access to his archive, much of it unseen before, the film shows how Feinstein’s unique outlook on life was reflected in his life-affirming photography.
Bertrand de Billy has been principal guest conductor of the Dresdner Philharmonie since 2014 and he is known for his extensive repertoire ranging from Bach to premieres of contemporary composers. He is joined by a performer of fierce integrity and dazzling communicative power, Lucas Debargue, who is already compared to Glenn Gould or Van Cliburn.
REPERTOIRE: Dutilleux: Mystere de l'instant; Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major, Op. 103, R. 205 Egyptian; Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major (H. 1/103) Drumroll.
Shooting the Darkness is a film about the men who unwittingly became war photographers on the streets of their own towns. They did not leave home in search of war and adventure: the violence erupted around them. They expected a career of wedding photography and beauty pageants and instead the images they produced during the worst years of the 'troubles' would come to define that conflict. The press photographer deals in single images that must distil story, character and context into a single frame. In the days before digital, a single click of the shutter at the right moment was all that mattered. As the complexity of those days fades from memory we are left with the images.
What did it cost them to take those pictures? What was the value of those images as the conflict raged on for 25 years? Did they help Northern Ireland move beyond the cycle of violence or did they just sell more newspapers? The question of the value of their pictures is still unresolved for most of these men. As they age out of their roles in the press, this is a final opportunity to record the perspectives of these first-hand observers of history and to tell the stories behind the images.
HALF THE PICTURE consists of interviews with high profile women directors including Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Lena Dunham, Catherine Hardwicke and Miranda July, among many others, who discuss their early careers, how they transitioned to studio films or television, how they balance having a demanding directing career with family, as well as challenges and joys along the way.
HALF THE PICTURE also includes interviews with experts about gender inequality in Hollywood including the ACLU’s Melissa Goodman, Sundance Institute’s Caroline Libresco, Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Keegan, USC’s Dr. Stacy Smith and San Diego State University’s Dr. Martha Lauzen, who establish the magnitude of this employment discrimination issue as women are shut out, across the board, of an industry that systemically denies their expression and point of view.
The American writer, poet and critic Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his short stories, tales and poems of horror and mystery such as 'The Fall of the House of Usher', 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and 'The Raven', published in 1845 and considered among the best-known poems in American literature. He captured the imagination and interest of readers around the world and led to literary innovations, earning him the nickname of 'Father of the Detective Story'. Some aspects of his life, like his literature, are shrouded in mystery, and the lines between fact and fiction have been blurred substantially since his death.
A Descent into the Maelstrom from 1841 tells the tale of two fishermen caught in torrents raging between the mountainous islands of Lofoten, inside the Arctic Circle of northern Norway. A treacherous whirlpool drags their boat down and only one of them survives. Based on this story Philip Glass composed a choral work for the Australian Dance Theatre in 1986.
This documentary uses the music as recorded by the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in an examination of the social and political turmoil we are experiencing at the present time. We are staring into the abyss and the abyss has started to stare back at us. Filmmaker Jan Vardoen is marrying images of the hard life in the Lofoten with great sensitivity to the music of Philip Glass.
Before she was famous, Madonna had a short but passionate and influential relationship with Jean Michel Basquiat, a pioneer and darling of the 1980s New York art scene. Basquiat was riding high while Madonna was a coat check girl, but she already had the self-belief to know she had something special. This myth takes place across one night on the New York subway, just before she infamously door-stepped music producer Seymour Stein at his hospital bedside when he signed her on the spot. This is a poignant moment, before Basquiat's untimely death and just before Madonna broke through to take over the world.
Starring: Sophie Kennedy Clark (The Cry), Calvin Demba (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), David Bamber (Camping).
Travel to Worthy Farm with highlights from the biggest, most talked about music festival of 2019. After a year’s break, Glastonbury is back and proving as popular as ever. The first batch of tickets sold out in just 35 minutes. Luckily, the BBC gets a special pass to capture performances from right across the festival in all their glory.
