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Looking at adverts: 4

The latest advert for the Coop Bank leaves Dawn with unanswered questions

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Depart

Depart was made in the wake of my grandmother’s death in 2012, which was almost a year after my grandfather’s…

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Stick to the script

‘Don’t spend any time trying to be original if you want your film or television script to get noticed by producers.’ OCA tutor James Richards told it to them straight at last Saturday’s scriptwriting workshop at the Ilkley Literature Festival on Saturday. He compares attempts at originality to trying to build a car using British Leyland […]

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What is Art for?

We recently had this exchange in my house. 5 year old: “Mummy.  Your job is not very important is it?” Me: “Is it not? Why not?” 5 year old: “No.  Because you just take pictures don’t you?” Since then this topic has cropped up in various guises just before bedtime or walking home from school. […]

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Artes Mundi

This November OCA are hosting an intensive two day study visit to Artes Mundi 6, international art prize and exhibitions. Held over three venues across Cardiff, AM6 showcases the work of nine shortlisted artists

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Your Views

Many thanks to the students who contributed to this film by Gillian Wearing.

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Poets on Film

There’s been a spate of films about poets in recent years and this got me wondering whether there was still something ‘romantic’ about the figure of the poet in the public consciousness – a strange idea perhaps, given the ever-diminishing sales of poetry. But how successful are films at showing the creative process of a poet, or encouraging viewers to actually read the poets’ work?

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Adaptations – A Thing Apart!

‘If you really love a book and become involved in it, you almost have a film in your head. Someone else’s interpretation can be disconcerting and disappointing, so best to view them separately.’
What are the best screen adaptations of a book? And the worst? Let me know!

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Inspiration – Heaven Sent or Hard Graft?

I was recently reading an article by the English composer Arthur Butterworth (well worth getting to know, especially his Symphonies) on this very subject and what it is that inspires him and where the inspiration for his music comes from as well as other composers. This was a very personal statement, obviously, but it did […]

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Summer Reflections

I’ve just returned from a rather pleasant trip back to my hometown of St. Ives, down in (thankfully this time anyway) sunny Cornwall. Having a day free from projects and other commitments, I decided to do something that I haven’t done for some time, namely, to visit an art gallery. As I spend most of […]

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