Rooftop Films!

The September programme for Rooftop Film Club is now ready for film lovers to visit the lovely Kensington Roof Gardens.

Classic must-see and coming of age films have been announced to make your cinema viewing pleasure even better.

Films including ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, ‘Shame’, ‘Requiem For A Dream’, ‘Top Gun’, ‘The Graduate’, ‘Some Like It Hot’, Lost in Translation’,  ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’  and other entertaining choices are included in the selection.

Let’s create memories, gather a group of friends, tickets, complimentary food and enjoy the ultimate outdoor film experience day or evening. The Roof Gardens commences on Tuesday 11 September. Visit here to view the full program.

Margiela for H&M

The Paris based ultradiscreet label, Maison Martin Margiela will be surprisingly collaborating with H&M.

The Belgian founder and designer is set to launch the Margiela for H&M collection internationally on 15 November 2012.

According to British Vogue, Margareta van den Bosch, the creative advisor at H&M, said: “Maison  Martin Margiela is one of the most important and influential fashion houses. This collaboration will be a great and memorable fashion moment.”

A sneak peek of the upcoming collection. Photo Credit: FriChic Blog/French Elle.

Maison Martin Margiela is highly discreet and revered within the fashion industry. The exclusive brand is known for its avant-garde look.

The fast fashion Swedish retail clothing company, H&M has already collaborated with Versace, Jimmy Choo, Marni, Lanvin and Stella McCartney. The fashion industry is excited about the chance to buy Margiela at H&M prices around the world.

Notting Hill Carnival

Bank Holiday weekend was celebrated with Caribbean festivities at Notting Hill Carnival in London.

Thousands of people gathered to watch colorful performers take the streets accompanied by parade floats, eat delicious food and dance to the calypso, soca, steel pan and reggae tunes.

Many people loved the brilliant experience filled with smiles and waving flags to represent their countries or heritage or admiration.

Despite the forecast predicting torrential rain, it was lovely weather for the three day festivities. It was a massive party for West Indian islands and everyone was invited.

Notting Hill Carnival. By Niya Sinckler.
Street fun. By Niya Sinckler.
Flag man. By James Andrews.

Poema.

Time

by Niya Sinckler

 

First year was new

Second year was a challenge

Third year is coming to an end

 

From small rooms to big houses

Meeting and losing people

In bars, clubs and friendships

 

We take each experience

Learn, grow and travel

As we endure and evolve

Now for the next chapter.

Successful Humanitarian Day

For World Humanitarian Day, Beyonce performed at the U.N. General Assembly in New York to portray a powerful message accompanied by striking images and video footage to capture viewers attention on an international level.

Beyonce‘s music video “I Was Here”, directed by Kenzo Digital and Sophie Muller inspired numerous people by promoting global awareness in a way to ‘leave something to remember, so they won’t forget.’ In the end every little bit counts and whether small or big, you can help someone.

Independent Film: 360

Why are so many great independent films barely noticed when there are millions of mainstream films receiving global attention?!

Brasilian director, Fernando Meirelles realized and created a dramatic romance thriller, 360 which ties the lives of people from different social and cultural backgrounds together.

As the director of internationally loved films, City of God and The Constant Gardener, there is a flare of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and intensity following the storylines of multiple characters around this wonderful array of the intertwined relationships based on sexual encounters set in Vienna, Bratislava, Paris, London, Rio, Denver, Phoenix and Berlin.

In the opening, Mirka, stage name Blanka stars as Lucia Siposová trying to make a living as an escort by entertaining business clientele. Her sister, Anna (Gabriela Marcinkova) accompanys her to the hotels but waits nearby and one day develops a relationship with a client’s driver, Sergei (Vladimir Vdovichenkov) who is more lost than ever and losing his wife, Valentina (Dinara Drukarova) to her devout Islamic Muslim dentist boss, Imam (Djemel Barek) who is suffering from their office flirtation and seeks professional psychiatric help.

The plot thickens when auto dealmaker, Michael Daly (Jude Law) almost sleeps with Blanka but then remembers he’s married to Rose (Rachel Weisz) who happens to already have a continuous fling  with a Brasilian photographer, Rui (Juliano Cazarré) who is cheating on his girlfriend, Laura (Maria Flor) who contemplates leaving him after finding out about the infidelity.

During Laura’s departure from London, there’s a snowstorm in Denver that delays and cancels flights allowing her to befriend an old man (Anthony Hopkins) who’s on a journey to Arizona find his missing college student daughter. The two have great friendly conversation and arrange to meet although Laura meets another young man, Tyler (Ben Foster) who is a newly released sex offender. Things take a turn when the young acquaintances end up in an airport accommodated hotel room, what will happen? Watch to find out, it’s quite interesting and psychological.

The film was inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s classic La Ronde and written by Peter Morgan with several modern and dynamic episodes that maintain this captivating narrative between all the love triangles, the vivid imagination and suspense keep viewers enticed. Along with how the film is shot fantastically well with close-ups, aerial views, Photoshop experimentation with stills and the technique of slicing different scenes together in one frame as each character develops.

Independent film is escalating within the film industry. One actor has even departed from the big budget screens to join the independent film community. According to the Indiewire, Shia LaBoeuf recently claimed that the independent film directors supply funds and trust actors allowing them space to find themselves as opposed to the orders given when working with a studio crew. At the moment, LaBoeuf is discussing his role for Lars von Trier’s indie film “Nymphomaniac,” a very sexually explicit film set for a 2013 release.

The independent film industry is a professional community which features films outside of the film studios but has this amazing way of producing films with substance, content, style and artistic vision which are usually limited in theaters nowadays but I find them to be a lot more entertaining regarding distribution and production.