Featuring performances not only from the history-making Pyramid stage headliners – Stormzy, The Killers and The Cure – but from a huge range of artists including Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, George Ezra, Vampire Weekend, Sheryl Crow and Liam Gallagher.
A deep dive into the fandom of this often misunderstood but beloved genre of music, as artists share why they’ve dedicated their lives to rock and discuss the unique relationship they have with their fans. The film also explores the inescapable dark side of this lifestyle, chronicling such delicate topics as substance abuse, depression, loss of life and the unspoken truths that are unfortunately too commonplace in the rock ‘n’ roll world.
Featuring exclusive interviews with the leading titans of rock including Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Slipknot, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, and many more, and follows their passionate fans as they drop everything to ‘commune’ with their ‘rock family’ wherever the road takes them.
A film about E. M. Forster’s life and the story of a special, largely unknown book by Forster called The Longest Journey, a book that describes Forster’s own sense of what life was to be. Introduced by James Wilby, who starred in the films 'Maurice' and 'Howards End', this new film brings to life the journey of one of the literary world’s most acclaimed authors.
Antonio Pappano together with the Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden are presenting a symphonic work with particular relevance for Dresden: Rachmaninoff‘s Symphony No. 2, which was written during the composer's years at the Saxon residency. The premiere of his 1st symphony had received such harsh criticism that it took months of revision until Rachmaninoff was finally satisfied with his 2nd Symphony, which he conducted himself for the premiere and which received great applause. Because of its formidable length, Symphony No. 2 has been the subject of many revisions, particularly in the 1940s and 1950s, which reduced the piece from nearly an hour to as little as 35 minutes. On this recording, the work can be enjoyed in its entirety.
The Berliner Philharmoniker present their 2019 Europakonzert in midst of one of the finest art collections in the world: the Musee d'Orsay. Daniel Harding, music director of the Orchestre de Paris, conducts eminent works by Wagner, Berlioz and Debussy which reveal the many links between the musical cultures of the two countries. The Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel appears as soloist with the Philharmoniker again for the first time in 18 years.
REPERTOIRE: Wagner: Good Friday Music from Parsifal; Berlioz: Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyens; Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande; Berlioz: Love Scene from Romeo et Juliette; Wagner: Wotan's Farewell and The Magic Fire from Die Walkure.
Bendor Grosvenor and Emma Dabiri reveal the story behind some exciting new discoveries. In this series, Bendor suspects a portrait of a fellow of Merton College, George Oakley Aldrich, by an unknown artist may have been painted in Rome in the 1750’s by the master of Grand Tour portraits, Pompeo Batoni. A roughly painted woodland scene is catalogued as ‘After’ Thomas Gainsborough, but there is evidence it may be a preparatory sketch for the painters last great landscape, one of his picturesque ‘Cottage Door’ series and the art detectives uncover a Madonna and Child by a follower of Botticelli, but could it in fact be from the hand of the master himself? With the help of forensic scientific analysis and painstaking archive research we try to ascertain the identity of these lost masterpieces.
The latest instalment of this fascinating, long-running programme features a wide range of new treasures up for auction, including a personal collection of 120 guitars belonging to Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour, an iconic painting by David Hockney, set to become the most valuable work by a living artist to be sold at auction, and George Michael’s personal art collection, which includes works by Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. A valuable lot from the Rockefellers, once the richest family in America, goes under the hammer, as do items from the family home of Lord Lucan, following the recent death of his wife.
An anthology of darkly comic tales by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, each one taking place behind a door marked ‘number 9’. The show has been showered with praise and won awards including the Rose d’Or television comedy award, two major prizes at the Banff World Media Festival and a Royal Television Society Award. Featuring a stellar line-up, this latest instalment combines horror, thriller, drama and comedy – always aiming to surprise, delight, unnerve and amuse in equal measure.
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