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I’m experimenting with a new type of post, this one all about British films. I toyed with the idea of making it a part of my birthday list, as in “Watch more British films”, but it’s not specific enough. I’ve therefore just decided that I am going to watch more British films, and pay more attention to the British film industry. Hopefully this will become a regular post, as I keep you updated on different films that I have watched.
We’ve all seen a Carry On film or two, and Four Weddings and a Funeral, and maybe a Harry Potter film. I’ve grown up with my mum watching lots and lots of different British films, but I’ve watched very few all the way through. Of the BFI Top 100 British Films list, I’ve seen only 11. That’s pretty shameful!
I think it’s really important to support our film industry, and you only have to look at the calibre of some of the films that have been produced to understand why it’s so important. Unfortunately, in June of this year, the government announced plans to abolish the UK Film Council, an agency set up in 2000 to help fund British films. Better news is that Warner Bros, the studio behind the Harry Potter franchise, has bought the Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, where the series was made.
In the past few weeks I’ve been looking around the web trying to find details of new British films that are being released. We know all about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I, this weekend. I’m very excited, and have my ticket booked for Saturday morning. But as well as these big budget blockbusters, there are lots more that pass under the radar a little. Here are some that I am going to try and see:
The King’s Speech – Tom Hooper directed film starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, about George VI’s struggle with his stammer as he took the throne following the abdication of his brother.
Brighton Rock – A new version of the Graham Greene novel, directed by Rowan Joffe and starring Sam Riley and Helen Mirren.
Another Year – Mike Leigh’s new film about a married couple’s average year. Starring Jim Broadbent and Lesley Manville.
A Dangerous Method – Directed by David Cronenberg and starring Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen. It tells the story of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.
As I said, I hope to make this a regular post as I start to watch more British films. I absolutely do not intend for it to be a film review. It’s just me and my thoughts. Just so as you know.
I haven’t blogged on links in a long time, so I’ve collected lots to share!
‘Blue Peter meets Art Attack while Anne Robinson looks on’ is how this amazing-sounding night out describes itself! It is called Come Get Felt Up, and I read about it in Company magazine this month. The idea is that you go along, are told a theme for the night, and then you get crafting! A band plays while you create, and then when they finish their set, you submit your creations, prizes are awarded, and then you party the night away. It sounds like an absolute must, I want to go immediately! I’m also really pleased that crafting is getting some positive press – in Company of all places. I instantly respect the magazine more!
I’ve been meaning to share this website with you for ages, because I really like it! It’s called Letters of Notes, and it is fascinating. It compiles interesting letters, and provides scans of them. One of my favourite recent ones is this one from JK Rowling, particularly because it is handwritten. Other gems include a letter from Madonna, one from Barack Obama and this one, which has to be read to be believed.
How amazing is this skeleton? I have been knitting now for a few months, but I’m fairly sure I will never be good enough to do anything like this! On the knitting theme, the Ten Geekiest Yarn Creations made me smile. I particularly enjoy the Nintendo DS case and the Dalek. 🙂
I also love this website, found via Where the Lovely Things Are. It is called Forgotten Bookmarks, and compiles photographs of things found inside used books, as bookmarks. We all grab weird and wonderful things to keep our pages in books, and it’s fascinating to see some of the things that people forget to remove when they give their books away. I could (and have) spent hours browsing through this website!
I don’t often include recipes or cooking links on here, but I came across these delicious looking Beef Chili and Sour Cream and Cheddar Biscuits on Smitten Kitchen. I am going to have to give them a go!
A few hair links now. A quite fantastic up-do here, it has done the rounds of the blogs but I found it on A Cup of Jo. The colour is simply fantastic, and the do itself is gorgeous – I will try and fail to achieve it, I am sure. Also on A Cup of Jo, this hair knot. And here, some tips to make sure that your hair looks good underneath your hat – something I struggle with, to be sure.
It’s been a while since I shared any wedding related links with you, so a few now. These invitations are one of the coolest things I have ever seen, I would love to receive one! This bowling alley wedding is just the right side of kitsch, I think, for it to be cool and not tacky! And this yellow wedding is beautiful!
Lastly, a few random things that I have found:
Liquorish were featured on The Apprentice a few weeks ago, and I fell in love with their dresses. Expect to see them featured heavily in a ‘things’ update coming soon!
Jessie J was on Later With Jools Holland last week, and she blew me away. She sang Price Tag (see video below), and she has a new album out soon. Check her out!
A bit late with this one, but A Cup of Jo pointed me in the direction of 1010 Project, in which ten photographers around the world took ten photographs on 10th October 2010. The results are very interesting!
Jo also provided a link to this blog post at Jessica Hische, which is amusing. I agree with numbers 3, 5, 8 and 9.
Where the Lovely Things Are came across this: Bangable Dudes in History, which is fun to read! I’ve also had a bit of a crush on Edward VII (and actually his brother, George VI, too!). I’m looking forward to new entries there!
Also loving this series on Size Too Small, of what famous women in history would be wearing if they were scouring the catwalks for inspiration!
Lastly, two posts that I loved reading. Firstly, from Charlotte’s Fancy, a post about how mail inspires her. It struck a chord with me, because getting and sending post (fun post), is quite honestly one of my very favourite things in the world. The other post, from La Quantrelle, is by Rachael from Glass of Win, and is about her collections. I wish I had more collections of things, I don’t really collect anything really. I might have a think and try and start one.
The more observant among you will notice that, as of today, I have a brand new list of things to achieve by my next birthday! I decided to just add it to my sidebar and then alert you to it, rather than include it in a post, as it’s rather long and would make for a very long blog post. I’ve also added it to my listography page, so you can view it there if you so desire. I have included some of the things that I failed to achieve from my last list, but some of them I just gave up on. I still want to achieve them (especially watching the films on the AFI list and the books on the BBC list), but I don’t want to challenge myself to do them in a year. It’s too hard!
This list, whilst still challenging, should be much more achievable. Some of them, such as starting a vegetable patch and having a bra fitting, are things I wanted to do anyway; others I had to try a bit harder to think up. I’m really hoping to get lots and lots of them done this year – I’ll keep you updated on my progress!
Edited to include full list:
1. Go to Yorkshire.
2. Write a short story.
3. Make a dress from scratch.
4. Make a roast dinner all by myself.
5. Learn every world capital.
6. Visit my old school for a tour.
7. Play rounders.
8. Make and wear a custom tee.
9. See the Crown Jewels.
10. Learn to play chess.
11. Write a poem.
12. Roll down a hill.
13. Go to a dance lesson of a type I’ve never done before (line, morris, etc).
14. Go to Brighton.
15. Have a bra fitting.
16. Knit myself a jumper.
17. Start to learn a foreign language.
18. Go to a Spurs match.
19. Go camping.
20. Visit Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.
21.Start and maintain a vegetable patch.
22. Write a letter to my MP.
23. Pull a pint.
24. Reread Lord of the Rings.
25. Throw a fireworks party.
26. Be a healthy (according to BMI) weight.
27. Get a tattoo.
28. Go to Scotland.
29. Take a photo a day (starting from January 1st, 2011).
Thank the lord, my internet is working again! So I will be back with a vengeance over the next few days – as I said last time, I want to create a new list for my birthday and see if I can achieve a few more things on it this time! So stay tuned for a return to normal service.