CD Choice: Yeznig Zegchanian – Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chants from Aleppo

CD Choice: Yeznig Zegchanian – Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chants from Aleppo

(Lost Origin Sounds Series) Armenians have chanted in Aleppo’s Forty Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church since 1429, but Syria’s current civil war has endangered its Christian communities and made large parts of the city uninhabitable and unsafe for all Aleppans, regardless of creed. The language of the chants, West Armenian, once spoken in what is now […]

The devil is in the details

The devil is in the details

J John reflect on the new video from chart-toppers Little Mix   My attention was recently drawn to the music video for the current number one British hit of Little Mix called ‘Black Magic’. It is not, you may presume, my normal viewing! In fact these sorts of music videos are actually extremely important because […]

Images that shame mankind

Images that shame mankind

Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian photographer, whose images of the victims of war and famine have helped tell their stories. Some of the pictures have been too graphic to show in mass media, but his son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and German director Wim Wenders have directed The Salt of the Earth (cert. 12A), where these […]

Modern sensitivities about race

Modern sensitivities about race

Campus politics – especially racial politics – is the subject of Dear White People (cert. 15), crowdfunded by writer-director Justin Simien. Simien studied film at the “very white” Chapman University in California and, now 32, he uses that experience as the rather edgy basis for this thoughtful and funny take on modern sensitivities about race. […]

Small Screen Selection: Sweet Smell of Success (Arrow Films)

Small Screen Selection: Sweet Smell of Success (Arrow Films)

 This film was the first time that Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis played straight roles, and their pent-up ruthlessness feeds this cynical, but well-observed, portrayal of power-hungry press personalities. Based on the experiences of press agent Ernest Lehman, this authentic story shows high-profile columnist J. J. Hunsecker (Lancaster) putting pressure on Sidney Falco (Curtis). Falco […]

Actress says people can be ‘Holy and Horny’

Actress says people can be ‘Holy and Horny’

THE ISSUE of sexuality is to be the focus of a new one-woman show touring the UK later this year. ‘Holy and Horny’ features actress Tonya Joy Bolton playing 20 different characters as she tackles a subject the churches prefer to shun. She toured with the show last year, and it garnered praise from church […]

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