Archive for The Whales of August

Saturday Night at the Movies

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on February 6, 2021 by dcairns

I realized I was in danger of having no posts two days in a row, something that has never happened in all Shadowplay’s existence. But I don’t feel right just saying that and calling it a blog post. I’d be wasting your time. So here’s an update.

I have three editors at work now on my feature-length video essay, two in Scotland and one in Milwaukee. Fortunately I’ve finished gathering interviews and drone footage, so apart from stealing movie posters off the internet, that’s done. Though I’m still making little animations to slot into it. Currently at work on a Dad’s Army-style animated map of Europe showing twin invasions. But I’m also mixing a soundtrack to run underneath the interviews. “Busy, busy, busy,” to quote Bette Davis.

Meanwhile we’re marking the passing of Christopher Plummer with a viewing of THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN, discovered in a fuzzy but correctly-letterboxed copy on YouTube. A neglected film in the Plummer canon, and one whose striking graphic compositions (director Irving Lerner was “an artist,” qua Scorsese) can now be properly appreciated, even if the image lacks sharpness.

London Calling

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on December 12, 2018 by dcairns

As I get ready to leave London, a late (last) entry in this year’s Late Movies Blogathon graces our screens, via Pamela Hutchinson of Silent London, no less. THE WHALES OF AUGUST is a final film for two of its players and its director, and a penultimate film for another. It perfectly captures the bittersweet sense of journey’s end that this blogathon attempts to get at.

Busy, Busy, Busy

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on November 24, 2018 by dcairns

I’m quite chuffed with the expressions of interest so far in The Late Show: The Late Movies Blogathon. But no harm in reminding you all that it’s happening and encouraging more of you to get involved. Late movies from directors, actors, writers, cinematographers, studios, interpret it as you will.

I’m thinking Fiona and I should record a Shadowcast for the occasion too.

Meanwhile, I can announce another video essay, this one attached to Arrow’s Blu-Ray release of BOB AND CAROL AND TED AND ALICE. “This might be our best ever,” observed editor Timo Langer as we reviewed our work. And it’s out in time for Christmas!

With new editor Alex Starr I’ve also made an extra for BORN YESTERDAY, which was a real pleasure, though also a tricky one. That one will appear in the New Year.

Next up: to London in early December to interview a TRUE FILM LUMINARY. More soon.

Image and title of this post from THE WHALES OF AUGUST.