Music & Film Arena
Uniting alternative worlds of cinematic wonder, musical splendour and visual brilliance, the Music & Film Arena is an exhilarating and intoxicating centre of creativity. Over the festival weekend the Arena will play host to screenings of award winning films, documentaries and shorts with Q&A sessions plus discussions with acclaimed directors and writers. These will be interspersed with musical treats and stunning, transfixing visuals combining together to create a seductive, sensory playground for all ages.
The LateNightTales series was established in 2000 with the idea of letting music stars delve deep into their own private collections to create the ultimate late night mix tape. In the past, Groove Armada, The Flaming Lips, Four Tet, Air and many more have stepped up to produce their own individual take on the concept. Submerse yourself in the musical passions of some of the world’s best artists with the phenomenal LateNightTales which at this year’s Latitude Festival presents:
Turin Brakes who will perform a live acoustic set as well as showcasing the diverse music that has influenced their own musical careers including their two gold-selling albums.
Chris Geddes of Belle & Sebastian will be DJ-ing, spinning tracks that have influenced their eclectic sounds of pure pop, sixties psyche, seventies rock, west coast harmonies, folk balladeering and bossa nova. Their collection is largely considered to be one of the best in the series - a treasure trove of musical nuggets – so expect a DJ set quite unlike any other.
The B-Music collective will be showcasing their Cross Continental Prog Pop Pilgrimage – a fun-drenched party of drum-heavy 'second-class-psychedelia' from the four corners of the planet. Working in some mind-boggling visuals to accompany the musical obscurities from far flung pockets of the world such as Hungary, Turkey, Pakistan and Malaysia. This fuzz-fuelled freak-fest will take you around the world through the powers of sight and sound.
Radio DJ, presenter and all-round music connoisseur Mark Lamarr will be presenting his legendary God’s Jukebox. In accordance with his Saturday late night show on Radio 2 - God’s Jukebox will present the best soul, ska, reggae, country, gospel and rap you never knew you loved. As well as DJ-ing, Lamarr has especially selected five incredible bands to play the Music & Film Arena one of which is rumoured to hot new band The Asteroid Galaxy Tour.
Writer and documentary film-maker, Jon Ronson will be showing film clips and hosting a Q & A on Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Boxes’ and ‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’. ‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’ has topped the international best seller books around the world and is currently being filmed as a major motion picture starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. Ronson currently writes and presents the twice Sony nominated BBC Radio 4 series, Jon Ronson On....and wrote the popular "Human Zoo" and "Out of the Ordinary" columns for The Guardian, where he still contributes features.
American anti-folk singer/songwriter Jeffrey Lewis will host a very special lecture on the virtues of Watchmen the comic book. A comic book artist himself, Lewis is a self-confessed fan of Alan Moore’s classic comic book series having written his university thesis on the symbolism and intricacies hidden within them. Hailed as one of the world’s greatest graphic novels that brims with apocalyptic themes, Lewis’ lecture endeavours to unveil cryptic references and hidden meanings as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to critique the superhero concept. Alan Moore's masterpiece of 1980s paranoia and deconstructed superheroes is upheld by many as the world’s greatest graphic novel and Jeff will engage these claims in his own inimitable fashion, using his own senior college thesis written in 1997 as a starting point. The lecture will feature plenty of slides, but Professor Lewis sternly insists that all attendees must have done their homework and read Watchmen at least once in their lives before showing up to class.
"The [Watchmen] movie... does not even compare to the experience I had at [Jeff's] lecture... Warner Bros should have given [Jeff] a hundred million dollars instead. Where the movie didn't add a single thing to my experience of Watchmen, [the lecture] blew my mind and captured my attention and imagination."
Jason Levian, Floating World
"I thought I knew Watchmen inside out. Jeffrey... is in a different league.... He had astonishingly detailed insights into the complex symbolism of the book, many of which had never occurred to me... If you get a chance to see him talk about Watchmen again, I’d urge you to go."
An entertaining and educational new illustrated talk about the problem of intellectual copyright theft in the creative industries. Case studies include Richard DeDomenici's recent and ongoing disputes with corporations including News International and the BBC. Richard will launch Plagiarismo! in 2009, unless someone else copies the idea first! Richard cites a rich and eclectic variety of case studies from the music, entertainment and art worlds, encompassing The Pussycat Dolls, Apple Computers and Damien Hirst, as well as countless regrettable examples from his own artistic practice.
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