The British Film Industry (BFI) London Film Festival 2018 started on the 10th of October and finishes on the 21st. The Festival takes place in 75 countries in 14 cinemas with 225 features, making it a globally diverse event.
BFI is a non-governmental public body which aims to support the film industry, and so funds the Film Festival through organisations such as the National Lottery.
BFI Southbank is one of the places where this event takes place. Having three main screens and one smaller screen with only 20 seats, known as the ‘Studio’ room. Also consisting of a ‘Blue Room’ which is an advanced reception as well as a Mediatheque which screens varieties of British TV archives.
The Festivals aim is to bring together filmmakers’ from around the world to present their work to an audience and help increase filmmakers’ chances for the award season, with BAFTA coming up. “Opening the doors for everyone, audiences or filmmakers, is at the heart of the BFI’s purpose” says Amanda Nevill, the chief executive of BFI.
The Festival screens International films to help them get a release in the UK and focuses on films that have never been seen before which are sometimes never distributed or come out much later.
A local man named Sean Burton was going to see “Evelyn” at the Southbank venue and he felt that the film festival “creates a buzz” and “generates opportunities for movies that usually wouldn’t get publicity”.
Visit BFI Southbank at Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE18XT or call 020 7928 3232 if you have any questions.
The New Yorker profile discusses Albert Woodfox and how he was able to survive solitary. He was in and out of jail for multiple petty crimes and through being arrested met people in the Black Panther Party. He was memorized saying “It was the first-time I’d ever seen black folk her were not afraid”.
At 18 he was sentenced 50 years for robbing a bar, where he was later placed on the Panther Tier with 18 members awaiting trial. When entering court, after being beaten, he said “I want all of you to see what these racist, fascist pigs have done to me.”
He was then taken to Angola, the largest maximum security in the USA.
At Angola a guard, Brent Miller, was stabbed 32 times. With the warden describing Woodfox as a “hard-core Black Panther racist” it was assumed the murder was a political act. He was taken to solitary.
Woodfox was held in solitary confinement for 43 years, longer than any prisoner in American history.
Eventually the truth came out that the bloody fingerprints didn’t match any of the men, and so at the age of 69, Woodfox was realised.
Although Woodfox committed crimes, the writing techniques that Rachel Aviv used made me feel sympathy for him. Using quotes of how social workers described Woodfox as “respectful”, “positive” and “co-operative” and using stories from when Woodfox was younger.
The impression this profile gave me on Woodfox is that he was a strong-willed man who fought for what he believed in and was sticking up for his people. He never caused real harm, being framed for a murder he didn’t commit and still remaining strong and well-behaved all those years he was locked in solitary.
After analysing my personal social media accounts, focusing on Instagram, I was able to see that my main interests are travel, fashion, memes and celebrities. Noticing I don’t use social media platforms for news but rather Newspapers and online sites such as BBC News.
Travelling is a big interest of mine and so it didn’t surprise me when I noticed that I follow a lot of travel bloggers and pages.
I’m not the most fashionable person, but I definitely appreciate fashion, following accounts such as Brandy Melville and Fashion Nova where I’m seeing outfits I desire to have myself.
Laughing brightens up anyone’s day and so my page always has memes for me to smile at.
Lastly are celebrities, being a big fan of music, movies and series means whenever I hear/see something I am fond of, I tend give the person a follow.
The main way I notice how filter bubbles affect what I am seeing is via the adverts on Instagram, not straying away from the main interests listed above. E.g. Ads about ‘Gymshark’ which is a clothing brand that I recently ordered from.
In order to pop my bubbles, I have created a professional Instagram which will be used to follow the news, to open up to different angles and not be shut away.
Connections between technology
Can anyone be a journalist? In this modern digital age, yes. People can start a blog, they can use Facebook as a platform, twitter, Instagram etc. This has major effects on news companies and makes it difficult for journalists to make money.
Journalists are facing a hard time as their industry is becoming completely digitalised.
Our current technological era is causing traditional journalism to slowly ‘die’, less people are reading newspapers, watching the news on TV and listening to the radio. Long form isn’t being used as often as people would rather read shorter, simple articles.
Journalists are spending less time ‘in the field’ meaning no direct contact. Telephones and emails are used to conduct interviews which affects the way a story is written as it prevents seeing body language and surroundings.
On the other hand, digital journalism helps with news gathering as public reports and corporate information are published online, which are highly reliable. Stories can be published almost instantaneously with things such as ‘live updates’. With the increased use of mobiles and tablets to view the news, which I lightly touched on in my view on the Reuters Digital Report, it means that news is highly accessible 24/7.
Heat-sensitive material accompanied with a ‘crying’ room are apart of the latest exhibition at The Tate Modern with the intention to make visitors ‘uncomfortable’ and highlight the journey migrants take.
Tate Modern’s Turbine hall flooring is covered in heat-sensitive material commissioned by Hyundai and created by Tania Brugera. Hiding beneath it is a portrait of Yousef, a young Syrian man who fled to the UK in 2011 and is now a biomedical science student working for the NHS.
A low-frequency sound is constantly being played in the Turbine hall as well as a ‘crying’ room with an organic compound that physically makes the visitor cry, both designed to make the visitors feel uncomfortable. Tania calls it ‘forced empathy’ and is intended to break down people’s usual social barriers as well as saying ‘Life is not comfortable. I want people to get out of their comfort zone’.
With this exhibition, Tania aims to create awareness about the positive aspects of migration by bringing people together to reveal the portrait of Yousef.
The purpose of the crying room is to make people think about the loss migration involves. Entering the room visitors are stamped with a 12 digit number representing the number of migration plus the number of migrant deaths both in 2018. Based on these numbers an ever-changing title is created as the migration and deaths change (currently 10,143,225).
Speaking to local visitors Nicholas Morgan and Jeni Godwin they stated that they felt that it was powerful to look down on the entire portrait from the viewing platform. However said they felt “no sense of anything” not understanding the link between the three parts of the exhibition and feeling “disappointed”.
Is Tania Bugeras message truly conveyed in this abstract new piece of art? Or has her message been lost in Tanias key beliefs being misconstrued? Find out for yourself by visiting the Tate before the closing date on February 24th 2019.
Georgie & Saffron (+the rest of Red Patch)
The Reuters Digital News Report of 2018 analyses the current state of digital news, covering topics such as fake news and the trust people have in the news. The report shows many other interesting facts however what I considered the most significant is the effect of fake news on people’s trust in the news, how trust relates to political leaning and how our technological advances are causing a change in how people view the news.
The two topics named above have an obvious effect on one another, the more fake news that people start to read means the more people loose trust in the news. Currently only 44% of the population trust overall news which shows that fake news is a significant issue in the area of journalism.
Trust is related to political leaning; the report shows that in 2018 only 17% of right wing supporters trust most news most of the time whereas it reaches 49% for the left wing. However, something very interesting is shown which is the fact that when it comes to the trust in local news, political leaning doesn’t make much difference.
Today’s modern technology is sky rocketing, which as the Reuters report shows, affects the way that people view journalism. The use of computers has dropped 34% since 2013 and mobiles/tablets have increase 64%. Which in reality, makes a lot of sense, everyone has their phone on them 24/7 and can easily access all social media where news is highly viewed as well as separate news apps. However, is this drop from computers to phones affect the type of news people read?