Archive for Sight & Sound

Star Treatment

Posted in FILM with tags , on November 17, 2018 by dcairns

The latest Sight & Sound is a magazine full of ammunition for your dreams. With the added miracle wonder ingredient, ME!

I contribute a page on Shadowplay favourite Frank Borzage — I don’t know who came up with the title but I wish I could claim credit. EXCELLENT choice. Also featuring my chums Pamela Hutchinson, Hannah McGill and Mark Cousins. Here’s a free paragraph if you squint hard. But I’d advise you to save your eyesight for the real thing, or for Borzage’s movies.

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Between the Covers

Posted in FILM, literature with tags , , , , on July 18, 2018 by dcairns

“Film is an infernal machine.” I’m in the new Sight & Sound, contributing two entries to their coverage of 100 novels about cinema. It’s a particular pleasure as fellow contributors to this piece include my chums David Melville, Pamela Hutchinson, Imogen Sara Smith, Olaf Möller, Miriam Bale, Hannah McGill, Bryony Dixon, Pasquale Iannone… another friend, Farran Smith Nehme, has her own novel included, which is even more exciting.

My entries cover Glen David Gold’s Sunnyside and Christopher Isherwood’s Prater Violet – you see, I like him really.

Sibling Revelry

Posted in FILM, Theatre with tags , , , on June 15, 2017 by dcairns

SIBLING REVELRY intro from David Cairns on Vimeo.

Extract from one of my Marx Bros pieces, with the kind permission of Arrow Academy. I was very pleased with this opening. Credit to Stephen C. Horne for cutting it together so nicely and for his lovely main title, which you just get a glimpse of before my clunky file-trimming programme hacks it off…

Still haven’t got a name for Manfred, the Marx Bro who was never part of the act. Stiffo doesn’t seem quite in the best taste.

I’ve now watched and read all the other extras on the box set — some fine essays and a great doc there!

More Marxian news soon! Well, I’ll mention it now — I have a little piece in the new Sight & Sound