Reviews

A review on ‘Inside with curator Antony Gormley’

Inside exhibition , 17/09/2017 Southbank centre.

Antony Gormley is a British sculptor who used this exhibition to celebrate a charity showcasing the art created by offenders and mental health patients. They would win awards for the art work produced. Over 3,500 people entered to win these awards in 2017 alone. We chose this exhibition because just by the name and description , it was extremely intriguing . We spoke to a worker at the exhibit who gave us a brief introduction of what we walking into , he very quickly flicked a switch of excitement in me and my peers.

We learnt that Arthur Koestler an author from Holland who was incarcerated three times himself was a significant part of setting up a scheme inspiring people that were in prisoned to become Artists. Due to the establishment of this scheme we were at this amazing exhibition that is still held in London annually . “The prison walls were dull and grey and the art brought colour to them.” Pat said this empathising with what Koestler had in mind. Trying to interpret the depth behind each piece would make the exhibit even more captivating.

One particular piece that caught my attention had to be “How we feel inside ” By Ryan an inmate at a HM prison in Bristol. It was a fascinating and some what emotional experience with a ticket into the mind of the inmates. Acquiring knowledge regarding some of the issues in the criminal justice system whilst taking in such creativity was truly remarkable. I recommend it to anyone.

 

 

Film festival review.

 

I recently went to a film festival where a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello was shown. I had never seen the film and was genuinely excited by it due to the fact I love the original story. The film was mostly made up of the original plot which summed up is about a successful black male who causes a lot of jealousy within his community but specially one man who sets out to destroy his success by using his manipulation skills to deceive those around him. The ending is not a happy one which is very common in Shakespearian tragedies and has also always intrigued me because of the bigger impact and dramatic effect it has. The movie revolves mostly around the emotions love , hate & jealousy which are emotions that one feels on a day to day basis so it establishes a connection between the audience and the characters.

This adaptation of the film was set mainly in a school with the protagonists being very young . As a teen in the audience I felt like I could definitely relate. The film created many debates about many different topics. One topic that came up frequently was interracial relationships , this is something that many people agree and disagree on till this day. I personally feel like the film does portray a young black man with a white women in a negative way.

There is a rape scene in the film which could also be argued to be way to controversial to even be shown but in this rape scene it shows the “scary black guy” over powering the defenceless white woman & this one of the scenes amongst the many others where this is displayed. I feel like this does have an impact on whoever is watching the film, I mean who wants to be seen like or feel like a victim?. But one could argue that it doesn’t make sense to accuse a film of where an interracial couple is the main focus to be racially unfair. During the discussion at the end of the film many ideas were thrown back and forth and I loved the idea of hearing so many opinions and thinking about whether I agreed or disagreed.

It was altogether a very exciting experience and made me realise I could have a secret passion for film and writing about it .